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Parrot and Olivier in America

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Two-time winner of the Booker Prize, Peter Carey, discusses his latest novel, Parrot and Olivier in America. It tells the story of an unlikely friendship between Olivier, the traumatized child of aristocrats who survived the French Revolution, and Parrot, the son of an English printer, who travel to America to explore the experiment of American democracy in the 19th century.

Event: Peter Carey will be in conversation with Edmund White and Claire Messud
Tuesday, April 20, at 7:00 pm
New York Public Library
South Court Auditorium, Fifth Avenue between 40th and 42nd Streets
$25 General Admission; tickets and information here.

Guests:

Peter Carey
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Comments [1]

A State U Professor

Hi,

I enjoyed learning about this book. My comment is in response to Leonard's comment about people reading.

It may be that people are reading on the subway, but I do know that many of my students at the state university are accepted into the university with SAT scores that are quite below-average (e.g., 200, 300, 400).

Then then they often perform poorly on exams because they, for example, "don't know what the word inconsistent means", and want to know why the class is so hard.

And because they don't even read the required assignments, much less literature, they also usually don't even read the university catalog for the required GPA to graduate. So they often don't even graduate because their GPA is so low.

We email then, talk to them in person, and provide more information to them than any prior generation received. But alas, one can only lead a horse to water.

If children (and adolescents) are the future, the future of the U.S. is scary.

Apr. 20 2010 06:30 PM

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