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Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon
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Nov 18, 2011

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I have a sort of literary crush on Michael Chabon. The first novel I read of his was Kavalier and Clay and loved it. Then I read most of this subsequent novels and thought he was amazing. But stepping back in time...well, let's just say this novel hints at the great writer Chabon is about to become--you can even see the evolution of ideas for his future novels--but he's not quite there yet. His main characters are interesting, but not likeable. The plot is far fetched but entertaining. And in the end his main character learns...that he should not smoke so much pot. The thing I really missed was the way Chabon commands the English language to tell a story that is entirely its own universe. That gift is only nascent here. I did like the observations about authors, how they have doppelgangers that give them something to write about but are their own worst enemy, and how authors go through their life and nights sleepwalking, living out the stories in their heads.

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