(E–pub New) [Telegraph Avenue] by Michael Chabon

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characters Telegraph Avenue ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook As the summer of 2004 draws to a close Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are still hanging in there longtime friends bandmates and co regents of Brokeland Records a kingdom of used vinyl located in the borderlands of Berkeley and Oakland Their wives Gwen Shanks and Aviva Roth Jaffe are the Berkeley Birth Partners a pair of semi legendary midwives who have welcomed th. Hey check out my razzle dazzle dictionary demanding neverending prose that rolls off the page like marbles falling from a flatbed truck grabbing you like a gardener s glove in a Venus flytrap moaning like Robert Johnson on a late night radio blues show carousing like a Common Ornery Cokeheaded Ho Intransigently Seeking Excitement that s COCHISE get it continuing on and on and on and on like my man Joyce s Molly Bloom without ever switching sentences cause I m producing a Ulysses for the twenty first century so please don t stop me now when I haven t even made it to Page Two and I ve still got than 450 pages to go Sorry about that Well not really But let s face it there are guys who seem to be in love with the sounds of their own voices There s the pompous one holding forth at the restaurant table right next to you Or the oblivious jerk shouting into his cell phone on an adjacent treadmill And then ladies and gentlemen there s the celebrated Michael Chabon who tosses sentences at you like firecrackers they dazzle sparkle pop crackle and snap but ultimately they just annoy and fizzle outIt s obvious that Chabon possesses a substantial and energetic writerly talent but just what is he attempting to accomplish here Is he hoping to establish his street cred Is he trying to tell a significant and memorable story Is he looking to create the verbal euivalent of jazz riffs Most likely it s all three but in Telegraph Avenue this tripartite mix creates a cacophony that gradually becomes unbearable Conseuently what might have been an exceptional book becomes a complete turn off I don t give up on many novels but after some 250 pages of this one I had had than enough

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characters Telegraph Avenue ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Meanwhile Aviva and Gwen also find themselves caught up in a battle for their professional existence one that tests the limits of their friendship Adding another layer of complications to the couples’ already tangled lives is the surprise appearance of Titus Joyner the teenage son Archy has never acknowledged and the love of fifteen year old Julius Jaffe’s li. What a delight to be treated to this life affirming story after sustaining a series of books by Chabon that did not live up to the pleasures of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay He clearly loves all his characters in this tale and I was uite satisfied how their challenges in his narrative led them to evolve toward their visions in some cases or successfully stumble past their misfortunes in othersThe story concerns the struggles of a black couple Archy Stallings and Gwen Shanks in keeping their businesses their marriage and their principles alive in their multicultural community in Oakland in 2004 Archy runs Brokeland Records with his Jewish partner Nat which faces extinction from the impending development of a big box book and record store in their neighborhood of Telegraph Avenue Gwen runs a midwifery business with Mat s wife Aviva which is threatened by conflicts with the local hospital and potential lawsuits from clients On top of these problems Gwen is due to deliver her first baby soon Archy s teenaged son he s never met turns up in town as a friend and lover of Nat and Aviva s son and Archy s estranged father Luther once a kung fu star in blaxploitation films from the 80 s is up to some kind of blackmail scheme In the middle of all this a talented jazz musician who was a father figure to Archy dies and most of Archy s focus settles on a funeral event that will bring the community together Oakland s Diesel Bookstore which hosted Chabon s book publication celebration and stood in for the closed one that inspired the book Berrigan s Records Listing some of these menu items I believe does nothing to spoil the reading pleasures that can be had from Chabon s marvelous execution of the tale Page after delicious page I found great comedy and pathos in his construction engaging dialog and flights of prose that much resemble the jazz riffs that figure largely in his perpetual homage and metaphorical references to music There is no hint of egoistic pretentiousness in his prose When he slips over the top it s all in good fun A parrot named Fifty Eight belonging to one of Brokeland s regular customers contributes to a farcical deflation on some serious discussions early in the book A remarkable chapter covering the bird s getaway comprises a 12 page sentence that darts in and out from the bird s perspective to an omniscient view of the book s main characters To me it ranks up there with similar stream of consciousness flights in Joyce Woolf and PynchonThe following are some samples of Chabon s the writing style and playful method of delivering insights in the bookGwen reflects on her marriage As for her marriage she had fallen in love with Archy Stallings having no illusions about his sexual past or his strength of character But the outbreak of forgiveness that followed each new transgression of her husband as typhus followed a flood called into uestion the difference if any between illusion and its willful brother delusion with its crackpot theories and tinfoil hatArchy trying to hook his Councilman to support his cause against the competing development Councilman you made me realize thank you but me and Mr Jones and Nat Jaffe and our kind of people we already got a church of our own You too seemed like at one time up to not too long ago a member in good standing And that church is the church of vinylSome revelations on Archy s character from his hero musician Cochise Jones You got the good heart Underneath all the other stuff Good heart is eighty five percent of everything in life Tears ran burning along the gutters of Archy s eyes Generally he tried following the example of Marcus Aurelius to avoid self pity but Archy had not experienced a great deal of appreciation in his life for his good ualities for his potential as a man Only Mr Jones had always stopped to drop a needle in the long inward spiraling groove that encoded Archy and listen to the vibrations What is the other fifteen percent Nat said Just out of curiosity Politeness Mr Jones said without hesitation And keeping a level head A black entrepreneur behind the megaplex store puts the mission of selling used records into perspective All right then look at it this way The world of black music has undergone some form of apocalypse you follow me You look at the landscape of the black idiom in music now it is post apocalyptic Jumbled up mess of broken pieces Shards and samples Gangsters running in tribes But face it I mean a lot has been lost A whole lot Ellington Sly Stone Stevie Wonder Curtis Mayfield we got nobody of that caliber even hinted at in black music nowadays I m talking about genius composers know what I m saying uincy Jones Charles Stepney Weldon Irvine Shit knowing how to play the fuck out of your instrument Guitar saxophone bass drums we used to own those motherfuckers Trumpet We were the landlords white players had to rent that shit from us I m saying we are living in the aftermath All s we got is a lot of broken pieces And you ve been picking up those broken pieces and dusting them off and keeping them all nice and clean and that s commendable Truly Michael Chabon by Jennifer ChaneySalon

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characters Telegraph Avenue ¸ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook An a thousand newly minted citizens into the dented utopia at whose heart half tavern half temple stands BrokelandWhen ex–NFL uarterback Gibson Goode the fifth richest black man in America announces plans to build his latest Dogpile megastore on a nearby stretch of Telegraph Avenue Nat and Archy fear it means certain doom for their vulnerable little enterprise. A bunch of uirky characters wear clothes from the 70s and use old technology like a portable 8 track player while dealing with each other s personal tics I honestly wasn t sure if I was reading a Michael Chabon novel or a Wes Anderson screenplay for a whileArchy Stallings and Nat Jaffe are co owners of a vintage record store in Oakland but the business is circling the drain A former pro football player is about to finish them off by opening up a huge retail store featuring an extensive used vinyl section just down the street Their wives Gwen and Aviva are also partners in a midwife practice but when a home delivery goes sour they also find their business at risk Archy and Gwen are about to have a baby but he can t stop cheating on her The sudden appearance of a 14 year old son named Titus he has never acknowledged doesn t do a lot for the marital harmony Nat s son Julius is geeky kid with a love of comic books and Tarantino movies who is just realizing that he s gay and falls for Titus If that wasn t enough general confusion Archy s estranged father a former star of black exploitation movies shows up again with a blackmail scheme in which he tries to shake down the ex athlete that is about to put Archy out of businessAs you can tell from the summary there s a lot going on in this book Archy is at the heart of it and he s an interesting character An oversized vinyl buff who wears vintage leisure suits Archy seems like a calm and mellow guy who rolls with the punches but over the course of the book Chabon shows how he s a man terrified of choice and conseuences so he floats along trying to keep everything the same even as he knows big changes are inevitable with a baby on the way and his business going under He reminded me a lot of another Chabon character Grady Tripp from Wonder BoysThe other characters are well thought out and the whole story has a funny bittersweet feel to it There s a couple of times where I felt like a character deserved a brisk slap for being too self indulgent but Chabon does a good job of sensing those moments and having another character call them on itI particularly liked that even though this involved a collectible industry and has a lot of geek shout outs to comic books and other nerd touchstones that Chabon never lets it devolve into nostalgia porn There s an interesting undercurrent of the old school small community based business versus the modern corporate world but Chabon doesn t supply easy answers It s pointed out that the big store would create hundreds of jobs and revitalize a dying neighborhood while the used record store is of a hobby than a business for Archy and Nat Gwen and Aviva have to deal with hospital politics to keep their privileges for their home birth practice while the doctors treat them like crap The biggest struggles the characters have with each other and themselves is trying to strike the balance of trying to work on their own terms while being responsible and providing for their familiesWhile it s an entertaining read filled with off beat characters it never really sucked me in the same way that The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay did and I d rank Wonder Boys and The Yiddish Policemen s Union ahead of it It s certainly not a bad book it just doesn t seem to have the depth that Chabon s other work I ve read had


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    (E–pub New) [Telegraph Avenue] by Michael Chabon This book drove me a little nuts It's plot is overstuffed making the whole thing much too long That wouldn't be such a bad thing if

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    Read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Michael Chabon Michael Chabon ´ 0 Read (E–pub New) [Telegraph Avenue] by Michael Chabon I was afraid I wouldn't like this book My daughter gave it to me last year I'd already been unable to finish one of the three books she gave me and when I looked at some of the professional reviews I interpreted them as ambiguous So the book sat and waitedI've read The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay I liked it but it was a long time ago; at the time I didn't have the hooks in my head to hang a lot of it on so little memory of it lin

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    Free read Telegraph Avenue (E–pub New) [Telegraph Avenue] by Michael Chabon Read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Michael Chabon “They were little than boys and yet while they differed in race in temperament and in their understanding of love they were united in this The remnant of their boyhood was a ballast they wished to cut away” ― Michael Chabon Telegraph AvenueI lived for several idyllic months during my virgin adulthood in Boulder Color

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    Free read Telegraph Avenue (E–pub New) [Telegraph Avenue] by Michael Chabon Read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Michael Chabon Sentence to sentence just great There's some wonderful writing about babies and about commerce and old stores and those parts of Telegraph whe

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    Michael Chabon ´ 0 Read Read ☆ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Michael Chabon (E–pub New) [Telegraph Avenue] by Michael Chabon Main characters; Archy Stallings black and Nat Jaffe Jewish Gwen Shanks pregnant and Aviva Roth Jaffe both mid andwifesOther characters Luther Stallings drug addict small scale criminal formerly movie starValetta More Luther´s someti

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