Neal Stephenson is the author of Reamde, Anathem; the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World); Cryptonomicon; The Diamond Age; Snow Crash, which was named one of Time magazine's top one hundred all-time best English-language novels; and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.
I read this book for the first time shortly after it's publication in '84.
Most of the characters were one-dimensional, the satire wasn't particularly deft, and the plot wasn't nearly as compelling as Stephenson's later novels.
I don't know how anyone can take this book seriously or say it has much to do with college in the eigthies.
Having read this in the second half of my university career, this book resonated deeply with me.
The absurdity, the unthinking mass of students, the uncaring professors, all... Read more
It was difficult to believe that this was written by the same genius who wrote...well, every other book Neal Stephenson has written. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Demimonde Mesila Thraam
I loved this book. I've read most of Stephenson's books and am a huge fan. The Big U took me places I had no idea I would go. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Lynn B. Schornick
Only Stephenson could create such a unique college campus, characters and plot lines. This early work of his is engaging and witty.Published 14 months ago by Valerie Carlisle
This diamond in the rough has been well-covered in other
reviews. Just a few more comments I'd like to add... Read more
That's what I kept thinking when I read The Big U in 2001 about half way through my undergraduate college experience. Read morePublished on February 9, 2009 by Gagewyn
The Big U is the first and least of Stephenson's novels. But if it ultimately fails to cohere, that's only because it was an ambitious attempt--with themes and a voice that... Read morePublished on August 5, 2008 by Rob Szarka
Although the writing tends to be a bit undisciplined and even unrestrained, I greatly enjoyed this book. Read morePublished on May 16, 2007 by Michael Dippery
What's really fascinating about The Big U is how early Neal Stephenson hit upon so many of the themes that he follows through so much of his more recent fiction. Read morePublished on May 10, 2007 by Dr. Christopher Coleman