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O'Brien, author of an excellent series of novels, from _Going After Cacciato_ and _The Nuclear Age_ to _In the Lake of the Woods_, presents the hilarious comic tale of a linguistics professor who is fascinated by young women, craves vengeance on his ex-wife, and fears the revenge of former Vietnam comrades he screwed overseas. Thomas Chippering is a lying, narcissistic, self-deluding charmer who is fascinated with words and tells his story with terrific elan. Over the course of his adventures he receives a spanking in front of his class, loses his job, auditions for "Captain Nineteen" (the host of a local cable access children's TV show), tries to ruin his ex-wife's new marriage and the life of her brother who seems a little too close to her (both were Thomas's childhood playmates), and many other wild and strange events. There's a lot of pain and regret underlying the laughs, and the tale builds to an incredible surprise climax. A very fast and enjoyable read that is also excellently written.
This report prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Kind of romance:    -   love triangle/polygon    -   seduction (yum!)    -   playing footsy while inconveniently married Life of a profession:    -   teacher Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   teacher Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American) Unusual characteristics:    -   Super sensitive soggy jelly muffin

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast    -   Midwest Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia Jungles?    -   Yes Small town?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references only Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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