Friday, January 6, 2012

The Campus Novel

I was looking for information about a book we're reading in class and came across this Huffpost detailing 10 Classic Campus Novels, the list is good, but classic and filled with 6 books I've heard of and only one I've read. While I think about reading the books on the Huffpost list, please check out my list of Campus Novels below.

Campus Novel: campus novel, also known as an academic novel, is a novel,. usually comic or satirical, in which the action is set within the enclosed world of a university (or similar seat of learning) and highlights the follies of academic life. Many novels have presented nostalgic evocations of college days, but the campus novel in the usual modern sense dates from the 1950s.

Although not set on a university campus it would not be the novel of friendship that it is had it not been set at a prep school in New England during WWII. I don't know is this too serious to be considered as such...???

Rauchy, clever, dark comedy about a group of New England college students who feel that sex and drugs are more important than classes. If you've read any of Ellis' other books you'll enjoy how some of the characters come into play in this one.

When I first read this book I had just completed my first year of college in a Midwestern town (no, not the Iowa school that she modeled this college after) and some of the parallels were too funny to not be shared with everyone I knew at the time. If you are from the Midwest, have been to college or just like to watch the hilarious fall of man, read this book.

For writers, for dreamers, for those who think they are too old to experience living a full and rich life...introduce yourself to Grady Tripp and his merry band of misfits. Be prepared to talk extensively about a 2000 page book that's almost finished.

Obviously, I'm not very hip on the campus novel scene, have any suggestions?


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    1. I didn't mean to remove this comment! How do I found out shat it said?

    2. Hi. I just wanted to let you know that we had a "new" campus novel published in December 2011. The title is College Leadership Crisis: The Philip Dolly Affair. We think it is the first community college campus novel. We have a facebook page [use the title above to find it if your are interested]-- and reviews and such can be found on Google. Thanks for giving me a second chance.



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