The Resource The graduate, Charles Webb, (ebook)

The graduate, Charles Webb, (ebook)

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The graduate
Title
The graduate
Statement of responsibility
Charles Webb
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Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Published in 1963, Charles Webb's The Graduate was a sly and provocative first novel that is often overshadowed by the success of Mike Nichol's sensational 1967 film. The Graduate is a novel that speaks to its time: a time when young Americans were beginning to question, for perhaps the first time, the materialistic values that the postwar culture had taught them. Its hero is at once worldly and naive, a dichotomy that won't last for very long as Benjamin Braddock, the appealing young man of great promise who seems to have everything going for him, sets out to explore his world. After returning to his parent's home after graduation, Braddock ponders his future and finds himself in a state of confusion and depression. It seems the only thing that really rallies him is the attention of Mrs. Robinson, the bored attractive wife of his father's law partner, who makes a play for Benjamin who responds in kind. What the affair lacks in passion, it makes up for in intensity. The affair with Mrs. Robinson continues until Benjamin discovers the Robinsons' beautiful daughter Elaine, with whom he falls promptly in love. Driven to a fit of jealousy, Mrs. Robinson will have none of it, and she tells her daughter of her affair with Benjamin in an attempt to separate the two. Undeterred however, Benjamin pursues Elaine, even though she becomes involved with somebody else. He pursues her all the way to the altar, in fact. The Graduate takes a hard look at contemporary society and social mores, and while it does so with panache and humor, the underlying message is not lost on the reader. It is a scathing look at how vacuous and materialistic middle-class American life had become in the mid-20th century. The Chicago Sunday Review wrote that The Graduate "moves with the speed and drive of a runaway locomotive."
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Midwest
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1939-
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Webb, Charles
Dewey number
813.54
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no index present
Literary form
fiction
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dictionaries
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  • College graduates
  • Mothers and daughters
  • Mistresses
  • Young men
Target audience
adult
Label
The graduate, Charles Webb, (ebook)
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multicolored
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unknown
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1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
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Isbn
9780795312007
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11327388
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11327388
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MWT11327388
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
The graduate, Charles Webb, (ebook)
Link
Publication
Color
multicolored
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780795312007
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11327388
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11327388
System control number
MWT11327388
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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