Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands

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Fourth Estate, 2010 - Authorship - 250 pages
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A collection of essays on books and why they matter by the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY and WONDER BOYS.

MAPS AND LEGENDS is a love song in sixteen parts ‚e" 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 ‚e~serious‚e(tm) literature in favour 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 towards 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 POLICEMEN‚e(tm)S UNION.

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

We've got a kind of 'doth protest too much' thing going on here. Chabon claims to be writing simply to entertain, but his essays and novels are filled with literary allusions and philosophical ... Read full review

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User Review  - Gregorio_Roth - LibraryThing

(A Short Review for a great book.) Great Read. Chabon an explorer of all genres of fiction, a great story teller, shares his map to Fictional Worlds: "It is along the knife border land between these ... Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Michael Chabon is the author of two collections of short stories, ‚e~A Model World‚e(tm) and ‚e~Werewolves in their Youth‚e(tm), the novels ‚e~The Mysteries of Pittsburgh‚e(tm), ‚e~Wonder Boys‚e(tm), ‚e~The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay‚e(tm), ‚e~The Yiddish Policemen‚e(tm)s Union‚e(tm) and ‚e~Telegraph Avenue‚e(tm), and the non-fiction books ‚e~Maps and Legends and Manhood for Amateurs‚e(tm). ‚e~Wonder Boys‚e(tm) has been made into a film starring Michael Douglas and Robert Downey Jr. and ‚e~The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay‚e(tm) won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His short stories have appeared in the New Yorker, GQ, Esquire and Playboy. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and their four children.

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