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Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure - Michael Chabon
Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure
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A rollicking saga set a thousand years ago along the ancient Silk Road, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.Gentlemen of the Road is set in the Kingdom of Arran, in the Caucasus Mountains, between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, A.D. 950. It tells... show more
A rollicking saga set a thousand years ago along the ancient Silk Road, by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.Gentlemen of the Road is set in the Kingdom of Arran, in the Caucasus Mountains, between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea, A.D. 950. It tells the tale of two wandering adventurers and unlikely soul mates, variously plying their trades as swords for hire, horse thieves, and flimflam artists–until fortune entangles them in the myriad schemes and battles following a bloody coup in the medieval Jewish empire of the Khazars. Hired as escorts for a fugitive prince, they quickly find themselves half-willing generals in a mad rebellion, struggling to restore the prince’s family to the throne. As their increasingly outrageous exploits unfold, they encounter a wondrous elephant, wily Rhandanite tradesman, whores, thieves, soldiers, an emperor, and the truth about their young royal charge, whose slender frame conceals a startling secret and a warrior’s heart.From the Hardcover edition.
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Format: audiobook
ISBN: 9780739357897 (0739357891)
Publisher: Random House Audio
Edition language: English
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Warwick
Warwick rated it
I thought this was great fun. The writing has been criticised as rather over-wrought – well, it is certainly a little baroque but Chabon's tongue is firmly in his cheek, and there is a wittiness to his descriptions which makes me very willing to go along for the ride. Besides, the sentences may be...
altheaann
altheaann rated it
If Robert E. Howard had been writing his historical adventure fiction at the beginning of the 21st century instead of toward the beginning of the 20th, this book might very well have come from his pen. I'd highly recommend this to anyone who enjoyed the Howard collection "Sword Woman."Still, while I...
JasonKoivu
JasonKoivu rated it
2.0 Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure
The marriage of a tale of legend to a story of adventure ends in a literary divorce.Chabon attempted to invoke a mini-mythology around his simple story about bandits. Unfortunately the technique distanced the reader from the action. Maybe that was his intention. I'm guessing it wasn't, having heard ...
What I'm reading
What I'm reading rated it
3.0 Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure
Written in the spirit of the old adventures novels with twists and turns in every chapters. I enjoyed it a lot. It's part of the charm of the story that there is some over the top elements and twists. I liked the atmosphere, the characters, especially Zelikman. It's a fantasy romp in a fantasy centr...
Telynor's Library, and then some
Telynor's Library, and then some rated it
4.0
A rollicking tale of fantastical adventure set in about the early middle ages, about two adventurers raising hell on the silk road, along with a mission doomed to failure. Lots of nice illustrations too, and based somewhat in fact. For the complete review, please go here:http://www.epinions.com/revi...
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