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Maps and Legends by Michael Chabon
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Jul 07, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in July, 2008

I'd give it about 3.5, but that's not possible so I'll throw in another half because it's so Jewy. This collection of essays from Chabon truly made me regret that I didn't pursue becoming a writer.

One or two of the essays were drifting, but the rest had tremendous insight into being a writer and into the search for self. It was almost like the book was written by my older brother, someone who really knew what it was like to grow up a shy, Jewish kid to whom nothing remarkable ever happened outside of a book. It probably would apply equally to anyone else who grew up being enamored of books and the worlds they create for us, but I only know how a Jewish reader responds.

I loved Kavalier and Clay, enjoyed The Yiddish Policemen's Union, watched Wonderboys; but it wasn't until I read this collection of essays that I considered Chabon a trully great writer.
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