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Manhood for Amateurs

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Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon
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Michael Chabon, author of `Wonder Boys' and the Pulitzer Prize-wining `The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay' , offers his first major work of non-fiction: an autobiographical narrative as inventive, beautiful and powerful as his novels. A shy manifesto; an impractical handbook; the true story of a fabulist; an entire life in parts and pieces: Manhood for Amateurs is the first sustained work of personal writing from Michael Chabon. In these insightful, provocative, slyly interlinked essays, one of our most brilliant and humane writers presents his autobiography and vision of life in the way so many of us experience our own: as a series of reflections, regrets and re-examinations, each sparked by an encounter, in the present, that holds some legacy of the past. What does it mean to be a man today? Chabon invokes and interprets and struggles to reinvent for us, with characteristic warmth and lyric wit, the personal and family history that haunts him even as it goes on being written every day. As a son, a husband and above all as a father of four young children, Chabon's memories of childhood, of his parents' marriage and divorce, of moments of painful adolescent comedy and giddy encounters with the popular art and literature of his own youth, are like a theme played - on different instruments, with a fresh tempo and in a new key - by the mad quartet of which he now finds himself co-conductor. At once dazzling, hilarious and moving, `Manhood for Amateurs' is destined to become a classic.

Author Biography

Michael Chabon is the author of two collections of short stories, `A Model World' and `Werewolves in their Youth', the novels `The Mysteries of Pittsburgh', `Wonder Boys', `The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay', `The Yiddish Policemen's Union' and `Telegraph Avenue', and the non-fiction books `Maps and Legends and Manhood for Amateurs'. `Wonder Boys' has been made into a film starring Michael Douglas and Robert Downey 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 Berkeley, California, with his wife and their four children.
Release date Australia
January 20th, 2011
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Fourth Estate Ltd
Pages
320
Dimensions
129x198x19
ISBN-13
9780007150410
Product ID
9012880

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