Moonglow

by Michael Chabon

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LoveReading Expert Review of Moonglow

Absolutely fascinating, a beautiful yet quirky read, this is a tale to make you wonder, to make you feel… A grandfather, on his deathbed, tells his grandson about his life, from rocket ships to prison, from love to aching for revenge, all is revealed. The story isn't released in sequence, instead it flits around in time, I was initially thrown but soon got used to, even welcomed the sudden disturbance to the storyline. Michael Chabon writes with an understated, elegant, yet wickedly spiky hand. There were times when I lost myself in the words that danced across the pages, others when I was brought up short, shocked and surprised. The author’s note at the beginning suggests there is a connection to his family, the acknowledgment at the end gives source to information, how much is actually true though, isn't revealed, but I have fallen in love with the memories scattered on the page. In the vast open thrilling space of ‘Moonglow’ is a wonderfully intimate collection of meandering, amusing, achingly sad, and truly fabulous stories. ~ Liz Robinson

Liz Robinson

Moonglow Synopsis

Das neue Meisterwerk des Bestseller-Autors Michael Chabon: Ein alter Mann auf dem Sterbebett beichtet seinem Enkel die unglaubliche Geschichte seines Lebens. In diesem in den USA gefeierten Roman erzhlt Michael Chabon die unglaublichen Abenteuer seines unkonventionellen Grovaters, der einst Wernher von Braun in Deutschland jagte und ein in vielerlei Hinsicht leidenschaftliches Leben fhrte. Whrend in Deutschland die Mauer fllt, sitzt Michael am Bett seines Grovaters, der in der letzten Woche seines Lebens pltzlich gesprchig geworden ist. Der Enkel erfhrt, wie der Grovater einmal seinen Chef fast mit einer Telefonschnur erdrosselt htte, warum er eine Brcke in Washington in die Luft sprengen wollte, wie er in Deutschland den verhassten Wernher von Braun jagte, warum von Braun und er dieselbe Leidenschaft teilten und wie er nach dem Tod seiner Frau eine neue Vertraute fand. Mit sprachlicher Eleganz erzhlt Michael Chabon Episoden aus der Lebensgeschichte seines Grovaters, in denen sich die groen Themen der amerikanischen und europischen Geschichte des 20. Jahrhunderts - von der Mond-Raumfahrt bis zum Mauerfall - spiegeln. Ein in den USA gefeierter groer Roman, der u. a. von der Washington Post und dem Wall Street Journal zum Book of the Year gewhlt wurde, zahlreiche Auszeichnungen erhielt und die Bestsellerlisten anfhrte. "e;Ein absolutes Meisterwerk"e; The Guardian"e;Eine durch und durch bezaubernde Geschichte ber die Umwege, die das Leben einschlgt, ber die Unflle, die ihm eine neue Richtung geben, und ber die Geheimnisse, die man erahnt, aber nicht sieht"e; The Washington Post"e;Lustig, bewegend und sehr unterhaltsam. Chabon ist ein Meister seines Fachs."e; Daily Mail"e;Ein vor brillanten Ideen bersprudelnder Roman, der im Schafspelz einer Autobiografie daherkommt."e; The Wall Street Journal

About This Edition

ISBN: 9783462316636
Publication date: 8th March 2018
Author: Michael Chabon
Publisher: Kiepenheuer & Witsch eBook
Format: Ebook
Primary Genre Modern and Contemporary Fiction
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Moonglow Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Ed Robson - 'Moonglow is a triumph of narrative fiction in the tradition of character-driven, post-war Jewish American storytelling.'
  • Edel Waugh - 'a fine story about a life lived to the fullest and it left me with plenty to think of long after finishing it.'
  • Annette Woolfson - 'There is magic in the writing and in the slow unfolding of the story of a remarkable man, living in remarkable times. But at its core it is a story of love, a story beautifully told.'
  • Humaira Kauser - 'From the narrative voice to the assortment of characters, this book just packs a punch with gloriousness.  What a wonderful and heartfelt book.'
  • Jane Brown - 'Every so often a book comes your way that is so endearing and you think this is why I read and love reviewing books and ‘Moonglow’ is just that.'  
  • Lucy Bunce - 'Taking in themes from the space race to the holocaust, this is a work of fiction which makes the reader rethink facts.'
  • Jo-anne Atkinson - 'The story of a Jewish man in the 20th Century - written as a biography but purely fiction.  A tale that encompasses crime, war and mental health but linked by an obsession with space travel.'
  • Phylippa Smithson - 'This had such potential - grandfather revealing to his grandson his past lived during some of the most remarkable times of recent US history – but was disjointed and left me disappointed.'
  • Peter Mynehan - 'Quite a difficult read with a difficult concept.'
  • Andrea Rayner - 'a rich tapestry of characters and events from the latter half of the twentieth century.'
  • Angela Rhodes - 'Michael Chabon's latest book will keep the reader glued and entertained.'
  • Tina Tse - 'A book that lays out the human condition, exploring the different truths that make up our lives.'
  • Alfred Nobile - 'This was a book I really struggled with...........Not that the writing wasn't good. It was...But the rambling way the narrative was told really grated on me.'

Michael Chabon Press Reviews

'A wondrous book that celebrates the power of family bonds and the slipperiness of memory ... A thoroughly enchanting story about the circuitous path that a life follows, about the accidents that redirect it, and about the secrets that can be felt but never seen, like the dark matter at the centre of every family's cosmos'
The Washington Post

'Mixes in generous dollops of meaning, a sprinkling of fancy metaphors and an abundance of beautiful sentences so that it becomes a rich and exotic confection. Too strict a recipe would have spoiled the charm of this layer cake of nested memories and family legends ... This book is beautiful'
New York Times Book Review

'A poignant, engrossing triumph'
People

'An often rollicking, ultimately moving read. And like the song, it's liable to stay with you'
NPR

'Elegiac and deeply poignant ... Chabon weaves these knotted-together tales together into a tapestry that's as complicated, beautiful and flawed as an antique carpet ...Chabon is one of contemporary literature's most gifted prose stylists ... In Moonglow, he writes with both lovely lyricism and highly caffeinated fervor'
Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

'Vibrant ... A feast for fans of the Pulitzer winner's magical prose'
Entertainment Weekly

Other editions of this book

ISBN: 9783462316636
Publication date: 08/03/2018
Format: Ebook

ISBN: 9780007548927
Publication date: 21/09/2017
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9780007548910
Publication date: 26/01/2017
Format: Hardback

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About Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon is the author of two collections of short stories A Model World  and Werewolves in their Youth and three novels, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Wonder Boys  has been made into a film starring Michael Douglas and Robert Downie Jr. and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire  and Playboy. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter. Search Michael Chabon on Instagram and hear an ...

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