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Author: Jon Hassler
ISBN: 0345424735
Language: English
Category: Literary
Publisher: Ballantine Books (March 28, 1998)
Rating: 4.8
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Jon Hassler (March 30, 1933 – March 20, 2008) was an American writer and teacher known for his novels about small-town life in Minnesota

Jon Hassler (March 30, 1933 – March 20, 2008) was an American writer and teacher known for his novels about small-town life in Minnesota. He held the positions of Regents Professor Emeritus and Writer-in-Residence at St. John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. Jon Hassler was born in Minneapolis, but spent his formative years in the small Minnesota towns of Staples and Plainview, where he graduated from high school

Now, Hassler brings back the delightful hero from that novel

Now, Hassler brings back the delightful hero from that novel. He's older, not necessarily wiser, and still fumbling with love and life amid the strange campus doings of the 1990s. Leland Edwards, a piano-playing, fly-fishing English professor, has become Dean of Rookery State College.

FREE shipping on qualifying offers. Leland Edwards, a piano-playing fisherman and English professor, has become dean of Rookery State College in Minnesota. With this title comes the daunting task of saving his beloved campus from diminished enrollment.

Jon Hassler was born in Minneapolis, but spent his formative years in the small Minnesota towns of Staples and Plainview, where he graduated from high school

Jon Hassler was born in Minneapolis, but spent his formative years in the small Minnesota towns of Staples and Plainview, where he graduated from high school. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in English from St. John's University in 1955.

Now, Hassler brings back the delightful hero from that novel.

But Hassler's trademark affectionate humor is manifest throughout, as Leland deals with neurotic students and . Hassler weaves these complicated materials (and others) together beautifully

But Hassler's trademark affectionate humor is manifest throughout, as Leland deals with neurotic students and eccentric relatives, a Machiavellian hockey coach, a dim-witted college president (who thinks the legendary Paul Bunyan is a Rookery graduate), a sexual harassment charge brought against him by a disturbed woman, and, centrally, the campus visit of a real Rookery alumnus, celebrated poet Richard Falcon-who is himself besieged by the IRS, a publisher's lawsuit, and assorted other demons. Hassler weaves these complicated materials (and others) together beautifully.

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jpg Jon Hassler was born in Minneapolis, but spent his formative years in the small Minnesota towns of Staples and Plainview, where he graduated from high school. While teaching English at three different Minnesota high schools, he received his Master of Arts degree in English from the University of North Dakota in 1960.

Hassler, Jon 1933-(Jon Francis Hassler) Source for information on Hassler, Jon 1933-: Contemporary Authors, New Revision Series dictionary. The Dean's List, Ballantine Books (New York, NY), 1997. Underground Christmas, Afton Historical Society Press (Afton, MN), 1998. Keepsakes & Other Stories, with wood engravings by Gaylord Schanilec, Afton Historical Society Pres (Afton, MN), 1999.

Leland Edwards, a piano-playing fisherman and English professor, has become dean of Rookery State College in Minnesota. With this title comes the daunting task of saving his beloved campus from diminished enrollment, hockey thuggery, and its ignoble associations with Paul Bunyan. So when the most famous poet in America agrees to come to Rookery, Leland hopes that his reading will put Rookery State on the literary map.But when he arrives, the poet is more and less than what Leland expected--and their relationship leads Leland on a wild ride that will compel him to harbor a fugitive, stand up to his domineering mother, and finally make peace with his brief attempt at love and the tragedy that ensued. . . .
Comments (7)
Malakelv
Anyone who hasn't read Jon Hassler's novels is missing a great deal! His characters are unforgettable and life on a small college campus in northern Minnesota is depicted very well. Dean Leland Edwards has his hands full with administrative and other duties, including his aging mother. Your emotions will run the gamut from poignant to humorous and many others in between. If you can, read Rookery Blues first. This takes place oh, maybe 25 years prior to The Dean's List when the main character, Leland Edwards is an English prof and he and his colleagues form a jazz band.
Bluecliff
Enthralling characters with an intriguing story courtesy, once again, of Jon Hassler.
Flas
I have just read 2 books by Jon Hassler. I found the books in my library, forgotten on a back shelf. Both were written in the the 90s and have a similar feel, small town USA in a more gentle time. Leland Edwards is dean of a small college. He has grown up on campus, as his dad was also dean of Rookery State College. Leland, his mom, Lolly are a moving force on campus and in the small town. Lolly has had a talk/radio show for over 50 years. She is in her 80s, not well, and is beloved by many. Leland has always lived with his mom except for a brief period when he was married. We get to know his x-wife Sally and his new love Mary Sue. We will meet dozens of relatives, students, faculty and towns people.
Leland is a do gooder. He is never too busy to help at the college, the church, or at home and around town.The bad guys in this story are harmless. The college president is a dummy, but he doesn't know it. Leland's x is manager of a retirement hi-rise, and here are many funny scenes, these elderly people lean on Leland. Everybody leans on Leland but Lolly tells him just what to do. This is a relaxing, well written and memorable story.
Mr Freeman
There's a comfortable "old-shoeness" to picking up a Hassler novel. One doesn't read Hassler primarily for the plots, though they are sometimes dramatic and always include a grande finale. Rather, one reads him for his wry depictions of ordinary humans and for his gentle, but trenchant observations about midwestern, middleclass, or academic life. The Dean's List is a sequel to Rookery Blues, and it is helpful, but not necessary, to have read that.
Though the plot line here is not as insistent as in some of his other novels, one doesn't really care. Who can read this book and not be amused by characters like Dot, "traumatized in...youth by the Great Depression," a woman who "hangs up her used paper towels to dry." The annual fund-raiser dinner at the Hi-Rise housing for the elderly is a classic-- collecting funds to build rest room facilities on the main floor so that residents "caught short" won't have to go upstairs to their apartments to find relief. Lolly Edwards's planning and attending her own full-blown wake so that she can see her friends and out-of-town relatives and hear all her eulogies is so remarkable one wonders why more people don't do it! I loved every minute of this book.
Quynaus
I have not read Hassler's "Rookery Blues," but after finishing "Dean's List" this morning, I plan to start "Blues" by nightfall. Hassler's story stays with you even when you're not reading him--the mark of a good writer. Although much of the book is suffused with a melancholic, wintry mood, it is also greatly funny at times. The malapropic hockey coach is particularly hilarious. On the down side, there may be just a few too many extended-family characters than necessary, and it is hard to believe that the protagonist, approaching 60 years of age, is genuinely such a "mama's boy"! Also, the protagonist's second marriage at the end seems a little forced, as we learned comparatively little about his new wife during the main part of the book. On the plus side, Hassler's story keeps the reader involved, and his inclusion of poems by the fictional, aging poet, Robert Falcon, adds a nice touch of realism. I would also truly love to see hordes of people come out to see a beloved poet, as happens in the book. In short, "Dean's List" is engaging without being overwrought. I'd especially recommend it for anyone who is or has been in academia in the 1990s. Hassler, much like Richard Russo in "Straight Man," manages to poke fun at higher education while also eliciting a certain amount of respect for it.
Mysterious Wrench
One of the things that I love most about Jon Hassler's writing is that he takes us to a level where we become intimate with the characters and their stories. I very much enjoyed the first person perspective of Leland in Rookery Blues, and felt as though he were someone I knew and cared about by the end of the story. Although Jon does have Parkinson's, I do not believe that this book was a questioning of his effectiveness/impact of either his writing or of his life. I believe that he is very comfortable with his accomplishments and with who he is, and happen to know that he actually has a number of projects that he is currently working on. So the good news--we've not heard the last from Jon Hassler yet!
WinDImmortaL
I started this book with great expectations that were dashed within the first 20 pages. I will give most any book 100 pages but, I have had enough already at page 50. I agree with above that the professor is too stupid to be real and this book is sheer boredom. I doubt I will waste my time with any of Hassler's other books.