The Big U

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Harper Collins, Oct 13, 2009 - Fiction - 320 pages
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The New York Times Book Review called Neal Stephenson's most recent novel "electrifying" and "hilarious".  but if you want to know Stephenson was doing twenty years before he wrote the epic Cryptonomicon, it's back-to-school time. Back to The Big U, that is, a hilarious send-up of American college life starring after years our of print, The Big U is required reading for anyone interested in the early work of this singular writer.


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The Big U Book Review Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 12:02AM modify remove organize post follow up I picked up The Big U while I was organizing my library, and I decided to see if I still liked it ten ... Read full review

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User Review  - omnia_mutantur - LibraryThing

This book has a unfleshedout black character as the POV narrator. There's rape and violence and unrealistic female characters, and really bizarre treatments of lesbianism. (I think somewhere in there ... Read full review


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Neal Stephenson is the author of Reamde, Anathem, and the three-volume historical epic the Baroque Cycle (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World), as well as Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.

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