Christopher Hill Virtual Morality

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Winner of Pushcart's 18th Annual Editors' Book Award, this first novel is a savage and hilarious dissection of contemporary campus life.

The scene is Denver, home of the mighty Western University and its warring faculty, presided over by an ambitious president dreaming of tall, new buildings and by a hapless dean. When a female instructor in the Womyn's Studies course insults a male student and is insulted in turn (with a "trans-general epithet"), the student is expelled by the hastily organized undergraduate oversight board. Seeking justice for the expelled student is Parker Thompson, the young, morally challenged star of the city's top law firm, who struggles to advance his legal career - and save whatever is left of his soul. Christopher Hill's first novel is a scathing satire of academic hubris and a disturbing portait of American society grasping for a moral compass in an age that has abandoned tradition. Hill's voice, rising from the very bowels of the beast he is describing, is funny, incisive, fresh, and devastating.

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Christopher Hill was for many years tutor and then Master of Balliol College, Oxford.

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Lampooning university speech codes, champions of "Womyn's" rights, and all things politically correct, this broadly written academic satire is a decade behind the curve. Everett Broadstreet, dean of a fictional Colorado college, is vainly trying to hold the line against the forces of liberalism, led by Daphne Stiggler, self-proclaimed professor of "Womyn's" studies. But when Stiggler gets into a shouting match with David Shore, one of her students (she accuses him of date rape; he insults her sexual orientation), and Shore is expelled from the college, Broadstreet has to deal with an administrator's worst nightmare: bad publicity. Shore, a rich frat boy from New York, sues the university, bringing TV crews and newspapers to witness the latest fight in campus politics. The smarmy lawyer who is pressed by his partners to take the Shore case is Parker Thompson, the newest junior partner in an old-shoe Denver law firm. Thompson is a Porsche-driving hotshot who spends as much time checking himself in the mirror ("How did he look? Powder blue pinpoint cotton shirt with a spread collar just right, so that there were tiny creases along the seams") as he does pursuing actual legal work. He sees the case as a quick, flashy victory, but matters don't go quite as planned. His Porsche gets firebombed, his legal career suddenly has some hiccups and even his chance to find true love with the seemingly sweet Mary O'Neill goes bust because he fails to quit his habits of cocaine, drinking and sleeping with supermodels. Even a satire needs at least one likable person--if only for contrast--but readers will be hard-pressed to find one here. Though some scenes are undeniably funny, and the issue of acceptable speech may still be raging on some campuses, this novel won't add much to the debate. (Feb.)
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