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Telegraph Avenue: A Novel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

Great read

I love how Chabon has this ability to suck you into a story, to really know his characters and build from there. Pick this up and you wont regret it

posted by 10095414 on September 16, 2012

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Most Helpful Critical Review

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

An aquired taste

It took me a while to warm up to these characters, so the virtuosity of Chabon's prose felt a bit like a dry exercise. I did eventually come to sympathize with them and ended up reading most of the book in one long binge. The accumulating layers of problems and loomin...
It took me a while to warm up to these characters, so the virtuosity of Chabon's prose felt a bit like a dry exercise. I did eventually come to sympathize with them and ended up reading most of the book in one long binge. The accumulating layers of problems and looming disasters faced by Archie, Nat and their various family members kept me turning pages, though i felt Chabon wrapped up all the loose ends too neatly to give readers a happy ending for everyone. Then i looked back and reconsidered the story as a kind of fable rather than an attempt at realism and that helped me appreciate rhe novel more. There are some interesting themes that I enjoyed mulling over as I read, and some funny lines, and of course, beautiful, brainy prose.


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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2012

    Great read

    I love how Chabon has this ability to suck you into a story, to really know his characters and build from there. Pick this up and you wont regret it

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    This book is simply pitch perfect. Only my second Chabon, and I

    This book is simply pitch perfect. Only my second Chabon, and I intend to read them all. Never in the world thought I would care about most of these characters, but I do. I really do. This is a writer who could most likely make me like just about anyone he cares about.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 19, 2012

    Brokeland Nostalgia

    I was going to suggest that the only improvement on this book would be to include a sound track. Maybe the "enhanced" edition does just that; shame on Barnes & Noble for not saying in its Overview. I thought the book was profound as could be and VERY funny. And I'm still wondering what happened to Fifty-Eight. -- catwak

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 22, 2012

    Oakland is Brought to Life

    If you have spent any time around Telegraph Avenue, on the Berkeley-Oakland border, this book will have great meaning and resonate for you. The characters are just that and it flows nicely with these characters in an ensemble fashion, weaving in the subplots of jazz on vinyl, political corruption and familial love. There are several stories being told, all of which grab the reader and hold until resolution... including Fifty-Eight the parrot's escape, written in a James Joyce style. A great read.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    Favorite Chabon so far

    ... and I am a big fan of Cavalier & Clay and Yiddish Policemens Union. He captures the funky characters and setting of Brokeland perfectly.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 10, 2013

    excellent service

    this is a gift for my sister - she will be thrilled with it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2013

    Great book,and really good story.love it and once I get done rea

    Great book,and really good story.love it and once I get done reading it,I have to read it aging over and over aging. Pleas book worms this book. You will enjoy it!

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