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By MichaelHingston | Comments: ( 413 ) | Date: ( Nov 19, 2019 )

The Peak a university student newspaper with a hard hitting mix of inflammatory editorials, hastily thrown together comics and reviews, and a news section run the only way self taught journalists know how sloppily.Alex and Tracy are two of The Peak s editors, staring down graduation and struggling to keep the paper relevant to an increasingly indifferent student body ButThe Peak a university student newspaper with a hard hitting mix of inflammatory editorials, hastily thrown together comics and reviews, and a news section run the only way self taught journalists know how sloppily.Alex and Tracy are two of The Peak s editors, staring down graduation and struggling to keep the paper relevant to an increasingly indifferent student body But trouble looms large when a big money free daily comes to the west coast campus, threatening to swallow what remains of their readership whole.It ll take the scoop of a lifetime to save their beloved campus rag An expos about the mysterious filmed on campus viral video Some good old fashioned libel Or what about that fallen Hollywood star, the one who s just announced he s returning to Simon Fraser University to finish his degree With savage wit, intoxicating energy, and a fine tuned ear for the absurd, Michael Hingston drags the campus novel, kicking and screaming, into the 21st century.

  • Title: The Dilettantes
  • Author: MichaelHingston
  • ISBN: 9781554811823
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:


Michael Hingston is the author of The Dilettantes and editor of the Short Story Advent Calendar His journalism has appeared in Wired, the Washington Post, and The Guardian Hingston lives with his family in Edmonton, Alberta.

Comments The Dilettantes

  • Rick (from Another Book Blog)

    Student newspapers are f@#$ing terrible.Honestly, are they anything more than a breeding ground for smug, supposed intellectuals? Does anyone really care what some 19-year-old stranger thinks about Jay-Z’s new album, or that student attendance has gone down 4% and we should really do something about that?The comics are painfully unfunny, the editorials are well intentioned but ultimately useless, and the articles are so laser-focused they apply to only a tenth of the readership.It’s frustrat [...]

  • Denise Berube

    This book made me laugh, even out loud at times. Having never been involved in or even read a student newspaper, Michael Hingston's thorough descriptions made this part of the campus life easy to comprehend. Beyond the newspaper, the underlying university life was true to form, from Pub Nights, cramming for exams, to wondering where it is all going to take you in the end, it almost made me feel nostalgic.

  • Ampersand Inc.

    This is a lot of fun; if we had followed the Breakfast Club into university (assuming John Bender had made it in to university), you would have the writers of The Peak. The observations of university life are frighteningly spot-on and incredibly funny.

  • Laura Frey (Reading in Bed)

    Also posted at reading-in-bed/2013/09/11/I had all sorts of preconceived notions going into The Dilettantes. I thought I wouldn’t relate to it for various reasons, all of which were dumb and easily dismissed once I started reading. I think I was creating an elaborate defence mechanism, so if I didn’t like the book, I could be like “WELL it’s just because of X Y and Z” instead of having to say “I just didn’t like it,” which would be awkward because I will likely see the author at [...]

  • Phil Dwyer

    Won't be to everyone's taste, because the characters are whiny, self-obsessed students with problems so insignificant they make Kim Kardashian seem deep. But that's never been a deterrent to a good writer. Most of Jane Austen's characters (Emma for example) are similarly self-absorbed and entitled. Not that I'm comparing Michael Hingston to Austen.What I liked was the familiarity of the territory. It's been a long time since I was at University but I recognized it all, the faux intellectual post [...]

  • Gisela

    I absolutely loved this book. It's rare that I come across a book that has me laughing (out loud, no less!) in sheer delight at its wittiness, and at its oh-so-hilariously-perfect depiction of campus life and the characters who inhabit it. I felt like I personally had met every one of those characters at some point during my life, and Hingston described the situations in which they found themselves with incredible insight and humour. All in all a great, fun read!

  • Andrew

    I struggled with this one. I wanted to like it much more than I did, and in the end while I did enjoy my time with the book, it's not without its problems. Chief among them, I never at any point wanted to know or get to know any of the characters. They were all of them such special snowflakes, but me being ten-fifteen years removed from university life, I found I had extremely low patience for their antics and idiosyncrasies. But as I said, I really wanted to like this book, and in part I did— [...]

  • Dan Herman

    There's too much TV nowadays. Too many movies, too much media to consume for the average person! The completist (a depressingly un-endangered species nowadays) will lament this, because what's the point of doing anything if you can't do everything?But there's a fix! Nowadays, in addition to actual criticism (I saw a thing, and I have a background in these things/can string together two sentences about it), the internet saw the invention and flourishing of the recap, wherein we take the old TV Gu [...]

  • Nicole

    OK, I'll admit that the reason why I'm so partial to this book is because I also went to university in Vancouver not long ago. Therefore reading it was, in some ways, time travel for me. Mr. Hingston hits the nail on the head with the whole undergrad experience, with vivid descriptions of the student poster sales, the ubiquitous green Metro newspapers (which is a real paper, by the way), the normalcy of film shoots on campus, and of course, the student newspaper office. I've heard that there's a [...]

  • Kelsey

    I had so much fun reading this book. I happened to attend Simon Fraser University, where the book is set--but so much of the book rang true to my undergrad experiences at other schools. The yearly ritual of the poster sale, for instance. The weird hand-drawn comics I didn't get in the school newspaper. And, maybe most of all, the sense of just starting to finally figure things out once they are coming to a close. Part of what attracted me to The Dilettantes was that it's a classic underdog story [...]

  • Dallas

    I purchased this book from the author after hearing him give a brilliant talk. I really enjoyed reading this. It perfectly captures the hilarious highs and lows that come with working at a student newspaper and, for me personally, it brought back wonderful memories. I'm looking forward to reading Hingston's next book.

  • Marsha

    Read, enjoyed thoroughly, gave to Aldon.

  • Sylvie

    Easy to read and I'm greatful that the author wrote it. Loved to read that book. Thank you.

  • Amanda Sobierajski

    Have you ever wanted to relive the minutiae of your university student association experiences, through the eyes of sardonic, privileged student editors? This excruciating journey is for you! While the writing was clear I found neither the plot, nor characters, compelling enough to read until the end.

  • Matthew Quann

    I received my copy of "The Dilettantes" from a giveaway and I must first compliment the binding of the book! Really an attractive book that is highly comfortable to read (unlike some flimsy paperbacks). A bit of context is necessary for the review. I am in my fourth year of an undergraduate degree at a Canadian university. I found the book immensely entertaining as it examines the life of an undergrad student, and student-lead organizations, in a humorous and relatable manner. The main characte [...]

  • Riley Haas

    Every college novel I have ever read is set at a small, liberal arts college in either the US or England. Those novels resonate with us I believe in part because of their idealization of the college/university experience. This novel is set at a (real) commuter school, which is pretty rare, in the genre.If that was the only notable thing about it, though, I think it would just be a unique spin on a tired genre. But this novel is both funny and affecting. And though my own personal experiences wer [...]

  • George Ilsley

    "Theirs was a generation of secondhand irony." Funny and incisive, this novel is sure to delight anyone who has recently recently wandered across a campus. Those readers who are especially familiar with SFU will be especially thrilled.While Hingston describes some minor characters with deft and telling details, I found the central character, Alex, to have been left a blank slate. And not that likeable. I even re-read the beginning, to see if I had missed the part where he was described. Never di [...]

  • Busskami

    The book is a well done satire and the author manages to map many characteristics of the Hipster generation. No one wants to be a dilettante, of course. But quite often, although mostly finding the behaviour of the protagonists ridiculous, there are somehow startling moments where one has to admit that Hingston really hits a nerve and shows how much many of us (being between 20 and 30 years old in the 2010s) are part of that generation and therefore show these characteristics, even if we don't w [...]

  • Alex

    This was such a fun book to read, and not only because I'm a fellow Peak alumn. It perfectly captures the university experience, and all the characters and eccentricities that go along with it. Mike's an incredibly gifted writer, and there are so many great gems and passages that will stay with me for a long time.

  • Kate

    Saw this on some book list on the CBC website and I'm glad I took the time, it's a fun, and funny, read about a struggling student newspaper at a Canadian university in 2009 and the shenanigans that go along with that and being in the final year of university. Started out strong, could have ended a bit a stronger, but still an enjoyable read.

  • Garry

    Not bad - a campus novel following the tradition of Amis and Davies but perhaps a couple too many cliched characters and not quite enough fully developed ones. However, it was an enjoyable read and thoroughly Canadian.

  • Mary

    Would I have enjoyed this book even if I wasn't an SFU alum who majored in English and knew a bunch of Peakies? HECK YES. But it sure made it even more fun.

  • Steve Goodyear

    One of the things I loved most about this book was the setting -- I got to read with nostalgia remembering my time at SFU and how much I enjoyed life on campus on Burnaby Mountain!

  • Heather

    I really wanted to love this book. The author is funny and has a beautiful way with words - iI often had to pause and reread some of his great phrases. Sadly,the story fell flat for me.

  • James

    An interesting read. As a former Peak hangeron and present SFU alumni, I enjoyed it.

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