Thursday, November 25, 2004

the thing about michael chabon, or at least the novels of his that i've read

4 comments:

Brayden said...

I loooooooved Kavalier and Clay! Don't forget that Chabon also co-wrote the script for Spider Man 2. As far as super hero movie scripts go, it's at least an A-.

Anonymous said...

My partner just finished K&C, inspired by the many who rave on it, and declared it an utter waste of time that was intellectually lazy and an uninspiring read. I have yet to read it. Why is this book so beloved?

dorotha said...

like brayden, i loooooove K&C, too. i think it helps if one has an interest in comic books, but it isn't necessary condition in appreciating K&C as a good read. i also enjoyed the book because of the way it illustrates a moment in our pop cultural history unfolding.

jeremy said...

I think Chabon has two gifts that are on display in all his books: he's a great sentence-to-sentence prose writer and then he also has many clever ideas in setting up a book. In K&C, he uses these gifts to provide a relentless exploration of "being trapped" and "escaping" that I thought was thematically deep and brilliant enough that I've read the whole book twice and have been thinking about embarking on it again.