Author Charles Webb
Publisher Washington Square Press
Publication Date April 2nd 2002
Genre: General Fiction
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When Benjamin Braddock graduates from a small Eastern college and moves home to his parents' house, everyone wants to know what he's going to do with his life. Embittered by the emptiness of his college education and indifferent to his grim prospects -- grad school? a career in plastics? -- Benjamin falls haplessly into an affair with Mrs. Robinson, the relentlessly seductive wife of his father's business partner. It's only when beautiful coed Elaine Robinson comes home to visit her parents that Benjamin, now smitten, thinks he might have found some kind of direction in his life. Unfortuately for Benjamin, Mrs. Robinson plays the role of protective mother as well as she does the one of mistress. A wondrously fierce and absurd battle of wills ensues, with love and idealism triumphing over the forces of corruption and conformity.
“Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?” is a highly quotable line and Anne Bancroft’s triangle leg being infamous. However, I was always curious about its novel origin. Having never seen the movie, despite knowing the pop culture references I wasn’t sure what to expected. Will it be erotic, serious, or a romp of a read.
The Graduate by Charles Webb was extremely entertaining. I found it to be a comedy which focuses on morals, conformity and a form of parenting that can be compared to the extremities of Lorelai Gilmore.
The Graduate had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion. Mrs. Robison has some great zingers, that has the quick wit of Gilmore Girls with the bluntness of Seinfeld. It was the perfect combination for an off beat play, as this story really does march to its own beat.
Overall, this was a quick, enjoyable read that is a perfect, intelligent, humorous read.