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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Sceptre (28 Dec 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340936266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340936269
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 331,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of seven novels - including The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and The Yiddish Policemen's Union - two collections of short stories, and one other work of non-fiction. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and children.

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'A strikingly accomplished debut' (Sunday Times)

His style has an enviable suppleness and fluency which offers the perfect vehicle for the moral feints and shifts of the cool crowd he portrays (TLS)

Hard as it is to write about youth when you're young, Chabon has done it brilliantly (Cosmopolitan)

Mingles wit, sex and fine writing (Sunday Telegraph)

His control over his story, the wonderful use he makes of each description, of Pittsburgh itself, are often astonishing...a young writer with a tremendous skill (New York Times Book Review)

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The first novel from the Pulitzer Prize-winning THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Dec 2006
Format: Paperback
Art Bechstein, fresh out of college, notices an attractive young man in the library, no sooner is he outside the library than this attractive young man, the very appealing and flamboyant Arthur is standing beside him. In addition the attentions of Arthur, Art struggles with his uncertain feelings for Phlox, the strange girl who works in the library. So begins a summer of friendships, sex and parties, and a beautiful relationship that eventually dispels any doubts Art might have had about his sexuality. Add to that the hint of gangsters and the mysterious smoke from a factory; it all contributes to captivating read.

This is a thoroughly engrossing and interesting story, beautifully written and full of vitality, wit and humour.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kehs TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 1 Dec 2007
Format: Paperback
This book was slow to grab my attention, but once it had I was then hooked. I read it in one sitting and was pleasantly surprised at how entertaining it turned out to be. It's crammed with humour and dry wit but also has moments of great poignancy. The main character, Art, whose father is a big time gangster, gets caught up in a love triangle with his homosexual friend Arthur and a girl called Phlox. The story relates the summer that he spends trying to discover who he really is and what his true feelings are for his partners. Events reach a traumatic conclusion when his father hears about his gay relationship, and steps in to put an end to it. This is a beautifully written book, and one that I found strangely compelling.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MrShev on 24 July 2006
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This is the tale of Art who, after finishing college, hangs around Pittsburg waiting for something to happen. Art is a bit of a trustfund baby but the source of his income is an embarrasment to him. But the life he starts to lead starts to become an embarrasment to his income...

This is a book that burns slowly but gradually builds and takes you in, along with Art, on a journey. I loved the way he develops new relationships and how he described the adulation for his new friends, his fears and his doubts. The relationships are so delicately drawn that it feels like reportage and I really liked that.

I gave it only four stars because there is a spark missing from this book. There are no sympathetic characters, the lazy days of summer - though well evoked - made me a bit lazy as a reader. I felt a little bit like Art in this book - continually waiting for something to happen, but when it did it was neither surprising nor exciting. I did enjoy the book, but I don't miss it and was glad to finish it.

I don't want to be too negative because it was a good book and it is worth reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 8 Dec 1997
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I hate reading reviews of books that begin, "The greatest book I ever read, it changed my life!" And so I'm a little embarrassed to write that "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" is, uh, the greatest book I ever read, and it changed my life. OK, maybe it didn't exactly change my life, but when I finished the last page and went for a walk, the world was a different place. It was a world of wonder, of possiblity, and I was glad to be a part of it. I'm a Pittsburgher, and a grad student at Pitt, so reading this magical story about neighborhoods I have walked through and bars where I have been shot down had a special resonance for me. The language of the novel is so rich, so beautiful, that I have read and re-read it several times. At times funny, at times tragic, at all times fascinating, it is just a magnificent book. The book is often described, for the most part accurately, as a gay coming-of-age story, and I must at this point confess that I am not gay, not even a little bit. But I still greatly enjoyed reading about the relationship of the two Arthurs, even as I hoped Art would reunite with his wonderfully bizarre Phlox. And I haven't even mentioned the force of nature named Cleveland, or Art's mobster father, or the myriad other delights of this wonderful book. Unlike so many other books written by twentysomethings, this book doesn't dwell on slacker angst or indulge in pointless diatribes about how crummy the world is. This is a book about love, about friendship, about family, and about how precious and tenuous they all are. Like I said, I'm from Pittsburgh, and I love my hometown. Pittsburgh is a bit provincial, it lacks the glamour and glitz of New York or Los Angeles. But Chabon shows that magic can happen anywhere, even in the Hillman Library at Pitt, and that the wonderful mysteries of life can be revealed in the humblest of places. Read this book, and just enjoy the journey.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy Walton TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 17 Aug 2009
Format: Paperback
I picked this up after seeing the trailer for the film adaption. In my copy, before you get to the story, there are a lot of reviews that praise the "expansive skill" of the 24 year-old writer, who's described in the publisher's blurb as having attended the University of Pittsburgh. So when the story turns out to be narrated by a young man who's just graduated from... the University of Pittsburgh, it's slightly difficult not to wonder whether it's a real-life confessional with all the names changed. If it was, there'd be a lot to talk about: a difficult relationship with a powerful father, alternating sexual congress with a girl and a boy, and a darkly attractive friend who's going off the rails, complete with a girlfriend who drags herself through the mud for him.

For the most part, the author handles these characters very well, giving them memorable, funny and interesting things to say. I was more impatient with their actions - particularly the narrator's swithering between his romantic interests, and the length of time it took for the friend to arrive at a destination which had been clearly telegraphed from the moment of his introduction. At the end, the narrator decides whether or not he'd loved his friends according to whether or not they'd changed him. Such a view expects a lot of effort on the part of his friends, but I've got an uncomfortable feeling that - as far as I recall - that's how you think about people when you're young.
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