Many Pretty Toys

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SUNY Press, 1999 - Fiction - 245 pages
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When Nixon orders the bombing of Cambodia, the resulting protests push a West Coast university to the brink of anarchy, altering irrevocably the lives of students and faculty and disrupting the process of storytelling itself. Through the words of two professors and a communal voice known only as "We, " Hazard Adams interweaves the political, literary, and philosophical developments of the time into a story in which generations and their histories meet, as well as literary styles and methods, showing how political and intellectual events play on the consciousness of a range of characters. The spirit here is serious and generous, but not without a satirical element as a communal group attempts to establish an elusive identity. With a remarkable breadth of method, Adams deliberately evades the usual literary classifications.
 

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A debut novel set in the late "60s, describing the turmoil that overtakes a group of faculty and students at an American university. Academics, as a rule, don—t make the most vivid characters. But ... Read full review

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This intriguing novel is experimental in style and postmodern in sensibility. Set on a college campus in the Pacific Northwest during the tumultuous years of 1969 and 1970, it explores a variety of ... Read full review

Contents

Dramatis Personae 1
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We 15
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We 33
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Williams Memoir 51
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Emorys Journal 73
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Williams Memoir 89
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Emorys Journal 117
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Author 133
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Williams Memoir 151
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PART III
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Williams Memoir 185
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Emorys Journal 207
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We 225
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Williams Memoir 239
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About the author (1999)

Hazard Adams is Byron W. and Alice L. Lockwood Professor Emeritus of Humanities at the University of Washington. His previous books include The Academic Tribes; The Horses of Instruction; and The Truth About Dragons.

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