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I am sure I can write a review in the style of this book I read most of it on a subway and then on a bus I stopped and stared at the words on the pages sometimes Then I would talk to myself Self, are you enjoying this book Why Are you trying to seduce me I have no idea what you re talking about I just want you to unzip my dress because I can t reach the zipper But really, are you enjoying this book Not really I mean it s interesting in the way that truly awful things are always int I am sure I can write a review in the style of this book I read most of it on a subway and then on a bus I stopped and stared at the words on the pages sometimes Then I would talk to myself Self, are you enjoying this book Why Are you trying to seduce me I have no idea what you re talking about I just want you to unzip my dress because I can t reach the zipper But really, are you enjoying this book Not really I mean it s interesting in the way that truly awful things are always interesting But it must be better than I think because it s so famous But no, I guess I m not really enjoying it What are you going to do about that Nothing What do you mean nothing I mean nothing I m just going to sit here and keep reading How can you do nothing Why would you read a book you re not enjoying What s wrong with you I just can, that s all Well I don t see how you can You need to do something You should have a plan A definite plan I m going to worry about you until you have a definite plan If I come up with a definite plan to do something other than nothing, will you marry me Well I used to think you raped my mother and five minutes ago I never wanted to see you again So I guess my answer is maybe Great, let s go get our blood tests in the morning Maybe But I might have decided to marry someone else by then I almost gave it two stars because it was interesting in a very awkward way But then I realized how much the above dialogue summed up the book for me I had to take away the second star The Graduate, Charles WebbThe Graduate is a 1963 novella by Charles Webb, who wrote it shortly after graduating from Williams College It tells the story of Benjamin Braddock, who, while pondering his future after his graduation, has an affair with the older Mrs Robinson, the wife of his father s business partner 19711344 244. The 60s were great I think I wouldn t know, I was born in 1996 A world where a middle aged woman seduces a boy who is barely out of his teens and it becomes one of the most enjoyable and humourous books of the decade I adored The Graduate There s something in the prose, something in the plot, something in the characters, something in the dry humour that just tick, tick, tick, ticked all of my boxes I tried to stop reading, to take a break, but no, it wasn t happening I was so invested in The 60s were great I think I wouldn t know, I was born in 1996 A world where a middle aged woman seduces a boy who is barely out of his teens and it becomes one of the most enjoyable and humourous books of the decade I adored The Graduate There s something in the prose, something in the plot, something in the characters, something in the dry humour that just tick, tick, tick, ticked all of my boxes I tried to stop reading, to take a break, but no, it wasn t happening I was so invested in this book that I nearly missed my stop on the bus I ll be thinking about this one for a while In 1963 a young man by the name of Charles Webb published a book called THE GRADUATE, a story that was supposedly based on a true story It was a sensation Four years later, it became a hit movie starring Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, and Katherine Ross Okay, we all know these facts Let s leave the movie alone and just focus on the book.The plot is simple a disenchanted, recently graduated, well to do young man has an affair with an attractive, well to do, older woman whose husband just so In 1963 a young man by the name of Charles Webb published a book called THE GRADUATE, a story that was supposedly based on a true story It was a sensation Four years later, it became a hit movie starring Anne Bancroft, Dustin Hoffman, and Katherine Ross Okay, we all know these facts Let s leave the movie alone and just focus on the book.The plot is simple a disenchanted, recently graduated, well to do young man has an affair with an attractive, well to do, older woman whose husband just so happens to be business partners with the young man s fatherdon t forget that the young man also falls in love with the older cougar woman s daughter Got that Good Because there really is not much else going on in the book And, to be honest, it was not the story that made me like this novel No, it was the way in which it was told that made me like this novel Charles Webb was 24 when he published this novel This was his first foray into writing Pretty impressive, even with all the flaws You see, what attracts me to this story is how Webb created, and sustained, entire scenes by using dialogue Sharp and ironic and sometimes haplessly mundane, these exchanges between the characters create scenes that evoke a sense of time and place Additionally, the reader can really feel the isolation and alienation of all the characters through what they sayor, through what they don t say This often lead me to want to brain a character, especially Elaine Where are your brains, woman This book is a better, stronger version of what I think THE CATCHER IN THE RYE, written much earlier in 1951, was trying to be I could be wrong, that happens Regardless, Webb wrote a brilliant, sardonic, and ludicrously funny novel that illustrates a moment in time The one flaw I see of the novel that is jarring to the reader is the ending Perhaps Webb puttered out, stopped the story at a place that made sense to him For me, there needed to beNot much, just enough that I knew where Ben and Elaine were headed on that bus HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ( Free Epub ) ♬ The Graduate ♴ When Benjamin Braddock graduates from a small Eastern college and moves home to his parents house, everyone wants to know what he s going to do with his life Embittered by the emptiness of his college education and indifferent to his grim prospects grad school a career in plastics Benjamin falls haplessly into an affair with Mrs Robinson, the relentlessly seductive wife of his father s business partner It s only when beautiful coed Elaine Robinson comes home to visit her parents that Benjamin, now smitten, thinks he might have found some kind of direction in his life Unfortunately for Benjamin, Mrs Robinson plays the role of protective mother as well as she does the one of mistress A wondrously fierce and absurd battle of wills ensues, with love and idealism triumphing over the forces of corruption and conformity Mrs Robinson, you are trying to seduce me Having really enjoyed the movie and this being one of the books in the Rory Gil Reading Challenge , it gave me two reasons to want to read it.What surprised me most about the novel was how similar the dialogue between the characters seem to be from my strong memories of watching the film.I could instantly hear Dustin Hoffman s Benjamin Braddock jump straight from the page.I don t mind when movies and novels differ, though a straightforward adaptat Mrs Robinson, you are trying to seduce me Having really enjoyed the movie and this being one of the books in the Rory Gil Reading Challenge , it gave me two reasons to want to read it.What surprised me most about the novel was how similar the dialogue between the characters seem to be from my strong memories of watching the film.I could instantly hear Dustin Hoffman s Benjamin Braddock jump straight from the page.I don t mind when movies and novels differ, though a straightforward adaptation shows how strong the writing was in the original text I really liked Webb s punchy dialogue as all the characters come to life.I should also mention how wonderfully flawed and interesting the character of Mrs Robinson is and helps drive the plot along.In my mind the extreme actions that Benjamin takes in the later part of the story only happens after he s encounters with Elaine s mother.I wasn t aware that Webb wrote a sequel, I m definitely curious to read that too Probably best known as a film and for those famous lines Mrs Robinson, are you trying to seduce me So the first point of order in this review is this if someone has to ask if you re trying to seduce them then it probably follows that you are doing a piss poor job in the seduction department Either that or your object of lust is particularly obtuse In fact, much of this book and the bumbling inanities of the young Benjamin Braddock provide a clear selection of examples of how NOT to practise Probably best known as a film and for those famous lines Mrs Robinson, are you trying to seduce me So the first point of order in this review is this if someone has to ask if you re trying to seduce them then it probably follows that you are doing a piss poor job in the seduction department Either that or your object of lust is particularly obtuse In fact, much of this book and the bumbling inanities of the young Benjamin Braddock provide a clear selection of examples of how NOT to practise the art of seduction A Graduate he may be but not from the school of life or love.1 Never ask the person if they are trying to seduce you Forcing them to say, Umm well yes, as it goes, I was trying to get in your pants is a sure fire mood killer AWK WARD 2 Folding your clothes prior to coitus Nothing says control freak and lack of spontaneity better than a neatly folded pile of clothes on the bureau or chair 3 Referring to sex as coitus Watch Big Bang Theory and see why.4 Telling your paramour that they re a drunk If you stop them drinking it might make it harder to get them into bed in the first place note here that I am not suggesting that drunkeness equals the word yes EVER Once that tipsy haze has gone, she ll see you for the buffoon you really are Benjamim Braddock, and clearly Mrs Robinson needs to be wearing the thickest beer goggles possible 5 Describing the first encounter as climbing on top and beginning the affair She is not Ben Nevis, or any sort of peak to be scaled You are not planting a flag insert appropriate pole joke here and frankly this sentence implies that she has all the sexual allure of a bunk bed.6 Chatting about your lovers child pre or post the bumping of the uglies, and musing on how you may go on a date with them at some point OK, so the offspring in question is your own age but this is so not cool 7 Ending the affair by politely thanking someone for their time and the instructive nature of your well organised and sanitised couplings You send polite letters about the instructive and educational nature of an event to your grandparents after they ve sent you a nice jigsaw for Christmas This is not the best way to leave your lover.8 Referring to your now jilted paramour as an older woman Even if the age gap crosses the border into geological time scales, do not, under any circumstances draw attention to it in the format of the written word This sort of thoughtless penmanship will never lead to anything good Public humiliation, trial by peer and parent and a social meltdown will likely follow by way of revenge.Ultimately this was a very easy read and Webb s stilted dialogue really pushes home that awful cringe factor of a world imploding and the fecklessness of unseasoned youth But if you re entitled to a mid life crisis as popular culture would have us believe, then why shouldn t you be allowed to indulge in some splendid cusp of adulthood melt down Failed to get out all your angst during your teenage years Then follow the fine example set by young Benjamin Braddock and self destruct on your 21st birthday instead After all, if 40 is the new thirty doesn t that mean that 21 is the new, er 11 Oh, Mrs Robinson I am not trying to seduce you I know that But please, Mrs Robinson This is difficult for me The Graduate by Charles Webb I cannot do this book justice in a review Classic, fantastic, must read. koo koo ka choo Miss us Rob in sondee dee dee dee doo doo doo doo doowo, wo, woThis book is pointless and inane, but I had to satisfy my curiosity The best thing I can say about it is that it s short I might have given it 2 stars if it actually had an ending ANY kind of ending But it does not It just stops, like it s the end of a chapter andis coming Don t bother looking forpages It really IS over I ve never seen the film, but I remember when I was a kid those mo koo koo ka choo Miss us Rob in sondee dee dee dee doo doo doo doo doowo, wo, woThis book is pointless and inane, but I had to satisfy my curiosity The best thing I can say about it is that it s short I might have given it 2 stars if it actually had an ending ANY kind of ending But it does not It just stops, like it s the end of a chapter andis coming Don t bother looking forpages It really IS over I ve never seen the film, but I remember when I was a kid those movie posters of little Dusty H were everywhere And it was such a big deal that this young fool has an affair with a woman twice his age I am now somewhere in the same age range as Mrs Robinson, so here s a little hint for you young guys who like older women Do NOT tell her, I think you re the most attractive woman of all my parents friends 0 That s a seriously backhanded compliment which will be heard by the woman as, You re pretty good lookin for an old hag Fool, Benjamin, fool.The theme of the book had potential in a Richard Yates sort of way Promising college kid has a blazing bright future, decides he doesn t want the American dream, and deliberately sets out to self destruct But in the end it doesn t deliver The characters motivations are never defined Why oh why would a girl like Elaine even consider a nut job like Benjamin After awhile the whole thing just feels repetitive and annoying, but you keep reading in the hope that it s leading up to something important Trust me, it s not Charles Webb is a possible candidate for the BURIED book club, if this book wasn t still popular, and it isn t really the film and stage show and tea towel and thong range are popular, who reads the book nowadays The novel is written so sparsely and simply it functions pretty much as a blueprint for Mike Nichols s script 90% of the action is told in dialogue with occasional flat descriptive passages for the frantic parts A neurotic boy wonder returns to the suburbs to deliberate on the predete Charles Webb is a possible candidate for the BURIED book club, if this book wasn t still popular, and it isn t really the film and stage show and tea towel and thong range are popular, who reads the book nowadays The novel is written so sparsely and simply it functions pretty much as a blueprint for Mike Nichols s script 90% of the action is told in dialogue with occasional flat descriptive passages for the frantic parts A neurotic boy wonder returns to the suburbs to deliberate on the predetermined future laid out before him, and sets about breaking every taboo imaginable under the sun, but mostly sleeping with an older woman and trying to marry her daughter simply because grown ups told him not to As a comedic novel, the dialogue does all the work Webb s prose lacks any especial humour and most of the famous movie lines are here with the added bonus of having Dustin Hoffman s voice in our heads as we read them As to Webb s credentials as a novelist, apart from a Graduate sequel and another book that was turned into a horrible movie Hope Springs , the rest seems out of print and unloved