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Telegraph Avenue by Michael Chabon
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Sep 28, 2012

liked it

I didn't like any of the characters. Okay, maybe mrs. Jew. It was a memory trip about Oakland/bezerkley and kind of mean spirited at that. If Chabon wasn't such a darn good writer I probably would have rated it lower. His language is wonderful, but in the service of what? It took a few days to get into the story and to understand that everyone in the story is connected. Until the ending became roughly predictable and yet satisfactory. The end felt a little "tie up all the loose ends" slap dash together. Mr. Nostalgia? Really? We had to know his finish? Life is complicated, people do stupid things, and yet they mean well deep inside, and we all pretty much end up where we are supposed to be, and Chabon really likes comic books. Would I recommend it? Probably but carefully and considering if you like your books mired in an era. I love most of his books, just not this one.
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message 1: by Glee (new)

Glee Thanks for your insight, Cathi. Helped me weed this out of my pile. I've found lately that if I really don't like any of the characters, it is hard for me to appreciate the overall effort. And I like nostalgia, but mine doesn't involve Berkeley....

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