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Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
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Jun 01, 2012

it was amazing
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Read from June 01 to 22, 2012 — I own a copy , read count: 1

I need some more time to mull this one over, but as of right now, I feel that with this book, Chabon has crafted a tale that is every bit the equal of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, which is still one of the great books of the modern era. What that book was to the Golden Age of comic books, Telegraph Avenue is to blaxploitation cinema, soul music, and the spirit of community (and to a lesser extent, the comic books of the 1970s). This latest novel is the culmination of all Chabon's particular obsessions, distilled into a book that is expertly written, and features characters that are at once fully realized and a bit larger than life, even though they are meant to be ordinary people leading lives of quiet desperation. Maybe it's just because Chabon is an author who seems to be perfectly in tune with my own interests (cinema, comic books, and other pop culture minutia, all filtered through a strong literary voice), and that this book is akin to a Tarantino film by way of Paul Thomas Anderson, but I really believe that Telegraph Avenue is a strong contender for best book of the year.
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Anne So excited to hear it!

Gary  the Bookworm I agree with everything you wrote.

Christopher Thanks!

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