[PDF / Epub] ✅ Wonder Boys By Michael Chabon – Vivefutbol.co

In His First Novel Since The Mysteries Of Pittsburgh, Chabon Presents A Hilarious And Heartbreaking Work The Story Of The Friendship Between The Wonder Boys Grady, An Aging Writer Who Has Lost His Way, And Crabtree, Whose Relentless Debauchery Is Capsizing His Career

10 thoughts on “Wonder Boys

  1. says:

    Second only to Catcher in the Rye in my all time favorite list of books If you are a writer, if you ve taken a creative writing class, if you ve verged on totally and completely fucking up your life with sweet redemption held just at your fingertips, but which you chose to thumb your nose at for just a teensy bit longer.god, read this book If you love prose, good prose, jubillant, wild, ecstatic indulgent prose, read Chabon I just want to roll around in his words and bathe in it like a bubble bath and candlelight and a glass of champagne I love this book, messy, huge, overwrought, comedic, tragic, careening towards a great big crash at the end I love it all It s what I love about life, it s what I love about literature I like it big and messy and joyous Did I mention I love this book And Grady he s my second favorite literary character of all time second only to Holden Caulfield.

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    What the heck have I been doing with my life Wonder Boys has been one of my favorite movies of all time because it hits all the wonderful buttons of writing and reading and being deliciously messed up and being so HUMAN.And then somewhere along the line I read The Yiddish Policemen s Union and I still didn t make the connection.So when I DID finally make the connection that one of favorite movies was really based on a book by an author I already described to myself as wonderfully inventive and crazy , I made a facepalm that even my great grandfather felt So here I read the novel at long last And it was like coming home It was the greatest comfort food It was all of the joyous mess and the compilation of all cautionary tales about writers and writing that I ve ever seen It was pure joy Grady is such a mess But his problem isn t that he has writer s block He has the other problem No constipation here He also has a bit of the Midnight thing, too And a drug problem But he s also got heart and he still believes that he ll conquer the world You know Eventually And then here comes another mess to compliment his own in the form of his editor And then a young student who s just as nuts but who has at least finished his novel, and all of them get into one horrible mess after another.Expect dead dogs, Marylin Monroe, Vernon s butt cheeks, elevators and expulsion I can t describe how wonderful this novel is because it just feels like a puzzle piece that slides right in and tells me that I m not only just as flawed as these kids, but that I must be just as crazy as them if I can identify so strongly.Oops There goes my right to carry around my Sanity Badge well at least I don t have to keep paying the monthly dues This is going to be one of my long time favorite novels and I might just revisit it regularly It is SUCH a delight Crazy delight Go write LOL.

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    For a straight man, Chabon is very gay friendly I know there s been stuff written, possibly by Chabon himself, about early gay liaisons he undertook, but now the man s married with three, four kids And yet Chabon s smart enough to write this James looked over at Crabtree with a smile that was crooked and half grateful He didn t seem particularly distressed or bewildered, I thought, on awakening to his first morning as a lover of men While he worked his way up the buttons of my old flannel shirt, he kept glancing over at Crabtree, not in any mawkish way but with a deliberateness and an air of wonder, as if studying Crabtree, memorizing the geometry of his knees and elbows Indeed, at every point in the novel where Crabtree the editor of the novel s narrator, Grady Tripp, who teaches James Leer in his fiction workshop is shown gallivanting with a drag queen or seducing James, his sexuality is taken very much in stride He s, sure, a bit of a predator, but he s so in all facets of his personality The drugs and debauchery he pushes on other characters is far threatening than his unforced deflowering of Grady s student.One other thing that rings true and respectable in the novel is this point Grady makes after he realizes Crabtree won t be publishing his 2000 page unfinished novel It s not fashionable, I know, in this unromantic age, for a reasonably straight man to think of finding his destiny in the love of another man, but that was how I d always thought of Crabtree I guess you could say that in a strange sort of way I d always believed that Crabtree was my man, and I was his For a while there s been a strange part of me that has tried to argue that it s gay men that make the friendships among men important or noteworthy somehow, that, like, in introducing the laughable danger of potential one way attraction, or maybe just the simple idea of men finding it in themselves to devote their lives to other men, the lines between gay and straight are properly blurred, and whatever it means to be a man gets attached to a full and honorable set of attributes.I m not sure I have the rhetorical ammo to fully develop the argument, but Chabon s novel seems to be pointing to something I ve felt for a few years now.

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    Wonder BoysOver Christmas I met a woman named Storm When she found out I was a writer she became excited and inquisitive Her therapist, she said, told her she should reinvent herself so she signed up for a five day writer s workshop She asked me all sorts of questions and I answered truthfully I told her writing was a great way to find out who you are, and also, a great way to express yourself.Now I come home and find this book Wonder Boys on my bookshelf and it s calling out to me Read me This novel angered me I felt it was dishonest and made a mockery of fiction writers and the craft of writing It is the story of a creative writing professor who can t finish his epic novel The Wonder Boys is a novel about writing the Wonder Boys, and takes place over the course of two days in which the protagonist is constantly stoned and or drunk as he manages to fuckup his entire life but comes out living happily ever after He survives his wife leaving him has his novel rejected by his editor and 20yr old beautiful female student loses the manuscrpit gets bit by a dog is an accessory to several crimes, gets skulled with a baseball bat gets fired and has the self discovery that he is a fraud After these events, the baseball bat wheeling man s wife who the hero has gotten pregnant decides to marry him, support him, and get him a new job How s that for reality Ironic because a point the author, Michael Chabon, makes is that fiction should reveal truths I agree with that If the life of writers is like what Chabon depicts well, no wonder the world is so fucked up This is presented as a comedy It was made into a movie I didn t laugh once in reading it I didn t cry once I found myself only getting aggitated by its stupidity The author makes a point of being critical of the protagonist s novel because it goes off point and rambles on and on with irrelevant discriptions I often skipped pages of this novel for that very thing The same can be said for the characters I didn t identify, or like, any of them There was not a scene in the novel that I felt was authentic.How s this for humor The editor publisher is the protagonist s best friend, and gay He is on the backside of forty He takes a twenty year old, suicidal, male student who is the child of his grandfather, who raped his mother and drugs him and then uses him for sexual gratification Then he rewards him by publishing HIS iffy novel and dumps the protagonist s One reviewer said that this novel was about the only things that really matter I guess what matters is getting published and laid and that it does NOT matter how one gets to that end, or who gets hurt in the process.

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    On the surface, Grady Tripp is probably one of the most loathsome individuals I have ever read about in literature he s spent seven years on a 2,611 page monstrosity that has gone absolutely nowhere and like his life meandered everywhere, he s come to the dissolution of his third marriage, he s carried on an affair for about five years with the married chancellor who is now carrying his child, he s smoked an entire football field of weed, and yet he can t seem to cut himself off, and he harbors a certain amount of jealousy for James Leer, a student of his who has managed to finish his novel, while he has not and yet I liked him anyway, and I couldn t wait to see what crisis he would manage to find himself in the middle of next He s a train wreck, but he s a somewhat loveable train wreck all the same, because he recognizes that he s a complete and utter mess, and he has little, if any, hope for redemption.This novel works, because Grady Tripp has a heart He s a man filled with misguided direction and false hope, and yet he still continues to go forth and attempt to conquer the world He may have flushed seven years of his life down the toilet working on a novel that even he knows doesn t really work, but he still believes there s an ending out there somewhere for it, and all he has to do is find it Like the main character, the prose of WONDER BOYS is both elegant and disturbing, and it s a beautiful read from the first page to the last And I enjoyed every single minute of it.Cross posted at Robert s Reads

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    This is the second book I ve read recently that involved the main character being an adulterer, impregnating someone other than his wife, and generally being such a screw up that they wreck the life of anyone who depends on them But while I hated Rabbit from Rabbit, Run to the point of wishing he was real so I could find him and pummel him with a baseball bat, I actually LIKED Grady Tripp and rooted for him to put down the joint and get his act together I d read Chabon s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay and The Yiddish Policemen s Union, and I liked both those books, but this was the first book of his that I felt a real emotional attachment to the characters Grady isn t a bad guy He s just a doofus pothead who has let his love of weed dictate his life His avoidance of making hard choices has paralyzed him, especially with the writing of his monster novel that has swollen to over 2000 pages because of his inability to decide what it s about And because he can t stand conflict, he avoids breaking bad news which just draws out all of his problems.Grady s weekend adventures with his talented but weird student, James Leer, while trying to avoid his editor, makes for a sadly funny story about a middle aged man trying not to hurt the people in his life while not realizing that he already has and now is just running in circles to avoid the fall out This could have been a very depressing book, or just another tale of middle aged ennui, but its sad sense of humor and likable characters keep it entertaining.

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    1 star I really hated it.Somewhere around the part where the main character requested a pen to draw faces on his wiener the author s fancy word choice, not mine as he pissed behind a tree, I came to the realization that the remaining 179 pages were probably going to be just as unsatisfactory as the first 209 had been Immediately after deciding to officially DNF this one, I smiled for the first time since I had chosen to pick it up For a book that screams, Look at me I m funny I m so, so, so funny Did you see that, right there I was funny , it was decidedly unfunny The good news is that I was able to remove four other books from my TBR pile Clearly, Chabon and I were not made for each other Maybe if I enjoyed meandering plots where the author babbles on about senseless things but nothing actually progresses, maybe if I still had the maturity level of an 8 year old, or maybe if I had a wiener, then maybe, just maybe I could trudge through the remaining 46%, but I can t I just can t Favorite Quote N A.First Sentence The first real writer I ever knew was a man who did all of his work under the name of August Van Zorn.

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    It s been quite some time since I last laughed out loud while reading listening to a book Several scenes in this novel caught me just right, mainly, I feel, because Chabon and I share a certain man child sense of humor If you identify as a man child, maybe pick up this book and give it a read It s surprisingly short for being so long, which is to say, it s extremely well written, to the point that the words disappear and you re left with a movie playing out on the walls of your mind The audiobook is the way I chose to read this one, and I recommend it, although I m sure the book itself would be just as easy to read.

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    A writer professor, Grady Tripp, has been in the process of writing his fourth novel for seven years, with no end in sight, though he tells anyone that asks he is almost finished At Tripp s invitation, his friend and editor, Terry Crabtree, shows up to attend the college s annual writer s conference Crabtree hopes to obtain the long awaited novel from Tripp, as he needs it to save his job Tripp s personal life is in turmoil due to his adultery He is using so much marijuana that it is affecting his judgment and is not helping him finish his 2600 page and counting tome Tripp is conflict avoidant and has trouble making choices, but people are drawn to his congenial nature He keeps procrastinating until decisions are made for him by default Before the weekend is over, he will lose and gain relationships, influences impressionable students not always in a good way , experience close encounters with an unruly dog and a boa constrictor, search for an expensive piece of a memorabilia collection, attend a Passover Seder with a Jewish family, several native Koreans, and a few lapsed Christians, and store a tuba and an assortment of unlikely items in the trunk of his car This book is a wild ride The writing is outstanding Chabon employs vivid and detailed imagery and his prose is imbued with a sense of energy Although the story goes a bit over the top, it is filled with sardonic humor and tidbits that keep the reader engaged in trying to figure out what else could happen, and how it will end I felt immersed in the story The themes include identity, creativity, sexuality, substance abuse, storytelling, and aging I had previously read two of the author s works, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay which I loved and Moonglow which I didn t , so I was interested to see how this book stacked up It is similar to the former than the latter but not as far reaching in scope Chabon walks the fine line between entertainment and message, absurdity and philosophy, and pulls it off quite impressively.

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    If we were to categorize books that have literary merit but are depressingly non enjoyable in a human sense, Wonder Boys would be a front runner Michael Chabon can write I give him that Michael Chabon also writes the worst books I ve ever read Here you have a story about a writer that s a tough plot to start with that is not in touch with reality the character is even harder to write whom screws everything up because it is much easier to do the wrong thing than to be right all the time I know this creates conflict, and Grady Tripp and all his pot smoking shenanigans are supposed to make us sympathetic for the life that he has created for himself, but honestly, I could care less The biggest problem with any of this is that a novel about how hard it is to write a novel is a complete waste of time In the end, his overall loser mentality makes him insufferable But Chabon can write This is really the only redeeming quality in any of his books I have read I wanted badly to like Wonder Boys, and I tried to put my Tripp is a horrible character bias aside and go with the flow The problem is that there is a Seder supper in the middle of this book, an 80 page drool of boring, meaningless garbage that really gave me time to 1 think about how much I hate the main character and 2 start really hating him The Seder supper could be the worst middle section of a novel I have ever slugged through It lasted forever and there was no real reason for so much emphasis to be placed on this one scene Spoiler None of the Seder stuff matters in the end In the end, if you are curious about this novel at all, watch the movie Michael Chabon s novel as is all of his novels is saggy There is just too much excess for it to be enjoyable For once I can say that the movie cuts out a lot of the worthless garbage and streamlines the story much better than the novel I m done with Chabon books.