The Graduate Author:Charles Webb Benjamin Braddock was good-looking, athletic, rich and exceptionally intelligent. He had just graduated tops in his class from one of the finest colleges in the east. He had won a valuable and coveted teaching fellowship to the graduate school of his choice. And in the garage was a flashy, expensive sports car - a graduation gift from his dad. B... more »ut for all the accomplishment in his past and the promise for his future, Ben was a miserable specimen of humanity. As far as he was concerned, his degree and the learning it stood for weren't worth a pail of spit... and he had no intention of going on to graduate school, fellowship or no fellowship! Then, in the midst of Ben's harrowing and poignant search for himself, the wife of his father's business partner came along to give a thorough post-graduate education.
Ben's zany misadventures as he lets himself get involved with a beautiful older woman, then fights a losing battle to stop himself from falling completely in love with a younger version of the same beauty, will tantalize and captivate every reader. Charles Webb's spare, understated literary style has a magical fascination. And his wry sense of humor provides a delicate balance to the novel's deeply serious underlying theme of communication between the generations.« less