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The Graduate

Webb, Charles Richard (Book - 2002 )
Average Rating: 2.5 stars out of 5.
The Graduate
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A recent college graduate from an affluent family comes of age and finds himself by being led into an affair with the wife and the daughter of his father's business partner.
Authors: Webb, Charles Richard, 1939-
Title: The graduate
Publisher: New York : Washington Square Press, [2002], c1963
Characteristics: 261 p. ; 21 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: Sequel: Home school
Summary: A recent college graduate from an affluent family comes of age and finds himself by being led into an affair with the wife and the daughter of his father's business partner.
ISBN: 0743456459
Branch Call Number: FIC WEBB 2002
Statement of Responsibility: Charles Webb
Subject Headings: Young men Fiction Mistresses Fiction Mothers and daughters Fiction College graduates Fiction
Genre/Form: Love stories
Bildungsromans
Topical Term: Young men
Mistresses
Mothers and daughters
College graduates
LCCN: 2002524063
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Apr 10, 2010
  • Cecilturtle rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I found this novel intriguing because of its style: it was almost like reading a play. All of the subtleties are in the dialogue, either by the words chosen or by the silences. The obvious misunderstandings in the generations, the young adults naivete, the old adults cruelty all come together to create tension-filled relationships where lies, mislaid good intentions and disillusion dominate.

I'm not sure I truly understand Mrs. Robinsons' motivation for evil (I don't think she was much interested in Benjamin) and the ending has a goofy optimism which clashes with the rest of the novel, but overall I very much enjoyed the break in tradition, questioning of values and triumph of the young. Definitely representative of an epoch.

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