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The Big U (1984)

by Neal Stephenson

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This book has a unfleshedout black character as the POV narrator. There's rape and violence and unrealistic female characters, and really bizarre treatments of lesbianism. (I think somewhere in there someone became a lesbian because her female friend shot the man who was trying to rape her.) This is not going to be a keeper.
  omnia_mutantur | Aug 3, 2013 |
Dated now, but funny and wince-inducingly horrific, especially to someone who was in Ames around the same time. Mostly, a fascinating backward glimpse at the authorial mind that would later create Snow Crash. ( )
  Nialle | Jun 18, 2013 |
I love Stephenson but I could not even get halfway through this. ( )
  JenneB | Apr 2, 2013 |
This book is really good for a first book, and you can see some of the ideas that Stephenson explores in later books starting here. The characters are believable, and the story line interesting if a bit odd. Overall, I really enjoyed this book.

http://www.stillhq.com/book/Neal_Stephenson/The_Big_U.html ( )
  mikal | Jul 6, 2011 |
You can clearly see the seeds of Stephenson's later work - ideas, plot devices, even characters. It is his typical sense of humor, very entertaining (if you are willing to suspend your disbelief) and a good idea or two to think about.

That being said, Its not quite as mature as his later work. If your a Stephenson fan, don't bass this one up. but if you're new to the author, start with one of his better known books. ( )
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"When I think of the men who were my teachers, I realized that most of them were slightly mad. The men who could be regarded as good teachers were exceptional. It's tragic to think that such people have the power to bar a young man's way." 

-German political figure Adolf Hitler, 1889-1945
(from Hitler's Secret Conversations, 1941-44, translated by Norman Cameron and R. H. Stevens)
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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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