Ferdydurke Characters

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Joey Kowalski is a thirty-year-old writer, but he finds himself trapped in immaturity. He has had no success, and he has no wife. He has no real career. His numerous aunts tell him that he needs to grow up and find some focus for his life. The literary community scoffs at his writing and his use of the word "immaturity" in the title of his first book. Joey can't escape from his own immaturity, but at the same time, he doesn't want to. Joey sees his immaturity as part of himself.

Constantly defined by others, Joey finds himself criticized and belittled by Professor Pimko, and this criticism makes Joey literally "belittled" into a seventeen-year-old boy. He cannot break free of others' opinions of him and let them know that he is not a schoolboy. He becomes trapped further by his love for a schoolgirl, and in desperation...

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