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Wonder Boys
Wonder Boys
Wonder Boys
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Wonder Boys

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The “wise, wildly funny story” of a self-destructive writer’s lost weekend by a Pulitzer Prize–winning, New York Times–bestselling author (Chicago Tribune).
A wildly successful first novel made Grady Tripp a young star, and seven years later he still hasn’t grown up. He’s now a writing professor in Pittsburgh, plummeting through middle age, stuck with an unfinishable manuscript, an estranged wife, a pregnant girlfriend, and a talented but deeply disturbed student named James Leer. During one lost weekend at a writing festival with Leer and debauched editor Terry Crabtree, Tripp must finally confront the wreckage made of his past decisions. Mordant but humane, Wonder Boys features characters as loveably flawed as any in American fiction. This ebook features a biography of the author.
LanguageEnglish
Release dateDec 20, 2011
ISBN9781453234105
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Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon (b. 1963) is an acclaimed and bestselling author whose works include the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (2000). Chabon achieved literary fame at age twenty-four with his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh (1988), which was a major critical and commercial success. He then published Wonder Boys (1995), another bestseller, which was made into a film starring Michael Douglas. One of America’s most distinctive voices, Chabon has been called “a magical prose stylist” by New York Times Book Review, and is known for his lively writing, nostalgia for bygone modes of storytelling, and deep empathy for the human predicament.

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Again, this is Chabon, one of the greatest writers of fiction there ever was..He writes effortlessly but what insight and how he makes us engage..excellent!
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    My first of Chabon's books, I found it mostly fun and only a little tedious. He offers some good similes that describe a subtle moment or thought and the characters are outlandish but still believable.
  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars
    2/5
    This is one of those rare books in which subtle humor works better than comic hijinks. Chabon obviously has a talent for creating deep, meaningful characters and it shows here. While reading this book, you can feel the desperation that Grady Tripp feels or the apathy and confusion of James Leer. The story also moves along at a steady clip. The humor in this book is not so much in the actions of te characters, but the situations they find themselves in. Overall, a great effort by Chabon.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    There was so much of this book that I forgot over the years and now remember why I loved it so much. I like the fact that, given my current situations, I related a lot to Grady Tripp than I had in my previous run through.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    Marvellously witty with wonderfully charming characters.
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
    5/5
    the story of a weekend lit fest and all the shit that can be crammed into it. There's a dead dog, a transvestite, angry writers, and more.
  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
    3/5
    "All male friendships are essentially quixotic: they last only so long as each man is willing to polish the shaving-bowl helmet, climb on his donkey, and ride off after the other in pursuit of illusive glory and questionable adventure."The book's hero, Grady Tripp, is a forty-ish novelist and married writing teacher at a Pittsburgh college. Grady had some moderate success as a writer in the past but has spent the last seven years struggling to finish a 2000+ page magnum-opus called "Wonder Boys" because he basically has no idea how to end it. Grady lacks discipline, is always looking for an easy fix and as such his life is spiralling out of control caught up in a triumvirate of drugs, booze and love affairs. He is regularly either drunk or stoned, he is cheating on his third wife, Emily, with the college chancellor, Sara Gaskell, whose husband, Walter, is the chairman of the English department.Most of the story takes place over the course of one long chaotic weekend when Grady's long-time editor, Terry Crabtree, arrives in town to attend a literary festival called Wordfest. Grady takes Crabtree carousing in the hope of conning him into believing that his novel, for which he has been paid a hefty advance. is almost finished. Over the course of the weekend Grady finds out that Sara is pregnant, and after a series of bizarre scrapes involving amongst other things, a transvestite, an Alaskan malamute, a boa constrictor and a tuba virtually loses everything including his life.On the face of it Grady Tripp doesn't seem like a particularly appealing hero but I ended up almost feeling sorry for him. He can't bear growing older, in losing the sense that he is the next 'wunderkind' to hit the literary world, he hates being seen as a 'senior' role model, he wants to cling on to his youthful extravagances for as long as he can. In that I can see myself and many other middle-aged men. Grady's lovers even appear to encourage his wild extravagances rather than try to curtail them. Perhaps because it was that wild abandon that attracted him to them or perhaps he has become a sort of surrogate for their own middle-ages. "It's always been hard for me to tell the difference between denial and what used to be known as hope.""Wonder Boys" is filled with memorable lines and images. Grady is an interesting literary character, thoughtless rather than outwardly cruel, equally I can recognise many of his hopes and fears, his flaws and foibles. Now whilst I didn't actually laugh out loud it did at least make me smile on more than one occasion. However, that all said and done I found this book little more than a series of 'shaggy dog stories' and therefore an OK piece of escapism rather than a great one. Chabon is certainly an author whose works that I will keep an eye out for in the future."I'm a man who falls in love so easily . . . that from the very first instant of entering into a marriage I become, almost by definition, an adulterer. I've run through three marriages now, and each time the dissolution was my own fault, clearly and incontrovertibly."

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