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Amateur barbarians : a novel, Robert Cohen

Label
Amateur barbarians : a novel
Title
Amateur barbarians
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Robert Cohen
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Artfully juxtaposing two contrasting personalities (as he did in Inspired Sleep), Cohen explores the terrain of male middle age in a novel that keenly observes the dissatisfactions of contemporary life. Teddy Hastings, the 53-year-old principal of a New England middle school, yearns for a grand adventure that would celebrate his manhood. Restless and impulsive, Teddy unwittingly causes a scandal that lands him briefly in jail. Disgraced and forced to take a sabbatical, Teddy leaves his wife, Gail, behind and flies to Ethiopia, where his college dropout daughter is working with orphans. Meanwhile, Oren Pierce, the younger man appointed in Teddy's absence, skitters through life in the same manner he has always done: perennially uncommitted, congenitally irresolute, though he is eventually forced to confront the limits of his desultory lifestyle. (Gail comes into play, as well.) Teddy's sojourn in Africa is the most dynamic part of the book, though it is Gail who acts as the novel's fulcrum; witty, sensual, focused and centered in reality, she remains an indelible figure as the two men in her orbit are diminished by the collapse of their dreams and expectations
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
813/.54
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3553.O4273
LC item number
A8 2009
Literary form
fiction
Label
Amateur barbarians : a novel, Robert Cohen
Instantiates
Publication
Control code
ocn317361832
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st Scribner hardcover ed.
Extent
401 p.
Isbn
9780743230360
Lccn
2009012256
System control number
(OCoLC)317361832
Label
Amateur barbarians : a novel, Robert Cohen
Publication
Control code
ocn317361832
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st Scribner hardcover ed.
Extent
401 p.
Isbn
9780743230360
Lccn
2009012256
System control number
(OCoLC)317361832

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