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Election Paperback – Bargain Price, October 1, 1998
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“[A] darkly comic and winning novel.”—San Francisco Chronicle
“Funny, sad, realistic, irreverent, and very readable.”—Library Journal
“Captures the texture of high-school life in a refreshing manner.”—Time Out New York
“Exceedingly funny...sharp observation...a delight.”—The Clevland Plain Dealer
“A neatly written, nimble-witted novel...a good-natured, John Irvingesque portrait of the contemporary world...seamless storytelling.”—The Washington Post
“Perotta is that rare writer equally gifted at drawing people's emotional maps...and creating sidesplitting scenes.”—People
“An American Chekhov.”—The New York Times Book Review --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
About the Author
Tom Perrotta is the author of The Leftovers, The Abstinence Teacher, Little Children, Election, and Nine Inches, among other works of fiction. Election was made into the acclaimed 1999 movie directed by Alexander Payne and starring Matthew Broderick and Reese Witherspoon. Little Children was released as a movie directed by Todd Field and starring Kate Winslet and Jennifer Connelly in 2006, and for which Perrotta received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for best screenplay. He also serves as an executive producer for the HBO® series The Leftovers, based on his novel. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Granted, the movie is a case study of how a novel can change when put into the hands of a different writer and director. The amazing thing is that both the movie and the novel are great on their own merits. It is impossible to say that you do not like the movie simply because it takes such liberties with the book. ...
... one of the movies funniest lines does not appear in the novel (when a colleague and friend of Mr. M. descibes something only he knows about Tracy Flick), and another of the movie's funniest lines comes from Mr. M. (Matthew Broderick), while in the novel it comes from the school's principal. Trust me, it is funnier coming from Matthew Broderick than it would have been coming from the actor who portrayed the principal ... Plus, Mr. M. never gets stung by a bee in the novel. These are among the many gems that the movie has that the novel does not. I will not bother to mention the advantages the novel has over the movie, but there are several.
What needs to be stressed is the novel's bravery. It deals in no uncertain terms with adultery, soft-core pedophilia, lesbianism, corruption, blind ambition, alienation, loneliness, and, perhaps most importantly, forgiveness. And it deals with these issues through characters who seem so utterly real.
"Election" is truly a great achievement.
Do yourself a favor: read the novel and see the movie. Do so in any order, for both are equally great on their own merits. It is a shame, nay, a travesty, that only a few very fortunate people are aware of this book and movie. But as Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) says in the movie, "If you're going to be great, you have to be lonely." This is a lonely book and movie, but it is a great as it is lonely.
I think "Election" is one of those very quick reads that anyone can enjoy. Tom Perrotta's characters often are more complex than meets the eye, and I think he subscribes to the philosophy that you can find good and bad in most people.
In the movie, the viewer is introduced to the affair by the teacher. He ironically confided with the ethics teacher (Matthew Broderick), "Her p*ssy gets so wet you can't believe it."
According to the novel the relationship began after the following conversation:
"The boys in this school are so immature," she complained. "They don't even know how to conduct a conversation."
"Oh?" said Jack. "So you'd prefer an older man?"
"As a matter of fact, I probably would. How old are you?"
"Thirty-two? That sounds about right." She said.
Interestingly, in the novel Tracy is a fifteen-year-old sophomore, but in the movie she is a sixteen-year-old junior. The movie is set in Omaha, Nebraska, so I'm surprised the writer didn't make her seventeen or set the movie in Nevada where the age-of-consent is sixteen. In the end, her age didn't matter in the book or movie, because the teacher was forced to resign, but surprisingly didn't go to jail.
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Alexander Payne's movie was wonderfully funny and real but Tom Perrotta's book leaves a lot to be desired.Read more