Student Body

Student Body

by Rafeeq O. McGiveron

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781495292699
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/14/2014
Pages: 422
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.86(d)

About the Author

Rafeeq O. McGiveron is a writer and educator with a knowledge of...well, writing and education, along with literature, cats, and other sundries. Holding a B.A. with Honor in English and History, an M.A. in English and History, and another M.A. in English, he spent the first 12 years of his career teaching English at places like Michigan State University, Lansing Community College, and Western Michigan University, while since the turn of the century he has focused on advising students at LCC.

As a writer, McGiveron currently may be best known for his literary criticism. In academic journals he has published some two-dozen articles on a fair range of authors, though it is his work on Ray Bradbury and Robert A. Heinlein that probably is most familiar to students. Most recently, he wrote for, collected, and edited Critical Insights: Fahrenheit 451 for Salem Press in 2013, and in 2014 he released his novel of literary fiction, Student Body.

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Student Body 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Lovz-Books More than 1 year ago
Throughout most of the book, Rick O’Donnell is apprehensive. Yeah, getting outted for a student affair can do that to you. In the beginning, Rick tries to justify his wandering eye and his appreciation for the beauty of the feminine form. Hey, he is a man, after all. But what’s to happen to his job, his career prospects, his marriage, his children? On and on, he rants of years wasted, of a life chucked down the drain, of having to start anew with a mark on your character. He makes himself crazy with anxiety and depression, often recalling references from timeless literary pieces. At times, the writing tended to drag on pointlessly. If he didn’t lose any of his assets, he shouldn’t have risked them. It all goes back to the old saying: “Don’t do the crime, if you can’t do the time.” Although intellectually pensive, Rick is a brooding and fragile character—so fragile that the tiniest fracture sends him into a dark tailspin. Perhaps it was his languorous strive for perfection and his overbearing conscience that sent him to his self-demise. It was almost poetic, which was ironic because that’s what he teaches. Overall, the story was ponderous and monotonous. The main character was just too analytical and guilt-ridden that it overwhelmed the plot. Was this a story of love or the feeling of love? Or was this more about self-reflection and redemption?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The title, “Student Body” is a double entendre at minimum—perhaps a triple or quadruple? It depends on how you look at  and analyze the story. The author does a good job describing the pain, fear, guilt, emotion, and self-recrimination of the young teaching assistant working on his PhD in the English Department at Michigan State University who has committed an adulterous affair with a beautiful, young student. What makes his life even more difficult is the fact that he truly loves his wife, Anna, and his three very young children equally but perhaps differently than Lauren.. The compounding all of the emotions above result in the novel’s requisite tragedy.  My only criticism of the work would be that perhaps there is too much literary exposition and melodrama.