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Gentlemen of the Road by Michael Chabon
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Dec 24, 2011

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in his to this quick-witted and enjoyable historical adventure story, chabon discloses that the original working title was 'jews with swords.' (personally, i think that would have been a pretty kick ass title.) chabon goes on to explain how it came to be that he, a capital-L-literature-author, ended up writing a story that involved swords. unintentionally it smacks of condescension, of a slight embarrassment of what it was trying to be. that was my only significant complain of this otherwise delightful romp involving two friends cum con-men who, trying to make some quick cash, end up toppling a dictatorship. the prose is erudite, polished. the narration takes great pleasure in it's wit--an experience, i think, that most readers will share, save for perhaps a vague sensation that the prose is _trying_ to be worthy of intellectual scrutiny. the characters were sympathetic and likable. despite a gosh and disturbing treatment of rape, the author executes the plot well. i hope chabon continues to produce adventures of this time...though perhaps not one that is so...self-conscious.
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Blake Charlton maybe i was too harsh. it was fun. and very fast. i would recommend if you are interested.

Blake Charlton sure thing. if you read the book, i'd be curious what you think.

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