Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure

Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of AdventureTwo Wandering Adventurers And Unlikely Soulmates Are Variously Plying Their Trades As Swords For Hire, Horse Thieves And Con Artists Until Fortune Entangles Them In The Myriad Schemes And Battles That Follow A Bloody Coup In The Medieval Jewish Empire Of The Khazars

Michael Chabon b 1963 is an acclaimed and bestselling author whose works include the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay 2000 Chabon achieved literary fame at age twenty four with his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh 1988 , which was a major critical and commercial success He then published Wonder Boys 1995 , another bestseller, which was mad

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  • Hardcover
  • 204 pages
  • Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure
  • Michael Chabon
  • English
  • 15 December 2018
  • 9780345501745

10 thoughts on “Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure

  1. says:

    C 66% Almost Satisfactory Notes Grandiloquent verbosity and overlong sentences make what should be an escapist tale a needlessly bothersome read.

  2. says:

    All the evil in the world derives from the actions of men acting in a mass against other masses of men Michael Chabon, Gentlemen of the RoadJews with Swords I guess that was Chabon s working title, if Chabon is to be believed He is a bit unreliable His prose, however, is delicious His perspective is always new and fresh I don t think this is nearly one of his great ones , but it seems like it might have been the most enjoyable that I ve read so far for Chabon to write It is a yarn, a tale, a swashbuckler, a grift, a rollick, a legend I m not sure why it hasn t been made into a movie It is NOT, however, a live promotions company, record label and organizer of the global series of Stopover Festivals That is a different set of Gentlemen This short novel seems like some Jewish equivalent to The Princess Bride yes, I understand that William Goldman is Jewish, but the Princess Bride was not directly a Jewish adventure Anyway, it was the perfect book to read as I flew from Phoenix to Dallas to start a weeklong eclipse road trip with my brother and Douglas Laux It was tight and the prose was classic Chabon One of my favorite things about this book The chapters On Discord Arising from the Excessive Love of a Hat On the Seizing of a Low Moment On Anxieties Arising from the Impermissibility, However Unreasonable, of an Elephant s Rounding Out a Prayer Quorum On the Melancholy Duty of Soldiers to Contend with the Messes Left By Kings Great Ones 1 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay2 Moonglow3 Wonder Boys4 The Mysteries of Pittsburgh5 The Yiddish Policemen s Union

  3. says:

    It is impossible to verbalise how much I wanted to like this book I became an ardent fan of Chabon s output after The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay and subsequently read The Wonder Boys hoping for of the same I rapidly realised that Chabon is an author who might thematically link his books in many ways Judaism, homosexuality and the struggle to achieve an identity are ongoing themes but he s not one for sticking to the same style, much like grand master of the ever changing style China Mieville who is also a tricksy SOB with that kind of thing Gentleman of the Road seemed to be right up my, er road Slight but well presented with an excellent cover and a historic theme set in an area of the world which I am interested in So, to summarise historical swash buckling which knowing Chabon would be meticulously researched, pretty pictures and a tome which was not going to test my glass back if I had to carry it around with me for a while That s why it is such a tragedy and with heavy heart I have to report that I didn t even quite make it to the end of this and its only 204 pages long I ve checked my attention span and it seems to be intact The book is definitely in English not Quechua or Latin so no problems there The problem is definitely the words themselves and the issue is that whenever I tried to read this they sort of swam around in front of my face, without ever piercing the backs of my eyes and getting through to my brain in any sort of sensible stream Well then, you might point out, the problem is clearly with your brain I have considered this too but all the other words seem to be going in just fine.Perhaps I m just spoiled by Kavalier and Clay but this book lacked the bazinga pizazz of previous output for me and I struggled to engage with Amram, Zelikman or the whiny Feliq Ok so you want your kingdom back Well stop whining and running away As predicted this book was well researched lots of environment detail regarding buildings, landscapes, clothing and weaponry of the period and appears from the outside cover to have the key ingredients for an old fashioned adventure story, but for me it just didn t have to push to take it from rip snoring to rip roaring.

  4. says:

    There was no hope for an empire that lost the will to prosecute the grand and awful business of adventure The Gentlemen of the Road is a buddy adventure epic set in the Caucasus Mountains region in 950 AD, with a lapsed Jew named Zelikman and an African named Amram as the titular duo It is an adventure story through and through, but it is written in a literary style It is not often that the two combine, however Michael Chabon, the author, pulls of the feat admirably Chabon can write There are some long beautiful sentences in this text Not all of them necessary, but well executed nonetheless Once you read a chapter or two you get use to the style and the text flows nicely.The plot goes along effortlessly, and this 196 page story has only 15 chapters The novel was originally published as a serial story in a magazine and you can see how it would work in that format.The chapter titles are clever in this book, take for instance this chapter title On The Belated Repayment Of The Gift Of A Pear After reading the chapter, looking back at the title makes you appreciate what you have just read a little .The book features 15 illustrations by Gary Gianni, who also draws the Prince Valiant comic strip It aids the text in creating the world of the story for the reader.In the Afterward to The Gentlemen of the Road Mr Chabon acknowledges what may be an issue for some of his readers, the so called incongruity of writer and work This text is a fun story that moves along, and is well written by a gifted writer Nothing wrong with a great writer writing a book whose plot makes you want to pick the text up and keep reading.I enjoyed this text, you will too.

  5. says:

    I thought this was great fun The writing has been criticised as rather over wrought well, it is certainly a little baroque but Chabon s tongue is firmly in his cheek, and there is a wittiness to his descriptions which makes me very willing to go along for the ride Besides, the sentences may be elaborate, but they are always interesting, utterly free from clich , and often strange and beautiful Then, as if overhearing and taking pity on the maudlin trend of his thoughts, the wind carried to his nostrils from the fires of the troops camped in the valley the desert tang of a camel dung fire, and with it the plangent cry of a soldier muezzin calling his saddle weary brothers to a belated Jumuah.The plot, for its part, is a full on no excuses Adventure tale, with plenty of derring do and Byzantine soldiers and isolated kingdoms and swordplay It s like H Rider Haggard meets well, meets Michael Chabon.Unfortunately, the book is rather spoiled by an unnecessary and bizarrely defensive author s afterword, in which Chabon seems to feel the need to apologise to his readership for not having produced another literary novel about modern day Jewishness Despite this current novel, Chabon apparently wants to point out, he is still to be regarded as a serious, literary author I can t help feeling that if you find it necessary to attach a lengthy apologia to a book then you shouldn t bother writing the stupid thing in the first place It is almost unbelievably patronising and irritating.But try to ignore that, and concentrate on the story itself, which really is unashamedly enjoyable.

  6. says:

    What occurs when you have the freedom to produce any length book after winning the Pulitzer Believe it This one is too short to be adventuresome, too busy in its prose to match its zippy plot Every single sentence must be odd and fascinating which does nothing to make the tale odd and fascinating It s an adventure Jews with Swords that s not really worth taking K C may just be the only way to go

  7. says:

    A fun little picaresque tale of adventure and daring do I had no idea what to expect from this book when I picked it up a few weeks back from Powell s after a particularly entertaining reading from the author not this book, he read from his newest I do have to say that, after reading three of Chabon s book at this point, that the man definitely has a knack for keeping me guessing He follows the muse wherever, and I do mean wherever, she may alight.This may not be a piece of Chabon s work that will stand the test of ages, but it definitely serves to flip on its head the current cultural stereotyping of Jews as neurotic Woody Allen clones or tight fisted Manhattan attorneys Rather this book looks back to over a millennium past at the adventures of two very different Jewish brigands or Gentlemen of the Road, as the title allows The first is Franco Jewish Zelikman ben Solomon, a physician who has turned his smarts to the practical for 950 a.d Eastern Europe skill of lightening the purses of fellow travelers Along with his partner, Amram, a hulk of a man who hails from North Africa and who has adopted the Jewish faith, they find themselves in the company of the youngest son of the recently overthrown bek of Khazria present Azerbaijan and struggling to return him to the throne of his father.A fun and fast read, I barely stopped to savor Chabon s always exquisite style of writing While definitely an exercise in wish fulfillment Chabon admits as much in the book s afterword he still crafts an eminently enjoyable tale of adventure The book has everything elephants, silken garrotes, cross dressing royalty, smart horses of the kind that normally appear in Owen Wilson Westerns, hash smoking, and ancient ridiculous rites Definitely ideal for a plane trip or a few hours spent waiting in the reception area of the doctor s office.

  8. says:

    A rollicking book If any book deserves the word rollicking , this is it This adventure yarn draws heavily and with much love from Michael Moorcock, Fritz Leiber, and Robert E Howard, among others While some readers may wonder what s the point , the reader who does not look for a point to everything will enjoy the ride immensely.

  9. says:

    18 in my Top 20 Books I Read in 2015 Chabon pretending he is Jules Verne Combines all the sheer, unbound awesomeness of Jules Verne and Michael Chabon If all the books I read were this good I would do little in my life but read.

  10. says:

    I stole this book from my friend Krystal Ok, not so much stole as co opted for a few days I see her at the coffee shop and she shows me the book she just started reading She then starts talking to other people Having left my book at home in a rare moment of bibliotardedness, I start reading hers She wanders off to run errands nearby and by the time she comes back I m a third of the way into it She gathers her things to go and tells me, Go ahead and finish it I ve got another book sniff That s friendship right there, people She is the sweetest person in the world right now, and maybe even for the rest of the week.Anyway This is a fun adventure story and I liked the characters immediately, but Chabon sometimes gets in his own way when he bludgeons his reader with rather ponderous sentences At barely 200 pages, I was glad for the brevity The man s style would wear me down in a longer book When he s not torturing a metaphor, however, he comes up with some entertaining prose he began to explain that any king who controlled both the treasury and the army was, in the eyes of the world, legitimate, and that while no one could know the mind of God, the Almighty had in the past shown a marked tendency, in his view, to ratify public opinion I don t save lives, Zelikman said I just prolong their futility She had always found a paradox in the crime of blasphemy, for it seemed to her that any God who could be discountenanced by the words of human beings was by definition not worthy of reverence Thanks, Krystal I think you ll like it.

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