Today's number was 26. The book: Eating People is Wrong by Malcolm Bradbury.
Stuart Treece is an English college professor at a provincial British university. He is a liberal minded humanist who is discovering that his ideas are no longer fitting in with the times and is struggling with figuring out a way to make them fit. We follow Stuart as he navigates the twists and turns of life during the academic school year. He deals with his students on all different levels: academic, romantic, and rivalrous. Oh, and he is a bit of counselor to the student who keeps locking himself in the bathrooms all over campus. Plus, there are the academic/social functions which he throws together: a tea for the undergrads and a sherry party at his house for the postgrads - both are complete failures. And there is that pesky driving test which he just can't seem to pass. All in all, not quite the year that Treece had hoped for.
This book by Bradbury was such a great read, that I still find myself chuckling at the thought of Treece and his bungled efforts to romance his postgraduate student, Emma. As far as describing this book, I would have to say that it's a satirical take on campus life - its both amusing and witty. The writing is strong and the cast of characters are easy to sympathize with and laugh at. Overall, one of my favorite reads during my time in grad school. I even went out and bought the rest of Bradbury's works, because I enjoyed Eating People is Wrong so much. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who likes to read farcical accounts of life in academia. Oh, and I do believe that the title refers to a song (which unfortunately I do not remember - sorry).
Happy Reading! I'm off to finish The Lost Symbol.