Moo

Moo

Book - 1995
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"DELECTABLY ENTERTAINING. . . . An uproariously funny and at the same time hauntingly melancholy portrait of a college community in the Midwest." --The New York Times Nestled in the heart of the Midwest, amid cow pastures and waving fields of grain, lies Moo University, a distinguished institution devoted to the art and science of agriculture. Here, among an atmosphere rife with devious plots, mischievous intrigue, lusty liaisons, and academic one-upmanship, Chairman X of the Horticulture Department harbors a secret fantasy to kill the dean; Mrs. Walker, the provost's right hand and campus information queen, knows where all the bodies are buried; Timothy Nonahan, associate professor of English, advocates eavesdropping for his creative writing assignments; and Bob Carlson, a sophomore, feeds and maintains his only friend: a hog named Earl Butz. In this wonderfully written and masterfully plotted novel, Jane Smiley, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of A Thousand Acres, offers us a wickedly funny comedy that is also a darkly poignant slice of life. "FAST, HILARIOUS, AND HEARTBREAKING . . . Not for a minute does Moo lose its perfect satiric pitch or its pacing. . . . Don't skip a page, don't skip a paragraph. It's going to be on the final." --People "SMART, IRREVERENT, AND WICKEDLY TENDER . . . Moo suggests a mix of Tom Wolfe's wit and John Updike's satiny reach . . . Engaging." --The Boston Globe "ENTERTAINING . . . Displays a wicked wit and an unerring eye for American foibles . . . Stuffed with memorable characters, sparkling with deliciously acid humor, Moo is a rare bird in today's literary menagerie: a great read that also makes you think." --Chicago Sun-Times From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, c1995
ISBN: 9780679420231
0679420231
9780804117685
0804117683
Characteristics: 414 p. ; 25 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Nov 20, 2014

An amusing and ironic romp by the award winning author of A Thousand Acres. The reader is shown the foibles and fables of a mid-western university by a writer who has a wicked and witty eye for words.

lenorekuo Oct 18, 2014

I'm shocked that "Moo" didn't receive higher ratings. I received it as a gift when it was first published. Don't remember any book that made me laugh so hard. Of course, I was an associate professor in a VERY political and hostile department in Neb. at the time. And I have a very black sense of humor. I highly recommend this painfully accurate view of academic life to anyone who fits either description.

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