by Andrei Codrescu
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Wakefield by Andrei Codrescu

The novel begins when Wakefield, an "inspirational speaker" and architecture enthusiast, is visited by the Devil, who tells him his time is up. Not yet ready, Wakefield strikes a bargain with Satan and sets off on a cross-country journey to understand his life and times and find his "authentic" self. It's Wakefield's continuing exploration of architecture---and our national obsession with restoration of our cities, of our buildings, of our bodies, of life itself---that drives him to question what is inside and what is outside reality. In the end, in an attempt to "restore" his own world, Wakefield decides he must remake it in a shocking act.

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ISBN-13: 9781565118607
Publisher: HighBridge Company
Publication date: 05/28/2004
Edition description: Unabridged, 5 cassettes
Pages: 600
Product dimensions: 4.22(w) x 2.74(h) x 6.28(d)

About the Author

A poet, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered, ANDREI CODRESCU is the MacCurdy Distinguished Professor of English at Louisiana State University and the editor of the literary journal Exquisite Corpse.

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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.
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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'"