The Learners

The Learners

The Book After "the Cheese Monkeys"

Book - 2008
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Fresh out of college in the summer of 1961, Happy lands his first job as a graphic designer (okay, art assistant) at a small Connecticut advertising agency populated by a cast of endearing eccentrics. Life for Happy seems to be -- well, happy. But when he's assigned to design a newspaper ad recruiting participants for an experiment in the Yale Psychology Department, Happy can't resist responding to the ad himself. Little does he know that the experience will devastate him, forcing a reexamination of his past, his soul, and the nature of human cruelty -- chiefly, his own. Written in sharp, witty prose and peppered with absorbing ruminations on graphic design, The Learners again shows that Chip Kidd's writing is every bit as original, stunning, and memorable as his celebrated book jackets.
Publisher: New York, NY : Scribner, 2008.
Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9780061673245
9780743255240
0743255240
Branch Call Number: KID
Characteristics: 258 pages ; 20 cm
Alternative Title: Book after the cheese monkeys

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Raiiner
Jun 12, 2011

Haunting. Nothing like the first book. Highly recommended, but I warn you: it does get disturbing.

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bibliofinn
Jul 12, 2010

Wild ride through Yale and New Haven in the Kennedy era as seen through the eyes of an aspiring advertising artist. Kidd writes outrageously funny office satire, but he's also stalking bigger game: his hero tries to find what prompted a friend's suicide by taking part in an experiment she underwent at the university and nearly ends up following her to the grave. In the placid conformity he has grown up in, and in his own unexamined soul, the hero finds something sinister and repulsive. Kidd balances the comedy and the serious matter nicely, but sometimes there's a cut-and-paste feel to the plot, as if it were written in sections and tacked together. But the dialogue is stylish and the descriptions laugh-out-loud funny.
Kidd, a noted book designer also teaches a lot about graphics in this enjoyable novel.

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