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Publisher's Summary

The basis for the acclaimed 1967 film, this novel about a naive college graduate adrift in the shifting social and sexual mores of the 1960s captures with hilarity and insight the alienation of youth and the disillusionment of an era. When Benjamin Braddock graduates from college and moves back to his parents' house, everyone wants to know what he's going to do with his life. Embittered by the emptiness of his education and indifferent to his grim prospects, Benjamin falls haplessly into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, the relentlessly seductive wife of his father's business partner. It's only when her lovely daughter Elaine comes home to visit that Benjamin, now smitten, thinks he might have found some kind of direction in his life.
But Mrs. Robinson is having none of it. A wondrously fierce and absurd battle of wills ensues, with love and idealism triumphing over the forces of corruption and conformity.
©1994 Anti-Defamation League of B'nai Brith (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"Brilliant...sardonic, ludicrously funny." ( New York Times)
"His novel makes you want to laugh and it makes you want to cry." ( Cleveland Plain Dealer)
"A highly gifted and accomplished writer." ( Chicago Tribune)
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3 out of 5 stars
By Eric on 01-16-09

Movie better

"What ?" I don't know how many times the characters say that but it becomes very annoying. In fact, all of the dialogue is strangely jerky and drown out and so is the delivery. If the reader had performed it organically I think it would have worked out better. Just didn't sound like any conversations I've ever had.

I seldom read a book that was so improved by the movie. In the movie the struggle between the two generations is more apparent and of vital importance within the context of the Baby-boomer generation. I also found myself really disliking the Benjamin in the book. He carries on like a little b**** the whole time. He has few redeeming qualities. And I could never understand why Elian would be in love with him. For the book I'm left with a very strong feeling that the relationship is going to crash and burn. Within a few months one could readily imagine Elian married to Carl after all and Benjamin in boot camp.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 01-27-17

Did a highschooler write this?

There is so much hype surrounding the film version (which I still haven't seen) that when I found the book on sale I figured I'd see what the fuss is about. I can only assume that the film fills in the gaps...The characters seemed very one dimensional and the main character seemed both whiny and creepy. Mrs. Robinson seems so predatory. A lot of the novel is he said this, she did that. It seems like something a high schooler wrote, lacking in depth and without any flourish. I was disappointed, but I will still watch the film version because I believe that the right acting could make all the difference and add dimension to the glaring gaps and one-dimensionality witnessed here.

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