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War of the Encyclopaedists - A Novel

Christopher Robinson

In a superb, rare literary collaboration, two major new talents join their voices to tell the story of a generation at a crossroads, and a friendship that stretches over continents and crises-from the liberal arena of Boston academia to the military occupation of Iraq-in this ambitious and electrifying debut novel. On a summer night, in the arty enclave of Capitol Hill, Seattle, best friends Mickey Montauk and Halifax Corderoy throw one last blowout party before their lives part ways. At twenty-three, they had planned to move together to Boston for graduate school, but global events have intervened: Montauk has just learned that his National Guard unit will deploy to Baghdad at the end of the summer. In the confusion of this altered future, Corderoy is faced with a moral dilemma: his girlfriend Mani has just been evicted and he must decide whether or not to abandon her when she needs him most. He turns to Montauk for help. His decision that night, and its harrowing outcome, sets in motion a year that will transform all three of them. Months later, Corderoy and Montauk grapple with their new identities as each deals with his own muted disappointment. In Boston, Corderoy finds himself unable to play the game of intellectual one-upmanship with the ease and grace of his new roommate Tricia, a Harvard graduate student and budding human rights activist. Half a world away, in Baghdad, Montauk struggles to lead his platoon safely through an increasingly violent and irrational war. As their lives move further away from their shared dream, Corderoy and Montauk keep in touch with one another by editing a Wikipedia article about themselves: smart and funny updates that morph and deepen throughout the year, culminating in a document that is both devastatingly tragic and profoundly poetic. Fast-moving and compulsively readable, War of the Encyclopaedists beats with the energetic pulse of idealistic youth on the threshold of adult reality. "A wise and wise-assed first novel...with sweep and heart and humor" (Mary Karr, a

In a superb, rare literary collaboration, two major new talents join their voices to tell the story of a generation at a crossroads, and a friendship that stretches over continents and crises-from the liberal arena of Boston academia to the military occupation of Iraq-in this ambitious and electrifying debut novel. On a summer night, in the arty enclave of Capitol Hill, Seattle, best friends Mickey Montauk and Halifax Corderoy throw one last blowout party before their lives part ways. At twenty-three, they had planned to move together to Boston for graduate school, but global events have intervened: Montauk has just learned that his National Guard unit will deploy to Baghdad at the end of the summer. In the confusion of this altered future, Corderoy is faced with a moral dilemma: his girlfriend Mani has just been evicted and he must decide whether or not to abandon her when she needs him most. He turns to Montauk for help. His decision that night, and its harrowing outcome, sets in motion a year that will transform all three of them. Months later, Corderoy and Montauk grapple with their new identities as each deals with his own muted disappointment. In Boston, Corderoy finds himself unable to play the game of intellectual one-upmanship with the ease and grace of his new roommate Tricia, a Harvard graduate student and budding human rights activist. Half a world away, in Baghdad, Montauk struggles to lead his platoon safely through an increasingly violent and irrational war. As their lives move further away from their shared dream, Corderoy and Montauk keep in touch with one another by editing a Wikipedia article about themselves: smart and funny updates that morph and deepen throughout the year, culminating in a document that is both devastatingly tragic and profoundly poetic. Fast-moving and compulsively readable, War of the Encyclopaedists beats with the energetic pulse of idealistic youth on the threshold of adult reality. "A wise and wise-assed first novel...with sweep and heart and humor" (Mary Karr, a
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Fiction

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In a superb, rare literary collaboration, two major new talents join their voices to tell the story of a generation at a crossroads, and a friendship that stretches over continents and crises-from the liberal arena of Boston academia to the military occupation of Iraq-in this ambitious and electrifying debut novel. On a summer night, in the arty enclave of Capitol Hill, Seattle, best friends Mickey Montauk and Halifax Corderoy throw one last blowout party before their lives part ways. At twenty-three, they had planned to move together to Boston for graduate school, but global events have intervened: Montauk has just learned that his National Guard unit will deploy to Baghdad at the end of the summer. In the confusion of this altered future, Corderoy is faced with a moral dilemma: his girlfriend Mani has just been evicted and he must decide whether or not to abandon her when she needs him most. He turns to Montauk for help. His decision that night, and its harrowing outcome, sets in motion a year that will transform all three of them. Months later, Corderoy and Montauk grapple with their new identities as each deals with his own muted disappointment. In Boston, Corderoy finds himself unable to play the game of intellectual one-upmanship with the ease and grace of his new roommate Tricia, a Harvard graduate student and budding human rights activist. Half a world away, in Baghdad, Montauk struggles to lead his platoon safely through an increasingly violent and irrational war. As their lives move further away from their shared dream, Corderoy and Montauk keep in touch with one another by editing a Wikipedia article about themselves: smart and funny updates that morph and deepen throughout the year, culminating in a document that is both devastatingly tragic and profoundly poetic. Fast-moving and compulsively readable, War of the Encyclopaedists beats with the energetic pulse of idealistic youth on the threshold of adult reality. "A wise and wise-assed first novel...with sweep and heart and humor" (Mary Karr, a

Language:

English

Narrators:

Gavin Kovite

Length:

13h 18m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:39


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

00:24


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

01:38


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

30:53


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

23:06


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

05:27


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:49


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

25:32


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

11:24


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:35


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

08:27


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

11:04


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:38


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

14:50


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:23


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

14:34


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

25:50


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

17:09


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

09:18


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

10:27


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

16:20


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

10:12


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

13:42


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

05:49


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

09:38


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

16:17


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

08:42


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

20:51


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

08:08


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:52


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

17:05


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

10:39


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

17:49


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

07:20


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

13:57


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

07:04


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:25


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

16:46


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

05:29


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

21:01


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

22:26


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

13:26


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

09:24


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

09:54


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:25


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

10:08


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

14:47


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

18:57


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

14:32


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

09:12


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

16:03


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

11:06


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

19:06


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

12:47


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

06:38


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

12:57


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

14:19


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

09:32


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

10:43


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

22:13


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

07:07


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

09:08


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

07:47


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

16:41


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

13:29


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

01:30


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

00:52