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A Good Place To Start

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay 7
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh 1

A Bad Place To Start

Summerland 2
The Mysteries of Pittsburgh 1
Wonder Boys 1
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay 1
Werewolves in Their Youth 1


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Michael Chabon

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decemberthirty January 30th, 2006 08:49 AM PST

I love Michael Chabon. I first read Kavalier and Clay and thought it was wonderful: fast-paced, gorgeously written, and emotionally engaging. The next book I read was The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, which was very good, although not quite as excellent as Kavalier and Clay. Summerland is also very good, although I think that part of the reason I liked it was because I'm a big baseball fan--someone who doesn't like baseball might find it boring. The short stories in Werewolves in Their Youth are competent, but fail to be as engaging as his novels.

kalessin January 30th, 2006 04:50 PM PST

I read Wonderboys and found it a little lame. See the movie instead.

pageminder March 1st, 2006 01:53 PM PST

"The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" is one of the best books by a living author I have ever read--absorbing, entertaining, emotionally and historically resonant, and beautifully written. Definitely this is the place to start, unless you want to save the best for last.


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