Blue Angel

Blue Angel Francine Prose may never surpass Joyce Carol Oates in the Prolific Olympics but she is one of those omnipresent writers whom failed writers hate And surely she ll make new enemies with her hilarious

  • Title: Blue Angel
  • Author: Francine Prose
  • ISBN: 9780749005979
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Paperback
  • Francine Prose may never surpass Joyce Carol Oates in the Prolific Olympics, but she is one of those omnipresent writers whom failed writers hate And surely she ll make new enemies with her hilarious and cruel 10th novel, Blue Angel, a satire of academia, specifically of English and writing departments The setting is Euston College in rural Vermont, a place kids go to ifFrancine Prose may never surpass Joyce Carol Oates in the Prolific Olympics, but she is one of those omnipresent writers whom failed writers hate And surely she ll make new enemies with her hilarious and cruel 10th novel, Blue Angel, a satire of academia, specifically of English and writing departments The setting is Euston College in rural Vermont, a place kids go to if they don t get into Bennington a place where desperate novelists teach creative writing to rich kids who don t seem to read Prose, who has taught at all the hotshot workshops, skewers both teachers and students in the way only a true insider could.Swenson, her writing teacher protagonist, once published a well received novel but is now consumed by neuroses and repressed lust, and instead of writing tends to get drunk or morose, or both But when a gifted student named Angela Argo enters his class, he feels like he is coming back to life His resurrection into believing in writing again, and his eventual disappointment, form the core of the novel.Prose s gift for satire is stunning as she directs her caustic wit at all the current academic debates sexual harassment policies warning against all manner of touching deconstructionists versus Old School fuddy duddies women s studies teachers who bring everything back to the phallocentric Man killing us all But Blue Angel s best passages come when the author is describing truly rotten writers Here s a Connecticut rich girl, a member of Swenson s workshop, who likes to write about all those poor unfortunate nonwhite people Her story is called First Kiss Inner City Blues and is written from the point of view of a Latino woman who lives in a trash strewn neighborhood full of gunfire and bad people Here s the opening line The summer heat sat on the hot city street, making it hard for it to breathe, especially for Lydia Sanchez It s a sentence so bad, it s almost a revelation Emily White

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    1. Francine Prose

      Francine Prose born in 1947 in Brooklyn, New York is an American novelist She graduated from Radcliffe College in 1968, and received a Guggenheim fellowship in 1991 She has sat on the board of judges for the PEN Newman s Own Award, and her novel Blue Angel, a satire about sexual harassment on college campuses, was a finalist for the National Book Award She is now teaching at Bard College.For information, please see enpedia wiki Francine

    834 thoughts on “Blue Angel”

    1. Tale as old as time: teacher and student's amorous liaison. But the notes on THIS scandal are particularly exquisite. The mind of the disgraced professor is put out fully naked on the table, so let the anatomy session begin! The innards are salacious, for its pretty hard to find empathy with the sap. Francine Prose, a more adequate name hasn't existed!!


    2. This novel was a New York Times Notable Book, and a finalist for the National Book Award. These accolades prove the reverse of what you'd imagine: not that Blue Angel is a good read, or anything or literary merit, but that standards on the whole have fallen. This novel fails on so many levels, I felt insulted 150pgs in and angry by the end.The novel wants to be either a satirical critique of political correctness, and how its guilty-without-trial ethos of college-level sexual harassment is as ea [...]


    3. I am struggling to write a review of this book: it is a satire of political correctness gone mad within the highly volatile environment that is a university campus. Having witnessed the kind of witch hunt described in this novel first hand, I cringed more than I would have if I hadn't been a direct to witness to how broken the academic system is. I tried to just focus on the book, and not how reminiscent the story was of things I've been privy to, but it obviously tainted my appreciation of this [...]


    4. professor likes student's novel. student likes praise from professor. professor and student make out. UH OHHHHHH SPAGHETTI-O


    5. I find the negative comments about this novel mystifying--it's a brilliant satire, and was deservedly nominated for a National Book Award (a prize rarely given to comic novels or satires). I suspect that the lack of suspense, the reader's foreknowledge that certain things will happen blunts their pleasure in Prose's wonderful writing and the insight she has into each of her characters, and the affectionate but acerbic picture of life in a small, somewhat pretentious and second rate college. But [...]


    6. Only bother reading Blue Angel if you don't mind books where you're not gonna like the main character.The paragraph below describes the chief reason I hated the main character. If you want to avoid the sexual exploits of the main character, quit reading now.SPOILER ALERT - QUIT READING IF YOU CARESo the dude is married, right? And he's a professor. He's never slept with one of his students. He seems half proud and half sad about this fact. Anyway, during the course of the book, he does have sex [...]


    7. It took me two days to read this book and I feel like it's two days that I would like to demand the author give me back. If I'm not mistaken, this book was a National Book Award finalist and I would also like an opportunity to smack some of those judges around.The premise: an aging writer with a bad case of writer's block spends his days teaching sub-par students creative writing at an over-privileged liberal arts college in an out of the way small town. When a student with talent enters his cla [...]


    8. A lot of people have complained that this book is a cliche, but I think it's really playing on cliches--political correctness on college campuses, male creative writing teacher / female student. I really felt for the professor at parts of the novel. He really seems to care if his student is writing "creative" work or if she is a victim of incest asking for help. And at other times, I couldn't stand him. His justifications for "wanting" the student, etc. (But that means he's a well developed char [...]


    9. Wow. This book disrespects the noble endeavor of teaching fiction, not to mention (I can only presume) the roilingly conflicted relationships teachers may have with their most alluring students . . . But first in this book's favor I should say that it's snappy (if never LOL) and very well dramatized. The human beings could probably seem sort of more like human beings, instead of cartoonish renditions of stereotypically cartoonish character types (frustrated/blocked writing teacher, bestudded sed [...]


    10. On the one hand: very entertaining, breezy, fast-paced, witty, engrossing. On the other hand: almost self-parodically stereotypical "comedic lit-fic" plot about a creative writing professor with writer's block having a midlife crisis and getting involved with a younger woman. Seems like it wants to "tackle" culture-war topics about "political correctness," university responses to sexual harassment on campus, etc but doesn't take any real stands one way or the other, and this element ends up feel [...]


    11. I loved this book, thought it was a very witty academic satire and fun spoof on students and terrible writing. To me the central joke is that the "brilliant" student is also a terrible writer-- the excerpts we read of her novel are cliches of goth/riot grrrl anomie, with the lurking menace and squalor and minimalism and repulsive/erotic imagery. (Her name "Argo(t)" suggests this quality of subculture chic and slang). Plus hello she's writing about a student attracted to her male teacher, FOR her [...]


    12. I don't know if I can bring myself to finish this book. The writing itself is not so bad, though the author does do a thing with her possesives that is beginning to drive me nuts. The bigger problem however is the unbelievable characters, and their trajectory. I haven't been sold on the story. These people need to more wicked - how can a guy who is so complacent do what he does? I'm not a prude, I know people are having illicit sex all over the place, and enjoying it much more than this self-obs [...]


    13. How did this book get so many awards? It's the most cliched story out there; male writing professor gets involved with his brilliant female student. About fifty pages in (and not getting any more involved), I made a bet with myself. I bet that I could predict where the book was going and save myself the three hours it would take to get there naturally. So I turned to the last forty pages and sure enough was exactly where I figured.It's discouraging that Blue Angel was so revered. I honestly don' [...]


    14. “You are guilty until proven innocent, and you will never be proven innocent,” is the charge in this book and it is a sad unravelling of what inevitably happens when sense overrules sensibility in a politically correct institution of higher education.Professor Theodore Swenson is a professor in a New England college’s creative writing program and is a former bestselling author now hobbled by writers block and mid-life crisis. The students in his class are allowed free reign with their subj [...]


    15. I was very torn on this book. I kept hearing echoes of "Oleanna" and "Disclosure" as I read. I mean, taking things that happen quite often - sexual harassment and sexual relationships between male professors and female students - and doing a bit of role reversal? How shocking, how transgressive, how.etely obnoxious. It's about as edgy as someone who shows more concern for the few men who might be falsely accused of rape than for the multitudes of women who are actually raped. Never mind all of t [...]


    16. This book was well written. Prose does a good job giving us a glimpse into academia and marriage. Even the scenes in the writing class were funny and interesting. I'll give her that. Prose is taking a satirical approach to try to make a point about today's air of politically correct gender relations. The college campus is overrun by ultra feminists who think all women are victims of men's phallocentric universe, led by the ultimate feminist witch professor. On the other hand, the main character [...]


    17. This was absolutely BRILLIANT!! Witty, clever, funny, intelligent, and original! This one will be going on my list of all-time favorites for sure.Ted Swenson is a creative-writing professor at a small college in Vermont. He is happily married with an ideal teaching schedule of just one small class a week. He also has a college-aged daughter who won't speak to him, and he can't seem to make progress on the novel he's been writing. When one of his students - the sullen, awkward, pierced, tattooed [...]


    18. В історії кохання між вчителем і ученицею немає нічого надзвичайного. Якщо вона, звісно, не оточена літературними ілюзіями і кіноцитатами, як роман «Блакитний ангел», якщо вона не настільки олітературнена. А тут події розгортаються в університеті і переважно довкола заня [...]


    19. I'm halfway through this book, and this lame professor hasn't even gotten to second base with his student. Supposedly they end up having sex in her dorm room at some point, but I don't have time for this shit. DNF.


    20. I’m not surprised this book has polarized reviewers, but I am surprised by the sheer mass of people who describe Blue Angel as just a melodrama of an ‘average’ aging professor (who simply lacks the control required to deflect the advances of one punky student), and a thin satire of a higher academic institutions. Some folks have called the book “cliché.” I’d make an important distinction that the main character’s perspective on the events are in fact contrived – but what makes t [...]


    21. I read this book because of a recommendation on Ricochet. I was not disappointed.I am a male university professor with predominantly female students, so this story had particular resonance for me, dealing as it does with the potential mine-fields that constitute the university classroom today. The title refers to the unforgettable Marlene Dietrich movie of the same name ("Falling in love againn't help it"), and the movie plays a role in the novel. As I read, I found myself almost out-loud tellin [...]


    22. I thought this was a very entertaining read. Many of the complaints in other reviews center on the main character not being likable and the book not being laugh-out-loud funny. For me, the humor was there in Prose's sharp observations and exaggerations when it came to her characters and academia in general so, more of an appreciative "HA!" every so often as opposed to a side-splitting, rolling- around-on-the-floor fit of laughter. I especially liked her examples of bad student writing, a lot of [...]


    23. Гарно написана книжка з не дуже здоровим меседжем про те, як студентка ламає життя викладачеві, використовуючи страх академії перед харассментом. Мою думку найкраще висловлює одна з рецензій, про те, що свою іронію авторка спрямувала саме на молодих жінок, які значно часті [...]


    24. “Blue Angel,” written by Francine Prose (who has the greatest name for a novelist ever), emits the beautiful, multi-colored flames as a large structure falls to ash. It is worth a look, or a read, despite its failure. One, the book is filled with cardboard characters. The supporting characters, in particular, are built on insufficient description that relies on nickel and dime stereotypes. The characters lack any depth. The lesbian feminazi college student can do nothing but shout down those [...]


    25. I loved this book! First of all it's like her "Reading Like a Writer" came to life on these pages. From the dinner party scene (she dedicates an entire chapter on how to write an effective dinner party scene in "Reading") to the books she mentions throughout, it was like being a part of some secret inner circle. I loved it. I think she's brilliant, if I'm allowed to make such a claim (I mean, I fully recognize it is a bit presumptuous of me to think I can spot brilliance, but still, Francine Pro [...]


    26. This book was extremely disappointing. Ted is a professor at a college and meets Angela who is a student in his class. His wife, Sherrie also works at the college as a nurse, and their relationship with their daughter, Ruby has greatly deteriorated since she left for a different college. Anyway, since I didn't like this book very much, I'm not going to give it a very good review. Basically, Angela's started writing a novel and she and Ted meet after class to discuss the novel and how it's going. [...]


    27. Because this book concerns a faded novelist trapped in academia and being upstaged by a student, there is a natural comparison to “Wonder Boys,” and because the book explores the skirmishes of the campus P.C. Wars it invites a comparison to “The Human Stain.” Unfortunately, it is a book that lacks Chabon’s wit and stylistic easy, and Prose lacks Roth’s willingness to see his dark humor through, and justify why there is political significance to the HR policies of a backwoods New Engl [...]


    28. Swenson's a writer, but one who hasn't published in years. Now he's teaching creative writing at a small New England college and one of his students, Angela Argo, is writing an engaging and quite publishable novel. He's amazed by Miss Argo and her creative body piercing and tattooing, but he's also fascinated by her story and its oddly familiar threads. So who is Miss Argo? Is she the awkward insecure coed she portrays or a manipulative, ambitious would be author who would use anyone and anythin [...]


    29. I've been meaning to read "Blue Angel" ever since I heard Francine Prose interviewed on Fresh Air so many years ago. I was curious to see how Prose depicted creative writing classes and how Professor Swenson was portrayed. The classroom scenes are as tortuous and painfully real as those in Todd Solondz's "Storytelling." I liked them. Angela Argo's writing in the book is flashy enough yet juvenile enough to feel like the real deal. Why Swenson is drawn to her is something of a mystery, yet I coul [...]


    30. My sentiments on this book run hot and cold. I didn't like the tone, and I generally don't like reading long, predictable, stories of someone's downfall (C and P excepted, I guess). All the same, Prose gets credit for dragging me into the plot and and making me care and making me lose sleep over how the whole thing ends up playing out. At the same time, I thought that the characters were pretty flat, especially our non-hero, Swenson. The only one with real pizazz was Angela, except that she was [...]


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