Philip Hensher. Some novels gaze and report and argue: others just sing. There are some writers who love and respect the visual arts, and want to bring them into prose — Henry James is one. A work freezes into an act of contemplation and description, as in the Bronzino set piece in The Wings of the Dove.
And there are novelists who have a fascination with music, whose prose moves dynamically in response to musical form and sound. Joyce, a knowledgeable musician and competent tenor, wrote a very detailed fugue as a chapter in Ulysses , and another good tenor, Vikram Seth, wrote a lovely book around a string quintet in An Equal Music. Telegraph Avenue is a wonderful novel of song and sound, in love with its art form, but also with many qualities of evanescence and improvisation, of cadenza and response. Michael Chabon is an American writer of immense charm and warmth, but also of really extraordinary powers of invention and wit.
Keep it. It suits you. Kavalier and Clay is a masterly history of America, told through the specifically American art of the comic-book, used to investigate the Holocaust from afar. They are extraordinarily ingenious works, but marry their rich wit and frequent ventures into absurdity to a keen awareness of human beings. They are absurd in the way that people you love and know intimately can be absurd, in detailed, idiosyncratic, painful ways.
Telegraph Avenue is a story of city life, where cultures and races mix in cheerful confusion, and the main threat comes from corporate planning. It centres on a record shop in Oakland, California, run by Archy Stallings, a mountainous black entrepreneur, in partnership with Nat Jaffe, a Jewish lover of music. But the confession felt like too much work. The novel has a political purpose, although the journey is so entertaining and warm that you might overlook anything resembling a message.
It reaches a memorable, fervent climax with a personal appearance and a few lines of dialogue from a senator at a fund-raising party. Chabon has always been a novelist of glorious specificity, and the world constructed here is one to lose yourself in.
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Showing Rating details. Sort order. Feb 14, Melissa Etheridge rated it it was amazing. A Feeble Drift is the first in Guy Orgambide's trilogy about a man who is adrift in his life, but not completely because of how he feels. Richard Keiffer is an ordinary man with a wife and family and career. One day in October, Richard vanishes from this ordinary life to embark on a less-than-ordinary journey. His lost travels take him across San Francisco, Ireland, Detroit, and back to San Francisco where he takes to the ocean bound for Argentina.
The feeble drift is just that Richard drifts away from his family and in a few days he flies to Ireland where he travels to the Connemara in search of what he doesn't know. Once in the wilds and rocky shores of western Ireland, Richard finds himself working for a genius who has created a way to control humans. The creater, for now, is using this experiment on mentally unstable patients at his hospital and some volun-tolds from other areas.
Richard is appalled at what he learns and learns about how he got to Ireland , but believes that the experiment dies with the creater. Richard returns to the States to live a secret life unknown to his family and others, but soon a visitor arrives letting him know that she knows all about his previous life. Levine, Norman 'Looking Homeward' D. Stephens Canadian Literature 70 93 - 6. Lever Waves IV 2 10 - Miller 55 Enitharmon Press London, England csd and pa. Dorosz S. Academiae Ubsaliensis Uppsala pa. New Studies in Canadian Literature I 1 - 6.
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