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Posted February 1, 2012
College Leadership Crisis: The Philip Dolly Affair is both entertaining and edifying. The authors strategically offer comment on early twenty-first century leadership, economic, social, and political ideologies using a keen, entertaining, and descriptive campus novel formula. Allegorical themes are artistically revealed through convincing satirical prose and playful poetic rhythmic verse. Foreshadowed imagery, casting historic early 1960’s cultural ideals and emerging cold war idioms, provide contrasting foil to the whimsical twenty-first century Copperfield College adventures. The compelling story is presented as an instructional parable ripe with conflict, romance, and situational irony. The main character, Dr. Philip Dolly, a perceived victim of professional ambitions, misdirected college mission, and egocentric leadership, is surrounded by a cast of playful characters who cleverly expose societal “whispered” truths. Delightful campus folks include the attractive and ambitious Counselor, Elena Vasquez; the lyrical philosophizing custodian, “Guitar” Bob Zontarg; the iconic academic fossil, Dr. Emmie Seemy; the bemusing, commanding Biology instructor, Dr. Deuce Darling; the moronic, imbecilic Dean Preston; and a fabled white duck named Wilbur. Narrative connotations also depict a deep, complex, historically romantic character named Jack Frost. Jack’s reflective poetic gifts offer escape from the mundane madness. Footwear is used symbolically in defining social class, metaphorically exposing the “soul” of the individual wearer. Luminaries enkindle priestly activities throughout the novel, weaving a homilist tapestry of hope and reconciliation. The first chapter, entitled “Wheat Germ”, serves as an appropriate starter for this fully baked humorously satisfying literary loaf. I thoroughly enjoyed this fresh and original work and unapologetically recommend its reading. - -Sir Albert P. Hamilton, Emeritus Faculty, EMIWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 25, 2012
All are treated as equal in this humorous look at the characters that surround today’s community college. Even Wilbur the Duck is not spared as the authors paint a hysterically honest picture of the human (and anatine) element that moves this novel forward so effectively. Much more than a commentary on the current politics driving the change in community college, it is a cohesive mix of poetic realism, surrealism, laugh-out-loud humor (If you must, read it solely for the Copperfield Community College Daily Email Post!), and unapologetic sarcasm. This reader was particularly moved by the story of Jack Frost, “Espanol Professor” and the great disappointments life has brought him, his unwanted isolation and the tender, private thoughts that are so heartbreakingly revealed. I recommend this book, not only for those involved in The Community College and what surrounds it: student, instructor, administrator or otherwise, but to all readers who are willing to see themselves in the quirky, lovable characters presented.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.