×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Wakefield
     

Wakefield

2.5 4
by Andrei Codrescu
 

See All Formats & Editions

ISBN-10: 1565123727

ISBN-13: 2901565123723

Pub. Date: 04/21/2004

Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill


What is the connection between breast enlargement and building renovation, yoga retreats and gourmet restaurants, cell phones and globalization? Wakefield, both the title of Andrei Codrescu's tragi-comic novel and the name of its alienated hero, poses these and other compelling perplexities of the modern age.

Just as literary Fausts have done for

Overview


What is the connection between breast enlargement and building renovation, yoga retreats and gourmet restaurants, cell phones and globalization? Wakefield, both the title of Andrei Codrescu's tragi-comic novel and the name of its alienated hero, poses these and other compelling perplexities of the modern age.

Just as literary Fausts have done for centuries, Wakefield makes a bargain with Satan, who, as it turns out, is having his own existential crisis, due to bureaucratic headaches and younger upstart demons in the afterworld. The Devil gives him a year to find an alternative life. So Wakefield, a motivational speaker and architecture enthusiast, crisscrosses the country, meeting New Age gurus, billionaire techno-geeks, global pioneers, gambling addicts and models who look like heroine addicts, venture capitalists, art collectors, rainforest protectors, S & M strippers . . . all while anxiously trying to discover his authentic life.

Part metaphysical mystery, part travel adventure, part architectural romp, Wakefield explores the late American century and, as his own "inner architecture" shifts, attempts to restore his world through a shocking act that baffles even his jaded Satanic Majesty. Andrei Codrescu gives us a novel of big ideas, hilariously absurd and brilliantly observed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2901565123723
Publisher:
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date:
04/21/2004
Edition description:
NE
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

Wakefield 2.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Get a life!' That's an oft used phrase, and precisely what the Devil orders motivational speaker Wakefield to do. Actually, Wakefield has no choice - this isn't an order, it's an ultimatum. 'Time's up,' says Satan, so find yourself a real life or sign off on living. Little choice here, so Wakefield goes in an often hilarious trek across the country trying to make contact with who he's supposed to be and where he's supposed to be. He has a year in which to accomplish this (remember what happens to those who make bargains with the devil). Along the way he runs into every kind of outre character, the strangest phenomenons in our contemporary society, and a few women. Of course, Wakefield pontificates along the way. Thanks to the experienced voice and understanding of Jeff Woodman what could have been a farcical reading is instead 10 hours of pleasure. Satire is sometimes difficult to deliver - Woodman's totally in control. - Gail Cooke
Maertel More than 1 year ago
Despite... some very tedious sidetracks of no interest, this is Great Reading...until the end. For some reason known only to Codrescu, Wakefield does not stay true to his character, even one beset by inner and outed demons.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
whoizme88 More than 1 year ago
Maybe Andrei Codrescu is liked by many people, undoubtedly he is because he has a number of books out. However, I only was able to read about half of this book and put it down. I am a person who hardly ever puts a book down, as I will garind my way through most of them, but this one went down. Don't know what others see in it, but as for me, forget it. Sorry about that. J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the 'Isms'"