Michael Chabon is a colorful writer using interesting metaphors, catchy phrases and keen story telling, but I found Moonglow needed a bit of editing. Too many extraneous limbs branched out from the main trunk of the story; interesting, but more appropriate short story material. The most compelling part of Moonglow describes the character’s WWII experiences trying to track down the V-2 rocket genius Wernher von Braun.
I guess I prefer tight writing and story telling without repetition, rambling asides and editable addendum. These days do authors get paid by the number of words? Or, are publishers’ budgets too shallow to afford copy editors? Just wondering...!
Fascinating book. Nice to see a Jewish point of view, especially about the "hero" Von Braun.
Could not get into this book Skipped it.!
What great characters and amazing story. This fictional nonfiction is one of my favorite recent reads.
Based extremely loosely on stories Chabon's grandfather told him on his deathbed, I expected this to be a sad, sad book. It was not. Rather, it was a celebration of the many absolute characters in Chabon's family, and their extremely strange adventures through WWII and into Chabon's childhood. Moonglow is a strong offering fans of Chabon will enjoy.
Mike Chabon writes a seeming memoir of his grandfather, but as the book jacket says what we have is ‘a lie that tells the truth, a work of fictional nonfiction, an autobiography wrapped in a novel disguised as a memoir.’ What a story. What a grandfather and grandmother.
Be sure to read the acknowledgements! Those of us coming of age in post-WW II America will find many reminders of those years when the race to land men on the moon took the nation’s attentions and filled its dreams. Highly recommended.
Beautifully written, with characters and settings you won't forget.
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