The Big U

The Big U

Book - 2001
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Baker & Taylor
Casimir Radon's first year at American Megaversity turns out completely different than he had imagined, with bizarre factions, cults, and feuds on campus, in a new edition of the satirical debut novel by the author of Cryptonomicon. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

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The New York Times Book Review called Neal Stephenson's most recent novel "electrifying" and "hilarious".  but if you want to know Stephenson was doing twenty years before he wrote the epic Cryptonomicon, it's back-to-school time. Back to The Big U, that is, a hilarious send-up of American college life starring after years our of print, The Big U is required reading for anyone interested in the early work of this singular writer.



Publisher: New York : Perennial, 2001.
ISBN: 9780380816033
0380816032
Characteristics: 308 p. ; 21 cm.

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TutorialSmith Sep 02, 2015

I first read the physical copy while I was an undergrad and it was astonishingly similar to the very odd situations I was finding myself and my friends in. While the scale is ramped up in the book, there is no denying that Stephenson must have witnessed first hand the chaos that comes with the State University system. I think in particular SUNY Purchase may have had more of a Big U feel than some of the others, because this book was spot on.

TutorialSmith Sep 02, 2015

This was an early work, and it shows. However, it remains highly entertaining for those of us who attended a chaotic state university. The story is an exaggerate mirror of my own experiences during my undergrad years, and the bit about the library black market system is brilliant (if short sighted seeing as it relied on there actually being a physical card catalog).

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