Moo

Moo

Book - 1995
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"DELECTABLY ENTERTAINING. . . . An uproariously funny and at the same time hauntingly melancholy portrait of a college community in the Midwest."
--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 life.
"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."
--People
"SMART, IRREVERENT, AND WICKEDLY TENDER . . . Moo suggests a mix of Tom Wolfe's wit and John Updike's satiny reach . . . Engaging."
--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."
--Chicago Sun-Times


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Baker & Taylor
In urgent need of funds, Moo University, a huge midwestern agricultural college, and its male-dominated hierarchy search for a solution to their economic woes

Blackwell North Amer
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 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 horticulture 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.

Baker
& Taylor

In urgent need of funds, Moo University, a huge midwestern agricultural college, and its male-dominated hierarchy search for a solution to their economic woes, in a hilarious new novel from the author of A Thousand Acres. 100,000 first printing. $100,000 ad/promo. BOMC Alt. Tour.

Publisher: New York : A.A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1995
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780679420231
0679420231
Branch Call Number: FICTION SMILEY
Characteristics: 414 p. ; 25 cm

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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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