52 Books: Moonglow

On Sunday I finished Michael Chabon‘s Moonglow, his latest book and latest recommendation from Amanda.  This is the third Chabon book I’ve read after The Yiddish Policeman’s Union and The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay.  Moonglow is a wide-ranging novel/fictionalized memoir in terms of topics and time, and it’s entertaining in the way Chabon’s books are entertaining.  I generally don’t read memoirs, and the parts that were most memoir-ish were slow for me.  But there are many parts that put us in the story without the overt self-reflection that moved swiftly for me and held my attention very well.  This is good.  And, oddly (to those who haven’t read either), I feel like this would make a great companion piece to Gravity’s Rainbow.  One of Moonglow‘s main subject matters–Werner Von Braun and the V-2 rocket–ends up laying down a lot of the necessary historical groundwork that one would need to understand some parts of GR.  Hell, Chabon even explicitly links back to GR in the middle of Moonglow.  So that’s cool.

I wish I could say more about this book right now (like I have for the past few reviews), but since Trajan was born, I’ve been strapped for time, attention, and words.

Here’s what’s next: James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time and Hamish Steele’s Pantheon: The True Story of the Egyptian Deities.

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