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Maps and Legends - Michael Chabon
Maps and Legends
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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.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9781932416893 (1932416897)
Publisher: McSweeney's
Pages no: 222
Edition language: English
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ambyr
ambyr rated it
3.0 Maps and Legends
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 ...
LAUREN B. DAVIS
LAUREN B. DAVIS rated it
4.5 Map, legends, truth and lies
Chabon is an interesting character -- a terrific writer, lover of genre fiction, golem-maker, wearer of Superman capes, astute literary critic and humorist. It's all here. This is a wonderful collection of essays, some critical, some autobiographical, poking around in the corners of the overstuff...
Words, Words, Words
Words, Words, Words rated it
5.0 Michael Chabon Teaches Me How to Write, and Read, and Think, and Live, and...
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...
immediacy
immediacy rated it
4.0 Maps and Legends
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...
spocksbro
spocksbro rated it
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 ...
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