DELECTABLY ENTERTAINING. . . . An uproariously funny and at the
same time hauntingly melancholy portrait of a college community in
--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
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.
SMART, IRREVERENT, AND WICKEDLY TENDER . . . Moo suggests a mix of
Tom Wolfe's wit and John Updike's satiny reach . . .
--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.
"From the Trade Paperback edition."
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