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Telegraph AvenueHey check out my razzle dazzle dictionary demanding neverending rose that rolls off the We Give a Squid a Wedgie (An Accidental Adventure, page like marbles falling from a flatbed truck grabbing you like a gardener s glove in a Venus flytrap moaning like Robert Johnson on a late night radio blues show carousing like a Common Ornery Cokeheaded Ho Intransigently Seeking Excitement that s COCHISE get it continuing on and on and on and on like my man Joyce s Molly Bloom without ever switching sentences cause I mroducing a Ulysses for the twenty first century so Barbarossa Through Soviet Eyes please don t stop me now when I haven t even made it to Page Two and I ve still got than 450ages to go Sorry about that Well not really But let s face it there are guys who seem to be in love with the sounds of their own voices There s the Kropotkin: 'The Conquest of Bread' and Other Writings pompous one holding forth at the restaurant table right next to you Or the oblivious jerk shouting into his cellhone on an adjacent treadmill And then ladies and gentlemen there s the celebra I wanted to like it The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is one of my favorite books of all time and I went into this one with excitement and enthusiasm Unfortunately that only lasted about fifty Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading pages I shouldered through because I wanted to give Chabon the benefit of the doubt In the end I think the novel could have been saved with some judicious editing It should have been about a third shorter Chabon lets his thoughts run away from him and while his many asides are beautifully written they distract from the story in a way that is notleasant By the end of the book they began to seem Tajna vještina - Gibonni biografija pretentious to me like Chabon was soroud of his 10 Soluciones Simples Para El Deficit de Atencion En Adultos prose that he couldn t care less if it fit so long as you read how talented he is The 12ageone sentence chapter in the middle which is written from the oint of view of a arrot flying over Oakland just about killed me I was ready to throw the book across the train Looking back I m not sure why I bothered to finish the bookThe characters should be better than they are all of Chabon s asides get in the way of their development as eople and I think Chabon was hoping that readers would see motivation in them than he actually ever earned Do yourself a favor and read Kavalier and Clay again instead Chabon might be great again one day but he has to listen to a really good editor first Sentence to sentence just great There s some wonderful writing about babies and about commerce and old stores and those arts of Telegraph where Berkeley and Oakland kind of wander into each other lived not far from there for about 2 years in early 90s at at about 61st just off Claremont Not to mention birthing and midwifery and lotsa nerd boy stuff This book drove me a little nuts It s A Lion Among Men plot is overstuffed making the whole thing much too long That wouldn t be such a bad thing if the language didn t irritate me so much Chabon tries to be both hip and smart while dealing with characters who seem to be lacking in both I felt too often that I was reading an El Leonard book written towards the Ivy League set El Leonard at least knows how tolot The Hannah Pritchard: Pirate of the Revolution plot lacksunch and swiftness and I felt myself caring less and less as the book went along It just ended up not being my bag I was afraid I wouldn t like this book My daughter gave it to me last year I d already been unable to finish one of the three books she gave me and when I looked at some of the rofessional reviews I interpreted them as ambiguous So the book sat and waitedI ve read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay I liked it but it was a long time ago at the time I didn t have the hooks in my head to hang a lot of it on so little memory of it lingers I read The Yiddish Policemen s Union a friend told me he couldn t read it but I had it on audio same with Gentlemen of the Road A Tale of Adventure Listening makes it a different experience When the narrator is good you can listen to a book you couldn t read and I wasn t sure about those two And I read The Final Solution because I like Sherlock Holmes It was a novella a slight thing I thought then Solution because I like Sherlock Holmes It was a novella a slight thing I thought then s funny I ve read so many of his books yet I m not sure HmmAnyway a Goodreads friend had just read and disliked it which had a aradoxical impact Why not take the A Speech on the Present Duties and Future Destiny of the Negro Race: September 2, 1872 (Classic Reprint) plunge I thought just for the halibutAnd I liked it Right from the first it sparkled and danced For a decade and up until this year I ve been listening to most of my fiction on audio There s been a niggling doubt that that had somehow messed up my ability to enjoy fiction I mean I thought I was enjoying the books I ve been reading this year but I had to try This book just tickled me Not that it was all funny Sometimes it brought tears to my eyes But itleased me It has reset my rating scale From now on those novels I thought were fours and fives are going to have to be threes and foursThe book is the story of two couples The two guys are in business together the vintage record business and the two wives are midwife Kiss of the Spiderwoman partners One of the guys has a failed celebrity father who along with society has instilled in him some unhelpful tendencies In a way he s therotagonist except that so is his wife and maybe the other couple too Their children two fourteen year old boys become friends and get into the action They all care about even love each other and the author loves them too None of them are generic characters unlike the characters of say Gone Girl or Freedom That s one thing that was so refreshing real eople The book is set in the almost now Change is coming Tensions are created set in the almost now Change is coming Tensions are created are laced What will happen to the eople and what will they do The ublisher s blurb gives a little detail but not necessarily clarityThe Alles in meinem Dasein ist Musik... publisher s blurb also calls it the great American novel we ve been waiting for I don t know about that Chabon is a virtuoso with words What he does is sketch in character with deft sure strokesSomeeople thought he was Witch Is Why The Moon Disappeared pretentious with his vocabulary I don t get that If I don t know what a word means I don t always stop and look it up shame but there weren t that many Wait I didn t get every one of the cultural references There are a lot of musical references But I got enough The references after all were from the 70sWhen I went back and looked at therofessional reviews after I d read it they didn t look the same to me as before They were ositive Goodreads reviews are a different kettle of fish ranging from one to five stars There s no accounting for taste Thank goodness eople have different tastes and that There Are So Many Books But For This Book Some are so many books But for this book some reacted just about as though it were criticizing their religion I can see how some Underground (Unbelievers, people wouldn t like this book on ideological grounds It s America I m thinking of having less of a feel for the otherarts of the worldHere s what I think this book is about in one of the fourteen year old s science fiction termsWhen you changed a The Letters and Lessons of Teddy Roosevelt for His Sons planet s atmosphere and environment to suit the needs of humanhysiology that was terraforming antropy meant the alteration of the human form and mind to allow survival even rosperity on a harsh unforgiving world In the struggle to survive and flourish on the The Purposeful Graduate planet of America some blackeople had opted for the epic tragedy grand and 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As the summer of 2004 draws to a close Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are still hanging in there longtime friends bandmates and co regents of Brokeland Records a kingdom of used vinyl located in the borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland Their wives Gwen Shanks and Aviva Roth Jaffe are the Berkeley Birth Partners a air of semi legendary midwives who have welcomed th. ,

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De digitale hysterie voorbij program ofantropy Black Η γραφομηχανούλα - Nietzsche ex Machina pantropy hadroduced in Gwen and her brothers a clutch of viable and effortless success breathers able to soar and bank on the thermals of opportunity and defy the killing gravity of the colony worldYes I have thought about the Booker T Washington modality contrasted with the MLK modality a la Michelle Alexander s The New Jim Crow Sometimes we need a revolution But watch out about insisting on what other eople s roles should be who s the real beneficiaryThis book is about black eople and about eople who are in but not of whiteness who if that other book I reviewed Price of Whiteness Jews Race American Identity is right have been white for about 70 years nowI also read up a little on uentin Tarantino before writing this review since I understood two Goodreads reviewers to be comparing Chabon s book unfavorably to Tarantino s cultural grasp and black movie characters If you are looking for uentin Tarantino this book is not for you Otherwise you might just love it as I did I hope I haven t gone down a negative ath or analyzed it to deathThere were a couple characters I had difficulty inning down but after the first few ages I had the main characters down This is not one of those books that reuires a diagram of characters I thought two of the characters got off too easy for what they had done and that robably wouldn t have happened in real life but it didn t bother me much And we know some of the characters will soon have some additional shocks coming knowing as we do what happened to the economy a few years later They were little than boys and yet while they differed in race in temperament and in their understanding of love they were united in this The remnant of their boyhood was a ballast they wished to cut away Michael Chabon Telegraph AvenueI lived for several idyllic months during my virgin adulthood in Boulder Colorado There was a term often tossed around at least then that Boulder was 20 suare miles surrounded by reality I ve since heard the same line used for Madison Austin and Berkeley Like Boulder the real Telegraph Avenue exists in an idealized borderland surrounded by reality that stretches 45 miles from downtown Oakland to UC Berkeley On this street you find the restaurants used clothing shops street vendors bookstores RECORD SHOPS college students hipsters eccentrics tourists and the homeless This setting like Brokeland itself is in many ways the natural habitat of Chabon That very setting is both a Count me among those that found reading this book a chore Chabon is obviously brilliant and talented but reading his work is a bit like being trapped in the corner at a arty by a manic genius who feeds you dozens of brilliant different ideas at once but at such a speed and with so many different tangents along the way that s it difficult to take it all in Here to slow things down you often have to read sentences a couple of times just to keep track of what the noun and verb were in between all the independent clauses and tangential metaphors Thank God for e books with their at your fingertips dictionaries because you also have to look up at least a word or two er ageClearly 4000 Meilen durch die USA: Meine Reise zu den großen Fragen des Lebens plenty of readers enjoy having their minds expanded by such arodigious talent but I found much of the information show offy It s amazing how many varied metaphors Chabon can spin but occasionally it would be great to have a few sentences you don t need a road map to get through A character can t simply reach for a tube of superglue instead he has to get a tube of superglue the crusted tip of its nozzle forever Interior Designs: An Adult Coloring Book with Beautifully Decorated Houses, Inspirational Room Designs, and Relaxing Modern Architecture pierced like some allegorical wound in a story of King Arthur by its tiny red cappedinIf that talent were used judiciously the reading might not be such a heavy slogIn the Gläsern previews I saw a lot ofraise for Chabon capturing the current cultural zeitgeist but I guess I didn t get that He has four main story lines an African American Archy and his Jewish Detention of Doom partner Nat have a record store in Oakland that s under threat when a former NFL star turned businessmen is thinking about opening a megastore in their neighborhood their wives are also getting into similar trouble as midwives when they have to rush a mother to a hospital during a difficult delivery and an obstetrician accuses them of negligence a son Archy didn t know he had shows up in Oakland trying to connect with his father and Nat s son who s the same age has developed a crush on him and finally Archy s father Luther a martial arts expert turned crack addict is trying to rekindle his earlier days as a star in blaxploitation films while also blackmailing an old friend who is now aowerful businessman and city councilman but who in his younger days killed a local troublemaker as a favor to Huey Newton of the Black PanthersIt sounds like a lot but the storylines themselves didn t feel the Black PanthersIt sounds like a lot but the storylines themselves didn t feel enough to fill up 465 Fromentin pages If you took out all the authors efforts torove his encyclopedic knowledge of every subject from the history of jazz to superhero comic books it felt like each story could have been told neater and fasterThere are some interesting historical details about the loss of mom Punishing My Slutty Little Sister pop type stores with the invasion of corporate chains Mixed in with that is an examination of theromise of urban renewal that a Magic Johnson like figure offers by investing in the inner city There are also interesting details about the history of midwifery and the conflict that Archy s wife Gwen feels between the historical importance that midwives had in the black culture vs what it is today Blood+: Russian Rose, Volume 2 primarily an option ofrivileged white women In one of my favorite assages a night school instructor gives the 14 year old boys and the other class articipants a hysterically funny lecture on how Vincent Minelli s The Bandwagon influenced uentin Tarantino But this novel for me doesn t capture an era the way that Tom Wolfe s Bonfire of the Vanities did although admittedly Wolfe doesn t have anywhere near the writing chops Chabon doesToo often though the novel gets bogged down with evidence of how smart Chabon is thrown up on every Friedrich Barbarossa (Gestalten Des Mittelalters Und Der Renaissance) (German Edition) page There are other novelists I love like Robert Cohen whose genius androlific imagination are evident in every sentence But Cohen fills his novels with great insights into what it means to BE HUMAN I DON T NEED TO READ SEVERAL human I don t need to read several about how to reassemble an organ speaker as Chabon does with the writer roving he knows the exact name for every artWith Chabon he also often makes you feel stupid for not having a PhD in op culture Not of all his references are self contained Near the end of the novel when Archy s wife Gwen is giving birth Nat s son Julius is helping her deal with the ain by recounting scenes from Star Trek He writes about an episode in which the female companion to the evil Kirk uses a Tantalus Field to overcome her adversaries When Gwen faces the The Taste of Her Blood (A Lesbian Vampire Tale) prospect of having the doctor who charged her with negligence deliver her baby she asks Julius to cast a Tantalus Field on the doctor Now I vaguely remember seeing that episode but I don t remember what the Tantalus Field was and I m not reeducated on exactly what it was by Chabon s descriptionMy final complaint is one I ve had withrevious Chabon novels He often writes gay lo. An a thousand newly minted citizens into the dented utopia at whose heart half tavern half temple stands BrokelandWhen ex–NFL uarterback Gibson Goode the fifth richest black man in America announces lans to build his latest Dogpile megastore on a nearby stretch of Telegraph Avenue Nat and Archy fear it means certain doom for their vulnerable little enterprise.

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Vemaking scenes in very specific detail and while I don t have any roblem with that I wish he would give hetero lovemaking eual time The two sex scenes in this novel are not for the sueamish because they involve sexual experimentation between the two 14 year old boys and an episode when the hilandering Archy sodomizes consensually his wife s transgendered assistantI don t regret finishing this one although it took me a long while to get through it because I wasn t always motivated to ick it up His writing reminds me of Zadie Smith It may sound oxymoronic but there s just too much sheer brilliance on every Learn English: A Beginner's Guide for ESL Learners page and in every sentence Call me insecure and maybe even ahilistine but I Who Is Gloria Steinem? prefer to read novelists whose own writing style is less obvious so that I can get into the characters and be moved by the circumstances they find themselves in I find Chabon s style which constantly reminds me there s a much brilliant mind than mine stringing these sentences together keeps me too disconnected from the characters And what is the infamous 11age sentence other than a break in the characters story to show another explicit example of what a virtuoso Chabon isI didn t always feel this way about Chabon I haven t read all of his books but I did like Mysteries of Pittsburgh and the marvelous The Wonder Boys But the Pulitzer rize winning Kavalier and Clay left me feeling the same way this one did After this experience he may be off my must read author listI m sure this book will be on many Best of the Year lists but it seems to me book critics and judges are mesmerized by the kind of writing that often turns me off A bunch of uirky characters wear clothes from the 70s and use old technology like a ortable 8 track layer while dealing with each other s ersonal tics I honestly wasn t sure if I was reading a Michael Chabon novel or a Wes Anderson screenplay for a whileArchy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are co owners of a vintage record store in Oakland but the business is circling the drain A former ro football layer is about to finish them off by opening up a huge retail store featuring an extensive used vinyl section just down the street Their wives Gwen and Aviva are also Corazones solitarios partners in a midwiferactice but when a home delivery goes sour they also find their business at risk Archy and Gwen are about to have a baby but he can t stop cheating on her The sudden appearance of a 14 year old son named Titus he has never acknowledged doesn t do a lot for the marital harmony Nat s son Julius is geeky kid with a love of comic books and Tarantino movies who is just realizing that he s gay and falls for Titus If that wasn t enough general confusion Archy s estranged father a former star of black exploitation movies shows up again with a blackmail scheme in which he tries to shake down the ex athlete that is about to Napříč nekonečnem put Archy out of businessAs you can tell from the summary there s a lot going on in this book Archy is at the heart of it and he s an interesting character An oversized vinyl buff who wears vintage leisure suits Archy seems like a calm and mellow guy who rolls with theunches but over the course of the book Chabon shows how he s a man terrified of choice and conseuences so he floats along trying to keep everything the same even as he knows big changes are inevitable with a baby on the way and his business going under He reminded me a lot of another Chabon character Grady Tripp from Wonder BoysThe other characters are well thought out and the whole story has a funny bittersweet feel to it There s a couple of times where I felt like a character deserved a brisk slap for being too self indulgent but Chabon does a good job of sensing those moments and having another character call them on itI articularly liked that even though this involved a collectible industry and has a lot of geek shout outs to comic books and other nerd touchstones that Chabon never lets it devolve into nostalgia orn There s an interesting undercurrent of the old school small community based business versus the modern corporate World But Chabon Doesn T but Chabon doesn t easy answers It s school small community based business versus the modern corporate world but Chabon doesn t supply easy answers It s out that the big store would create hundreds of jobs and revitalize a dying neighborhood while the
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record store is of hobby than a business for Archy and Nat Gwen and Aviva have to deal with hospital olitics to keep their rivileges for their home birth Now Pitching, Bob Feller: A Baseball Memoir practice while the doctors treat them like crap The biggest struggles the characters have with each other and themselves is trying to strike the balance of trying to work on their own terms while being responsible androviding for their familiesWhile it s an entertaining read filled with off beat characters it never really sucked me in the same way that The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay did and I d rank Wonder Boys and The Yiddish Policemen s Union ahead of it It s certainly not a bad book it just doesn t seem to have the depth that Chabon s other work I ve read had What a delight to be treated to this life affirming story after sustaining a series of books by Chabon that did not live up to the Variance (Raise Your Weapon, pleasures of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay He clearly loves all his characters in this tale and I was uite satisfied how their challenges in his narrative led them to evol Main characters Archy Stallings black and Nat Jaffe Jewish Gwen Shanksregnant and Aviva Roth Jaffe both mid andwifesOther characters Luther Stallings drug addict small scale criminal formerly movie starValetta More Luther s sometime girlfriend Mermaid porn star ualityThe Undertaker and his family of gangsters The ex NFL star Gibson Goode now a ruthless entrepreneur under theretext of local developmentThe 100 year old Chinese Kungfu mistressCustomers at the Brokeland RecordsThe Hochzeit mit Hindernissen poor of the worldThe corruptoliticiansAn extremely fat lawyerA man in a wheelchairA lot of hot air contained in an airshipGuest starring Barack Obama In the lot we have all the elements a man s midlife crisis is supposed to contain Detachment from a drug addicted father attachment to another father figure who unexpectedly dies inability to take upon you a father role and out of touch with your inner self Add to this an obsession with old cars living in the ast and few extramarital affairs and you After Effects Expressions pretty much have Archy StallingsThe storyline is or less governed by Murphy s Law Anything that can go wrong will marriage family relations in general business friendships will be strained and someone will get a beating or face lawsuit To complete the scenery we have aainful coming of age story involving a bit of boy on boy action between Nat s son JuliusJulie and Archy s estranged son Titus Authors Note Make sure to throw in a bunch of lesbians too and remember one of them is going through the first hases of chemical sex change all minorities must be included Set in 2004 Oakland in the area around Telegraph Avenue and drawing lines back to the 70 ties there is a lot of colors colorful eople and music But whatever the intention was this is like watching a blaxploitation film and not a articularly good one The clich s are iling up and there is not such thing as refinery 476 Arts and Culture: An Introduction to the Humanities, Volume I pages of clich s are too much and just because you can a 15age monologue without Painting, Sculpture and Architecture of Ancient Egypt punctuation does not save the day 3 stars sucker. Meanwhile Aviva and Gwen also find themselves caught up in a battle for theirrofessional existence one that tests the limits of their friendship Adding another layer of complications to the couples’ already tangled lives is the surprise appearance of Titus Joyner the teenage son Archy has never acknowledged and the love of fifteen year old Julius Jaffe’s li.