Telegraph Avenue (Enhanced Edition) [NOOK Book]

Overview

The immensely gifted writer and magical prose stylist Michael Chabon delivers another bravura epic-a big-hearted, exhilarating novel exploring the profoundly intertwined lives of two Oakland families.



This enhanced edition includes an original theme song, 10 stunning designs from the artist Stainboy, and a custom-made map of Telegraph Avenue, all commissioned by the author for the digital book. Also includes audio excerpts read by actor Clarke Peters (The Wire, ...

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Overview

The immensely gifted writer and magical prose stylist Michael Chabon delivers another bravura epic-a big-hearted, exhilarating novel exploring the profoundly intertwined lives of two Oakland families.



This enhanced edition includes an original theme song, 10 stunning designs from the artist Stainboy, and a custom-made map of Telegraph Avenue, all commissioned by the author for the digital book. Also includes audio excerpts read by actor Clarke Peters (The Wire, Treme) and a video interview with the author.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062225504
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/11/2012
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 313,488
  • File size: 214 MB
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Meet the Author

Michael Chabon
Michael Chabon
Although his novels and short stories have varied in setting -- from the 1940s New York of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay to the contemporary Pittsburgh of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh -- all of Michael Chabon’s witty and understated books feature memorable, deftly-drawn characters trying to find their place in the world.

Biography

In 1987, at 24, Michael Chabon was living a graduate student's dream. His masters thesis for the writing program at UC Irvine, a novel called The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, was not only published -- it was published to the tune of a $155,000 advance, a six-figure first printing, a movie deal, and a place on the bestseller lists. Mysteries, a coming-of-age story about a man caught between romances with a man on one side, a woman on the other, and the shadow of his gangster father over it all, drew readers with its elegant prose and an irresistibly cool character, Art Bechstein, racing through a long, hot summer.

Following this auspicious debut, Chabon penned a follow-up short story collection, then hit a serious snag. After five years of fits and starts, he abandoned a troublesome work in progress and began work on another novel, a wry, smart book about, natch, an author hoplessly stuck writing his endless, shapeless novel! With 1995's Wonder Boys and its successful film adaptation by Curtis Hanson, Chabon found both critical praise and a wider audience.

In the year 2000, Chabon rose to the challenge of attempting something on a more epic scale. That something was The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, the story of two young, Jewish comic book artists in the 1940s. Like Chabon's other books, it explored a relationship between two men and dealt with their maturation. But unlike his other books, the novel was grander in scope and theme, blending the world of comic books, the impact of World War II, and the lives of his characters. It won a Pulitzer, and secured Chabon's place as an American talent unafraid to paint broad landscapes with minute detail and aching emotion.

Chabon's ability to capture modern angst in funny, intelligently plotted stories has earned him comparisons to everyone from Fitzgerald to DeLillo, but he has fearlessly wandered outside the conventions of the novel to write screenplays, children's books, comics, and pulp adventures. Clearly, Michael Chabon views his highly praised talent as a story that hasn't yet reached its climax.

Good To Know

Chabon usually writes from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m.

He has a side interest in television writing, having written a pilot for CBS (House of Gold) that did not get picked up, and a second one for TNT.

Chabon also has an interest in screenwriting; he was attached to X-Men but dropped from the project when director Bryan Singer signed on. Now he is adapting The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay for the big screen.

After slaving for five years on a book called Fountain City (parts of which can be read on his web site), Chabon finally decided it was not going to jell and abandoned it. At a low point, he switched gears and began Wonder Boys, the story (of course) of an author hopelessly stuck writing his endless, shapeless novel.

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    1. Hometown:
      Berkeley, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      May 24, 1963
    2. Place of Birth:
      Washington, D.C.
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Pittsburgh; M.F.A., University of California at Irvine
    2. Website:

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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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  • Posted October 6, 2012

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    Brilliant Writing

    Tele­graph Avenue by Michael Chabon is a lit­er­ary fic­tion book in which the author jams so much in it’s a won­der the novel is not twice the size. Mr. Chabon is a Pulitzer prize win­ning author for his 2001 book The Amaz­ing Adven­tures of Kava­lier & Clay.

    Nat Jaffe and Archy Stallings are the own­ers of Broke­land Records, one of the few bas­tions of vinyl record stores left in Oak­land, CA circa 2004. In comes Gib­son Goode, ex-NFL star, multi-millionaire and entre­pre­neur who wants to open his Dog­pile mega­s­tore in the area. The mega­s­tore will force Broke­land Records, who are strug­gling as it is, to close.

    Nat’s wife, Aviva, and Archy’s wife, Gwen, are hav­ing their own strug­gles – they are mid­wives who have deliv­ered thou­sands of babies until one deliv­ery goes wrong and quickly turns ugly.

    Tele­graph Avenue by Michael Chabon is a strange book, if Quentin Taran­tino wrote a book I’d imag­ined it would be some­thing like this – bet­ter yet, if you had to read a Quentin Taran­tino movie, it would be exactly like this. A schiz­o­phrenic expe­ri­ence which will leave you dazed and some­what con­fused until things will clear up a few pages down – only for the cycle to be repeated again and again.

    The strange­ness doesn’t come from the story, which is quite sim­ple, but from the art­ful sto­ry­telling. There are many pop-culture ref­er­ences (includ­ing many to Taran­tino him­self), music, books, movies, TV shows and some made up ref­er­ences which only exist within the realm of the book.
    While I do enjoy pop-culture ref­er­ences in my read­ing, the sheer amount made the book dif­fi­cult to read, albeit enjoy­able in its own unique way. I’m usu­ally pretty good about esti­mat­ing how long a book would take me to read, this one took twice as long and could have eas­ily been more than that.

    So keep your favorite Inter­net search engine close by – you’ll need it.

    That being said, the book is rid­dled pop-culture and music. Many fine authors can write about pop-culture, but Chabon is the only one who can write music. Not writ­ing “about” music, but writ­ing music. When Chabon writes about a music pas­sage, I could almost hear it in my head even though I had no idea what he was refer­ring to, whether it was or wasn’t what I heard doesn’t mat­ter – I heard it.

    This book is a col­lege professor’s dream. You can cre­ate a whole course around it with ease. The book some­times goes into so many details it’s frus­trat­ing, but the obser­va­tions about our cul­ture and Amer­i­can lifestyles are encour­ag­ing and inter­est­ing. Of course, it could all be a smoke screen as Chabon says himself:

    "some Jew­ish dude try­ing to think like an ass-kicking soul sister".

    I felt the book was too long (some of the descrip­tions seem to go on for­ever), yet despite a need for an edi­tor, Chabon has man­aged to pro­duce another good book with excel­lent prose. I thought that the 12 page sen­tence was a lit­er­ary mar­vel which only few

    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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  • Posted March 1, 2013

    Delightfully difficult

    If you've lived in the East Bay of San Francisco for 55 years you'll identify with Michael Chabon's book. There's so much nostalgia both in places and people that anyone growing up in the area will say, "been there, done that." The downside of the book is long strings of adjectives describing a person or place that you've lost track of by the time you get to a full stop. This said, Chabon is a master of fun insights and expressions, my favorite in Telegraph Avenue is Aviva saying her husband is "unable to organize an empty drawer".
    Michael Chabon captures the length of Telegraph Avenue stretching from Oakland to berkeley, from the vinyl '60s to the near present, and from black to liberal white lifestyles with a heavy smattering of kosher mixed with jazz. Persevere and be rewarded wonderfully. Way to go Michael.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    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 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.


    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 18, 2012

    enjoyed the storytelling and colorful use of language...yes, it

    enjoyed the storytelling and colorful use of language...yes, it took too long to tell it..and yes, at times it was ego eccentric in the telling...yet the story had to be told..and indeed told grandly..loved the hipness, culturally and phonetically...saw the characters in the story as real and heard the words they used in the process....left hanging on a point though..what happened to archy's dad??

    1 out of 2 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 February 9, 2014

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    I wanted to love it, but couldn't. I bought the audio version -

    I wanted to love it, but couldn't. I bought the audio version - at a great expense- and gave up after listening to about half the book. I just couldn't warm up to the characters and oh my goodness - the over usage of metaphors was simply enough to hit my head against the steering wheel while driving. Plus, the narrator was horrible. So disappointed and what a waste of $45! Seriously, this guy is a Pulitzer prize winning author? What for most amount of metaphors used in one book? Ugh!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Awful

    Too bad he can't write as good as his wife, save your money.this is another bomb

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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