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Wonder Boys Paperback – 3 Mar 2008
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For me Wonder Boys is Chabon's one real success and one of my favourite novels of all time. I loved this novel so much that I've tried to read all of his other novels but none reach anywhere the perfection that is Wonder Boys. Since Wonder Boys Chabon has unfortunately fallen into the trap that so many American writer's seem to fall - trying to write the next "great american novel". This seems to involve writing self important novels with depressing arcs that try to win prizes. Wonder Boys is light years ahead of his critically acclaimed Kavalier and Clay (which is frankly over long, depressing and has a very silly plot).
However, this paperback edition is so completely horribly stylized that if you love books not only for their content, but also as a product, please find a different one. The spine is week and the cover illustrations are horrible. Most of the text on the book is just blurbs that tell you nothing. The illustration of the dog is wrong (it has the bullet hole in the wrong place) and the typeface is horrible.
I know, this may be a strange warning for an Amazon review. But the book is so well known that if you visit this page, you probably already know if you want to buy this or give it to someone. In both cases, find a better edition and enjoy a great novel without becoming annoyed.
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