Chabon is a master of the lively and unexpected description, his prose studded with images that split these mostly conventionally themed stories wide open. Consider his burly Quebecois carpenter, who has "a face that looked as if it had been carved with a pneumatic drill by a tiny workman dangling from the sheer granite cliff of Olivier's forehead." Or the "local drunks" of a Chubb Island bar, "a close-knit population, involved in an ongoing collective enterprise: the building, over several generations, of a basilica of failure, on whose crowded friezes they figured in vivid depictions of bankruptcy, drug rehabilitation, softball, and arrest." Or, the narrator of "Mrs. Box" and his failed marriage: "...very soon they had been forced to confront the failure of an expedition for which they had set out remarkably ill-equipped, like a couple of trans-Arctic travelers who through lack of preparation find themselves stranded and are forced to eat their dogs." Werewolves in Their Youth is worth reading for such moments alone. When Chabon uses them to illuminate our darkest impulses and fears, the result is often revelatory. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Michael Chabon has done some wonderful writing, but these stories are flat, which makes the well-crafted writing seem kind of forced at times. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Avid Reader
Chabon has the ability to move you to tears or make you laugh out loud in just a few pagesPublished 14 months ago by Isaac
Each story is thoughtfully crafted and has unexpected turns that suggest new ways of seeing the world. Well worth opening the book.Published 18 months ago by Susan Paton
I bought this book for my husband, who considers Michael Chabon one of his favorite authors. This book is an earlier oneof the author's and consists of stories. Read morePublished 18 months ago by "Ali"
I have read all the stories in this book and they were very interesting. They share aspects of life and humanity that I might not have otherwise thought so much about. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Anna
Despite the title, Chabon's collection of short stories are not steeped in horror (although there it does close with one). Read morePublished on January 28, 2013 by Andrew Ellington
I bought this, on a steep discount, to replace a physical copy I had lost. It's an amazing collection of short stories.Published on December 29, 2012 by Robert Francis
Chabon wields language like someone at a weaponry expo: just because he can. When he swings particularly hard, one must keep an open mind, otherwise preconceived cultural... Read morePublished on April 28, 2011 by J.on.a.bike