- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Picador; Reprints edition (16 May 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0330390317
- ISBN-13: 978-0330390316
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.7 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 449,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The History Man Paperback – 16 May 2003
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A twentieth century classic
Set in Watermouth University, this is the story of Barbara and Howard Kirk, their very modern marriage and their equally radical politics. It captures the complexities of academic life, from tedious meetings and work-place machinations, to corruption and disruption at the highest levels.See all Product description
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Set in the University of Watermouth, a new `glass and steel' campus in the southeast of England, in the early 1970s, the story follows the course of a semester in the life of Dr. Howard Kirk, a young radical lecturer in sociology, and his wife Barbara. The novel is really a critique of modernity and of the socially with-it, manipulative, intolerantly politically correct and personally abusive ethos of his hero/anti-hero, Dr. Howard Kirk.
Although extremely well-written, the dialogue is quite dense and thus The History Man is not a quick or easy read. But, it is very well-worth the effort if you have any interest in the genre of the `campus novel' or a curiosity about the cultural tone in academia in the UK and the US in the early 1970s.
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