Wonder Boys (Paperback)Michael Chabon (author)
An exuberant farce whose absurdity is only matched by its wince-inducing insight into academic narcissism and literary hubris, Wonder Boys is one of the great triumphs of American humour writing, involving dead dogs, Marilyn Monroe and a boa constrictor.
A deft parody of the American fame factory and a piercing portrait of young and old desire, Wonder Boys is a modern classic from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.
Grady Tripp is an over-sexed, pot-bellied, pot-smoking, ageing wunderkind of a novelist now teaching creative writing at a Pittsburgh college while working on his 2,000-page masterpiece, Wonder Boys. When his rumbustious editor and friend, Terry Crabtree, arrives in town, a chaotic weekend follows - involving a tuba, a dead dog, Marilyn Monroe's ermine-lined jacket and a squashed boa constrictor.
A novel of elegant imagination, bold humour and undeniable warmth, Wonder Boys firmly established Michael Chabon as a force to be reckoned with in American fiction.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 260 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 25 mm
'The natural exuberance and extravagance of Chabon's writing is matched by dazzling wit.' - Sunday Telegraph
'A deliriously funny novel...Chabon's elegant style, perfectly realised characters and comic vision combine to make the most enjoyable novel of the year.' - Esquire
'A wonderfully teasing comic novel...Chabon juggles all these preoccupations with a quirky deftness he employs in his first novel.' - Independent
'Wonder Boys is a superb creation, a raucously comic yet deeply lyrical work. Chabon has evolved into a seriously funny writer, a master of the comic set-up.' - Sunday Times
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