The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh

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The acclaimed "New York Times" bestseller. "Not bad for a 24-year-old wordsmith: being compared to J.D. Salinger."-- "The Philadelphia Inquirer" "Hard as it is to write about youth when you're young, Chabon has done it brilliantly."-- "Cosmopolitan"show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 297 pages
  • 134.62 x 203.2 x 20.32mm | 294.83g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0060790598
  • 9780060790592
  • 98,174

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"Astonishing."--" The New York Times ""Remarkable."" Los Angeles Times ""Extraordinary."" Village Voice "There's a lot of talk about this novel. It's almost as if there's going to be a great big literary bash. The guys who will be on the guest list are a cinch. Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn and Holden Caulfield. ... And now, from" The Mysteries of Pittsburgh ," Art Bechstein."--" Washington Post Book World ""A very daring, vivid and exciting book."--" Cosmopolitan ""Absolutely terrific... Michael Chabon continues in that great tradition [of Dickens'" Our Mutual Friend" and Fitzgerald's" The Great Gatsby "]... Anybody can write a realistic account of his first postgraduation summer of growing up and making love, but to make such a story the stuff of legend, as Chabon has done here (and Fitzgerald did before him), takes something close to genius."--" Playboy ""Simply, the best first novel I've read in years. ... It will find its place beside" On the Road" and" Catcher in the Rye .""-- Carolyn Forche"[A] very funny and very eloquent book -- a book that both earns and wears easily such adjectives as 'brilliant'..." The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" is a funny, charming, hugely entertaining and excellently written book."--" Pittsburgh Press "The quiet lushness of both the concept and the language are typical of Chabon's fresh, convincing style. What makes the novel extraordinary, however, is the exactness and care with which he manipulates such images and patterns of imagery. ... Making a reader experience again a sense of endless possibility is one of the most satisfying and quintessentially American things an American Bildungsroman can do. Chabon's" The Mysteries of Pittsburgh" addsto the canon one of the rare novels actually able to do it.--" Village Voice "Remarkable. ... What makes this book -- and Chabon -- worth our attentiation is [that] Chabon has chosen not merely to record all the ills of an oversexed, overindulged generation with nowhere to go but to bed or to a bar; he has chosen to explore, to enter this world and try to find what makes it work, why love and friendship choose to visit some, deny others.--" Los Angeles Times "Chabon's writing is deft and delicate -- almost every page includes a delightful phrase or two. He mingles dialogue, the Pittsburgh cityscape, descriptions of the characters' acticity and Art's thoughts and feelings to achieve that magical illusion good novels give -- that the reader is living the character's life with all its savors, jokes and pangs.--" Boston Herald "Chabon writes with unusual sensitivity. His beautifully realized characters are revealed through the perfect pitch of his dialogue.--" Denver Post "Astonishing. ... The voice of a young writer with tremendous skill as he discovers, joyously, just what his words can do.-- Alice McDermott, " New York Times "A thoroughly wonderful novel. ... [It] did two things no book had done for me in a long time: it made me feel good and it took me completely by surprise.David Leavittshow more

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By the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay This P.S. edition features an extra 16 pages of insights into the book, including author interviews, recommended reading, and more

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