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Home School

By Charles Webb

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Format: Hardback, 240 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 07 June 2007
At the end of Charles Webb's first novel, The Graduate, Benjamin Braddock rescues his beloved Elaine from a marriage made not in heaven but in California. t is now eleven years and 3,000 miles later, and the couple live in Westchester County, a suburb of New York City, with their two young sons, who they are educating at home. hrough no accident, a continent now stands between them and the boys surviving grandparent, now known as Nan, but who in former days answered to Mrs. Robinson. As the story opens, the Braddock household is in turmoil as the Westchester School Board attempts to quash the unconventional educational methods the family is practising. esperate situations call for desperate remedies even a cry for help to the mother-in-law from hell, who is only too happy to provide her loving services but at a price far higher than could be expected. harles Webb has a knack for pinpointing the horrors and absurdities of domestic life, and Home School displays all the precision and wit that made The Graduate such a long-lasting success..

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Charles Webb was born in California. His first novel, The Graduate, was made into the acclaimed film. Six years ago he moved to the UK to write a novel based on a English character, which was published as New Cardiff. He and his wife Fred remained in Great Britain and are now living in Hove, Sussex. Currently he is working on a novel entitled Porn Flakes, about a poet who inherits an adult book shop.


It's one of modern pop culture's great mysteries: What happened after The Graduate's Ben and Elaine busted out of Elaine's church wedding and fled the world of hypocritical convention personified by her mother, Mrs. Robinson? In this sequel to his seminal 1963 novel, Webb's droll answer is that, 11 years on, they've settled down to a quiet suburban life in New York's Westchester County. Their sole antiestablishment gesture is to home-school their sons, Matt and Jason, using progressive educational nostrums that lead to open-minded debates over Jason's desire to study the French Revolution by building a backyard guillotine. When a crisis arises that only her legendary wiles can resolve, Mrs. Robinson-now primly called Nan-re-ensconces herself in their lives and guest room. Horrified, Ben and Elaine figure that a dose of the counterculture will expel the dragon lady, so they invite into the house a family of hippie home-schoolers so organic that the mother still breast-feeds her seven-year-old daughter. Armed only with his stammering earnestness, Ben tries to protect his family from an improbable alliance between Nan and the let-it-all-hang-out '70s. ("That was exactly right, the best possible response," he reassures Jason after the lad gently declines a swig of breast milk.) Webb crafts both a wicked sendup of the post-Vietnam cultural revolution and an acute satire of the romantic associations surrounding his characters and the generation-defining film, slyly suggesting that Ben and Elaine are the squarest people of all. (Jan.) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

"Distinctive, wry, spare and beautifully modulated."-"Daily Telegraph""Forty years overdue, the sequel to The Graduate was worth the wait. A great read."-"The London Paper""From the Trade Paperback edition."

EAN: 9780091795658
ISBN: 0091795656
Publisher: Hutchinson
Dimensions: 13.97 x 2.03 x 22.35 centimetres (0.36 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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