Wednesday, January 21, 2009
Wonder Boys - Michael Chabon
I bought Wnder Boys on a whim at a used bookstore in Antalya, Turkey. I had read "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" a few years back and hated it, so I don't really know what compelled me to buy a book by an author that I was sure I didn't like. But then I remembered that someone had recommended it to me so I thought What The Hell and bought it.
It was nice to read a novel about a small town in America. Even though I am Canadian, I sometimes need my quick dose of American culture - especially when living abroad. This was a great read and really entertaining. The story is about an aging, over-weigh, potsmoking writer/English professor named Grady Tripp who has ben working on his novel Wonder Boys for the past 7 years. When the book begins we learn that his editor Crabtree (who is insane and very funny) has arrived to checkout the novel which Grady has lied about and said that it was almost finished; that his wife has left him because she found out he was having an affair, as well as a whole list of other terrible and hilarious things. The story all happens in a few days and is a great read. I really recommend this book!