Monday, April 14, 2008

newly beloved

I must confess, that while I've read Kavalier and Clay 3 times and claim it as my favorite novel, I could not get into Summerland or The Yiddish Policeman's Union. Still, today I picked up and purchased Maps and Legends, which is Chabon's first non-fiction book, as well as a book that sports a triple layer wrap-around Jordan Crane cover.

I have to say that my somewhat unrelated motivation for buying the book aside from its packaging was Chuck Palahniuk's essay collection Stranger than Fiction, which I enjoyed immensely and often flip through at random. Like Chuck's book, I have almost no idea as to the stories I'm in for, which sort of makes it exciting in this age of blurbing and over-review.

I'll let you know how things shape out.


Justin said...

I read "Mysteries of Pittsburgh" by Chabon and I thought it was a good read, but it wasn't AT ALL what I expected. Someone whose Xanga I read just randomly sent it to me because she loves it so much.

I've never read anything else by Chabon, but I've almost picked up Cavalier and Clay a few different times...maybe I'll have to give it a whirl.

Let us know how this one is.

kyle-cummings said...

kavalier and clay really is just transcendant. it's amazing. "mysteries of pittsburgh" becomes and even more fascinating read when you find out that it was his senior project in college and his professor submitted it to publishers.