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Jane Smiley's new novel -- the first since her Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller, A Thousand Acres -- is her most ambitious (and delicious) yet: a rich, blackly comic, brilliantly on-target send-up of our society. As a microcosm of today's Western world, Jane Smiley gives us a Midwestern university nicknamed (in honor of its devotion to agriculture) Moo U. In the wake of the profligate eighties, Moo U. is desperate for money and rife with intrigues and machinations -private, public, sexual, intellectual, financial, technological, domestic, global, social, and political. Smiley's tone is so cool that laughter comes without warning as she lightly balances a cosmic cast (everybody in bed with somebody in the romantic or French-farcical or Washington, D.C. sense) that includes top-salaried Dr. Lionel Gift, poet laureate of consumerism, who refers to the students as customers... Chairman X of the horticultural department, who is so pure and classical a leftist that it hasn't occurred to him to marry his wife of twenty years...the power behind all thrones: the dean's middle-aged secretary, Mrs. Walker, who knows more than J. Edgar Hoover ever knew about one and all...the small, folksy, jug-eared Texas billionaire who's tempting hungry Moo U. with funds for his own mysterious agenda. And, at the secret heart of the campus, an unauthorized experimental project involving an (increasingly) large and touching creature who is a living symbol of unleashed desire and consumption.
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : Random House Audiobooks, p1995.
ISBN: 9780679432012
Branch Call Number: AUDIO FICTION Smiley Jane
Characteristics: 2 sound cassettes (3 hr.) :,analog, Dolby processed.
Additional Contributors: Wong, B. D.


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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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