Moo (2020)

Moo Jane Smiley Moo The hallowed halls of Moo University a midwestern agricultural institution aka cow college are rife with devious plots mischievous intrigue lusty liaisons and academic one upsmanship In this won
  • Title: Moo
  • Author: Jane Smiley
  • ISBN: 9782743604912
  • Page: 415
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Moo Jane Smiley The hallowed halls of Moo University, a midwestern agricultural institution aka cow college , are rife with devious plots, mischievous intrigue, lusty liaisons, and academic one upsmanship In this wonderfully written and masterfully plotted novel, Jane Smiley, the prizewinning author of A Thousand Acres, offers a wickedly funny, darkly poignant comedy.
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  1. Sherri

    Wow, can I give less than 1 star This is going in to that rare list of books I cannot even get through It makes me very sad that this woman can get published and apparently won an award at some point in her life and I have friends who can actually WRITE who cannot Imagine if the author of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil had written his 150 pages of character development, but hadn t actually been able to make you care about any of the characters Or, in fact, been able to convince you read [...]

  2. Kathleen

    I was just reminded of this book by my friend Susan Now here was a hilarious read Never was there a true back picture of academia They are all NUTS Even the ones who aren t will agree they are a bit around the edges Please read this, and laugh.

  3. Sabrina

    Moo was one of those books that I was so sure I would enjoy that I was really looking forward to reading it I thought that since I have been in the field of higher education as lecturer professor for the last 17 years and before that as a college student and graduate student, I would find it insightful, funny, and entertaining I couldn t have been wrong I so could not wait to finish the book not because I was enjoying, but because I simply wanted to be done with it Ironically, I didn t connect [...]

  4. Erik

    Jane Smiley, a former academic, is pitch perfect in this subtle yet scathing account of academic life in a small Midwestern town As a former graduate student who had than his fill of graduate school, this book was both wonderful and horrifying to read I recommend this book to anyone thinking of attending graduate school, or as a medicine for those still recovering from the absurdity of it.

  5. Sandy

    Anyone who has worked or taught in a university will appreciate this satirical novel set in an unnamed land grant university in a Midwestern state with a strong resemblance to Iowa Smiley, who manages to find the entire world in the cornfields of her native region, gets the personalities, idiosyncracies and bizarre internal politics of American academe exactly right in this book.

  6. Joseph

    My response to Smiley s novel was contradictory On the one hand, I liked her ambitious attempt at depicting the entirety of a college campus, covering students, faculty, and administration On the other hand, there were just too many characters for any of them to be sufficiently developed I could never keep straight the four female students sharing the dorm, in part due to the cutesy rhyming names thing, but mostly due to the fact that Smiley didn t do a great job of distinguishing them from one [...]

  7. Keith Rosson

    Listen, Jane Smiley is a fucking straight up genius, and MOO is a hilarious, intricate and brilliant send up of academia She effortlessly weaves together dozens of character viewpoints, all while keeping a sort of empathetic humor at a slow boil throughout all of it It s really impressive.It s also very interesting to me to see the very polarizing reviews of this book on one hand, I can see how it s not that interesting to some people it is, after all, set in an agricultural college in the early [...]

  8. Anna

    What a very funny book Complicated and very lengthy cast of characters, so I did occasionally have to check back to see who was sleeping with whom, or trying to get tenure or whatever But that is exactly what it is like in a university, so many people, so many committees, so many forms, so many who think they are in power and are not So many who manage to get to the conferences in the nice places, to deliver papers that add nothing to the sum of human knowledgel too true.

  9. Eduardo

    I knew about Jane Smiley, having won a Pulitzer Prize and having had two of her books made into movies, but had not previously read her works I am glad that MOO is the first I read.From MOO It was well known among the citizens of the state that the university had pots of money and that there were highly paid faculty members in every department who had once taught Marxism and now taught something called deconstructionism which was only Marxism gone underground in preparation for emergence at a ti [...]

  10. Timothy Hallinan

    A while back I went on Facebook and listed my three favorite novels set on a college campus Richard Russo s Straight Man which made me laugh so hard I cracked a rib , Randall Jarrell s Picures from an Institution which begins, Half the campus was designed by Bottom the Weaver, half by Mies van der Rohe , and Kingsley Amis hilarious Lucky Jim I asked people to suggest other fiction set in universities.I do this from time to time with different kinds of books to broaden my reading scope and alway [...]

  11. Kenneth P.

    Jane Smiley s farcical depiction of a Midwestern agricultural university is very funny at times But there are too many characters to keep track of, certainly too many to care about Many characters and two hundred pages could have been deleted from this novel It was a chore to plow through no pun Smiley was a college professor for 15 years at Iowa State and she utilizes her experience to construct a humorous and cynical book that pretty much skewers her brethren Teachers at Moo University are por [...]

  12. Fiona Van

    The description Dickensian is often given to Smiley s books and in the case of MOO, I think it is merited MOO is the abbreviated name of a Midwestern State University, where Animal Husbandry and Horticulture have equal status with Maths or Modern Languages The book demands concentration as, chapter by chapter you are introduced to perhaps a hundred significant separate characters, with new ones appearing until you are a third of the way through and such characters idiosyncratic, opinionated, bea [...]

  13. Jill Barrett

    This book had a lot of potential A great storyline an interesting setting a talented writer But, it was entirely disappointing The problem is with the characters NO ONE IS INTERESTING And yet, the book contains detail after detail about the characters There are a lot of them One could anticipate this from the book s jacket Never raising her voice, giving everybody his or her or its due, Jane Smiley lets no one escape That is an understatement Each character is just as dull as the next and yet th [...]

  14. esmepie

    After reading Straight Man I was in the mood for another satire of academic life, so I can t help but compare Russo s book to Smiley s Moo was funny enough, enjoyable enough but so inferior to Straight Man I never could get into it It s very satirical, above the fray, ironic you just never come to care about any of the characters Whereas Straight Man has heart, as all good comedies should.

  15. Linda

    There are many little stories woven throughout, but none of them made me care what happened next While the writing is very nice, I never mustered any interest in the characters or the university.I only finished it because it was a book club selection.

  16. Merilee

    What a delightful read Hilarious, poignant, great characters This is a satire of Midwest American academia, written and set around the time of the fall of the Soviet empire.

  17. Sheila

    Everyone keeps telling me I should read Jane Smiley and they re probably right With biting humor, sharp satire, a wealth of fascinating characters, and even some touches of tender affection for people, place and environment, Moo is a slowly rising storm of a Midwestern University vs the world, and vs itself Readers are guided into the heads of professors, administrators, students successful and otherwise, plus those still trying to figure what constitutes success , lecturers, secretaries who of [...]

  18. Sheri

    The only other Smiley I have read is 1000 Acres and that back in the 90s when it came outspite my husband lamenting the theft of the Lear story I have had this on my list forever as a former grad student of UW and still resident of Madison WI as well as a graduate of Grinnell College small college in small IA town AND a high school grad from a small town in IL, I can claim some knowledge about the midwest, the rural farming communities, and academia.Unfortunately, this is slightly better than 3 [...]

  19. Cathy

    I actually abandoned the book I ve been trying to read it since early March or late February, and I m barely past page 100 I just can t get interested The first 50 or pages seem to do little than introduce character after character after character By the time all the characters have been brought in, I can t remember who the first ones are, and at page 100, I still can t figure out if there s plot I considered the possibility that the book is of a collection of vignettes than an actual story w [...]

  20. Chinook

    I read this too long ago to make for a good review, but what I do recall is that immediately upon finishing I sent it to my friend, Jas She and I used to talk about how in high school we pictured ourselves at university sitting around in coffee shops talking philosophy and such perhaps even wearing black turtlenecks and then we got to university and Well, it was underwhelming Something about this book struck a chord with me at the time.

  21. Donna

    Jane Smiley is such a sharp student of human nature This book is so hilarious and filled with so many wonderful characters, including a very lovable 700 pound hog named Earl Butz Can t believe I had never read this book, which I picked up at a Library sale Long live Libraries

  22. Jennifer

    I am adding some books from decades ago, that I am now just getting around to giving away I first read Moo, when I bought it in my College book store in the Southwest I would go onto live 15 years in the Midwest and still to this day call it my home no matter where my physical address may be I loved Moo and it s cast of crazy characters.

  23. Doug Wykstra

    It s interesting reading this right after Malcolm Bradbury s The History Man While Bradbury s novel bemoans the effect student activism in the 70s seemed to be having on the functions of the university, Moo takes place in the post Reagan 90s, and focuses on how the college counterculture has gradually given way to the corporatization of education, and how the university has gone from A limited promise extended to a limited group to a vast network of interlocking wishes, some of them modest, some [...]

  24. Spotsalots

    I tend to have mixed feelings about novels about academia On the one hand, I think academia is a rich subject for fiction, including satire On the other hand, many novels about academia are so heavily satirical that the reader feels the authors must utterly hate academia and that there is evidently no redeeming it from its foibles and sins As someone who has had almost entirely positive experiences with academia both as a student and, recently, as a professor, I find this thin and tiresome than [...]

  25. Jason Pettus

    As of October 2013, my arts center is selling a SIGNED first edition, first printing copy of this book at reseller eBay See our entire rare book collection at cclapcenter rarebooks Below is what I wrote for the listing s description One of the most common questions out there among people who collect hypermodern first editions books less than thirty years old is how to best guess which living authors to be collecting in the first place and while only the future will show us which writers of our t [...]

  26. Gail

    this was a bit too episodic for my liking but very funny in parts and insightful from my favourite chapter It was well known among the citizens of the state that the university had pots of money and that there were highly paid faculty members in every department who had once taught Marxism and now taught something called deconstructionism which was only Marxism gone underground in preparation for emergence at a time of national weakness.It was well known among the legislators that the faculty as [...]

  27. Sana Krasikov

    I laugh out loud every time I reread this book Smiley is one of the great masters who writes about systems as much as about people In Moo, each character s point of view comes alive with an incredibly specific weltanschauung economic, religious, zoological and it s a joy to move around the kaleidoscope of these different sensibilities.

  28. Judi

    Between reading Moo and DeLillo s White Noise, I feel like I just went back to college I enjoyed Moo and was surprised at how long it took me to read it nearly three days, with two days of solid reading Smiley populates this book with a university microcosm At first, it s a little confusing, but it doesn t take long until you are into the swing of it and know these people just like college The book takes place during two semesters in the 1989 90 school year when businesses are downsizing and eve [...]

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