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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 ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 4.000
Ellyb

Comedy of the Absurd

by Ellyb on Sep 26, 2010

As a reading experience, "Wonder Boys" is hard to describe. In places it is quite poignant, funny, alarming, and/or depressing. Then in others, I felt disgust with the childishness of the characters and the ridiculous situations into which they'd gotten themselves. Grady Tripp is a protagonist who, despite being a pathetic pothead, stymied writer, and adulterer, is honestly a nice guy who cares about other people. This in itself is a serious accomplishment; despite the aforementioned disgust at the bad decisions that lead to outlandish events and the moral reluctance to like a philanderer, the reader stays with Grady as he flails through the novel. The book is almost like a slice of life story, except that this slice of life is exceedingly bizarre, with hijinks more associated with young people who don't know any better. It's one giant comedy of errors, and for that I appreciate the crazy situations and the pathetic aspects of Grady's addictions. This might not be repeated reading for me, but Chabon made me care about a questionable narrator, and that is to be applauded.

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