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Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure

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ISBN13: 9780345502070
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Michael Chabon's Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, sprang from an early passion for the derring-do and larger-than-life heroes of classic comic books. Now, once more mining the rich past, Chabon summons the rollicking spirit of legendary adventures-from The Arabian Nights to Alexandre Dumas to Fritz Leibers Fafhrd and the Gray Mouser stories-in a wonderful new novel brimming with breathless action, raucous humor, cliff-hanging suspense, and a cast of colorful characters worthy of Scheherazade's most tantalizing tales.

They're an odd pair, to be sure: pale, rail-thin, black-clad Zelikman, a moody, itinerant physician fond of jaunty headgear, and ex-soldier Amram, a gray-haired giant of a man as quick with a razor-tongued witticism as he is with a sharpened battle-ax. Brothers under the skin, comrades in arms, they make their rootless way through the Caucasus Mountains, circa A.D. 950, living as they please and surviving however they can-as blades and thieves for hire and as practiced bamboozlers, cheerfully separating the gullible from their money. No strangers to tight scrapes and close shaves, they've left many a fist shaking in their dust, tasted their share of enemy steel, and made good any number of hasty exits under hostile circumstances.

None of which has necessarily prepared them to be dragooned into service as escorts and defenders to a prince of the Khazar Empire. Usurped by his brutal uncle, the callow and decidedly ill-tempered young royal burns to reclaim his rightful throne. But doing so will demand wicked cunning, outrageous daring, and foolhardy bravado . . . not to mention an army. Zelikman and Amram can at least supply the former. But are these gentlemen of the road prepared to become generals in a full-scale revolution? The only certainty is that getting there-along a path paved with warriors and whores, evil emperors and extraordinary elephants, secrets, swordplay, and such stuff as the grandest adventures are made of — will be much more than half the fun.

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Michael Chabon is the author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh; Wonder Boys, which was made into a critically acclaimed film; The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, which won numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Prize; The Final Solution: A Story of Detection; and The Yiddish Policemen's Union. He is also the author of two short-story collections and a young adult novel, Summerland. He lives in the San Francisco Bay area.

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danb, March 20, 2013 (view all comments by danb)
One of those rare books that was thrilling on so many levels. The adventure story is ingenious. The sentences are full of wonder. The dialogue is hilarious, sad, and rife with feints and twists. I'm sorry to be finished reading it for the first time.
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rachel gaspers, January 2, 2011 (view all comments by rachel gaspers)
Oy! Can this man turn a phrase!!!
In fact Mr. Chabon had me a little worried as I read the opening page. This
very phrasing created a tempo that snapped me into a more alert level of attention:
this was not going to be a simple journey into his tale, the size of the book notwithstanding.
Nor should it be. We readers are invited into the ancient land of the mysterious Khazars, told by fascinating characters
in the cadence of the time. The story is spellbinding, hilarious and moving--often all at once.
I've now become a Michael Chabon junkie (with no regrets--only joy!) and take great pleasure in spreading my enthusiasm
for the books by an author of such stupendous talent.







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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345502070
Author:
Chabon, Michael
Publisher:
Del Rey Books
Illustrator:
Gianni, Gary
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Adventure fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Adventure
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
8.50x5.50x1.00 in. .47 lbs.

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