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Michael Chabon: I love your classy name - your books -and your wonderful talented -courageous wife: author Ayelet Waldman.
So before I begin my review I have a few things to say local boy!
I own every physical book - written - by 'both' Michael and Ayelet. --BAY AREA AUTHORS -- spotlight voices within the Jewish Community--- both bright - adorable ...more
Michael Chabon has held a place in my literary heart ever since I read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and has insured that place with his latest book. Chabon's inspiration for the book were the stories his grandfather told while he was on pain killers and close to death. In his opening author's note, though he warns us that what we will soon be reading may not exactly be true.
" In preparing this memoir, I have stuck to the facts, except when facts refused to conform ...more
- Michael Chabon, Moonglow
Fantastic. I needed to chew on this for a night, to stare at the moon, dream, and fantasize about what I really wanted to say -- and write my panegyric in a delicate space after the book.
First, I sometimes wonder if there is a genre Chabon can't master with his metaphors, his exuberance and his fantasy? At this point, he could write a ...more
As his grandfather laid dying he shared stories of his life with his grandson. Let me tell you this man lived many different lives, tried to kill his boss, blow up a bridge, spent time in prison, worked for the space program designing model rockets and loved and married a woman with mental ...more
First of all, think of your own favourite ...more
Chabon’s Author’s Note at the beginning of Moonglow this states:
In preparing this memoir, I have stuck to facts except when facts refused to conform with memory, narrative purpose, or the truth as I prefer to understand it. Wherever liberties have been taken with names, dates, places, events, and conversations, or with the identities, motivations, and interrelationships of family members and historical personages, the reader is assured that they have been taken with due abandon.
By page 10, I was digging in my purse for my post-it notes and my pen, refusing to avert my eyes from the page to do so, pen cap in my mouth, scrawling Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse 5, and is Chabon the Philip Roth of Philadelphia?, and perhaps madness is caused by a person being unable to find their place in ...more
The hallmark of true greatness (and let’s call the requirements for greatness a combination of natural talent and aptitude, sweat equity, and single-minded devotion to craft) is making something exceedingly difficult look effortless (a little bit like how I make it look so easy to poke ...more
I must admit, up front, that I’ve never read a book by this author. That is not to say I don’t have his books sitting on my shelves, or loaded onto my Kindle, because I do. However, I’ve never managed to get around to reading them.
My library was really pushing this book recently, so I placed a hold on it. Shockingly, few people were ahead of me, so I nabbed a copy almost immediately.
Having no idea what to expect, but hoping for something ...more
Sadly Gary Cooper never made a film with Vivien Leigh. But with a script like Moonglow, they couldn’t have avoided it. The omni-competent nice guy and the sexy but flakey European as his wife are parts made for them (the required French accent wouldn’t have been all that far from her role in A Streetcar Named Desire). With all the necessary schmaltz, Yiddish wit, and Holocaust sub-text, it would have been instant boffo - America as it once was and may be becoming again: ...more
We are as clouds that veil the midnight moon;
How restlessly they speed and gleam and quiver,
Streaking the darkness radiantly! yet soon
Night closes round, and they are lost for ever:--
"Mutability," Percy Bysshe Shelley
Moonglow, Michael Chabon's brilliantly constructed narrative, documents the narrator's conversations with his dying grandfather that travel back and forth between the grandfather on his deathbed and the story he's giving of his past.
This construct ...more
His endlessly celebrated—and one of my all-time favourite novels— The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay trades comic book shtick with political and societal upheaval while building some of the most memorable character moments I’ve ever read. The Yiddish Policeman’s Union , by contrast, is a gumshoe noir set in a fictional Jewish settlement in Alaska that ...more
Bearing this in mind, the ...more
“The girl’s lips were painted red as Bicycle hearts and diamonds, and they parted to reveal an Ingrid Bergman smile to go with the sunglasses. My grandfather heard a sound inside his head that he compared, years later, to the freight-train rumble of an earthquake. He felt he was standing in the path of something fast-moving and gigantic that, in its blindness, was bound to carry him away. Swept off his feet, ...more
This is a novel about family memory and legacy, and goes back and forth between a somewhat fictional "Mike" interviewing his grandfather on his death bed and scenes in the history of his grandfather's life. Sometimes it feels like Gravity's Rainbow fanfic, especially all the V-2 bits. And I'm not sure ...more
Moonglow by Michael Chabon sat on my Edelweiss shelf for 45 days until I could finally make a space to read it, read 'out of order', as I read based on a book's publication date.
I have enjoyed all the novels I've read by Chabon: The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, The Wonder Boys, and The Yiddish Policeman's Union. I ...more
Brilliant . . . so what's my problem?
In preparing this memoir, I have stuck to facts except when facts refused to confirm with memory, narrative purpose, or the truth as I prefer to understand it. Whatever liberties have been taken with names, dates, places, events, and conversations, or with identities, motivations, and interrelationships of family members and historical personages, the reader is assured that they have been taken with due abandon.What a brilliant Author's Note! Moonglow may ...more
Most of all, he was just plain fun to read. Like, teary-eyed, breathlessly fun.
That peaked with ...more
Backlist bump: Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son by ...more
The title 'reflects' it all - moonglow is mirrored light, not an actual glowing of original inner light, gentle reader...
I can't decide if this book is a biographical fiction or a fictionalized biography. Whatever. It is a touching panagyric for a man who had a, to me, romantic life, despite that he obviously hated sentimentality and any florid display of false morality. A World War II veteran, the main ...more