Wonder Boys

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Villard Books, 1995 - Fiction - 368 pages
43 Reviews
A modern classic, now in a welcome new edition, "Wonder Boys" firmly established Michael Chabon as a force to be reckoned with in American fiction. At once a deft parody of the American fame factory and a piercing portrait of young and old desire, this novel introduces two unforgettable characters: Grady Tripp, a former publishing prodigy now lost in a fog of pot and passion and stalled in the midst of his endless second book, and Grady's student, James Leer, a budding writer obsessed with Hollywood self-destruction and struggling with his own searching heart. All those who love Michael Chabon's "The Yiddish Policemen's Union" and his Pulitzer Prize-winning "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" will find the same elegant imagination, bold humor, and undeniable warmth at work in "Wonder Boys,"
"[A] wise, wildly funny story . . . Chabon is a flat-out wonderful writer- evocative and inventive, pointed and poignant."
"-Chicago Tribune"
"Whether making us laugh or making us feel the breathtaking impermanence of things, Michael Chabon keeps us wide awake and reading."
"-All Things Considered
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"Beguiling and wickedly smart . . . There is first-rate satirical farce in Chabon's novel but essentially it is something rarer: satirical comedy."
"-Los Angeles Times Book Review"

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Chabon has an incredible storytelling skill. - LibraryThing
There is some beautifully written prose. - LibraryThing
Still, hilarious delirious writing. - LibraryThing
It doesn't hurt that the prose is fascinating. - LibraryThing
And it's worth the ride for the beautiful prose alone. - LibraryThing

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Saw the movie, read the book, needed to read a review to remember some of the plot, didn't jog a memory of entertainment or wonder at either movie or book. I guess it was ok. Read full review

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Very middle of the road. Thus a solid three stars. The book was full of cliches about writers - substance abuse, sexual antics with co-workers and co-eds resulting in multiple marriages thus depicting ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (1995)

Michael Chabon was born in Washington, D.C. on May 24, 1963. He received a B.A. in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in English writing at the University of California at Irvine in 1987. Chabon found success at the age of 24, when William Morrow publishing house offered him $155,000, a near-record sum, for the rights to his first novel The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, which was his thesis in graduate school. After The Mysteries of Pittsburgh became a national bestseller, he began writing a series of short stories about a little boy dealing with his parents' divorce. The stories, which in part appeared in The New Yorker and G.Q., were bound together in 1991 into a volume titled A Model World and Other Stories. His other works include Wonder Boys, The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man, and Telegraph Avenue. In 2001 he won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

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