The Resource Palladio : a novel, Jonathan Dee

Palladio : a novel, Jonathan Dee

Label
Palladio : a novel
Title
Palladio
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Jonathan Dee
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
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Tone
Character
Award
New York Times Notable Book, 2002
Review
  • Dee perceptively explores the reciprocity of private manias and decadent social trends in such intense novels as St. Famous (1995) and now in this suspenseful tale about emotionally suppressed characters having a hard time distinguishing between the real and the bogus. Molly is beautiful, secretive, and, for men, incendiary. Cruelly ostracized from her small town for exploring her sexual power as a teenager, she finds tentative refuge with her creepy brother, a budding cultist, in Berkeley, but essentially she’s poor, homeless, and self-destructive. Her disturbing tale alternates with that of John, an opaque southerner working at a major Manhattan advertising firm. When a renegade partner, who believes, paradoxically, that advertising is art and therefore must be free from all obvious connections to commerce, resigns, he convinces John to join him in his new venture, Palladio. Housed in an antebellum mansion in Virginia, it’s more like a fancy artists’ colony than a commercial agency, and it galvanizes the industry. Meanwhile John and Molly’s traumatic past is revealed, and Dee brings them together again to truly catastrophic effect, dramatizing piquant questions of authenticity and mendacity, purity and depravity, leadership and despotism, love and manipulation. (Reviewed December 15, 2001) -- Donna Seaman
  • "Our culture propagates no values outside of the peculiar sort of self-negation implied in the wry smile of irony..." according to Mal Osbourne, the iconoclastic advertising genius who founds Palladio, the eccentric Charlottesville, Va., advertising agency in this new novel by Dee (The Lover of History ). To fight irony, Mal simply lets his employees, a motley crew of artists and writers, make avant-garde art. He then "allows" companies to attach their names to it. In an unlikely turn of events, the agency soon generates buzz, as does Mal's anti-ironic persona. Mal's troubleshooting assistant, John Wheelwright, has been drawn to Palladio from a Manhattan agency, a move that costs him his girlfriend. John had a deeper relationship in his early 20s, when he was a student at Berkeley, with Molly Howe, a gorgeous, confused girl with a complicated family history. It's John's bad luck when Molly reappears 10 years later, on the arm of her boyfriend, Dexter Kilkenny, a documentary filmmaker. Dex, who secretly loathes Mal Osbourne, has come to Palladio to try to persuade Mal to let him make a film about the agency. Things spin out of control for John when Mal falls for self-destructive Molly, who has become " the kind of woman a certain kind of man will want to wreck himself against." Dee has obviously learned some tricks from Updike, which he puts to good use as a painter of Molly's hometown. An astute observer of contemporary society, he is strikingly perceptive about the secret lives of teenagers, the alienation of the American family, advertising culture and the inescapable moral ambiguities of modern life. Though his message is bleak, his measured, textured prose sustains tension, and the depth and unflinching honesty of his characterizations grant the narrative integrity and strong emotional power. (Jan. 15) Forecast: Touted as a young writer on the rise, Dee seems sure to attract serious critical attention with a novel that's highly relevant to America's new mood of self-assessment. Handselling should attract the attention of sophisticated readers. --Staff (Reviewed December 3, 2001) (Publishers Weekly, vol 248, issue 49, p40)
  • 's compelling () explores art and advertising (as well as loves lost and found) in our cynical age. Protagonist John Wheelwright gets caught up in the spell of Malcolm Osbourne, a charismatic and eccentric bigwig in the advertising industry, and his plans to begin an artist's colony. --Nancy Pearl (Reviewed April 15, 2002) (Library Journal, vol 127, issue 7, p152)
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067871
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1962-
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Dee, Jonathan
Index
no index present
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fiction
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  • Artist colonies
  • First loves
  • Advertising
  • Artists
  • Virginia
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Palladio : a novel, Jonathan Dee
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multicolored
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unknown
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (385 pages)
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online
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9780385505338
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rdamedia
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EB00173401
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remote
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D2D355C5-2260-4E3B-B0AD-4B4C9228FB39
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(OCoLC)698447513
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Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Label
Palladio : a novel, Jonathan Dee
Link
Publication
Note
OverDrive eBook
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
unknown
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
1 online resource (385 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780385505338
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Publisher number
EB00173401
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Reproduction note
Electronic reproduction.
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
D2D355C5-2260-4E3B-B0AD-4B4C9228FB39
System control number
(OCoLC)698447513
System details
Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.

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