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New Cardiff

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Novel about New England from the writer of The Graduate, Charles Webb

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Author: Charles Webb
Genre: Fiction, Humor
Publisher: Washington Square Press
Date Published: January 2, 2002
1 review about New Cardiff

A Fun Book That Reads Like a Play by the Author of The Graduate

  • May 6, 2009
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Here is a novel that reads more like a play. It has virtually no narration and all dialogue. It is about an English gentleman (Colin) who gets dumped by his girlfriend (Vera) and comes to America to forget her. He somehow ends up in the small New England town of New Cardiff. He claims he stopped there because the town monument looked fascinating. Wherever Colin goes in the town the people are very friendly and curious about him. Every time he sees an interesting face he wants to sketch that person's portrait. The author does something quite interesting by including the sketches of each person in the book (reminiscent of Jack Finney's "From Time to Time"). Colin is "fixed" up by the owner of the Inn where he is staying, with a troubled woman who is a massage therapist in a medical facility (Mandy).

Mandy's skills help her to immediately help Colin forget Vera. Some of their dialogue exchanges are hilarious, reminiscent of Benjamin's and Mrs. Robinson's in "The Graduate" (of course that was by the same author). The plot gets interesting when Vera suddenly arrives and announces that she never really dumped Colin but through the influence of her sister, played an elaborate joke on him. So begins an interesting triangle.

The book is a lot shorter than it looks because it is mostly dialogue, which takes up a lot less on each page than a normal narrative story. Also, the dialogue for the most part is interesting and "different" from most books, which makes this a fun read.

A Fun Book That Reads Like a Play by the Author of The Graduate

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