Do you remember what you were like your freshman year in college?
When you are in the thick of it, it’s hard to see the forest through the trees. Your day to day is your day to day. But looking back, do you see a person with a well-defined vision of his or her future, or someone making their way to class because the alarm went off and that’s just what you are supposed to do?
Honestly? I was an idiot.
I don’t know for sure if Elif Batuman’s portrayal of Harvard freshman Selin was intended to mirror that of an idiot. And I don’t think Selin is one. But in “The Idiot,” it seems the titular character leans that way — not necessarily bumbling through life, but lacking any kind of sincere direction.
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