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A Model World

A Model World [Kindle Edition]

Michael Chabon
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'Poignant, affecting, witty, wrenching, a terrific writer.' Washington Post

'Establishes Chabon as one of his generation's most eloquent voices.' New York Times

Praise for ‘The Yiddish Policemen’s Union’:

‘His almost ecstatically smart and sassy new novel…Chabon is a spectacular writer…a language magician. He has you laughing out loud, applauding the fun he has with language and the way he takes the task of a writer and runs delighted rings around it.’ Guardian

‘Michael Chabon’s brilliant new novel starts with a bang…It hums with humour. It buzzes with gags…the accumulated reading experience is one of admiration, close to awe, at the vigour of Chabon’s imagination…a hilarious, antic whirl of a novel.’ Sunday Times

‘It makes film noir look like film blanc by comparison.’ Arena

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In this compelling collection of short stories, bestselling author Michael Chabon explores adolescent desire, love, friendship and fatherhood, moving subtly and incisively across this powerful emotional ground.

Wry and whimsical, but also with intellectual depth, A MODEL WORLD is a collection of eleven wonderful stories about growing up and growing wise.

In ‘S Angel’ a group of wedding guests is hijacked by a fast-talking real estate agent, but not before the bride herself disappears. ‘Smoke’ takes us to a baseball catcher’s funeral, where one of the mourners – a has-been pitcher – confronts the ruins of his career. In the hilarious title story, a graduate student plagiarizes a dissertation on the movement of clouds, only to find himself and his faculty advisor in a parlour game where each player must confess the worst thing he or she has ever done. The second part of the book, ‘The Lost World’, is a series of stories about a young boy, Nathan Shapiro, who must face the wrenching emotions caused by his parents’ bitter divorce.

Serious, yet shot through with wit, humour and compassion, these are unforgettable stories from one of America’s most celebrated writers.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 313 KB
  • Print Length: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Fourth Estate (2 Oct 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009BZ62UM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #335,940 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of seven novels - including The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and The Yiddish Policemen's Union - two collections of short stories, and one other work of non-fiction. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife and children.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eloquent 21 Feb 2010
By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER
A collection of seven short stories concluding with a one longer story mostly centred on younger people. They include a story about a student about to plagiarise, with his friend's knowledge, an existing published work to submit as his own thesis, and two close friend who share everything except their girlfriends, that is until when one is dumped by his girl. The final story follows Nathan Shapiro from the age of ten, just before his parents divorce, to the age of sixteen and his burgeoning adolescence and sexual awareness, a story that truly touches the heart

What is evident in each of these stories is Chabon's ability, with minimal physical description, to create fully fledged characters one can empathise with. Moreover, from the very first lines one is aware that Miachael Cahbon is no ordinary writer, his command of language and and the written word results in prose of supreme and unpretentious eloquence, stories full of compassion, it is simple a joy to read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking set of short stories 24 May 2013
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I am not a fan of short stories at all but tried this as recommended by a friend. Very impressed. I may be a short story convert if they can be as good as this !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable - Great writing 6 April 2013
I agree with everything the one other reviewer(21/2/10) has written. I love short stories and Chabon writes them as well as anyone, better than most. The stories are short but fully developed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creative and exciting short fiction... 20 April 1999
By Jason Stewart - Published on
When I first came across this book in it's initial paperback printing, I was excited by his blend of outrageous humor and insightful prose. Especially hilarious is the story about two friends, one of whom plays with things for a living. He looks for the "intrinsic ludic value" of ordinary household items, or rather, would they make good toys. He had one relationship end because of the natural similarities between the shape of a flying saucer and the shape of a birth control pill dispenser. On a whole, it reminded me of Raymond Carver but without the suicidal tendencies. More mature (but not as funny) as his wonderful first novel _The Mysteries of Pittsburgh_, I am looking forward to his next volume of short fiction as it seems to me that the short story is his true gift.
19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Follows Me 21 July 2000
By PJFC - Published on
Sometimes I read reviews of records, etc. where the reviewer states, before anything else, that they shouldn't be reviewing the record, etc. because they're too close to it. I try to avoid writing anything about the records, books, etc. that I really love, since I can't be objective.
This is probably my favorite collection of short stories. My copy has been following me around since it came out and I have read and re-read every line of this thing many, many times. The Nathan Shapiro stories are so carefully written; each sentence seems constructed, each word perfectly placed. These stories are too accurate, too true to be sentimental. Art. This stuff is art.
I have a difficult time believing that everyone doesn't already have a copy of this. I'd recommend this collection to anyone, escpecially those who are familiar with Ethan Canin, Thom Jones (although Jones may seem a little "tougher"), and (maybe) late Richard Ford.
The modern sentence as art.
Objective? No. Not at all.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Lost World 29 Mar 2004
By JR Pinto - Published on
Michael Chabon is about as good a short story writer that you are going to find today. This is unfair because he is also America's best new novelist. Nobody has any business writing novels and short stories equally well. This is Chabon's first collection of short stories and it is not quite as good as his subsequent collection, Werewolves in Their Youth, but it is still excellent.
The book is divided in halves - A Model World and The Lost World. Ultimately, the second half of the book is better because it is a series of connected stories about Nathan Shapiro, a boy growing up and dealing with divorce.
If anyone is interested in the craft of short story writing, A Model World is a model collection.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great characters...not too happy 2 Dec 2002
By A O Cazola - Published on
I must say, I'm a huge Michael Chabon fan. His books are always filled with dynamic characters in fascinating situations, and A Model World is no different. But where some of his books have a more airy feel, the stories in this collection are dark. the underlying theme to almost every story in this colelction is family breakdown. the worlds in Chabon's book are certainly not the model that anyone would like to follow.
That being said, the writing is as strong as ever and the stories are engaging. From the dark, satirical humour of the first story, to the tense nail-chewing fear in the last, Chabon takes us on a ride.
Chabon is a writer who, in a rare case, is actually living up to his hype. Read A Model World; it's worth it.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic read! 15 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Chabon is amazing. His metaphors are more than literal - they give yout the ability to conjure up thoughts and ideas you didn't know you had. Impossible to put down, I give this book 5+ stars.
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