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The Graduate

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Charles Webb was born in 1939 in San Francisco. The Graduate was his first novel; since then he has published Love, Roger, The Marriage of a Young Stockbroker, The Abolitionist of Clark Gable Place and Elsinor. Hanif Kureishi was born and brought up in Kent. He is the author of numerous novels, short story collections, screenplays and plays. In 1984 his My Beautiful Laundrette received an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay. His second film, Sammy and Rosie Get Laid, was followed by London Kills Me, which he also directed. The Buddha of Suburbia won the Whitbread Prize for Best First Novel in 1990. His second novel, The Black Album, was published in 1995 and his first collection of short stories, Love in a Blue Time, was published in 1997. Intimacy, his third novel, was published in 1998. Midnight All Day was published in 2000, followed in 2001 by Gabriel's Gift and his collection of essays, The Word and the Bomb. Hanif Kureishi lives in West London.


Graduating college provided no answers for Benjamin Braddock; it only furthered his frustration and angst with the world. Upon returning home, his disdain leads him into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, the wife of his father's business partner. However, no sooner does Braddock score with her than he is off courting her daughter, Elaine, in some perverse rendition of the Oedipal complex. Brick provides a strong narration of the text and executes believable voices for his male and female characters, as usual. His delivery of Benjamin is distinct enough to not seem derivative of Dustin Hoffman's performance in the 1967 film adaptation. However, Brick often portrays Benjamin as a whiney and petulant dolt much more than Webb's spare and sly 1963 novel suggests, which undermines the character's narrative. A Washington Square Press paperback. (Jan.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

He writes with this lovely, spare style -- Nick Hornby

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