The Mysteries of Pittsburgh
By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more.
In any event, I know that I liked this book, I'm just not sure how much I liked it or why I liked it. I mean, if a book holds your attention to the point where you can finish it quickly and are interested in picking it up everyday does that by itself make it a great book? Or a really good book? Because this book was that for me. Then again, some really ...more
"Every woman is a volume of stories, a catalogue of movements, a spectacular array of images."
The other quotes I like are:
“There had been a time in high school, see, when I wrestled with the possibility that I might be gay, a torturous six-month culmination of years of unpopularity and girllessness. At night I lay in bed and coolly informed myself that I was gay and that I had better get used to it.”
“It was as though she had stu ...more
The story is filled to the max with sexual confusion, societal yearning and emotional tug of war between what the protagonist calls his beautiful god-like people -- all put together in a sleepy, yellow-warm and lyrical package.
I had a little difficulty buying into some of the situations and characters and I'm not entirely certain the ending had been built up e ...more
In every Chabon novel or story I've read, manmade structures give meaning to the characters' actions. If I exaggerate, then allow me to clarify what I'm saying. Are the characters in ...more
Browsing the street of the unfamiliar town I was supposed to spend the next 3 days in, I stumbled upon this book. Based on title alone it seemed an appropriate subject, given my recent circumstance. I imagined myself sitting and reading for days at a bench on the Monongahela, forlornly pondering life's intricacies. Instead I w ...more
This book did not capture me. The writing felt amateur in ways that stunned me. I remember feeling lost in Kavalier and Clay, floating on wave after wave of blindingly gorgeous sentences, paragraphs, so complex and bold that you couldn't help but feel an awesome seasickness. Here, though, the writing is just plain old insecure. Chabon plays it like a coward, and Art sounds like a boring crybaby who we end up not liking that much because, well, he can't write fo shit.
Not that the ...more
June finds Art making fantastic new friends who all seem to know how to live better than he does. Inspired, Art sits atop a hill in Pittsburgh and thinks this:
I smoked and looked down at the bottom of...more
But on the other, more emotive and less rational, hand; what tainted greatness, how boringly humanising, how utterly demythologising. I mean, it's really comfortable to believe that greatness is something separate, inhe ...more
I'd be lying if I said I didn't relate pretty strongly to recent college graduate Art Bechstein. The summer immediately after college is one that still hangs heavy with me, and I very vividly remember experien ...more
There are books that so (seemingly) effortlessly capture the world in which they are written that you feel you are living, breathing, and sharing the air with the characters. The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Michael Chabon's first novel and completed to fulfil his master's requirement at the age of twenty-four, is such a book. I lived all 240 glorious pages - and when I wasn't reading I was daydreaming and dreaming about Art Bechenstein's (the narrat...more
Perhaps mess is too strong a word for describing the book, I just couldn't connect with it and didn't really care about what I was rea ...more
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, first novel by young author Michael Chabon, is a coming of age story that tells the tale of Art Bechstein, a recent college graduate trying to find his way the summer before entering the real world. Art I unsure of where he wants to go in life and determined to distance himself from his family. His father is a Jewish money launderer and gangster, a fact that brings Art deep feelings of sha ...more
While the writing leaves a little to be desired, and some of the scenes are over the top, most readers would probably just write it off as an expected issue with an author's first novel. Some might argue that no real person talks like these characters do. To be perfectly honest, I know too many people who talk like this. F ...more
I enjoyed it, really, and there was something comforting about it that I can't explain. There are books that do this.
Linguistically it was very... how to say... playful. I had a real pleasure to fly over the lines. Every picture make sense as long as you really think about it and the metaphors - extravagant. Pittsburgh, according to this ...more
I really liked the unique descriptions of the people, the places in and around Pittsburgh, and the situations all the characters find themselves in. I think the format of the book, interlockin ...more