Wonder Boys: A Novel Paperback – Apr 29 2008
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From Publishers Weekly
Chabon's long-awaited follow-up to The Mysteries of Pittsburgh concerns the antics of a self-destructive middle-aged novelist who is suffering from a sustained case of writer's block.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Library Journal
Chabon himself is something of a wonder boy; his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, presided on the New York Times Best Sellers list for 12 weeks. Here, his eponymous heroes are Grady, an aging author attempting to write his chef-d'oeuvre, and his randy editor, Tripp.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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What makes Chabon's novel so wonderful is not that you'll meet characters you'll admire or like or identify with--you won't, one hopes--but that, even though it's a satire of academic life, this horde of misfits is so thoroughly believable. And it's one of the funniest books I've read: a protracted comedy of errors and pure boneheadedness.
Several years late with his fourth novel, Tripp plays host to his editor, who has arrived for a college symposium on writing and who hopes that Tripp, against all odds, has completed his long-promised magnum opus. With the help of their wayward companions, the undynamic duo collect in Tripp's 1966 emerald green Ford Galaxie 500 convertible: a dead blind dog, a tuba, a rather hefty bag of marijuana, a boa constrictor, a jacket once worn by Marilyn Monroe, 2,611 manuscript pages of an unfinished (and unfinishable) novel, an assortment of pharmaceuticals--all of which are pursued through Pittsburgh by a street tough packing a German nine millimeter. It's a Peter Bogdanovich farce for the literary set.Read more ›
But in Grady Tripp's case, he no longer controls even that. He is a college creative writing professor who hasn't published a book in years, and is caught up in writing a novel that, like his marriage, has long been spiraling out of control. The novel takes place over the weekend when his college holds their annual "Wordfest," a yearly event when writers of various sorts assemble at this unnamed small Pittsburgh school for a writers conference. Everything that has been happening (or not happening) to Grady over the past several years manages to come to the surface over this tumultuous weekend.
What is truly amazing about this plot is the skill with which Michael Chabon, the most recent winner of the Pulitzer Prize for his novel The Adventures of Kavelier and Clay, presents it. His writing style is increadibly clean and sharp. He manages to be profound without slowing things down, always pushing the story ahead at full speed. His characters are vividly drawn, thoroughly realistic, and most importantly, interesting.
I'm usually a pretty slow reader but I fired through this book like a bullet, and look forward to reading everything else this new American storyteller has written, and will write in the future.
Most recent customer reviews
Stoner Michael Chabon finishes a book about a stoner trying to finish a book. I'm told you can smoke the pages.Published 7 months ago by John Clark
All components one hopes to discover in between the covers. Integrity in the writing itself, loved the descriptive prose, the characters esp Grady Tripp & James Veer. Read morePublished on March 18 2014 by Kindle Customer
It's hard to summarize why this book is as good as it is. Mostly, I think, it stems from the narrator's tone which mixes a gloom that things will never be what they were along with... Read morePublished on Dec 8 2004 by John Payne
Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon deftly avoided the sophomore slump with "Wonder Boys," a followup to the unique "Mysteries of Pittsburgh. Read morePublished on May 17 2004 by E. A Solinas
In Michael Chabon's best work yet, he demonstrates his remarkable ability to write. This novel, though racy at times is not only entertaining, but relevant and semi-educational. Read morePublished on March 17 2004 by Stephen G. Brauer
So, first things first: Chabon is, right now, simply the world's best living writer of English prose. Read morePublished on Feb. 22 2004 by Mark Silcox
Oh, what's not to love about this book about a middle-aged author and professor in a fading marriage, suffering a prolonged bout of writer's block, living in a large house with... Read morePublished on Jan. 9 2004 by Peggy Vincent
I'm one of the club members who believe that novels are just about almost always much better than their film adaptations. However, I found the movie was stronger than the novel. Read morePublished on Dec 30 2003 by Kelly Thompson
Grady Tripp, narrator of Chabon's funny and frantic second novel, is a fortyish writing professor mired in the swamp of his latest novel, a 2,600-page mess called Wonder Boys, and... Read morePublished on Oct. 29 2003 by Lynn Harnett