Babble

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University of Alabama Press, 1976 - Fiction - 117 pages
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Babble, a babybook for our time, is a fiction about (1) loss of innocence, (2) rites of passage, (3) family life, (4) babies, (5) baby-sitters, (6) war and peace, (7) robots, (8) raw youth, (9) crime and punishment, (10) stories, (11) sex and death, (12) language, (13) advanced education, (14) love, (15) the invention of culture, (16) mystery, (17) play, (18) fathers and sons, (19) superheroes, (20) the dehumanization of art. Babble is a baby book for grown ups, a comic novel about entering and losing the world, an adult dream of lost babyhood. Like Baumbach's previous novel, Reruns, though moving perhaps one step further out (or in), Babble depicts our world through a screen of metaphors, using the stuff of dreams, memory and cultural fantasy.
 

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Contents

Drool
3
Babble
11
Pagina Man
21
Spooky in Florida
31
The Babys First Case
45
The War Baby
59
The Baby Takes an A dvanced Degree
73
The Fell of Love
91
Growing Old
107
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