[Telegraph Avenue] E–pub à Michael Chabon

The Dog Cancer Survival Guide: Full Spectrum Treatments to Optimize Your Dog's Life Quality and Longevity rTarantino movies who is justealizing that he s gay And Falls For Titus If That Wasn T Enough General falls for Titus If that wasn t enough general 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 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 No Beast So Fierce: The Terrifying True Story of the Champawat Tiger, the Deadliest Animal in History rolls with the punches 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 Heeminded 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 particularly 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 a lot of geek shout outs to comic books and other nerd touchstones that Chabon never it devolve into nostalgia porn There s an interesting undercurrent of the old school small community based business versus the modern corporate world but Chabon doesn t supply easy answers It s pointed out that the big store would create hundreds of jobs and Close to the Land: The Way We Lived in North Carolina, 1820-1870 revitalize a dying neighborhood while the usedecord store is of a hobby than a business for Archy and Nat Gwen and Aviva have to deal with hospital politics to keep their privileges for their home birth practice whi This book drove me a little nuts It s 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 an El Leonard written towards the Ivy League set El Leonard at least knows how to plot The plot lacks punch and swiftness and I felt myself caring less and less as the book went along It just ended up not being my ba. Meanwhile Aviva and Gwen also find themselves caught up in a battle for their professional 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. .


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Eve that even Chabon s farts must sometimes sing when he is walking from Oakland to Berkeley 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 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 un away from him and while his many asides are beautifully written they distract from the story in a way that is not pleasant By the end of the book they began to seem pretentious to me like Chabon was so proud of his prose that he couldn t care less if it fit so long as you L. Munatius Plancus read how talented he is The 12 pageone sentence chapter in the middle which is written from the point of view of a parrot flying over Oakland just about killed me I waseady 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 why I bothered to finish the bookThe characters should be better than they are all of Chabon s asides in the way of their development as people and I think Chabon was hoping that Münchhausen's Pigtail, or Psychotherapy Reality readers would see motivation in them than he actually ever earned Do yourself a favor andead Kavalier and Clay again instead Chabon might be great again one day but he has to listen to a eally good editor first A bunch of uirky characters wear clothes from the 70s and use old technology like a portable 8 track player while dealing with each other s personal tics I honestly wasn T Sure If I Was Reading A sure if I was eading a Chabon novel or a Wes Anderson screenplay for a whileArchy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are co owners of a vintage The Pink Pearl record store in Oakland but the business is circling the drain A former pro football player is about to finish them off by opening up a hugeetail store featuring an extensive used vinyl section just down the street Their wives Gwen and Aviva are also partners in a midwife practice but when a home delivery goes sour they also find their business at Migrant Resistance in Contemporary Europe 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. 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 fifthichest black man in America announces plans 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. Telegraph AvenueMain characters Archy Stallings black and Nat Jaffe Jewish Gwen Shanks pregnant and Aviva Roth Jaffe both mid andwifesOther characters Luther Stallings drug addict They were little than boys and yet while they differed in The Violinist and The Son of Redhead: Two Plays by Leonard Melfi race in temperament and in their understanding of love they were united in this Theemnant 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 Fairy Tales are True: Silent Reach from the Dunes to the Khumba Mela reality I ve since heard the same line used for Madison Austin and Berkeley Like Boulder theeal Telegraph Avenue exists in an idealized borderland surrounded by Galaxies in the Universe: An Introduction reality that stretches 45 miles from downtown Oakland to UC Berkeley On this street you find theestaurants 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 blessing and a curse in this novel First it allows Chabon to a curse in this novel First it allows Chabon to what he does best He can vamp about people sing with the language of the street jump jive and pirouette with English prose in a way that makes writers drool with jive and pirouette with English prose in a way that makes writers drool with Telegraph Avenue is 26784 s in 9 in x 62 in x 480 pps surrounded by ealityThe downside is in Telegraph Avenue Chabon gives us for the most part almost exactly what we expect It is a ostinato playground with strong and confident prose iffs but offers the safety of epetition and the comfort of Nat s call playground with strong and confident prose iffs but offers the safety of Philosophy in Social Work repetition and the comfort of Nat s call Archy sesponseBut let s just get Americana: The Kinks, the Riff, the Road: The Story real I meviewing this novel because I loved it Because I was waiting for his book to drop like my young son waits for his favorite balloon magician to go to start blowing and twistingBoth Chabon s successes and his literary failures grow from the eality that he takes isks in one sentence than many writers take in one chapter If I judge him harder than this book deserves perhaps it is only because his previous novels The Mysteries of Pittsburgh The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay The Yiddish Policemen s Union etc have cast such huge intense literary shadows in my mind Any future work by Chabon has a helluva fight for Organizing Power recognition or euivalence Reading Telegraph Avenue I was tempted to beli. As the summer of 2004 draws to a close Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are still hanging in there longtime friends bandmates and coegents 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 pair of semi legendary midwives who have welcomed th.