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Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and… (udgave 2009)

af Michael Chabon

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The author questions what it means to be a man today in a series of interlinked autobiographical reflections, regrets, and reexaminations, each sparked by an encounter, in the present, that holds some legacy of the past.
Medlem:Gabmo
Titel:Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son
Forfattere:Michael Chabon
Info:Harper (2009), Hardcover, 320 pages
Samlinger:From the actual library, right now
Vurdering:*****
Nøgleord:Ingen

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Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son af Michael Chabon

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I must confess that I have never read any of Chabon’s extremely popular novels. This particular book caught my eye as I was shelving and straightening books at work. Subtitled, “The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son,” it is a collection of loosely chronological essays regarding Chabon’s experiences and thoughts of being male, from childhood through parenthood.

Although I found many of the essays to be interesting (a favourite was called “I Feel Good About My Murse”), Chabon often veers into the profane and vulgar, which turned me off of his writing, and may offend gentler readers. The chapters are short — five to ten pages — and can be read sporadically or out of order. The topic and tone may catch the attention of the elusive teen boy reader; however, Chabon’s audience for this work are more likely to be twenty-somethings. ( )
  resoundingjoy | Jan 1, 2021 |
I had mixed feelings about this. Initially I enjoyed the musings on parenting, but after a while I tired of the self-effacement, the probably real humility. I hate to admit that part of my dislike stemmed from Chabon's voice. You'd think that a book read by its author would be a good thing, particularly when that person can in fact read well. But there was, to me, something in his voice that almost reversed the words at times. As if he was not being entirely sincere.

I may have been affected by it so strongly because his voice reminded me of that of A. J. Jacobs, author of books where he does something stupid for a year, writing as he goes. I took against Jacobs before I even heard his voice, then listened to him narrate The Year of Living Biblically and that finished it for me.

There is some good insight in this book. I'm sorry I got stuck. ( )
  slojudy | Sep 8, 2020 |
Thoughtful, perceptive and maybe just a little dull. A "liberal agnostic empiricist" who is "proud to be a semi-observant, bacon-eating Jew," Chabon offers accounts of grappling with the complexities of modern manhood -- from the dreaded "drug talk" with one's children to the double standards inherent in male parenting -- all propelled by the shimmering prose that won him the Pulitzer Prize. Chabon is not the first writer to find humor in feckless attempts at home improvement, but he is probably the only one capable of locating its source in Rudyard Kipling's "code of high-Victorian masculinity, in whose fragmentary shadow American men still come of age." As winning as Chabon's meditations are in these essays, many of which were first published in Details magazine, contrarians may detect a whiff of the much-loathed Hipster Dad persona, especially when he reveals that he and his son own matching vintage Dr. Who T-shirts (ouch). Chabon is so wise and generous-spirited that one occasionally wishes he would crack and come out in favor of schoolyard fisticuffs, say, or turning his son's future over to the Marine Corps.
--From the Washington Post, October 21, 2009 ( )
  MikeLindgren51 | Aug 7, 2018 |
Reliably funny, occasionally hilarious, sometimes painful to read. His descriptions of his kids, and of his interactions with them, are delightful. ( )
  cmt100 | Feb 4, 2018 |
This is a delightful collection of essays ruminating on both childhood and adulthood and the various roles we play in others' lives. Chabon is particularly wonderful at evoking the magic and wonder of childhood, and several of the essays detail incidents from his growing up. He is also very funny, as in the excellent "I Feel Good About My Murse," as well as deeply thoughtful as in the moving "Xmas." Dealing with a wide array of subjects, from circumcision to cooking to Legos, Chabon is a wonderful chronicler of his own life and makes unexpected connections to his readers' lives along the way.

I would also note that the audio is read by Chabon himself, and is very, very good. ( )
1 stem katiekrug | Oct 19, 2016 |
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As in his novels, he shifts gears easily between the comic and the melancholy, the whimsical and the serious, demonstrating once again his ability to write about the big subjects of love and memory and regret without falling prey to the Scylla and Charybdis of cynicism and sentimentality.
 
It’s not a chronicle, but rather a vaguely themed collection of thoughtful first-person essays (most, in this case, originally published in Details magazine) that capture a certain time and mood. The theme: maleness in its various states — boyhood, manhood, fatherhood, brotherhood. The time: now, juxtaposed frequently with Chabon’s 1970s childhood. The mood: wistful.
 
"You have put your finger squarely on the pulse of the American male sensibility ... and you have teased out some basic truths about us and our society, our past and our future."
 
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