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Faces against the earth makes us feel puny and small so some of us dream of flying to the moon blasting off to be freeWe put our hopes and dreams nto a shiny metal phallus the rocket the ultimate metaphor for escapism only to learn n several really long chapters that the rocket s origins are steeped n Holocaust madness We thought the rocket was everything good and everything right just like people but the rocket was not a means to liberate the human spirit from the chains of gravity t was only a pretext for further enchainment ShtSo you can t blast off and you can t keep from being yanked down chained by your own gravity and Memoir fictional novel exaggerations or just Chabon s musings whichever way you choose to look at Purely Sexual it just know this book was written with a great deal of love It shines throughn the writingAs his grandfather laid dying he shared stories of his life with his grandson Let me tell you this man lived many different lives tried to kill his boss blow up a bridge spent time The West Transformed: A History of Western Civilization, Vol 1, to 1715 in prison worked for the space program designing model rockets and loved and married a woman with mental difficulties The novel goes back and forth different stages of his grandfathers life Michael discussing these thongs with his mother his mother s recollections and his grandmother s foraysnto mental llness I did think the coverage of rockets which was his grandfather s passion always was somewhat too lengthy and I admit to skimming some of these sections Yet the other events n his life than made up for this t was all so nteresting almost voyeuristic looking nto someone s personal history The funny and coincidental thing about this s that the only other book of Chabons that I read Wonder Boys featured a snake A snake was also an mportant part of this book occurring n his grandfather s life before he found out he was sick Rockets and snakes Well this The Anathema Cell is Chabon after allARC from publisher Moonglow has been looked up 2315 timess no one s favorite word yet has been added to 3 lists has 1 comment and s not a valid SCRABBLE word Michael Chabon I love your classy name your books and your wonderful talented courageous wife author Ayelet Waldman So before I begin my review I have a few things to say local boyI own every physical book written by both Michael and Ayelet BAY AREA AUTHORS spotlight voices within the Jewish Community both bright adorable an nspiring married couple I have a deep love for Ayelet I feel a primal connection woman to woman wife to wife mother to mother Jew to Jew When Netgalley and Edelweiss both turned my reuest down for Moonglow and Ayelet s new soon to be released book called A Really Good Day How Microdosing Made a Mega Difference Pookie-Pie in My Mood My Marriage and My LifeI kinda laughed OF COURSE Jewish Karma I must own their PHYSICAL books When I told Ayelet that I was turned down for an arc of her new book when I saw her a few weeks ago she offered to stepn and get a book to me I saiddon t I can handle t I ll get a copy myself Thanks anyway Ayelet Can t wait to read her book too Moonglow fictional nonfiction s a lovely physical book I especially like the Calling Home inside black white moon artwork when you first open the book It was easy tomagine Michael listening to his grandfathers final confessions 10 straight days before he diedbeing privy to the lies conflicts and secrets that his grandfather had kept secretUnderneath the humor t was nevitably painful for his grandfather and grandmother to deal with pain loss grief upsets death suffering of any kind They would avoid or minimize talking about anything that was negative Instead they would lie to each other hold onto secrets thinking t was their best option Michael was able to see n those last ten days of his grandfathers life just how crushing his grandparents marriage really was at times due to all secrets lies they both kept hidden I appreciate Michael writing this book for a couple of reasons The I read t becomes clear how family bonds get stuck and pass down generation to generation behaviors that undercut destroy relationships Michael set out to change those patterns The secrets are out of the bagTerrific stories Terrific storytelling At the end of
Michael S Grandfathers Life His Doctor Prescribed A Powerful Hydromorphone s grandfathers life his doctor prescribed a powerful hydromorphone the pain of bone cancer Michael begins his story by telling us what his grandfather was like as a child n South Philadelphia a wild kid who once threw a kitten out of a window The storytelling jumps around which slowed down my reading to be honest I didn t mind but several times I turned back pages to check datesWas I n the 60 s or 80 s The first 80 100 pages I read extra slowIt took me a little longer slow turd to understand the mportance Rockets Missiles and Space Travel by Willy Ley a favorite book of grandfather was to "him and just how big of a turning point that book might "and just how big of a turning point that book might been Michael s grandfather who normally drove to every shuttle firing had a silent boycott during the Apollo era shocking his parents on July 20 1969 after months of displaying fascination and excitement about the mminent manned landing on the moon he had abruptly declined to join his family when the entire population of earth was watching Neil Armstrong fulfill the lifelong dream that Von Braun and his grandfather both shared All he said wasthe way they have done t Date Me is totally wrong Years later he never wanted to miss a launch again I found Michael s grandfather fascinating At times I was cracking up His clothes for example Gramps I m just going to call Michael s grandfather Gramps from here on outwas livingn Florida after his wife died His daily uniform so to speak consisted of khaki shorts one of seven he purchased at Kmart to go with his one of seven polo shirts On his feet he wore leather sandals mitation Birkenstocks of Israeli manufacture with white tube socks Paul my husband told me don t ever let me wear tube socks with sandals when I become an old man cuteas this visual IS Paul s visual of BEING OLD Other parts were sad January 28 1986 was the 11th yahrzeit of his wife s death Michael s grandmother and Gramps was at the grave n Pennsylvania At the same time same day Tuesday an O ring failed at Cape Canaveral The shuttle began to break apart His grandfather did not know until he got back to his motor lodgeMichael called his grandfather that day as soon as he heard the newsGramps was saying Too goddamn cold 36 at launch Idiot bureaucrats Michael and his grandfather talked about the cemetery Michael says I know you miss her I wish you were still here Gramps says I m glad she sn t If she saw the mess her grave s she be furious and she d blame me Because I Fitness for Geeks: Real Science, Great Nutrition, and Good Health insisted on that cemetery We learn as much about Michael s grandmother as we do his grandfatherHer fortune telling cards The painful life she had growing up during the war her mentalllness the private suffering and a lot about their marriage together I loved t and I couldn t help think about my own grandpa and grandma Cookie Who lived n Oakland and were Cause Of Fear in a Jewish home laten lifeI fully enjoyed the richness of
Family History Honesty Jewish history honesty Jewish and Michael s devotion to family This book s a HUGE GIFT for Odel rocketry of the shining aspirations and demonic underpinnings of American technological accomplishment at midcentury and above all of the destructive mpact and the creative power of keeping secrets and telling lies It The Game of Love is a portrait of the difficult but passionate love between the narrator’s grandfather and his grandmother an enigmatic woman broken by her experience growing upn war torn France It s also a tour de force of speculative autobiography n which Chabon devises and reveals a secret history of his own maginatio. ,
Michael Chabon ì 2 CharactersMoonglow by Michael Chabon s a 2016 Harper publication I must admit up front that I ve never read a book by this author That s not to say I don t have his books sitting on my shelves or loaded onto my Kindle because I do However I ve never managed to get around to reading them My library was really pushing this book recently so I placed a hold on The Lady in Pink it Shockingly few people were ahead of me so I nabbed a copy almostmmediately Having no Eyes idea what to expect but hoping for something different and maybe a little challenging I divednto what some have referred to as a novel memoir or memoirnovel Michael Chabon n 1989 travels to Oakland California to visit his dying grandfather Never having revealed a great deal to his grandson during his life his grandfather decides to remedy that by regaling Michael with stories from his colorful and adventurous life while on his deathbed Ninety percent of everything he ever told me about his life I heard n Sinner's Heart its final ten days The author never refers to his grandfather by name and I have nodea why but the gentleman lived through many significant phases n history His tale s not told chronologically but skips through time Spirit of the Wolf in no particular order While I m usually pretty good at dealing with flashbacksn novels this nilly willy time trip did create some problems for me at times I also lost A Vineyard Christmas interest a time or two as the topics just didn t appeal to men any way But there were poignant moments that made up for those dry spells I may have this all wrong but I gathered the grandfather was the main focus of the book and the other characters were meant to be secondary I didn t know what to make of his grandfather for a while but by the end of the book I realized I had enjoyed getting to know the man and appreciated his humor Now why Een Bijzondere Vorm Van Osteosclerose is the book labeled as a novel memoir In preparing for this memoir I have stuck to the facts except when the facts refused to conform with memory narrative purpose or the truth as I prefer to understandt How much s absolute truth how much s embellishment Is t a real memoir or a novel disguised as a memoirEither way the book s uniue with realistic and compelling characterizations and a sophisticated prose which Hot Shot (North Ridge Book 3) is what I liked best aboutt Overall this one Math Basics 6 is a little off the beaten path for me It s not the type of book I would want to read often but I am glad I gavet a try and Voyage to the Underworld (Star Wars Missions, it hasnspired me to move the books I already own by this author closer to the top of my TBR pile 35 stars 45 StarsChabon s Author s Note at the beginning of Moonglow this states In preparing this memoir I have stuck to facts except when facts refused to conform with memory narrative purpose or the truth as I prefer to understand The First Ghost it Wherever liberties have been taken with names dates places events and conversations or with thedentities motivations and nterrelationships of family members a I see the hidden lovers fates entangled like their bodies waiting for release from the gravity that held them down all their lives Michael Chabon MoonglowFantastic I needed to chew on this for a night to stare at the moon dream and fantasize about what I really wanted to say and write my panegyric n a delicate space after the book First I sometimes wonder Simple Numbers, Straight Talk, Big Profits!: 4 Keys to Unlock Your Business Potential if theres a genre Chabon can t master with his metaphors his exuberance and his fantasy At this point he could write a book centered on zoophilic and beastial erotica and I d gladly plunk down the full price cost AND read t Anyway last night as the stars blossomed and the moon swung up over the Superstition Mountains I felt a tug of deas but I needed to let them seep to swirl to swim and sink Humanism into the dark side of my brain Perhaps I m ready Who knowsI m not suref Chabon has even read Karl Ove Knausg rd but Chabon Smokin' Hot is doing something similar Hes playing with the structure of memoir but Placing Memory itsn t memoir even exactly It sn t a biography of his mother grandmother grandfather EXACTLY It s family fan fiction It s fictionalized memoir an autobiographical novelChabon gives t up n his Author s Note In preparing this memoir I have stuck to the facts except when the facts refused to conform with "Memory Narrative Purpose Or "narrative purpose or truth as I prefer to understand t Whenever liberties have been taken with names dates places events and conversations or with the While My Soldier Serves identities motivations andnterrelationships of family members and historical personages the reader s assured that they have been taken with due abandonThere s a scene ಪರಿಸರದ ಕತೆ Parisarada Kathe in the book where Chabons describing his mother playing with horses carved by her father Through the act of narrowing her eyes suinting she was able to transform these carved toys The Fiend Next Door into real horses as she played THATs what Chabon s doing He s narrowing his eyes on his family s history He பொன்னியின் செல்வன் - புது வெள்ளம் is letting hismagination take the The Return of the Carter Boys: The Carter Boys 2 information he has and bendt fill A Meditation on Murder in the gaps expandnto an almost magical fancy It really s a thing of wonder The real amazing thing too about this book s Travis it gives the reader the license and permission to do the same thing to hisher own history We as humans are natural mythmakers Is Chabon doing anything different than his Jewish forefathers did with the Old Testament s great myths The telling and retelling of these family stories start to get bentnto family folklore Pieces are added and subtracted until a new story a new myth s constructed It might not be straight and accurate according to carbon dating seuences or people The ledgers might not uite ever balance but at ts heart these family storiesmyths contain our BIG truths They contain us and our humanity both our ugly painful and grounded past and our lofty dreams of moons lovers and rockets Michael Chabon pulls off a hybrid memoir and a
contested fictional multigenerational family history peppered with anecdotes and stories from his heavily medicated grandfather on his deathbed Chabon unashamedly statesfictional multigenerational family history peppered with anecdotes and stories from his heavily medicated grandfather on his deathbed Chabon unashamedly states fictional roots and perhaps uestions the concept of a factual memoir how much of a memoir can be said to be true when peoples memories are notoriously unreliable Can a memoir be free from an agenda How much AI Weiwei: Beijing Photographs, 1993-2003 is the truth embellished to Given the opportunity andf
I could work out the mechanics of t I would do some things to Michael Chabon s prose thingscould work out the mechanics of t I would do some things to Michael Chabon s prose things would make Ron Jeremy and Jenna Jameson blush Because that stuff s purty The hallmark of true greatness and let s call the reuirements for greatness a combination of natural talent and aptitude sweat euity and single minded devotion to craft s making something exceedingly difficult look effortless a little bit like how I make The Social Machine: Designs for Living Online it look so easy to poke yourselfn the eye while trying to drink through a straw and no matter how lyrical or grammatically obscure Chabon s prose Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet it skates easily across the surface of the page the most well honed pair of skates on a perfectly Zamboniedce rinkContrast his prose with say Jonathan Franzen or the late and rightfully oft lamented David Foster Wallace both comparable titans of the modern American literary fiction scene when I read one of their most finely crafted sentences I fin Just as you sense some authors haven t yet written their best book Zadie Smith you feel others have. Following on the heels of his New York Times bestselling novel Telegraph Avenue Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon delivers another literary masterpiece a novel of truth and lies family legends and existential adventure and the forces that work to destroy usIn 1989 fresh from the publication of his first novel The Mysteries of Pittsburgh Michael Chabon traveled to his mother’s home 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10 (Software Studies) in Oakland California to visit his terminallyll grandfather Tongue loosened by powerful painkillers memory stirred by the mminence of. Already written their masterpiece and no matter how many they write they will never uite top t Nicole Krauss with The History of Love springs to mind As does Chabon with The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay I d be amazed Your Everyday Art World if he ever tops that Moonglow doesn t but neverthelesst Why Photography Matters is a thrilling and highly distinguished achievement First of all think of your own favourite grandfather and try to put together a narrative of his life I m sure you ll soon realise some defining facts have never uite been verified that there are conflicting reports of certain events one or other of which you choose to believe to suit your own narrative that there s a fair bit of hearsay colouring his story and there are blanks you yourself have endeavoured to filln It was fitting I read this together with Orlando a high spirited pastiche of the pretensions of all biography Moonglow Doreen Valiente Witch is purportedly a memoir of Chabon s grandfather butt reads like a highly sophisticated novel Often while reading I found myself thinking no one surely could have a grandfather this Duty Free Murder interesting so tailor made to be the hero of a novel The same was true of his grandmother whot will turn out has created a fictitious self to survive the fallout of her wartime experiences That misted twilight realm between fact and fiction Asperger - Leben in zwei Welten : Betroffene berichten: das hilft mir in Beruf, Partnerschaft Alltag is where this book mostly operates It makes you think a lot about memoryts expedient ordering principles ts white lies and ts hindsight stocktaking and balancing of the books The other hugely Venous Catheters impressive facet of this books ts structure Chabon s grandfather s dying of cancer when he narrates haphazardly to his grandson his memories Chabon resists any temptation to write a chronological account of his grandfather s life Instead t s as f he mirrors the non linear laws of memory s treasure hunting determination to find meaning and order Like I said the material he has to work with Strange Visitors: Documents in Indigenous-Settler Relations in Canada from 1876 is the stuff of any novelist s dreams His grandfather s rolen the Second World War Witched At Birth (A Paris, Texas Romance, is to find the Nazi rocket scientist Wernher von Braun before the Russians do When he learns of the thousands of slave workers deployed to build the rockets hisntention s to kill Braun He marries an Auschwitz survivor She s as compelling a character as the grandfather and their marriage Smalltalk: Die Kunst des stilvollen Mitredens is depicted with moving though unsentimental tenderness When she has a breakdown his angers such that he tries to kill his boss for no reason except to vent his rage and Burkes Christmas Surprise is sent to prison He has a lifelong obsession with rockets and space travel a talentn this field too The rocket was beautiful In conception Tales from the Torrid Zone: Travels in the Deep Tropics it had been shaped by an artist to break a chain that had bound the human race ever since we first gained consciousness of earth s gravity and allts analogs n suffering failure and pain It was at once a prayer sent heavenward and the answer to that prayer Bear me away from this awful place Annoyingly I watched a documentary about the hunt for the Nazi rocket scientists a month before starting this I can t now remember f Michael Chabon s grandfather was mentioned No doubt The Go-Girl Guide in my memory of the programme he will eventually play a starring role Often fiction can come so much closer to defining truth than facts 45 stars Michael Chabon has held a placen my literary heart ever since I read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay and has Ne regarde pas insured that place with his latest book Chabon snspiration for the book were the stories his grandfather told while he was on pain killers and close to death In his opening author s note though he warns us that what we will soon be reading may not exactly be true In preparing this memoir I have stuck to the facts except when facts refused to conform with memory narrative purpose or the truth as I prefer to understand Unworldly Secretary, Untamed Greek it Whatever liberties have been taken with names dates places events and conversations or with thedentities motivations and the nterrelationships of family members and historical personages the reader s assured that they have been taken with due abandonFor me whether the stories and memories are totally true or partially magined
just didn t matter I ll take them as they are whatever they are because Ididn t matter I ll take them as they are whatever they are because I they were told by Chabon with love and t felt like he had perhaps captured the essence of this history his family s His grandfather almost kills his boss almost blows up a bridge and s obsessed with rockets The stories are funny and sad and feel real moving around times from the present to before he met Chabon s grandmother to his time n the war arriving at Nordhausen concentration camp after the liberation to their life together to his time n prison to the retirement community where his grandfather lived at the end of his life While the changes n time and place aren t always seamless the telling was very much like our memories a little complex and not always n chronological order I also loved when he tells of his grandmother and the stories she told him Her story was a sad one as we learn of her past her demons and mental breakdowns There were times when I asked myself where this narrative was going and the answer s straight to the heart I felt at times The Other Mrs. Miller it was a little drawn out thus not uite 5 stars but I definitely recommendt especially Russia's Futures if to Chabon fans Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss for the opportunity to read this advance copy I started Moonglow last week on a park bench outside of my daughters day camp and by page 3 I knew with total confidence that as soon as I finished the book I d be readingt againBy page 10 I was digging Knowledge in my purse for my postt notes and my pen refusing to avert my eyes from the page to do so pen cap Judaism: A People Its History in my mouth scrawling Kurt Vonnegut Slaughterhouse 5 ands Chabon the Philip Roth of Philadelphia and perhaps madness Project Governance is caused by a person being unable to find their placen the continuumI was 100 pages The Urban Ideal: Conversations with Paolo Soleri into the book before I realized I was sittingn full sun sweat was dripping down the sides of my face and I had a moment of thinking No More MR Nice Guy: The Inside Story of the Alice Cooper Group it s okay I ll swim when I get home picturing the pool that wasn our backyard my entire "childhood but that hasn t been a part of my life "but that hasn t been a part of my life for 21 years I lost all sense of time and place and briefly thought I was a child again and I had to force myself to look up from the book and shake my head I was entranced I was transfixedBut t s fitting This s after all a book about the continuum the nterweaving of all generations of all of our stories And t s about trauma and suffering And sex and joyOh and A Handful of Dust it s about gravity And rocketsYou seet turns out we are not always the hero n the story And that sucks because we thought we were We magined that we were always the good guy or the bad guy not both at different times It s painful to discover that your grandfather was once the hero who risked life and limb to save a cat from an alligator but was also the same boy who once callously tossed a kitten from a third story window And so Alex Rider 7- Snakehead it goesWe are the lonely slaves of gravity the ones who make good choices the same ones who make bad choices the ones who have convinced ourselves that we are so very different from our great grandfather or our aunt or our father And gravity pushes down on us crushes our. Death Chabon’s grandfather shared recollections and told stories the younger man had never heard before uncovering bits and pieces of a history long buried and forgotten That dreamlike week of revelations forms the basis for the novel Moonglow the latest feat of legerdemain from Pulitzer Prize winning author Michael Chabon Moonglow unfolds as the deathbed confession of a man the narrator refers to only as “my grandfather” Its a tale of madness of war and adventure of sex and marriage and desire of existential doubt and .