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:... show more
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“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
Publish date: April 29th 2008
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
Grady Tripp has been working on the same novel for seven years. It's more than two thousand pages at this point, and there's no end in sight. On top of all this, his lover is pregnant, his wife has left him, his protégé has stolen valuable memorabilia and murdered a dog, and his editor is in town. T...
Seriously? None of the characters in the books are likable. Drunk. Stoned. Irresponsible. Half way through the book and I keep asking myself why should I care what happened to these characters. And they killed a dog. A big no no. Skip to the end and see if it would improve. Not very likely. ...
I finished The Wonder Boys yesterday morning, and already I'm struggling with how the heck I'm suppose to write a review. I'm not even sure if I can manage to put together a summary... The Wonder Boys is one of those novels that you read, and you aren't quite sure what happened. Or at least, you k...
If this is what writers of literary fiction are like, then may I never have the misfortune of becoming acquainted with one, let alone befriending one! The narrator of Wonder Boys had been struggling for several years to complete his novel, a 2,000+ page train wreck which is nowhere near done. He s...
Extremely disappointing. I really enjoyed The Yiddish Policemen Union and Kavalier & Clay, and had high expectations for Wonder Boys. Unfortunately, the book didn't deliver. It's supposed to be a satire, but the prose tries too hard. Sentences are belabored, even more convoluted and wordy than Chabo...