Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Dana, Mysteries of Pittsburgh- Michael Chabon

A couple of weeks ago, Michael Chabon was at the Tattered Cover Bookstore in Denver for a reading from his most recent book Manhood for Amateurs. As he read selections from the book, I could see that his prose had grown since this first novel of his, but it still had the ring of truth and beauty found in all of Chabon's works. He is funny, witty and eloquent. He was a wonderful speaker and gave some great writing advice (to be blogged about later). I look forward to reading even more of his work.

The Mysteries of Pittsburgh: A Novel (P.S.) The Mysteries of Pittsburgh: A Novel by Michael Chabon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I am ridiculously jealous that Chabon was able to create a novel so beautiful his first time out of the gate. Mysteries of Pittsburgh is Chabon's debut novel and abounds with his lyrical prose and intriguing characters.

Art Bechstein has graduated from college and is spending the summer following working at a book store and playing with his new found friends. Arthur LeCompte entices Art into a world of interesting people and even more interesting parties. Between Art's new girlfriend Phlox, his increasingly sexual feelings for his friend Art and new friend Clevland's interest in Art's father's mobster ways, Art is lost and confused. This novel is reminiscent of Fitzgerald and a bygone era of sophisticated parties and debauchery.

Chabon's prose is lyrical and striking. His descriptions are always unique and the characters are beautifully written. I am always impressed by his way of viewing the world. The details that he sees are vivid and intriguing. I always turn to Chabon's work when I'm feeling like I need inspiration for my own writing. He has not disappointed me yet.

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Linda said...

Great review! It sounds like one to add to the tbr list!

Nana Fredua-Agyeman said...

another to add to my tbr list

Shellie (Layers of Thought) said...

Yes - nice review.
I have his book the Yiddish Policeman's Union on my tbr list since it has sci fi elements. I think it was on this site that I was introduced to it.
I do love his wife's writing though.
Ayelett Waldman

Dana said...

Shellie, I haven't ventured into Ayelett's writing, but I'm definitely interested in her work. Yet more to add to the TBR pile. :)

Shellie (Layers of Thought) said...

Dana -
I have read two of her books.
She has written a mommy mystery series. As well as a couple of general fiction novels.
My favorite is Daughter's Keeper. It has a legal theme to it - with race, class, and drug issues.

Dana said...

Sounds very interesting... I'll have to put that in my pile of TBR books.