Yes, I finally read it. One of my all-time favorite movies is now locked in my literary head. I don’t need to sell anyone on this book. Not if you have seen the movie. The book, in places, rides herd over the movie while in other places strays afar.
Where else can you read the name “Vernon Hardapple?” Wonder Boys by Michael Chabon is a wonderful read. Great story, characters you find sympathy with, others you are impressed by, and all the while we circle the world of those obsessed by the written word. What’s not to like? Do I look on with jealousy while reading about characters living in their parent’s basement while they bang out their first novel? Yes. Do I look on with jealousy as people attend a literary festival? Yes. Do I look on with jealousy as the main character drives around smoking Humbolt chronic behind the wheel of his classic car? Of course.