The basis for Mike Nichols' acclaimed 1967 film starring Dustin Hoffman -- and for successful stage productions in London and on Broadway -- this classic novel about a naive college graduate adrift in the shifting social and sexual mores of the 1960s captures with hilarity and insight the... show more
The basis for Mike Nichols' acclaimed 1967 film starring Dustin Hoffman -- and for successful stage productions in London and on Broadway -- this classic novel about a naive college graduate adrift in the shifting social and sexual mores of the 1960s captures with hilarity and insight the alienation of youth and the disillusionment of an era. The Graduate When Benjamin Braddock graduates from a small Eastern college and moves home to his parents' house, everyone wants to know what he's going to do with his life. Embittered by the emptiness of his college education and indifferent to his grim prospects -- grad school? a career in plastics? -- Benjamin falls haplessly into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, the relentlessly seductive wife of his father's business partner. It's only when beautiful coed Elaine Robinson comes home to visit her parents that Benjamin, now smitten, thinks he might have found some kind of direction in his life. Unfortuately for Benjamin, Mrs. Robinson plays the role of protective mother as well as she does the one of mistress. A wondrously fierce and absurd battle of wills ensues, with love and idealism triumphing over the forces of corruption and conformity.
Publish date: April 2nd 2002
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
, Media Tie In
, 20th Century
, Coming Of Age
Rarely do I prefer film versions of a book over the book itself, but there's no contest here. Love or hate The Graduate - the cult 1960s film - you gotta agree it has heart, or at least that almost intangible something that burns it into memory. To me that something has always been the very ending o...
Hace tiempo vi la película, y me gustó... ahí. No la tengo entre mis favoritas, tiene detalles que no me terminan de cerrar, cosas que se ven forzadas. No sé. Pero sí sé que a raíz de esta extraña sensación que tengo con la película, tengo ganas de leerlo. Quizás lo que se ve forzado, se lee mejor; ...
Benjamin Braddock is a slightly older Holden Caulfield with a degree. He comes home from college, has an affair with an older married woman, then pursues her daughter. The movie is apparently good but this book wasn't worth reading.
I read this before I ever saw the film and this is one of the rare times the movie blows the book out of the water. The story is a good one but the writing was bland and the constant weird dialogue threw me off.
I enjoyed seeing this movie years - more like decades - ago. The combination of Dustin Hoffman as Benjamin Braddock and the fantastic score performed by Simon and Garfunkel, made this a hit for me and I was looking forward to revisiting this story in audio. The book closely follows the movie. Ben...