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message 1: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan I usually want to like Chabon more than I do, but I might eventually add this. I know Telegraph Avenue well. I'm still grieving the loss of Cody's Books, a bookstore on Telegraph, the Berkeley part of the street.


Shannon (Giraffe Days) Lisa wrote: "I usually want to like Chabon more than I do, but I might eventually add this. I know Telegraph Avenue well. I'm still grieving the loss of Cody's Books, a bookstore on Telegraph, the Berkeley part..."

This one has a very strong style - well maybe all his books do, but they're all kinda different right, and this one is kinda artsy. Someone else called it a kind of jazz-funky beat or something. It's very alive, I think. It's not going to be for everyone though, you need a bit of patience and in the right mood to just go with it. :)


message 3: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan Shannon, Thanks. I loved his children's book Summerland, though very unusual, and so I thought I'd like the rest of his books, but so far I haven't liked any. I suspect this one will not be for me.


Shannon (Giraffe Days) Lisa wrote: "Shannon, Thanks. I loved his children's book Summerland, though very unusual, and so I thought I'd like the rest of his books, but so far I haven't liked any. I suspect this one will not be for me."

I loved Summerland too, it was awesome; this is completely different. He's a man of great talent (I'm biased) and can write in more than one style, but that does mean not all his books will appeal to the same people!


message 5: by Lisa (new)

Lisa Vegan Yes, since all his books are a little different, though all unusual, I should try this at some point. It sounds very appealing to me. And he's local so in this book particularly, he'll know of what he writes.


message 6: by Jay (new)

Jay Daze Great review! You've certainly got me excited to go and pick this one up. I started Chabon with "Kavalier & Clay", a book I really loved. Though I've really enjoyed his books since then, especially "The Yiddish Policeman Union" I've had the feeling that he was building up steam, saving his energy, for another BIG book (as in K&C won the Pulitzer and seemed to me to have a larger scope than his later books). Your review seems to indicate that he is swinging for the fence in this outing. Can't wait to get my hands on it!


message 7: by Zack (new)

Zack wow this is a long review.


message 8: by Hal (new)

Hal Brodsky Thanks for great review.. I was actually wondering if I had missed clues as to which character was of which race, but did not want to go back and re-read the beginning. BTW, I thought Summerland was boring, but now will go on and read some of his other books.


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