Reading Michael Chabon

Reading Michael Chabon

Reading Michael Chabon

Reading Michael Chabon

Synopsis

His master's thesis became his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh , and Michael Chabon has not looked back since. A unique voice in American fiction, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author has created a body of work filled with engaging characters, imaginative scenarios, and highly original points of view. What inspires this brilliant novelist?

Excerpt

Reading Michael Chabon is the first book-length volume devoted to the works of a writer who bridges the gap between literary and popular culture and whose novels lend themselves to film adaptations. Designed for book club members and students (both high school and college), this reference guide will help readers keep track of Chabon’s intricate plots, draw thematic connections between his major novels, and understand his fiction as cultural commentary on contemporary masculinity and Jewish identity. the information, analysis, and discussion questions provided here should initiate lively conversation and debate about an author who not only writes about wonder boys but has become one himself.

Since writers’ lives help to shape but do not determine their creative choices, Reading Michael Chabon (like all volumes in the Pop Lit Book Club series) begins with a biographical sketch. in this first chapter, the reader will find a brief overview of this Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s literary career. Since Chabon’s major works are novels, the next chapter discusses his contributions to that genre, with particular attention to coming-of-age narratives, the picaresque, detective fiction, and the Jewish American novel. Each of the following four chapters focuses on one of his major novels to date: The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, and The Yiddish Policemen’s Union. in these chapters, readers will find a summary of the narrative, an annotated list of characters, and a discussion of major themes.

Subsequent chapters discuss Chabon in relation to contemporary culture. Intense male-male relationships are a constant in his fiction, and his work has become increasingly and explicitly Jewish-centered. These overlapping issues form the core of one of these chapters while Chabon’s embrace of popular culture is the subject of another chapter—in . . .

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