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The Cheese Monkeys: A Novel in Two Semesters | [Chip Kidd]

The Cheese Monkeys: A Novel in Two Semesters

It's 1957, long before computers have replaced the skillful eye and hand, and our narrator at State U is determined to major in Art. After several false starts, he ends up by accident in a new class called "Introduction to Graphic Design," taught by the enigmatic professor Winter Sorbeck - equal parts genius, seducer, and sadist. Sorbeck is a bitter yet fascinating man whose assignments hurl his charges through a gauntlet of humiliation and heartache, shame and triumph, ego-bashing and enlightenment.
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Publisher's Summary

Chip Kidd's witty and effervescent coming-of-age novel can only be described as a portrait of the designer as a young man. It's 1957, long before computers have replaced the skillful eye and hand, and our narrator at State U is determined to major in Art. After several risible false starts, he ends up by accident in a new class called "Introduction to Graphic Design," taught by the enigmatic professor-guru Winter Sorbeck - equal parts genius, seducer, and sadist. Sorbeck is a bitter yet fascinating man whose assignments hurl his charges through a gauntlet of humiliation and heartache, shame and triumph, ego-bashing and enlightenment. By the end of The Cheese Monkeys, the members of Art 127 will never see the world the same way again. And, thanks to Chip Kidd's insights into the secrets of graphic design, neither will you.

©2001 Charles Kidd; (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"The Cheese Monkeys is a wonderfully witty book that trafficks in both well observed commentary and outrageous shenanigans and antics." (Newsday)
"Sorbeck shines in three dimensions on the page....a fascinating, funny, and wonderfully written novel...." (Booklist)

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    jonathan San Francisco, CA, United States 09-27-11
    jonathan San Francisco, CA, United States 09-27-11 Member Since 2012
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    "voice acting on this is too distracting"

    the book seemed interesting, but the narrator made this absolutely unpalatable with his obnoxious, over-exaggerated voice acting with dialogues. even though the book was started to get interesting after an hour, i just had to stop listening before i stuck an icepick in my ear. i think i'll just finish this on hard copy.

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    Breanna Alhambra, CA, United States 09-14-10
    Breanna Alhambra, CA, United States 09-14-10 Member Since 2013
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    "sentimental depravity"

    Here's how I describe this to my friends: 'A Christmas Story' meets 'Animal House' meets 'Art School Confidential.'

    This is a highly entertaining story about an artist's freshman year in the late 50's. The humor takes on its own personality through the performance of Bronson Pinchot. For some reason, one of the main female characters, the narrator's quasi-love-interest, is characterized with an odd Mr. Howell voice (that's Mr Howell of Gilligan's Island).

    I recommend this story to anyone who enjoys depraved, oddball comedy, and who enjoys a story about an artist learning to challenge everything he's ever been taught.

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    Yolanda 06-14-15
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    Wow! Too good to turn away. Quick read and hilarious! Great! Love it! What's next?

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