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5.0 out of 5 stars The awakening of Art
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars When you're young
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...
Published on 17 Aug 2009 by Jeremy Walton


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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely, stylish., 10 Nov 1997
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Michael Chabon has provided the great breakthrough for gay writers. More than David Leavitt, he brought the gay sensibility mainstream. "Mysteries of Pittsburgh," with its campy plot and over-the-top language, is exquisite.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The most touching book I have ever opened, 28 Aug 1999
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I found that this novel, upon reading, began to work its way into every aspect of my waking (and dreaming) mind. I am constantly conjuring up quotes and scenes and comparing them to my own experiences. I recommend it enthusiastically to everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The reason to read this book:, 19 May 1998
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Phlox Lombardi rules! The best fictional character I've had the pleasure of knowing. Read it. For her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite book of all time., 12 Mar 1999
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My favorite book of all time, and I don't say that lightly. This is a book with a "voice" - the characters are so compelling, and I was able to relate to them completely. I first read it 5 years ago and I often go back and re-read it. I've probably bought 5 copies or so over the years because I keep giving it away to friends saying "you HAVE to read this book!" And, I confess that it is one of the landmarks I judge my friends by - (don't you do that, wait and see if a friend loves your favorite book as much as you do - if so, then you truly might be soul-mates, if not, well I guess there's a gap in understanding)... Anyway, all I can say is I wish I had written this book. It is something to truly be proud of.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This coming-of-age story is a fascinating read., 24 July 1998
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After reading "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" over ten years ago, I can still say that it is one of the most entertaining and fulfilling books I have read. Most of the characters are well developed, and the story, although contrived at points, flows, as does the bubbly prose. My only criticsm is the lack of development of the main character's gangster father, a plot thread which does not effectively entwine with the rest of the story. Otherwise, this work is simply marvelous. I also had my hardbound copy signed by the author at a bookstore in Laguna Beach, CA. This book remains a small treasure on my bookshelf.
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5.0 out of 5 stars made me remember my college days w/Fond Loathing, 31 July 1998
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loved the prose-- fresh, fun, engaging. provided strong resonance in that chord of insecurity we all possess as young adults: watching people we envy for their looks, confidence, savoir-faire, wishing we could be one of them. manages to turn that humiliation into humor... wish i had Chabon's sense and sensibility at that age-- growing up might not have been so lurching.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A book as good as its cover, 18 Nov 2012
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The cover attracted me, and the contents were at just as interesting.

The story starts slowly, there is a little mystery and no real action at the beginning, but a pleasant read which builds up to a climax towards the end.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I didn't get it., 23 Aug 1998
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I bought this book in part because of the good reviews on this site, and in part because I liked Chabon's recent collection of short stories. Although I liked the style, I often couldn't really relate to the characters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Certainly One of My Favorites, 12 Aug 1998
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It's been a while since I read the book, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. Every friend who has read it also enjoyed it--without exception (how's THAT for a first).
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2.0 out of 5 stars Over-rated, 30 Mar 1998
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I found this book tedious going. I mean, a whole chapter dedicated to two characters playing "Twister"???? (that did not further the story at all?) The language was contrived in its literary prententiousness, the metaphors and similes were contrived. (A porno mag drops out of a book at the protagonist's book store job, "like a severed arm." (!!) Uh..okay). The book reeked of something written by a (post)adolescent. (Not a compliment). Maybe if you're gay, or live in Pittsburgh (or both) this will be enjoyable. Otherwise, I can't recommend it. I actually bought my copy of PITTSBURGH at a book signing, and met Mr. Chabon when he signed my copy. He was very articulate, well-mannered, and seemed a sensitive and nice fellow. So when I opened the book the first time, I WANTED to like it. But I just couldn't. No matter how hard I tried. (So I still have a signed hardcover, first edition copy of the book. Is it worth something?)
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