Cambridge

Cambridge

Book - 2014
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"It was probably because I was so often taken away from Cambridge when I was young that I loved it as much as I did . . ."

So begins this novel-from-life by the best-selling author of Girl, Interrupted, an exploration of memory and nostalgia set in the 1950s among the academics and artists of Cambridge, Massachusetts.

London, Florence, Athens: Susanna, the precocious narrator of Cambridge, would rather be home than in any of these places. Uprooted from the streets around Harvard Square, she feels lost and excluded in all the locations to which her father's career takes the family. She comes home with relief--but soon enough wonders if outsiderness may be her permanent condition.

Written with a sharp eye for the pretensions--and charms--of the intellectual classes, Cambridge captures the mores of an era now past, the ordinary lives of extraordinary people in a singular part of America, and the delights, fears, and longings of childhood.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, c2014
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385350259
Branch Call Number: KAY
Characteristics: 257 p. ;,22 cm

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brenstuhl4456 Jun 03, 2014

I enjoyed this book, however it was not a book that caught my attention in the beginning. The underlining message of the novel was not an easily revealed message. The novel made you think, which in the end was quite thought provoking. I enjoyed that in the end.

Bierlingen Jun 02, 2014

A slow but amusing telling of Susanna Kaysen's privileged childhood. Have not read any of her other books so cannot compare

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May 26, 2014

An exploration of childhood experience as the narrator remembers growing up and moving from place to place with her academic parents. Well written and enjoyable, this is a good vacation read for literary fiction fans looking for something a little lighter -- it's not A.S. Byatt, but it's along those lines.

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