Monday, October 8, 2018

10. The Idiot

By Elif Batuman (423 pp)

I read an excerpt from this in the New Yorker and I kept an eye out for the book. It's about a woman just starting college in the 90s. It's hard to describe -- the book is made up of short sequences. There's not a huge story but it's very funny. The characterization is terrific. I loved it in the beginning and then sagged a little in the middle but then enjoyed it again by the end. The author perfectly captured that feeling of being in college and feeling like everybody else has it figured out and you're just pretending to fit in.