THE GENERAL AND THE CO-ED by Bob Duncan

THE GENERAL AND THE CO-ED

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This is a university novel with much less excitement than Tom Brown's School Days where no word jostles another unfamiliarly and no comma heralds an unexpected phrase. It begins when an army general slightly less qualified than Eisenhower is voted in as president of McDermott U., over the good grey martyr who should have had the position. This means that hero Sam won't be upped to Dean of Students and out of his $6700 yearly income to something reasonable. The wild queen on the campus is rich Stacey Dove, a new enrollee with a past including gang rape that wasn't rape. The general is taking it out on McDermott's students (turning the campus into a training camp, wanting to paint the buildings olive drab) because his own son defected to the Chinese Reds, was returned home and committed suicide. Now Stacey is nearly raped again. Or did she stage it so that she can become freshman class president? (She did, she does.) But trusty Sam Evans handles this and in the end the general transfers out, the good grey martyr makes president, Sam becomes the Dean of Students, and Stacey flunks her finals...There will be no make-up exam for Creative Writing I.

Pub Date: May 10th, 1963
Publisher: Doubleday