Gentlemen of the Road (Hardcover)

Author: Chabon, Michael

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This rollicking saga by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" is set 1,000 years ago along the ancient Silk Road, and tells the tale of two wandering adventurers and unlikely soul mates.


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780345501745
SKU 204470959
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0345501748
Release Date 10/30/2007
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 6L x 1T
Author Info
Michael Chabon
Chabon wrote his first short story (heavily influenced by the Sherlock Holmes stories) when he was 10. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, then studied at the University of California-Irvine writer's program; his first novel, THE MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH--his M.F.A. thesis--was published when he was 24.
"Chabon has a wonderful time writing intentionally purple prose and playing with conventions that were most popular in the days of Rudyard Kipling and Talbot Mundy.... A significant change from Chabon's weightier novels, this dazzling trifle is simply terrific fun." (starred review)
"In Michael Chabon's gleeful new novel...the action is intricate and exuberant....The plot may twist a time or two too many, [but] it's hard to resist its gathering momentum, not to mention the sheer headlong pleasure of Chabon's language."
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Editors Note In the Kingdom of Aran, in the Caucasus Mountains, in 950 A.D., two adventurers wander the region, plying their trade as swords for hire, until they become embroiled in a bloody coup in the medieval Jewish empire of the Khazars as bodyguards for a fugitive prince with a mysterious secret.
Annotation In his introduction to the MCSWEENEY'S MAMMOTH TREASURY OF THRILLING TALES, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon confessed his boredom with "the contemporary, quotidian, plotless, moment-of-truth revelatory story" (including his own) and expressed his desire for a return to the horror/adventure/ghost/detectives tales of Poe, Balzac, Conrad, Faulkner, Twain and the like. It was, in short, a call to arms for literature not to forget the pleasures and power of plot and genre, a low-brow manifesto that can be seen as a curative against Jonathan Franzen's famous Harper's essay demanding more novels of ideas. Chabon has been more than faithful to his aesthetic ideology, with each of his novels veering further afield from his acclaimed but stolidly realist early work (MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH, WONDER BOYS) and into the realms of fantasy and science-fiction. GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD, a 10th-century swashbuckling adventure tale about two wandering adventurers and their attempts to return a spoiled prince to the throne of Khazaria, can be seen as the apotheosis of this new direction. Chabon has shed all trapping of the "contemporary literary novel" and fully embraces the captivating thrills of Edgar Rice Burroughs or the ONE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS. Originally appearing in serialized form in The New York Times Magazine, GENTLEMEN OF THE ROAD (written with the working title of JEWS WITH SWORDS) crackles with delicious plot twists, breathtaking cliff-hangers, larger-than-life characters, and perfectly pitched purple prose.
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