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Ruminations on College Life Paperback – August 6, 2002
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People, let me be straight with you. I attend school at the University of Pennsylvania. Or, as we call it, Penn. Yes, it is the "Social Ivy". No, we don't JUST binge drink (although it does happen).
If you want proof that this guy went to class, look at the fact that he actually graduated. From Wharton. The best business school in the nation. Then, he published a book about it. Calm down.
This is a fun little book. It is entertaining, it makes light of a lot of college problems, and no one who has been in college in the past decade or so is going to find it that offensive. It's entertainment, nothing more.
It doesn't purport to be a survival guide for college, and it wasn't intended to be. Instead, it was intended to be what it is. An amusing series of anecdotes about drinking at Penn. It also teaches an important lesson. Which is that Penn is no different from other college campuses.
Take it for what it is, people. Don't get all preachy.
I recommend it. It's entertaining. Pick it up. Then pass it on. I am.
The novel highlights several parts of college life, such as the drinking, the residence halls, the greek life, night activities, studying abroad and the transition to going home. at turns were laughs on every page.
I guess the reason why i liked it so much as because it looked at two groups that society does'nt really pay much attention to: youth and college students. and it seems like every portrayal of youth has it at one end of the spectrum or the other. in other words, youth is either a tragic lost generation or trying to save the world and find a cure for AIDS. These characters are just kids on the transition from childhood to adulthood and enjoy the ride. Karo doesn't fall into either one and simply describes his endeavors during his undergraduate education. It's honest and humorous. The humor is derived from his life without the drama and trouble.
There is no plot and the chapters are short. There is no real logic in the book, either. But that's what makes it so much fun to read. Life does not have a beginning, middle or end and doesn't follow Freytags pyramid. Life is more of a series of short chapters. And the characters sort of flow in and out of the book,just as characters do in real life. I have met a lot of people while in college.Read more ›
What is so great about this book is that Aaron Karo speaks not only as a real college student, but someone with the wit and intelligence needed to point out the idiocy and humor in the most fundamental parts of fraternity and campus life. I found myself laughing not only from reading the book, but from envisioning what he's talking about...either myself or one of my friends has been, at one time or another, in the situations he smartly describes.
It's a great book...for everyone. A lot of fun. And it's true - every word of it.
ruminations is a basic overview for all college life, from the crazy drunken nights of underage freshman to the quasi-return to normal life with the family where the college kid has to remember who the rulemakers are (the ones who, of course, fund the "education"- or as Mr. Karo put it, the drinking habits). you will laugh out loud and you will enjoy this book. while i haven't personally joined a frat and engaged in the wild drunken behavior that runs throughout the book, i have been witness to MANY fine examples of typical college behavior- Aaron Karo tells it like it is. and parents should probably give this book a read, too, if only to look back on their own experiences with a smile. thank you Aaron Karo.
Now, that I have been out of college for over 6 years, reading these ruminations take me back. They help me remember what I loved about college. The fact that I knew kids like Karo described and I sometimes partied a bit too much make it pretty easy to relate.
There are many times when you will read this book that you will laugh out loud. I loved reading the ruminations that I still remembered, (the steam room of a bathroom, asking the Med student to help an injured friend, etc.). I recommend this book for people that partied in college or are currently partying in college and want to read a light and entertaining book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this book in college and found it to be very entertaining. Now that I've been out of college for a few years I find myself reading through it less and less. Read morePublished on July 22, 2009 by Holly Lauber
This book is not about college life. It is a bunch of short paragraphs. There are no real stories or real characters. Read morePublished on January 28, 2008 by Just Frank
I admire this kid for having enough business sense to get this little book published. No doubt he probably has wealthy, powerful parents. Read morePublished on October 18, 2005 by Jonesy
Very true stories about college life, my only complaint is that the book is too short. I found myself hi-liteing(sp) quotes in this book to share with friends later when I was... Read morePublished on March 4, 2005 by R. Benn
Meet Aaron Karo: Recovering Alcoholic. Honestly, that should have been the title of this book. Nearly 75% of this book is dedicated to stories of binge drinking, hedonism, and more... Read morePublished on June 6, 2004 by Lauren Pierce
if you go away to college then you will understand this book. i think it's great and i couldn't put it down until i was done. Read morePublished on June 5, 2003
Karo is consistently amusing. As a college student, I object to his repetitive portrayal of his four-year keg party as something every college student aims for; actually, I thought... Read morePublished on March 16, 2003 by Jane
I would have liked to have slapped Aaron Karo while reading this book, but I was laughing too hard to keep my hand steady enough. Read morePublished on January 30, 2003 by Abigail E. Myers