Mr. Chabon is super cool and you get to read all about it – “Telegraph Avenue” by Michael Chabon

December 12, 2012 at 10:15 pm 4 comments

Telegraph Avenue” by Michael Chabon, Published in 2012

I will begin by saying I have not read anything else by Mr. Chabon but I do know he is beloved by the critics.  Here is the thing, it is okay to not like something by a beloved author (hey, critics I am talking to you).  Sometimes they mess up and just write something that is sub par. Sometimes they really mess up and write something awful. And sometimes I think they write a bunch of crap just to see if everyone will buy it.   Mr. Chabon, I bought your book. You are welcome.

Reading this book was much like listening to a song when the lead guitarist gets some solo time and it starts out okay but after about 5 minutes you say, with that irritated head tilt, “really?”  The somewhat main characters own a retro vinyl store on Telegraph Road, how “High Fidelity” of them.  I think the point of the record store is just so Chabon can showcase his obscure knowledge of music.

Most pages in this book are so dense, I would read a paragraph, get up, do a couple of things, come back and try again.  Do I really need a two page description about how to cook greens perfectly? No sir, I do not. My subscription of Bon Appetit has that covered.

Some of the characters were very interesting but the work I had to do to get to the story itself was just too much. And so I quit. After two hundred pages. What happens with Gwen’s baby? No idea. Does the record store close? No clue. Does Archie get stabbed by his business partner? I hope so.  But I guess I will never know. And I am okay with that.

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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Claire 'Word by Word'  |  December 13, 2012 at 2:27 am

    Not a bad thing to have a different opinion from the critics I say.

    • 2. Emily C  |  December 13, 2012 at 9:21 pm

      I agree:).

  • […] me start by saying early into this book I realized that Ayelet Waldman is married to writer Michael Chabon, who really has quite a lot of love for himself and is likely too cool for all of us readers.   […]

  • 4. trinalazzara  |  March 21, 2019 at 2:20 am

    Whoops here I go, weirdly commenting on post from 7 years ago. It’s interesting you say this because I read his book Wonder Boys a year or two ago and was also underwhelmed. I stuck it out to the end though, unfortunately. Hopefully some of his other stuff is good lol otherwise we may have a conspiracy on our hands…


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