It has been years since Swenson, a professor in a New England creative writing program, has published a novel. It's been even longer since any of his students have shown promise. Enter Angela Argo, a pierced, tattooed student with a rare talent for writing. Angela is just the thing Swenson needs.... show more
It has been years since Swenson, a professor in a New England creative writing program, has published a novel. It's been even longer since any of his students have shown promise. Enter Angela Argo, a pierced, tattooed student with a rare talent for writing. Angela is just the thing Swenson needs. And, better yet, she wants his help. But, as we all know, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. . . . Deliciously risqué, Blue Angel is a withering take on today's academic mores and a scathing tale that vividly shows what can happen when academic politics collides with political correctness.
Publish date: February 28th 2006
Publisher: Harper Perennial
Pages no: 314
Edition language: English
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, Literary Fiction
, American Fiction
Funny, subversive. Takes a kick at writing programs, academia and political correctness. Wonderful depiction of characters' inner lives. From the author of HOW TO READ LIKE A WRITER. Although I do think parts of the book were a bit heavy handed and some of the characters a tad stereotypical -- the ...
After listening to an interview with the author on Fresh Air on NPR I checked the book out of the library. I liked it a lot when I read it but in retrospect I'm not sure how good it was. Fairly predictable story but superb writing. To be perfectly fair I should reread it as I read it 12 years ago.
This was a quick and easy read, and for the first half of the book, I really quite liked it. I thought the language was very good, most of the characters interesting, and the story was engaging. But something happened along the line, where it just turned sour for me. It was as if the novel tried to ...