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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 25, 2002

    Academic Amusement!

    An excellent satire on American academia. Jane Smiley laughingly heads straight for the university's jugular in this hilarious send up of a mid-western 'farming' college. All her characters are larger than life and completely believable. Strangely enough not every university student got there because he or she were academically bright and Smiley revels in this. A thoroughly enjoyable read on several different levels.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2010

    Still Funny and True After All These Years

    You don't have to have worked at a university or college in the Midwest to appreciate the savage humor found in Jane Smiley's "Moo." The wide assortment of professors, staff and students will be recognizable to anyone who has worked or studied anywhere in academia. I recently picked up my 1995 copy of "Moo" and reread it providing a genuine surprise--the book has not aged one bit. There are still befuddled university leaders who can't accomplish anything if it weren't for their administrative assistants. There is still jockeying for power and prestige. And there are still all sorts of romantic undercurrents going on with faculty. Smiley carefully crafts a comic plot of multiple characters leading up to a satisfying resolution for all involved. "Moo" is a treat to read, whether for the first time or a revisit. Highly recommended.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2002

    A Great Send-Up

    Moo is Jane Smiley's terrific send-up of education, bureaucracy, racism, politics, love and just about everything else in the 1980s. Set in a fictional Iowa university town, Moo U. is as much fun as a roller-coaster ride and features a cast of characters that are nothing short of hilarious. There is English professor, Tim Monahan, who is perpetually preoccupied with his always-imminent raise and promotion; provost Ivar Harstad, who is coping with the governor's cuts in university funding; and Bo Jones' secret experiment involving a hog named Earl Butz. Really! And, it only gets better. There is Dr. Lionel Gift who gets hopelessly involved with a Texas billionaire named Arlen Martin. The two cook up a project to mine gold from the world's last virgin rainforest, a project that incurs the wrath Chairman X, a man so caught up in leftist ideology he forgets to marry the mother of his children...for more than twenty years. And best of all, there is Mrs. Walker, the plotting and conniving lesbian secretary to the provost who secretly runs everything at Moo U. with an iron hand. If it seems like Smiley doesn't write much about education in this book about university life, then that's exactly right, for education has little to do with the day-to-day goings-on at Moo U. Moo U. and its cast of off-beat characters are really a microcosm of America under the Reagan Administration and Moo U. could be any university in the United States. The only thing wrong with Moo is that, while it is supposed to be satire, it just misses the mark. Don't get me wrong, this is a hilarious book and a hilarious send-up, but I think true satire requires a harder heart than Smiley seems to have. The ending is a bit of a letdown, especially after the rollicking good ride Smiley has taken us on to get us there. Anyone who doesn't mind a bit of a letdown, however, will find Moo an enjoyable and hilarious book that makes fun of just about everything.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2014

    MOO U

    The book was a witty and accurate representation of the politics in and out of the great Ag schools. I loved it, and can remember weird cases that paralleled aspects of the story, parts that I would have thought pure fiction if I hadn't seen it happen myself.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    Reyna

    Hmm. Rcy jackson series's

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2014

    Andrew

    I realy only read millitary or mytholagy related books

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Jordan

    *Wakes up a while later.* What the he<_>ll? What do you people want?!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2013

    Tori

    New place

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2013

    To E.P

    EXACTLY. What do they have against us. I mean, it's like they do it for no reason. I am sorry for this unfortunite event.~ &phone (AS68)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2013

    Hi

    -FR

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Mobspawner64 To dt1

    Let me join. I love your stories and I hate alexrocks!!!!
    ~/\/\

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Mostar

    Rushes in... piks the locy with her claw... drags candypaw back home

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Floodpaw

    Causes a flood to wash the twoleg away and she unlocked the cage

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Enderfur

    Runs home

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 12, 2013

    Candypaw

    Smils happ

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2013

    Mooclan

    This is base camp for mooclan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2012

    1st Clue

    The first clue was written on a cow's buttt with a sharpie. LOL! "Book one. 39 clues."

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2008

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