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Moonglow: A Novel af Michael Chabon
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Moonglow: A Novel (original 2016; udgave 2017)

af Michael Chabon (Forfatter)

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A man bears witness to his grandfather's deathbed confessions, which reveal his family's long-buried history and his involvement in a mail-order novelty company, World War II, and the space program.
Medlem:egsanford
Titel:Moonglow: A Novel
Forfattere:Michael Chabon (Forfatter)
Info:Harper Perennial (2017), Edition: Reprint, 480 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:****1/2
Nøgleord:Ingen

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Moonglow af Michael Chabon (2016)

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    The Way the Crow Flies af Ann-Marie MacDonald (rab1953)
    rab1953: Another brilliant exploration of the American moon program through personal family stories
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Michael Chabon writes with such engaging originality and imagination that I’d read anything he puts out. This novel combines a look at the complex relationships in his own family with some of the historical events of the 20th century. In writing about the people in his own family, he shows how world history affects generations in very personal ways, or how the personal often reflects profound social issues.
There’s a lot of beautiful writing here, with the moon and rocketry a symbol for the escape from the difficulties and horrors of life on earth. Similarly, a lot of Chabon’s images are so stark or unusual that they stick in the mind – the hermaphrodite in the trailer, for example, the conversations with the German priest, the dream of the horse, the snake hunt. These seem a lot of disparate images, but Chabon uses them to highlight the memorable story of his grandfather’s life.
Chabon’s grandfather wants to escape from the antisemitism and poverty of the USA in the 1920s and ’30s, and from the isolation that he seems to experience even within his own community. He joins the army, but is sent to join an intelligence unit. What he finds in searching for the U2 rocket construction sites leaves him unable to separate the aeronautical dream from the slave labour death camps overseen by rocketeer Wernher von Braun. This becomes even more complicated when he falls in love with a French refugee who is dealing with mental health issues that were compounded by – or maybe rose out of – her experiences in the war. Finally, he comes face to face with von Braun at an astronautics conference, and feels nothing for him but pity. In the end, Chabon concludes, his grandfather found love and outlived von Braun.
The role of storytelling is one of the themes in this novel, as it was in other books by Chabon. Storytelling offers a way to make sense of one’s life, as Chabon’s grandfather seems to be trying to do. It’s also a way to create a new life, as both his grandmother and von Braun have chosen to do. Chabon sees this as a house of cards: the stories his grandfather tells are pieces of some kind of building, although the building is unstable and prone to falling apart. Nevertheless, putting them together allows Chabon to find a kind of order in the bizarre series of events that he discovers make up his own family.
The links between fiction and reality is another theme in Chabon’s writing that comes out here. The book’s subtitle says that this is a novel, although it reads as a fairly straightforward retelling of his grandfather’s last days. Chabon’s gift as a writer is to make even the bizarre seem realistic. But perhaps the subtitle is merely meant to explain imagined lines of dialogue that Chabon wasn’t present for, or to provide a cover for the criminal events that he describes. (Family meetings might be difficult if he has to justify all the stories in the book.) But it made me wonder how much of this story is made up, as I did in Chabon’s Cavalier and Clay book. It also leads to the question of how much conventional history is a story. The whitewashed story of Werner von Braun and the American rocket program, for example, was clearly embellished to suit the needs and political objectives of the time.
Not long ago, I read The Way the Crow Flies by Ann-Marie Macdonald, which has surprising parallels to this novel. Both seem to use elements of the authors’ family lives to explore the compromised history of the rocket programs of Germany and the United States, within a complex social context that includes family lies, racism, sexual abuse and criminality. Both are powerful reflections on the ideals of the space race coming into conflict with personal and political ends, and by extension with the idealistic stories we tell ourselves and the reality they hide. ( )
  rab1953 | Jul 28, 2021 |
What an amazing piece of writing. I kept wondering all through the book if I was truly reading a novel or a memoir. Everything is so vivid and real I was convinced it was all true. Which it is of course in the way great fiction is often more real than reality. There are many great parts to the book but there was one scene when the narrator had been dropped off with his grandparents when his mother had to go to the hospital. The day hat played out between him and his grandmother was moving in a deep way. You read what is happening on the surface but by this point in the book you have such a feel for the characters you sense all that is going in underneath. I don't know for sure why, but I found it to be one of the best sections of a book I've ever read. I literally gasped out loud while reading it. I will never tire of that feeling that truly great literature can give you. Thank you Mr. Chabon. ( )
  MarkMad | Jul 14, 2021 |
This is a solid effort from Chabon, an improvement over his overindulgent Telegraph Avenue. Here, he delivers a "memoir" (of dubious truthfulness) of his grandparents' relationship, as revealed to him at the end of his grandfather's life. The story jumps through time (though one core story proceeds largely sequentially), place, and perspective, as Chabon writes from both his own present day point of view and a third person POV centered on his grandfather. It's funny, if a little on the self-knowing side, but it isn't a funny book; it's a blackly humorous sad story of crime, mental illness, and family secrets. ( )
  arosoff | Jul 11, 2021 |
adult fiction (ww2/holocaust/family secrets partly inspired by stories told by the author's family).

I only got to p. 142 (ch 13); I really enjoy reading Chabon's fantastic, dream-like adventures, but will come back to this when I have more time (and when there aren't 100 people waiting for this library copy). This has received a lot of great reviews so I can definitely recommend it in the meantime. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
In the final weeks if his grandfather's life, the author spends time listening to his most important life stories. Chabon brings his excellent prose to the undertaking. A passionate marriage to a Holocaust survivor with serious mental illness, a beloved daughter, a wartime hunt and lifelong hatred for Werner von Braun, a brief stint in prison, and a lifelong fascination with rockets comprise the primary threads of his grandfather's life tapestry. What a complex and fascinating life! Excellent read! ( )
  hemlokgang | May 17, 2021 |
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This is a novel that, despite its chronological lurches, feels entirely sure footed, propulsive, the work of a master at his very best. The brilliance of Moonglow stands as a strident defence of the form itself, a bravura demonstration of the endless mutability and versatility of the novel.
tilføjet af melmore | RedigerThe Guardian (UK), Alex Preston (Jan 10, 2017)
 
One can read Chabon’s novel as an exploration of anger—a study of how one man’s innate rage is exacerbated by the horrors of the twentieth century and by their impact on his personal history.
tilføjet af melmore | RedigerNew York Review of Books, Francine Prose (pay site) (Dec 22, 2016)
 
“Moonglow” is another scale model of love and death and catastrophe. It’s another reminder that we live in a broken world. And fiction, Chabon said, “is an attempt to mend it.”
tilføjet af melmore | RedigerThe New Yorker, Cody Delistraty (Nov 20, 2016)
 
And this book, a love letter to two temperamentally opposite grandparents — one a rational, practical American, the other a dreamy, romantic European — is also an account of their formative influences on the writer their grandson would become.

These are not so much explained as felt, woven into the very fabric of Chabon’s supple and resourceful prose. He brings the world of his grandparents to life in language that seems to partake of their essences.
tilføjet af melmore | RedigerNew York Times, A. O. Scott (Nov 18, 2016)
 

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