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The Big U por Neal Stephenson
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The Big U (original 1984; edição 1984)

por Neal Stephenson (Autor)

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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.… (mais)
Membro:WInterHillCatHouse
Título:The Big U
Autores:Neal Stephenson (Autor)
Informação:Vintage (1984), Edition: First Edition, 307 pages
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um. What did I just read? ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
I read this for "completeness" (so I could have read all of Neal Stephenson's work), even though he hates it and had tried to suppress it. Not great, not horrible; if it hadn't been a Neal Stephenson book I might not have sought out another by the same author, but it wasn't so bad to have regretted reading it. What was interesting was seeing how some of the elements (plot and character motivations, style) developed in his subsequent books. ( )
  octal | Jan 1, 2021 |
This book made me think. Is it possible to hate a book? This book pushed the envelope. I'm a dedicated Stephenson fan and reader. I've read and liked all his other books. In fact I consider one of them the best book title ever - "In the Beginning There Was the Command Line". It's wonderfully biblical. But this book is not like the others. I've seen video games turned into movies. Those have at least interesting images. This felt like a video game turned into a book. It lost a lot in translation. It was devoid of engaging characters, just caricatures. It had no plot, just incident after incident. Worst of all was it made be think less of the books I had loved reading. There was a formula developing here which you can see in the newer works. Exaggeration, technical detail, computers, engineering, etc. I'm old enough to have lived through the era depicted/satirized here. We used terminals to get to mainframes. But there were limits which this book just loved to ignore. Ignore this book. Somebody must have taken Stephenson aside and pointed him in a better direction - thankfully. I now understand why this book was out of print for several years. ( )
  Ed_Schneider | Nov 13, 2020 |
This was a favorite of mine back in the 80s. Recently re-read it (listened to it on audible)- and was just as amused. Things drag a smidge more towards the end than I remember, but I enjoyed it. ( )
  wills2003 | Jul 30, 2020 |
A compelling, largely accurate satire of modern higher education that gets progressively more surreal, crazed and violent as it goes along. This was Stephenson's first published novel and you can tell - every apparently pointless chunk of bizarre exposition is actually important, the book is no longer than it needs to be, characters aren't picked up and dropped like a toddler with a toy and the "Guns make the USA Great, everybody should have one, preferably several" bullshit is at least minimally disguised and not the whole point of the story. (Btw, Stephenson, the refutation of your argument on this is splashed all across the news these last few days...I mean years...I mean decades..I mean the last century. Let's face it, reform has been over-due in your country since the end of the era of the Wild West.)

Anyway, the only book by this guy that I've read and thought was better was Zodiac, which manages to remain grounded in reality through-out instead of jumping the shark (or giant rat) like this does. ( )
  Arbieroo | Jul 17, 2020 |
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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.

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