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Werewolves in Their Youth: Stories [Paperback]

Michael Chabon
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Book Description

Jan. 2 2000
The author of Wonder Boys returns with a powerful and wonderfully written collection of stories. Caught at moments of change, Chabon's men and women, children and husbands and wives, all face small but momentous decisions. They are caught in events that will crystallize and define their lives forever, and with each, Michael Chabon brings his unique vision and uncanny understanding of our deepest mysteries and our greatest fears.

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Wonder boy Michael Chabon's second collection of stories tackles the American family in all its tragic and often frighteningly funny dysfunction. In the title story, a self-professed "King of the Retards" tries to distance himself from his next-door neighbor and only friend, who has taken their games (Plastic Man, Titanium Man, Matter-Eater Lad) just a little too far. In "House Hunting," a drunk real-estate agent shows a young couple through a house far too expensive for them, pocketing knickknacks and demonstrating a strange familiarity with its rooms. The wrenching "Son of the Wolfman" follows the aftermath of a rape; after a long struggle to conceive, Cara Glanzman becomes pregnant by her rapist and decides to keep the child, even as her husband struggles with his violent thoughts. In spite of the potential for sensationalism in such a plot, "Wolfman" is moving, unsentimental, and like the rest of these tales, wholly original.

Chabon is a master of the lively and unexpected description, his prose studded with images that split these mostly conventionally themed stories wide open. Consider his burly Quebecois carpenter, who has "a face that looked as if it had been carved with a pneumatic drill by a tiny workman dangling from the sheer granite cliff of Olivier's forehead." Or the "local drunks" of a Chubb Island bar, "a close-knit population, involved in an ongoing collective enterprise: the building, over several generations, of a basilica of failure, on whose crowded friezes they figured in vivid depictions of bankruptcy, drug rehabilitation, softball, and arrest." Or, the narrator of "Mrs. Box" and his failed marriage: "...very soon they had been forced to confront the failure of an expedition for which they had set out remarkably ill-equipped, like a couple of trans-Arctic travelers who through lack of preparation find themselves stranded and are forced to eat their dogs." Werewolves in Their Youth is worth reading for such moments alone. When Chabon uses them to illuminate our darkest impulses and fears, the result is often revelatory. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Applying his ironic talents to even darker material than in previous outings, Chabon has produced a winning collection of nine stories. Failed marriages haunt almost all the protagonists; personal disasters, depressive malaise and sexual violence are recurring themes. In "House Hunting," a realtor is more intent on stealing objects from a house than on showing it to his clients, a troubled young couple. His bizarre incompetence increases the tension between them, finally driving them into one another's arms. A young man flees town in "Mrs. Box," hoping to leave the twin disasters of his marriage and his business behind. He stops to visit his wife's senile grandmother and suddenly resolves to rob her of her jewelry, only to find a half-measure of redemption when his plan misfires. In the title story, Paul is the only one on the school playground who can call Timothy back from his werewolf fantasy, but Paul, who is already taunted for smelling weird, can't risk being associated too closely with his strange pal. As a result, Timothy attacks a fellow student and is reassigned to a "Special School." The closing tale, "In the Black Mill," presented as a story by August Van Zorn, a writer Chabon invented in Wonder Boys, is a brilliant riff on pulp horror tales featuring an archeologist who unearths the terrifying secrets of a small town. Here, Chabon is as witty as ever while dispensing with the glibness that sometimes marred his earlier work. His characters, even whey they are silly and flawed, come across as sympathetic, three-dimensional human beings. Author tour.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Howling at the Moon Dec 14 2003
This is a superior collection of stories to Chabon's earlier "Model World". While the first half of that collection all seemed like carbon copies of each other, "Werewolves"--though each story centers around a marriage that has either fallen apart or is in the process of falling apart--has enough variety that reading all the stories back-to-back does not become tedious.
"Son of the Wolfman", where a woman who has been having trouble conceiving with her husband is raped and impreganated by another man, is the most memorable story because of the issues it deals with. All the other stories are good as well--I won't go into describing each and every one. "The Black Mill" is an interesting little horror yarn, but it's pretty tame by today's standards. I'd suggest Chabon stick with the genre he knows best.
There's not a lot to pick on with this collection of stories. The writing is flawless, the characters are all unique oddballs, and the stories are all interesting. One thing I grew tired of was the constant description of what every room looks like and every person is wearing. A lot of description can add to the atmosphere of the scene and such, but going into what everyone is wearing is irrelevant and becomes tedious after a while.
Anyway, "Werewolves" is howlingly good collection of stories (thank you, I'll be here all week) that I would recommend over "Model World". But I still prefer his novels.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good collection of stories Dec 8 2003
Michael Chabon is one of my favorite writers, and this collection of stories did not disappoint. It, however, is not his best writing, as I think he's a much better writer of novels.
But there is some fun to be had here like in the title story "Werewolves in their Youth." Chabon's portrayal of children and young men is one of his most prodigious strengths (see "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay"), and in this story the unstrained imagination of the children is both funny and poignant. To escape is an important, salient theme in this story as it in his novels.
In other stories, however, his portrayal of adults fails, especially married adults. His sagacity and insights into the world of young men, just does not translate. Although these stories are not lifeless, they lack the zoetic spirit of the stories about children, and his insistence to overmanage the fates of these characters, for lack of a better word, is annoying. Does a story about a couple house hunting and having martial problems, have to be solved by them expelling their sexual energies in the house they are looking at?
But that is the only complaint I have for otherwise excellent book of short stories.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sneaking up on Nabokov Aug. 11 2003
This is the better of Chabon's two short story collections. There isn't a lot of thematic variation here - all of these stories except for the very last one are about the muddles and unpredictabilities attendant upon married life, and reading them quickly one after the other can be a bit of a downer for this reason. But Chabon has an incredible gift with language, and although a lot of his characters are losers or muddleheaded or the victims of terrible decisions, his prose makes the world around them seem so rich and pregnant with possibilities that it's difficult to find any of the yarns here too depressing. The only time he misfires is in one story that's set entirely in a neighborhood bar - Chabon clearly doesn't frequent such places, and his attempt to catch the atmosphere in one is condescending and a little cliched.
The last story, "In The Black Mill," was a special treat for me. I'm a big fan of gothic horror and this is a wonderful pastiche of M.R. James with maybe a touch of Poe. One hopes that the author never gets so soaked up in Northeastern literary culture that he begins to think that this sort of genre exercise is beneath his dignity.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Werewolves in Their Youth Feb. 13 2002
Man, maybe I'm a jerk for saying so, but I don't understand the practically unanimous assertion among reviewers who didn't like the book that Chabon's language is ever particularly ornate -- or "flowery", an adjective toward which so many people on Amazon seem to be inclined -- I thought that, in the way of vocabulary, he was actually rather spare, and although his sentences did some twisting and turning, they never failed to guide the reader in the right direction, were never excessively clever. The stories themselves are elegant, laconic, and insightful, if occasionally contrived; the lattermost of which attributions Chabon was doubtless consciously striving to avoid, but which, like some malicious, depredatory creature, keen to the evasive instincts of the short-story writer, managed to catch up to him at least once or twice.
I'll say this: he's better at writing novels, but these stories, as well as, perhaps to a lesser degree, those contained in A Model World, are quick, sharp, maybe a little depressing sometimes (I know from having read some of his personal essays that Chabon endeavors to rectify any erroneous notions readers might entertain regarding the degree to which his stories are autobiographical -- after The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, for example, there were a lot of people who assumed he was gay -- but one can't help but wonder about the state of his real-life marriage when very few of his characters seem to be able to get their love lives together), but overall worth reading... and more than that, worth reading again.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Uneven collection
Werewolves in their Youth started off with a bang in the title story, a first-person narrative about a boy who has a big imagination. Read more
Published on Oct. 7 2009 by J. Tobin Garrett
5.0 out of 5 stars Chabon's stories are great!
Michael Chabon is mostly known for his novels (Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay), but I think his short stories are little gems. Read more
Published on Oct. 25 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars I feel like a teenage rock fan....
I love his books, and finding the short stories is like discovering a Japanese release of your favorite band...an unexpected treat everyone else apparently knew existed. Read more
Published on Aug. 22 2001 by tzadik
4.0 out of 5 stars My first Chabon experience--by no means my last
I'll take an uneven, fearless collection of stories anyday over a homogeneous, sparkling parcel of prose. Read more
Published on May 10 2001 by Paul F. Johnson
2.0 out of 5 stars So so
I didn't like this, but then I don't like thick flowery language. I think such writing is the equivalent of ham acting. Read more
Published on April 19 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Remarkable, vivid, achingly tender stories
I have to admit that the cover of this collection put me off a bit. I'm not usually attracted to Werewolves. Read more
Published on April 18 2001
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugh
Chabon is so praised, I try to find quality in his work, but it's pretentious writing, that tries so hard to be literary, and nothing in the stories or the words themselves pulls... Read more
Published on Nov. 3 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars A Far Cry From The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
Don't waste your money. Spend it on something inviting and enjoyable. I read The Mysteries of Pittsburgh twice I enjoyed it so much. Read more
Published on May 14 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Chabon offers masterful snapshots of the human condition.
In each of these nine stories, Chabon--particularly noted for his stylistic accomplishments--manages to flesh out a variety of characters in only a few pages, and sometimes in a... Read more
Published on April 20 1999 by Peter M. Wallace
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