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  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1st edition (1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394472853
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394472850
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.8 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,514,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Trawick on January 30, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I first read this book around 1978, when Talbot was teaching at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, and so was I. I read it because Talbot, a kind and gentle friend, had written it. But then I saw that Gayatri, to whom Talbot had been married, was in it. It was not only about Gayatri, but about Cornell, where they both were students, about Iowa, about pigs, and about one extraordinary cat.
Later the book became quite difficult to find. I am happy to see that this book is on the market again. It is humble, detailed, and very very funny. The funniest parts are about Talbot's wife at the time. The most gripping and suspenseful part is about a pig and this heroic cat. If you know Cornell, if you know cats, if you are familiar with pigs, and/or of course if you are familiar with the work and demeanor of Gayatri Spivak, this book is a must-read. Even if you are not familiar with any of these creatures, you will enjoy the book. I loved it.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This roman a clef by Gayatri Spivak's first husband is a fun read. In itself, it is funny,charming, witty, and as personal history or fictionalized autobiography, it offers some insights into the early life of one of america's leading literary theorists, which Talbot Spivak records with apparent accuracy. Worth the read.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Gary Britson on September 9, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Talbot Spivak's first (and, to my knowledge, only) novel, published in 1972, blends the philosophy of Pascal with an affection for rural life--in particular, an appreciation for the sensibilities of farm cats--in a stylish and literary comedy. I may be the only person who's read it. Spivak was the husband of one of my college professors; otherwise, I might never have heard of it. The narrator is an asthmatic Philadelphian who is worried about the draft (the story is set in the late sixties), his occasionally crippling asthma, and his hopes of a career as a Latin teacher. He finds unexpected acceptance teaching at a small Midwestern college, where his Latin class becomes a cult favorite, to the chagrin of the staid local intellectuals. This is a funny book, unique and charming. I wish he'd have written a series. I'd have bought them all.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 1, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This novel about Gayatri Spivak is a great read for anyone interested in the early life of the famous feminist and radical marxist. No sign of radicalism at this stage of her life, but perhaps it developed later.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Peregrine Wingfield on May 10, 2006
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Very witty, touching novel by Gayatri Spivak's first husband. Hard to guess that the petty fascist he describes would turn out to be one of america's leading radical intellectuals. The girl in the novel sounds like a petty bourgeois tramp, fresh off the boat from Calcutta, armed with a fake BBC accent and a thoroughly screwed up personality. Perhaps it's all fiction, but anyone wanting a glimpse of Gayatri Spivak "at home" should read this.
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