- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Penguin; New Impression edition (30 April 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0140026932
- ISBN-13: 978-0140026931
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 38 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 843,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Graduate Paperback – 30 Apr 1981
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'For twenty- one years I have been shuffling back and forth between classrooms and libraries. Now you tell me what the hell it's got me.' That's how Benjamin Braddock talked when he came down from university. Somehow it didn't seem to be what his father expected from a college education, and everyone was really appalled when Ben raped Mrs Robinson (that was her story anyway) and ran off with her daughter in the middle of her wedding to someone else...a brilliantly sordid tale of a young man's search for identity and a portrayal of the worst-behaved yet most sympathetic anti-hero of the day.
About the Author
Charles Webb was born in 1939 in San Francisco. He was educated at Williams College, Massachusetts, where he graduated in American history and literature. The Graduate was his first novel, and was made in to a hugely successful film. His other novels include Love, Roger, The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker (also filmed), The Abolitionist of Clark Gable Place and Elsinor.
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I lost my original paperback years ago, and since The Graduate is a book one re-reads perhaps only once every ten years (the prose is memorable the way poetry is; you don't go back to it very often, because so much of it just stays with you) I thought it would work best on my Kindle.
The novel is different from the film: funnier, darker, and in most ways less dated. I certainly would never diss the film; but the film still belongs to the '60's. The novel is as fresh as the day it was published.
One other thing:- re-reading The Graduate has me thinking I might re-read Home School as well. Not that many authors are as repeatable as Charles Webb.
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