Third Class Superhero by Charles Yu

Third Class Superhero

byCharles Yu

Kobo ebook | September 5, 2006

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“A compulsively readable collection” of short fiction from the author of How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe (Publishers Weekly).

With deadpan humor and originality, Charles Yu spins Kafkaesque tales of modern identity and insecurity in this whip-smart debut. In 401(k), a couple living in the Luxury Car Commercial subdivision are disappointed when their exotic vacation turns into a Life Insurance/Asset Management pitch. The author struggles to write the definitive biography of his mother in Autobiographical Raw Material Unsuitable for the Mining of Fiction. And would-be superhero Moisture Man must come to terms with the darkness in his heart.
Throughout the collection, Yu’s characters run up against the limitations of their artificial story lines while tackling the terrifying aspects of existence: mothers, jobs, spouses, and perhaps most terrifying of all, the need to express feelings. Heartbreaking and hilarious, Third Class Superhero marked the debut of an author who has been a PEN award finalist, and whose novel How to Live Safely in a Science Fictional Universe was named one of Time’s best books of the year.
“The post-collegiate braininess of many of Yu’s stories is like the music of the Talking Heads, making the familiar seem off-kilter. . . . Takes a Kafkaesque turn in its comic examination of the essence of identity.” —Kirkus Reviews

Title:Third Class SuperheroFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 5, 2006Publisher:Mariner BooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0547545703

ISBN - 13:9780547545707


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Yu is for me This is an incredibly clever collection of short stories. They're all just slightly off the norm--a superhero with "good guy" classification with no classification ponders slipping over to the other side. An "it" couple hits middle age and wonders if this is all there is. Each story is in some ways a damning look at modern life. At least Yu gives us a bit of magic in this collection.
Date published: 2006-10-08