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The Final Club

Wolff, Geoffrey

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ISBN 10: 0394578201 / ISBN 13: 9780394578200
Published by Knopf, New York, 1990
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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In a clear protective Brodart mylar cover. An unread copy. Signed, inscibed, and dated. A novel and a social comedy and superb account of the 'silent generation' the college age boys during the height of the Eisenhower administration. Bookseller Inventory # 1002443

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Title: The Final Club

Publisher: Knopf, New York

Publication Date: 1990

Binding: Half-Leather

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Boldly SIGNED By the Author on the Title Page.

Edition: First Edition, First Printing

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First Edition, 1st printing. Inscribed ("For Rob, who has been so good to me. With fond gratitude Geoffrey Wolff October 10, 1990"), signed and dated in the year of publication by Geoffrey Wolff on the tile page. LIKE NEW! This book is clean and bright, with no creases, no tears, and no markings. Dustjacket also in excellent condition; clean & bright, with no creases or tears.

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The full coming-of-age of Nathaniel Clay, which occurs at the class of 1960's 20th reunion at Princeton, is the ironic theme of Wolff's emotionally and sociologically accurate novel, a work that combines nostalgia and cynicism to powerful effect. The son of a charming ne'er-do-well (reminiscent of the author's father as memorably portrayed in The Duke of Deception ), Nathaniel comes east from Seattle to enter Princeton. His father--disinherited by his icily patrician parents for marrying Nathaniel's mother, a Jew--has died, and his mother is in the throes of a mental breakdown. Befriended by his roommates, socially impeccable Pownell Hamm and Booth Tarkington Griggs, Nathaniel seems sure to be invited to join one of the college's prestigious eating clubs. When he is blackballed, he experiences the dark side of his intellectual paradise. Wolff evokes the Princeton of the '50s-- and later-- with perfection of observation and detail: it is a world of perennial adolescents who sanctimoniously invoke the moral standards of the honor code while behaving with exquisite condescension to classmates of lesser social pedigree, and who abuse alcohol as an essential element of "the brotherhood of blotto." In the book's second half, a device central to the plot--an essay written by Nathaniel's son--does not ring true, but the denouement has the stomach-wrenching impact of a plunging elevator. By turns humorous and sharply poignant, the book triumphs over its inadequacies to create an unforgettable picture of a privileged time and place.
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