Telegraph Avenue (2019)

Telegraph Avenue Michael Chabon Telegraph Avenue Telegraph Avenue is the great American novel we ve been waiting for Generous imaginative funny moving thrilling humane triumphant it is Michael Chabon s most dazzling book yet As the summer of
  • Title: Telegraph Avenue
  • Author: Michael Chabon
  • ISBN: 9780061493348
  • Page: 472
  • Format: Hardcover
Telegraph Avenue Michael Chabon Telegraph Avenue is the great American novel we ve been waiting for Generous, imaginative, funny, moving, thrilling, humane, triumphant, it is Michael Chabon s most dazzling book yet.As the summer of 2004 draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are still hanging in there longtime friends, bandmates, and co regents of Brokeland Records, a kingdom of used vinyl loTelegraph Avenue is the great American novel we ve been waiting for Generous, imaginative, funny, moving, thrilling, humane, triumphant, it is Michael Chabon s most dazzling book yet.As the summer of 2004 draws to a close, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are still hanging in there longtime friends, bandmates, and co regents of Brokeland Records, a kingdom of used vinyl located in the borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland Their wives, Gwen Shanks and Aviva Roth Jaffe, are the Berkeley Birth Partners, two semi legendary midwives who have welcomed than a thousand newly minted citizens into the dented utopia at whose heart half tavern, half temple stands Brokeland When ex NFL quarterback Gibson Goode, the fifth richest black man in America, announces plans to build his latest Dogpile megastore on a nearby stretch of Telegraph Avenue, Nat and Archy fear it means certain doom for their vulnerable little enterprise Meanwhile, Aviva and Gwen also find themselves caught up in a battle for their professional existence, one that tests the limits of their friendship Adding another layer of complication to the couples already tangled lives is the surprise appearance of Titus Joyner, the teenage son Archy has never acknowledged and the love of fifteen year old Julius Jaffe s life An intimate epic, a NorCal Middlemarch set to the funky beat of classic vinyl soul jazz and pulsing with a virtuosic, pyrotechnical style all its own, Telegraph Avenue is the great American novel we ve been waiting for Generous, imaginative, funny, moving, thrilling, humane, triumphant, it is Michael Chabon s most dazzling book yet.
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  1. John Luiz

    Count me among those that found reading this book a chore Chabon is obviously brilliant and talented but reading his work is a bit like being trapped in the corner at a party by a manic genius, who feeds you dozens of brilliant different ideas at once, but at such a speed and with so many different tangents along the way that s it difficult to take it all in Here, to slow things down, you often have to read sentences a couple of times just to keep track of what the noun and verb were in between [...]

  2. Nathan

    This book drove me a little nuts It s plot is overstuffed making the whole thing much too long That wouldn t be such a bad thing if the language didn t irritate me so much Chabon tries to be both hip and smart, while dealing with characters who seem to be lacking in both I felt too often that I was reading an El Leonard book written towards the Ivy League set El Leonard at least knows how to plot The plot lacks punch and swiftness and I felt myself caring less and less as the book went along It [...]

  3. Chuck

    Hey, check out my razzle dazzle, dictionary demanding, neverending prose that rolls off the page like marbles falling from a flatbed truck, grabbing you like a gardener s glove in a Venus flytrap, moaning like Robert Johnson on a late night radio blues show, carousing like a Common Ornery Cokeheaded Ho Intransigently Seeking Excitement that s C.O.C.H.I.S.E get it , continuing on and on and on and on like my man Joyce s Molly Bloom without ever switching sentences cause I m producing a Ulysses fo [...]

  4. Kemper

    A bunch of quirky characters wear clothes from the 70s and use old technology like a portable 8 track player while dealing with each other s personal tics I honestly wasn t sure if I was reading a Michael Chabon novel or a Wes Anderson screenplay for a while.Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are co owners of a vintage record store in Oakland, but the business is circling the drain A former pro football player is about to finish them off by opening up a huge retail store featuring an extensive used v [...]

  5. Saleh MoonWalker

    Onvan Telegraph Avenue Nevisande Michael Chabon ISBN 61493341 ISBN13 9780061493348 Dar 465 Safhe Saal e Chap 2012

  6. Lizzy Boden

    I wanted to like it The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is one of my favorite books of all time, and I went into this one with excitement and enthusiasm Unfortunately, that only lasted about fifty pages I shouldered through because I wanted to give Chabon the benefit of the doubt In the end, I think the novel could have been saved with some judicious editing It should have been about a third shorter Chabon lets his thoughts run away from him and while his many asides are beautifully writ [...]

  7. Jan Rice

    I was afraid I wouldn t like this book My daughter gave it to me last year, I d already been unable to finish one of the three books she gave me, and when I looked at some of the professional reviews, I interpreted them as ambiguous So, the book sat and waited.I ve read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay I liked it but it was a long time ago at the time, I didn t have the hooks in my head to hang a lot of it on, so little memory of it lingers I read The Yiddish Policemen s Union a friend to [...]

  8. Darwin8u

    They were little than boys, and yet while they differed in race, in temperament, and in their understanding of love, they were united in this The remnant of their boyhood was a ballast they wished to cut away Michael Chabon, Telegraph AvenueI lived for several idyllic months during my virgin adulthood in Boulder, Colorado There was a term often tossed around, at least then, that Boulder was 20 square miles surrounded by reality I ve since heard the same line used for Madison, Austin and Berkele [...]

  9. Michael

    What a delight to be treated to this life affirming story after sustaining a series of books by Chabon that did not live up to the pleasures of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay He clearly loves all his characters in this tale, and I was quite satisfied how their challenges in his narrative led them to evolve toward their visions in some cases or successfully stumble past their misfortunes in others.The story concerns the struggles of a black couple, Archy Stallings and Gwen Shanks, in [...]

  10. Jesse

    Sentence to sentence, just great There s some wonderful writing about babies, and about commerce and old stores and those parts of Telegraph where Berkeley and Oakland kind of wander into each other lived not far from there for about 2 years in early 90s, at at about 61st just off Claremont Not to mention birthing and midwifery and lotsa nerd boy stuff Which is the problem As early as Werewolves in Their Youth, Chabon started working the whole SF fanboy former nerd angle into his fiction, and th [...]

  11. Garythe Bookworm

    Telegraph Avenue is a major commercial thoroughfare in a minor California city It is also the setting of Michael Chabon s brilliant slice in the life of Archie, the half owner of a used record store, struggling with impending fatherhood, and Gwen, his wife, a fast talking, hormonally challenged midwife, who is determined to have her baby with him, or without him, and to salvage her career after an unfortunate encounter with a smug physician Two of the many people who complicate their struggles a [...]

  12. Shannon (Giraffe Days)

    Telegraph Avenue, a strip of mostly hanging in there shops and a funeral parlour in Oakland, California, is home to Brokeland Records, a rare and secondhand vinyl record shop run by old friends, Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe It s August 2004, Archy s wife Gwen, a midwife, is thirty six weeks pregnant, Nat s only child, Julius, is having a sexual relationship with his new friend, Titus, and the record shop is barely scraping by, partly dependent on the records bought by their long standing custom [...]

  13. Jacob Overmark

    Main characters Archy Stallings black and Nat Jaffe Jewish Gwen Shanks pregnant and Aviva Roth Jaffe, both mid and wifes.Other characters Luther Stallings drug addict, small scale criminal, formerly movie star Valetta More Luther s sometime girlfriend, porn star quality The Undertaker and his family of gangstersThe ex NFL star Gibson Goode, now a ruthless entrepreneur under the pretext of local development.The 100 year old Chinese Kungfu mistress.Customers at the Broke land Records.The poor of t [...]

  14. Super Amanda

    I wish Chabon would stop acting like a spokesperson for the East Bay Area He did not grow up there or even spend his 20s there He knows ZERO about what it was like to be there during the 70s especially just embarrassing to read He arrived post with all the techies and transplants Thus viewed as a complete satire and a send up the book might actually work but as a piece of American social lit however whimsical it is a HUGE yerba mate goji berry infused DUD littered with an appalling number of rac [...]

  15. Paul

    About halfway through the novel, in the midst of a 12 page long sentence which comprises the whole of Section III of V, Chabon uses the phrase short story long, which pretty much sums it up Let it be known that I am most definitely not a fan of Chabon after reading Kavalier Clay and then Maps and Legends , and only read this because I felt like I had to, as I live a block off of Telegraph I gave it an honest chance, but ended up speeding through it pretty quick, because it bugged me right off th [...]

  16. Shovelmonkey1

    I think this book should come with its own sound track and each time another artist track song from eons ago is mentioned it should play gently, harmoniously and briefly as a back drop to the book Why Well, like ambience and stuff I am sure this must be possible as an added extra on kindle by now, surely This is a tale of many characters the existence of whom hinges on a dated but much loved record store on the eponymous street Archy Stallings and business partner muso bromance Nat Jaffe are the [...]

  17. Lisa

    I was looking forward to revisiting my old town through Chabon s words, but not enough to finish the book The first 12 pages weren t bad, but then characters are introduced and I lost interest The plot meanders Skimming some of the reviews here only clinches it For a 465 page book, I would rather read something else.

  18. Gary

    I saw the author in person last night.he read a section from this novel Wow I almost wanted to start over and read it againhe did an awesome job The room was full I took 9 of his books with me,and bought 3 , for my son.he was very gracious and signed them all What a nice guy,and what an author.I will tell you that this book starts slowbut stick with ithe spends quite a bit of time setting it all up,and I will tell you it s worth it in the end I love Kavalier and Clay,and this one comes in a clos [...]

  19. Marty Selnick

    How could I not love this book For the past twenty years I have lived a half block off Telegraph Avenue in Oakland With this book Michael Chabon makes my world a colorful and vital place to live which it truly is It is a perceptive portrayal of life in a 21st century urban American neighborhood full of cultural misunderstandings and larger than life personalities It is a moving story about class and race, parenting, marriage, and friendship written with warmth and humor and enthusiasm Telegraph [...]

  20. Colin Barrett

    A good novel digs a hole in you and fills it with its own loam, an invasive kudzu strangling some delicate, native species of scrub A great novel works the other way around its beautiful, beaming stamen bursts forth, normally only growing on the impossible cliffs of some tropical island and yet somehow here it is anyway, cutting through your mind s backyard bougainvillea to illuminate, elucidate, aspirate.Telegraph Ave is, naturally, in the latter category Its drama is of a familiar, familial so [...]

  21. Stephanie Sun

    Two stars is probably harsh for a book that attempts most of the things that I want Big Six front list fiction to attempt contemporary urban setting, large diverse cast, social commentary, and a focus on work and relationships in my favorite voice alternating close third person.However, Telegraph Avenue felt like a two star book, from beginning to magical baby ending It was just not a pleasant, entertaining, satisfying, or enlightening way to spend time.It s not that I needed Chabon to be perfec [...]

  22. Janet

    So love digging into this contemporary, real world, adult Chabon THIS is the Chabon I love, the book I d been waiting for Contemporary ish Oakland, two middle aged guys with a gradually dying record store, two midwives in the real world, a universe where the old days keep coming back at you lots of gorgeous, crap Seventies overtones here and man can he write You laugh out loud just because the mots are so bon, the specificity of description so brilliantly exact, everything from the intricate int [...]

  23. Julie Ehlers

    Late last year I saw Michael Chabon give a reading from Moonglow at the public library in my city, and he was excellent extremely gracious and funny also very handsome He smiled right at me once and I was dazzled I left that night wanting nothing than to be reading one of his books, and since my copy of Moonglow was still en route to me from Powell s, I decided it was an ideal time to tackle the nearly 500 page Telegraph Avenue instead Of course my recent encounter with Chabon was a point in th [...]

  24. Susan Tunis

    The Church of VinylDepending on who you ask, Michael Chabon is either one of the finest writers of the English language working today or he is THE finest writer of the English language, full stop My opinion vacillates between the two A reputation like that comes with some pretty lofty expectations for each new book I m pleased to say that Chabon s latest, Telegraph Avenue, did not disappoint.At the core of this novel is Brokeland Records, described at points as the church of vinyl and an institu [...]

  25. Schmacko

    Chabon has a gift for taking things that are mass market, pulp, and pop culture and spinning them into credible literary gold I love him for this In Telegraph Avenue, he tackles old RB and jazz vinyl, blacksploitation films, and Kung Fu thrillers He also captures a corner of Berkley that Chabon and his wife have lived in for years It s all in the service of a story about fathers and son how father succeed, how they fail, and how sons carve their own paths because of or in spite of their own fath [...]

  26. Lemar

    I could detect the alluring smell of Flint s Ribs wafting up from this book that captures the atmosphere of Telegraph Avenue in Oakland, where I lived in the early 1980 s, my early twenties Junior Wells and buddy Guy playing at the Omni, local blues at Eli s Milie High club Oakland is still a happening place to be, still in mid flourish while S.F is getting so expensive its culture is threatened Chabon captures small moments with tender clarity His characters are diverse in type and in temperame [...]

  27. Jessica

    I m a little ashamed to admit how little I enjoyed this book I don t want to be all Books are hard, but there are too many plot threads and characters that I can t keep straight and Chabon s never ending sentences seems less like a demonstration of his control of the English language than a demonstration of his inability to control his rambling thoughts I am a smart person, dammit I have a Master s degree in English and everything Why do I feel like such an asshole for not getting on board with [...]

  28. Book Him Danno

    I thought I should start with my bias first, so you can understand where I am coming from A great novel should not be a chore to read The first 30% of this book crawled along introducing many characters with too little action So I had the double problem of both trying to be engaged in the limited plot and trying to figure out who was who and why they were even present The story did finally get moving as you got way into it, but it was work, not enjoyment And then he hits you with part 3, an 11 p [...]

  29. Hannah

    UPDATED 10 9 17 I have removed one star down from 2 stars.1 Star NopeThis book is mediocre at best There are so many different reasons why I didn t like relate connect to this book Let me explain a few The writing, oh the writing This is my first book by Michael Chabon and I m sorry it was I can see read that he can write well The problem is that there is so much of it and a lot of it does nothing for the story At multiple points, I wanted to shake the book in the hopes that 25 to 75 pages of su [...]

  30. Mattia Ravasi

    Video review youtu 84xYrbZvKsQ 7 in my Top 20 Books I Read in 2015 youtube watch v zIWkwThree words Chabon goes late Pynchon.After trans continental tales of triumph and revenge, swashbuckling stories of oriental adventurers and compelling narratives of an impossible Jewish Alaska, Micheal Chabon writes an urban novel about the death of the twentieth century The book compensate its somewhat sombre theme with an exuberant style that shows Chabon at his best when people in this book get up and hav [...]

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