[Reading] ➶ The Devil and Webster ➽ Jean Hanff Korelitz – Jwdfitness.co.uk

The Devil and Webster From The New York Times Bestselling Author Of You Should Have Known And Admission, A Twisty New Novel About A College President, A Baffling Student Protest, And Some Of The Most Hot Button Issues On Today S College Campuses Naomi Roth Is The First Female President Of Webster College, A Once Conservative School Now Known For Producing Fired Up, Progressive Graduates So Naomi Isn T Surprised Or Unduly Alarmed When Webster Students Begin The Fall Semester With An Outdoor Encampment Around The Stump A Traditional Campus Gathering Place For Generations Of Student Activists To Protest A Popular Professor S Denial Of Tenure A Former Student Radical Herself, Naomi Admires The Protestors Passion, Especially When Her Own Daughter, Hannah, Joins Their Ranks Then Omar Khayal, A Charismatic Palestinian Student With A Devastating Personal History, Emerges As The Group S Leader, And The Demonstration Begins To Consume Naomi S Life, Destabilizing Webster College From The Inside Out As The Crisis Slips Beyond Her Control, Naomi Must Take Increasingly Desperate Measures To Protect Her Friends, Colleagues, And Family From An Unknowable Adversary Touching On Some Of The Most Topical And Controversial Concerns At The Heart Of Our Society, This Riveting Novel Examines The Fragility That Lies Behind Who We Think We Are And What We Think We Believe.

10 thoughts on “The Devil and Webster

  1. says:

    I had no clue what this book was about and so I just picked it up because who knows and it ended up being about Webster College We follow along as the first female president ends up entangled with a student protester who takes things too far I would just like to say that college history and the politics of what happens on campus are super boring to me I didn t even know Webster College was a place and I definitely didn t know...

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    Existential Storms in Monastic TeapotsThe modern university started life in the 13th century as an extension of the medieval monastery Its mission was to train functionaries, mainly in Ecclesiastical Law and associated writing skills, to serve the needs of the huge international clerical state Times have certainly changed the Church is in decline the Law is still with us but rathercorporate than ecclesiastical and the young people who participate in it are likely not as rigorously cel Existential Storms in Monastic TeapotsThe modern university started life in the 13th century as an extension of the medieval monastery Its mission was to train functionaries, mainly in Ecclesiastical Law and associated writing skills, to serve the needs of the huge international clerical state Times have certainly changed the Church is in decline the Law is still with us but rathercorporate than ecclesiastical and the young people who participate in it are likely not as rigorously celibate as their predecessors.Nevertheless, despite the secularisation of the world, its function, and its denizens, the universit...

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    All that Welcome Week counseling, the special receptions for foreign students and homeschooled students So much for the big brothers and big sisters assigned to freshmen, with their ice cream socials in the new students dormitory common rooms and their great big college catered picnic down at the boathouse So much for the RAs, four to a flour in the freshman dorms, and their late night pizza parties, also underwritten by the college And the writing resource centers and the tutoring network, All that Welcome Week counseling, the special receptions for foreign s...

  4. says:

    It s hard to resist a campus novel The sixth novel from Jean Hanff Korelitz is unusual in focusingon the administration than the students of a fictional American college Webster College, Massachusetts was founded as a Native American training academy in the eighteenth century by missionary Josiah Webster Now it rivals Harvard and other Ivy League schools, attracting liberal students with its enlightened gender and racial politics I had Swarth and Oberlin in mind as models Yet Nao It s hard to resist a campus novel The sixth novel from Jean Hanff Korelitz is unusual in focusingon the administration than the students of a fictional American college Webster College, Massachusetts was founded as a Native American training academy in the eighteenth century by missionary Josiah Webster Now it rivals Harvard and other Ivy League schools, attracting liberal students with its enlightened gender and racial politics I had Swarth and Oberlin in mind as models Yet Naomi Roth, Webster s first female president, soon finds that racial and sexual tension still bubble under the surface here A decade ago, her first major challenge as president was dealing with the uproar when Nell Jones Givens, who lived in female only Radclyffe Hall, began transitioning to become Neil But now she faces an even stickier problem A group of students have set up an Occupy style camp in the center of the quad to protest the decision to deny tenure to N...

  5. says:

    Hmm Still in consideration on this one It was beautifully written but not sure it engaged me utterly I kind of meandered along to the end of it with no real gut instinct Fuller review to follow later.

  6. says:

    I have been lucky enough to meet Jean Hanff Korelitz and attend her wonderful pop up book groups for other authors Tomorrow, I will get to sit with her to discuss her newest novel which was thoroughly engrossing and very thought provoking This novel about a campus under siege from student activists who are protesting a situation they do not know the facts of kept me reading over the holiday we...

  7. says:

    at first i found this maddening we have certain expectations of 1 american novels and 2 academic novels, and this particular book flouts them, infuriatingly narratives threads are unaccountably cut short scenes stop in the middle why couldn t the author go on, usewords, tell us what happened after the last person spoke why leave scenes so abruptly unfinished this flouts the narrative expectations of the american novel, and, at first, it seemed to me a sign of poor writing the thin at first i found this maddening we have certain expectations of 1 american novels and 2 academic novels, and this particular book flouts them, infuriatingly narratives threads are unaccountably cut short scenes stop in the middle why couldn t the author go on, usewords, tell us what happened after the last person spoke why leave scenes so abruptly unfinished this flouts the narrative expectations of the american novel, and, at first, it seemed to me a sign of poor writing the thing is, this book is, otherwise, written beautifully the language is erudite and precise, sharp and smart the narrative is compressed not in the bad way i describe above but in the good way that keeps the story focused and engaging and suspenseful there was no way korelitz wasn t being intentional in her truncating of crucial scenes the novel does not fit the mold of the academic novel either there is no sleazy, confusing interaction between a student and faculty member in fact, we meet one lone f...

  8. says:

    The Devil and Webster 4 starsI have been saying that it requires some bravery to write this review The central issue is farcomplicated than it initially appears At first, I found the book slow It took me awhile to get into it But I now see the construction of the book was the lens of experiencing all the slow building events from the main characters point of view And the main character a college president named Naomi Roth, she finds herself in the groundswell of events she cannot The Devil and Webster 4 starsI have been saying that it requires some bravery to write this review The central issue is farcomplicated than it initially appears At first, I found the book slow It took me awhile to get into it But I now see the construction of the book was the lens of experiencing all the slow building events from the main characters point of view And the main character a college president named Naomi Roth, she finds herself in the grou...

  9. says:

    If I could have given this NO stars I would have Really was looking forward to it, but there was seriously no point to it Felt like I was trudging thru mud.I received this book for free thru the Netgalley and it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.

  10. says:

    This book started as a tough sledding, 1 star dud and built its way up to three The author feels, especially in the beginning of the novel, the need to prove she has a verbose vocabulary and command of the minutiae of collegiate doings She pulls us through the life of a prestigious small college president Naomi Roth Roth is beleaguered by a student protest that will not end, and I admit that I wanted to know how it would all turn out After all, I too went to a small, liberal arts college wh This book started as a tough sledding, 1 star dud and built its way up to three The author feels, especially in the beginning of the novel, the need to prove she has a verbose vocabulary and command of the minutiae of collegiate doings She pulls us thro...

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