“ At a very basic level, you could say this is High Fidelity with African American characters set in Oakland. I love Michael Chabon, and this was my first impression as I started reading this book. But it is so much more. Archy and Nat run a record store in North Oakland, they are struggling to keep their business afloat with the pending opening of a chain store owned by a famous football superstar who grew up in the area. Their wives are mid-wives who are struggling with legitimacy with the corporate norm of baby delivery in the area Archy has a teenage son who shows up and thows drama into the works, as well as a father who is a down and out former martial arts movie star (thing black Chuck Norris) trying to make a comeback.
Like most Chabon stories, he drops you in the middle of an all too real world and pulls you along for the ride. Recommend.
Finished : 10/17/2013”
“I picked up Telegraph Avenue thinking that this would be it - this would be the time I fell in love with an author so many of my friends rave madly about. This would be it, damnit, and then I started to read. Then I stopped. I blinked several times, looked around, started again.. and this pattern repeated until I got to the end of the book - almost a full month later. Because that's how long this book took me to slog through. And, honestly, I hated nearly every minute of it.
Read the rest of this review at The Lost Entwife.”
“Full review coming soon.”Majnun Ben-David wrote this review Monday, September 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I've been a fan of Chabon since Mysteries of Pittsburgh, but I couldn't get into this one -- too disjointed and dependent on cultural references that I don't get. ”Ted Kinni wrote this review Sunday, September 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Couldn't finish another book by Michiael Chabon. Giving up on his writing. Didn't understand this one at all and ptb at only page 12. ”Janey wrote this review Tuesday, September 3, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Chabon never fails to satisfy. ”Christine wrote this review Friday, August 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Chabon never fails to satisfy. Time well spent.”Rick wrote this review Thursday, July 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Pretty good read, but not my favourite Chabon.”Todd W wrote this review Monday, July 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I liked this book. I thought all of the references were fun. What other book can you read where yellow plastic 21 Jump Street wallet can be a character.”Anna wrote this review Friday, June 14, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Yes, Chabon has a propensity to WRITE, but he's one of the best there is writing today. His phrasing and description are worth the price of admission. Do not skim this book. The action is secondary; the journey is extraordinary. ”Brian S wrote this review Saturday, May 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No