Maps and Legends
Michael Chabon's sparkling first book of nonfiction is a love song in 16 parts — a series of linked essays in praise of reading and writing, with subjects running from ghost stories to comic books, Sherlock Holmes to Cormac McCarthy. Throughout, Chabon energetically argues for a return to the... show more
Michael Chabon's sparkling first book of nonfiction is a love song in 16 parts — a series of linked essays in praise of reading and writing, with subjects running from ghost stories to comic books, Sherlock Holmes to Cormac McCarthy. Throughout, Chabon energetically argues for a return to the thrilling, chilling origins of storytelling, rejecting the false walls around "serious" literature in favor of a wide-ranging affection. His own fiction, meanwhile, is explored from the perspective of personal history: post-collegiate desperation sparks his debut, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh; procrastination and doubt reveal the way toward Wonder Boys; a love of comics and a basement golem combine to create the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay; and an enigmatic Yiddish phrasebook unfurls into The Yiddish Policeman's Union.
Publish date: April 28th 2008
Pages no: 222
Edition language: English
, Literary Criticism
, Books About Books
, Literary Fiction
, Short Stories
Entertaining--if rather slight--essays. I enjoyed the book most when it was digging into Chabon's own past and writing process and least when it focused on literary criticism. (The one on his childhood in Columbia, MD, probably stuck in my mind the most, since I've spent a lot of time there.) Worth ...
In the course of reading Michael Chabon's book of essays Maps and Legends I stopped at some point to catch the movie Superman on television. I had been trying to figure out some expression or metaphor, some manner of expressing the awe that his writings struck in me when Lex Luthor handed me the key...
Pulitzer-prize winning Michael Chabon speaks to me and for me in this book of essays on writing. Chabon believes that fiction, specifically short fiction, has lost its power because of the limitations placed upon it by critics and other literary types, who turn up their noses at anything that smells...
This is a collection of essays tracing the influences on Chabon's writing and some of the reasons he writes. All of them are interesting to varying degrees. The following notes are about the essays that aroused my particular interest but the entire volume is recommended for Chabon fans (of whom I'm ...
Michael Chabon champions genre fiction in this collection of sixteen linked essays, exploring everything from Sherlock Holmes to Philip Pullman, from comic books to Norse myth. Maps and Legends is a slim book and the essays are short, yet I found myself drifting off until Chabon started delving into...