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ISBN:000725038X
Author: Ben Dolnick
ISBN13: 978-0007250387
Title: Zoology
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Language: English
Category: Contemporary
Publisher: Vintage Books / Random House; 1st edition (2007)
Pages: 304

Zoology by Ben Dolnick



This book, Zoology, by Ben Dolnick, has a Jonathan Safran Foer stamp of approval on the front cover. I should have been weary then, but instead I fell for the ploy, and decided that the author of Everything is Illumintated must certainly have literary taste, and that this logically meant that book a book with I'm tired of plots/characters that/who just allow themselves to be swept along by their surroundings. I'm tired of books that have no interest in anything resembling complexity or surprise  . Like Paul Varjak, Ben Dolnick writes deeply felt, promising prose. Henry Elinsky's story is sweet, as is Henry, and even appealing, especially to those of us who have gone through periods not knowing what we want to do with our lives, or who we are. Unfortunately, it's at times overwritten, and often uneven.

Zoology, eBook escrito por Ben Dolnick. Lee este libro con la aplicación Google Play Libros en tu ordenador o tus dispositivos Android o iOS. Descárgalo para leerlo sin conexión, resalta contenido, añade marcapáginas o toma notas mientras lees Zoology. Zoology is the story of Henry Elinsky, a college flunk-out who takes a job at the Central Park Zoo and discovers that becoming an adult takes a lot more than just a weekly paycheck. Ben Dolnick was born in 1982 and grew up in Chevy Chase, Maryland. He graduated from Columbia University, where he studied English and writing. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. Zoology is his first novel

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бесплатно, без регистрации и без смс. A funny, wise and heartwarming story of a young man's first forays into love during a long, hot summer in New York City. The truth, however, is slightly less glamorous. At 18, he's dropped out of university, lives at home with his bickering parents, and spends most of his time with the family dog. The outlook, it seems, is bleak.

wow, what a fantastic book. ben dolnick has created a winsome, earnest, throughly endearing everyman. henry reminds me so much of myself at times that it's unsettling. and at times, laugh out loud funny. this is the kind of book i'd end up writing if i could, and i suspect there are many people out there who will feel the same. way once they read it. especially any thoughtful college-age and post-grad dudes. Read this book - NOW. Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 11 years ago. I loved Zoology.

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Ben Dolnick is a writer of incredible sensitivity. Zoology explores the tricky journey to adulthood with honesty, humor, and generosity. Jonathan Safran Foer, author of Everything is Illuminated. An exciting, confident, and thoroughly endearing debut. Finding an agent, selling the book, first seeing it all laid out in a handsome font with real chapter breaks and everything – every time something like that happens I find myself having to go for a speedy walk around my neighborhood, just to burn off the excess delight. In some ways I think my personality is better-suited to coping with failure than with success – I’m quite able to console myself, to buck myself up after a blow – so having all this terrific luck has required a bit of readjustment, to stop looking for the bad parts.

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Forced to take a year off before returning to college, 18-year-old Henry finds himself living with his older brother in New York and working at Central Park's Children's Zoo. A touching and gentle story about unrequited love, family dramas and growing up. Find similar books Profile. I decided to stay outside. Margaret would come in and I'd be standing there, every possible clumsy conversation already burned off by worry, and I'd talk as easily as I do in dreams, sometimes, never turning quiet, never adjusting my glasses.

Reviews: 7
Shadowbourne
Ben Dolnick’s ZOOLOGY, his first novel, is a fresh but bracing coming of age tale. Henry Elinsky’s freshman year at college ends with poor grades and the dean suggesting he “regroup” before returning to school. Returning to his Maryland home, he quickly finds a job as his father’s assistant, a middle school band director. Henry, an amateur saxophonist himself, falls into his parent’s routine until a call from his brother in New York shakes up his summer. David, a resident in dermatology, invites Henry to spend the summer with he and his girlfriend on the 23rd floor of their Fifth Avenue apartment, and even better, they have him at job at the Central Park Zoo. Henry’s entry-level job has him caring for the children’s petting zoo, in particular a goat named Newman. During this post-9/11 summer (2003) Henry makes friends, falls in love, stretches his musical chops, makes mistakes and learns appreciation in the span of three months. As with Dolnick’s other novels, he has made a YA novel for adults, one that drips truths instead of nostalgia. Dolnick, a member of the Sulzberger clan of THE NEW YORK TIMES fame, has used his personal experiences at the Central Park Zoo to shape Henry’s work experience.
Zeks Horde
I seldom have bad things to say about books I have read but this is easily one of the poorer books I have read in a while for several reasons.

1. There are SO MANY loose ends. What happens to Newman? Why is Margaret such a tease? Whats up with Henry's parents marital problems? Why is David cheating on Lucy? Why does Henry not seemed motivated to stick with music? Why does Lucy get so annoyed at Henry? To say nothing of the fact that this was one of the most pathetic endings I have ever read.
2. The whole book just seemed very depressing. I get that the book did not take the turns I was hoping to see. But could anything positive happen for Henry?
3. No characters other than Henry and Margaret seem fleshed out. They really needed more development.
4 Nothing happens for 85% of the book. The only reason I read it to the end is because I kept hoping something might pull together at the end, but I was wrong.

Overall Henry could be a likable main character, and I did like him as a narrator. Some of the things in the book are good themes, and everybody can relate to the whole college age kid trying to "figure it out" story. But the utter depression and boredom, coupled with one of the worst endings ever leads me to urge others to pursue other things for a better read.
Ka
Just over fifty years ago, J. D. Salinger's Catcher in the Rye was published. The teenage protagonist of the novel, Holden Caulfield, gained extraordinary attention from writers and readers as a rebellious outcast living in a society he did not feel he belonged in. Through Salinger's work, Holden was a hero that would staple the "coming of age" story throughout the twentieth century. Fifty one years later, in 2002, Catcher in the Rye remained a present and fundamental literary influence: Jonathon Safran Foer wrote the novel Everything is Illuminated featuring a similar teenage protagonist trying to find his own identity in a world filled with disconnection. Three years later, Foer's next novel, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close honed in on a character even more similar to Salinger's Holden. Oskar, a young boy destined to learn about his father, family, and the meaning of life, wanders on the hard streets of a post-9/11 New York. Now it is 2007, and Ben Dolnick's debut novel, Zoology, reiterates the "coming of age" story in a different way.
Zoology is a short novel about Henry Elinsky, a troubled college dropout who is trying to find his place in the world. The novel is divided into three sections. "Home," the first section, introduces Henry and his family, and the problems that exist between them in Washington DC. After dropping out of college, Henry is forced to work with his father at the elementary school, a situation humiliating and defeating. But Henry is apathetic, and once in the second section of the novel, "New York," Henry is rescued by his brother. Thanks to his brother's invitation, Henry leaves home to move in with his brother David and his brother's antagonizing artist girlfriend, Lucy. The trio lives in a ritzy downtown Manhattan apartment that Lucy's parents pay for. Henry finds himself working at the Central Park Zoo, befriending the doormen of his apartment building, and meeting Margaret, an object of true obsession. The final section of the book, "Virginia," reunites Henry and his parents at a vacation home in Virginia.
Zoology is a "coming of age" story. The plot tracks Henry's journey through growing up the hard way. Henry encounters more failures than successes throughout the novel's sprawling naturalistic New York streets. Henry fails at many of the zoo's jobs, fails to completely swoon over his addictive love interest, fails to fully connect with his brother and his brother's girlfriend, fails to become the aspiring musician he dreamed throughout his childhood, and fails to completely connect with his parents. But there are successes. The events within the plot reflect a caretaking motif that Dolnick pulls of brilliantly. Through the prevailing downward spiral of failure, the novel's bleak narrative transforms into a shining, juxtaposed ending of success. Henry learns to take care of others, and learns to judge events in his life realistically.
Ben Dolnick has not written the new Catcher in the Rye. Zoology is light-hearted and temporary. The emotional affects and the grit and grime of the teenage life are hardly present. Henry is not an anti-hero of rebelliousness, cigarette-puffing and binge drinking. Henry stays in his own mind, and this is where Dolnick succeeds. Without the realistic shock value, Dolnick is able to maintain through his spiraling narrative a melodramatic play that emphasizes and dramatizes events in an average teenage life. Henry is an average teenager, just an ordinary guy. He has his perks and his flaws, but he is not outrageous, exaggerated, or unbelievable. Dolnick brings forward the inner-workings of a teenage boy who is more lost, confused, and naïve than anything else.
By capturing the emotional level of a teenager accurately, Zoology succeeds in creating a more realistic "coming of age" story than any of Dolnick's literary predecessors. The language is simplistic and often boring, and reflects Henry's pacing through life wondrously. The pacing of life from one event to the next in a spiral of ups and downs, positives and negatives, is magnetic and often simple. The rules of attraction between events and human relationships that dominate the novel reflect the rules of attraction that make up a teenage boy's life.
At times it is not easy to like Henry. At times it is not easy to trust Henry. But Dolnick incorporates these disconnections between reader and protagonist on purpose. Henry, like many young males, are hard to understand and hard to associate with. But by the end of Zoology, Dolnick has provided the reader with a chance to understand something they may never have experienced, or may have forgotten: the hardships of youth.
Dolnick's debut is not the next Catcher in the Rye. The style often seems too simplistic for its own good and at times too superficial for its own good as well. But Dolnick is straightforward. The novel's title alludes to the classification of animals, and Dolnick pulls off his own form of classification with masterful clarity, even when a clear picture only reveals spiraling confusion. Henry and the other characters are at times easy to see and know, and at times are easy to relate to. For Dolnick, the novel reflects the reader's journey of understanding as much as it does Henry. And the progress of understanding is crucial to growing up.