by Michael Chabon - £8.99 HarperCollins Publishers (2010)
paperback ISBN 13: 9780007289875 | ISBN 10: 0007289871
A collection of essays on books and why they matter, by the Pulitzer-award winning writer of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and The Yiddish Policeman's Union.
Michael Chabon's sparkling 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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