Chabon's extraordinary story of one turbulent weekend in the life of a struggling writer, a satire of the permanent adolescence of the creative class.
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.
©1995 Michael Chabon (P)1995 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
But I write for myself, for my own pleasure. And I want to be left alone to do it. - J.D. Salinger ^(;,;)^
It has all the things that I love about Michael Chabon: the quirky characters, the beautiful filigreed prose, the androgenous and ambiguous lovers. But, it also contains more warmth and crazy energy than some of his later books. And I appreciate that. I appreciate the feeling that this book ran past Chabon's careful editing. Its kinetic narrative isn't about to be slowed by careful massaging. To Hell with all that. In someways it feels a bit like the Pastoral Wanderings of Don Quixote (just replace Rocinante and Sancho Panza with a dead dog and a tuba). IT also at times feels like a Greek New Comedy with the chorus singing through the vortex ring of Afghan Indica pot smoke. So yeah, I liked it good enough.
Life is too short to read bad books.
Great story and good narration. I think the narrator style and the story is a good match, even though I find the reading is a little slow for me (so I sped it up to 1.25x). It also took me a while to get used to the narrator's nasal sound. Overall, it's an enjoyable audiobook.
I listened to this book over a weekend, which is roughly the timeframe of the story...so I felt that I had spent those days with the characters. Laugh-out-loud funny and tragic at the same time, with the most preposterous things happening but told in a way that makes them make total sense. "OF COURSE, he takes the dead dog along!" Highly enjoyable. Very human. Very well done.
The writing is excellent but the characters are so self centered, addictive and unproductive the plot becomes rather depressing.
I tried really hard but just couldn't get into this book. This story seemed to drag along with lots of words but not much in the way of a story
Yes. I've wanted to read Kaviler and Clay for sometime, and Michael Chabon has written a few others I'd like to read as well.
It is rare for me to not finish a book, but after 7 chapters I simply didn't care enough to do so. I was mildly curious about the plot, and interested in a few of the characters, but nothing gripped me. I'm not someone who requires an immediate hook, either. Once this book felt like a chore, I finally accepted I just needed to walk away from it.
I double-checked the reviews, looked at the good ones and the bad ones, and I still couldn't find anything compelling enough to pick it back up again. So I'm calling it. It might be good. I might suddenly decide to come back to it again in the future. ...but I don't think it's likely. It's not going anywhere, though. Life's short, and I have a mountain of books I really do want to read. So I think I'll go do that and leave this one for someone else.
Yes. I think he did a fine job. He wasn't particularly interesting or compelling to listen to, but he certainly didn't do a bad job either. He was middle-of-the-road. Not grating. Definitely more of a "reader" than an "actor" but that's okay.
In the top 10%.
Shooting the blind dog - no one could forget that.
David Colacci is a super star in the world of narration. He seamlessly moves from character to character and scene to scene.
The warmth and affection the "hero's" soon to be ex-in-laws showed him when he came to their home unannounced for a holiday meal.
writing, failure, redemption
the dinner with the jewish in-laws
writing about what the author knows
Okay book...but Chabon is a writer's writer...heavy handed, solipsistic, and very literary. If you prefer brevity and books not about the incestuous faculty crowd at universities (of which, Warren's "A Place To Come To" is the best), then skip it.
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