A few weeks ago, As the Crowe Flies put out a request for people interested in doing a pre-publication read-along of Michael Chabon's upcoming novel, Telegraph Avenue. I was (am) interested, so I put my name on the list. Voila! Here we go.
For this post, Crowe requested that we simply answer a few questions before actually starting the book.
Why are you interested in this particular read-along?
My answer actually ties to the second question, which is: have you read Michael Chabon before? When The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay came out, I had no interest. I didn't care about comic books or their history, so why would I want to read a book about them? But people who like books that I like kept saying, this is a great book, you'd love it, you should read it. Finally I was all, fine, whatever, shut up, I'll read the stupid thing.
And I loved it.
So I'm predisposed to be interested in his books, and this one sounds delightful, set in the recent past (2004) in Berkeley, and described as a north California Middlemarch (you remember how much I loved Middlemarch).
The last question Crowe posed: Does Michael Chabon resemble her friend Linford? I think the answer to that is definitely yes. You decide:
Linford on the right, from Crowe's blog.
Chabon, from MLive.
There. I think I've met this week's obligations and therefore will not, as Crowe threatened, have to "attack the demon mayor of Sunnydale with hummus when I give the signal." (Kudos to Crowe for the Buffy reference.)
I'll post about the book on each of the next four Tuesdays as I read my way through all five parts of the novel. Looking forward to it!