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The Cheese Monkeys: A Novel In Two Semesters Paperback – January 8, 2008
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Top Customer Reviews
The last two chapters seem to be mostly a hallucinatory dream induced by lack of sleep (the protagonist's, that is, although I could believe it of Kidd also). Which is very nice and modern and all, but I'd rather know what *happened*. Unless I'm overly dense, Kidd is violating his own quite plausible design rule: when designing an object of whatever kind, it's more important that it accomplish the purpose than that it look clever.
But anyway! It's a good book, and do read it. It won't take all that long; it's a pretty wild and energetic ride. And maybe the ending that was silly and opaque to me will be lucid and relevatory to you. You Never Know.
The main character is a joy to follow. He's Holden Caulfield'esque without the overdone self-loathing and self-destructive tendencies. He has a tidbit of angst but mostly uncertainty in the workings of life in general; he's a normal kid living away from home for the first time and enjoying the highs and lows of the college experience, and coming into his own...not to mention, dealing with some unorthodox friends and professors along the way.
I would certainly recommend this book to friends from any age group and background, because it's laugh-out-loud funny with just the right amount of drama thrown in to make it feel substantial and make a statement. I can only hope that Chip Kidd will write more in the future.
As the speaker lives through this "novel in two semesters," he is profoundly affected by an off-the-wall female upperclassman, Himillsy Dodd, a free-spirited, hard-drinking woman of strong opinions, willing to challenge everyone and everything. Opposing hypocrisy wherever she finds it (virtually everywhere), Himillsy serves as a quirky mentor during the speaker's first two art classes, the second of which is with Winter Sorbeck, a never-to-be-forgotten instructor who turns his students' thinking inside-out, viciously critiquing not only of their work but also their personalities. As "Happy" deals with Sorbeck, Himillsy, the usual freshman tensions, fraternity parties, exams, critiques, and all-nighters, the reader shares his anxieties and feels his growth.
The amusing cover of the book resembles a doodled-on freshman text, with a magic marker message written on the binding and side of the closed book, bleeding into the pages themselves.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
at college life in the late 1950s as related by a newly enrolled student at an unnamed state university. His field of study: Art/Graphic Design. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Michael G.
Every freshman year art student needs to read this book. It should be required reading. It is fantastic. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Cara S.
Was required to read this for a class. It arrived in less than ideal shape - the cover was torn and some pages bent.Published 20 months ago by Cody Johnson
This is the book that left every flight attendant on my transatlantic flight terrified I was demented or having a seizure (or both) as I tried to keep from laughing out loud and... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Jennifer Grey
I read this book back in 2003, before my graphic design professor put this on our reading list. It captured me. I love Chip Kidd. Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by Paul Riney
Fantastic. Ne,w original, creative, keeps you going yet at the same time is a light enough read that you can enjoy it while camping/in the car/on the bus to and from wherever... Read morePublished on December 5, 2013 by Andrew B. Leadford
I cannot wait to read the entire book. I really love the layout of the book. Chip Kidd is extremely funny.Published on September 23, 2013 by izzeee
Chipp Kidd is a little strange. Didn't find this book easy to follow. Had some good nuggets, just not the best read.Published on March 25, 2013 by Patricia