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

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  • Title: Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son
  • Author: Michael Chabon
  • ISBN: 9780061490194
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Paperback

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

Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son Best Read || [Michael Chabon] Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son Best Read || [Michael Chabon] - Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son, Manhood for Amateurs The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband Father and Son Chabon has always been a magical prose stylist adept at combining the sort of social and emotional detail found in Philip Roth s Goodbye Columbus stories with the metaphor rich descriptions of John Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son

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

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  1. B 70% SatisfactoryNotes It s a competently written, yet scattershot collection of loosely grouped together, largely forgettable magazine pieces.


  2. I ve lost some respect for Chabon for dedicating an entire essay to why he started carrying a man purse, or murse as he calls it However, I still really enjoyed this book of his musings on how he became the man he is today and how it influences his behavior as a father, husband, son and brother.The essays are deceptively simple at first glance, but Chabon uses these stories as jumping off points for bigger ideas His grumpy old man style complaints about how complicated Legos have gotten turns in [...]


  3. This collection of essays links the author s boyhood and adult life as a father of four under a loose theme of the meaning of manhood and the good and bad changes over time I love a lot of Chabon s novels, so it was easy to succumb to curiosity about his personal life That such knowledge of accomplished individuals might provide a window into the magic of their creativity was dashed, as usual But it was comforting to learn about both his decency and ordinary fallibility and experience some of hi [...]


  4. I remembered I had this on my shelf and I had previously read some of the essays in it But promising a look into being a man and a father, I thought it was time to read the whole shebang Because I am becoming a father The man part may be debatable.I say that in jest because Michael addresses this in some essays the meaning of manhood And he brings it back from being a 1950s stereotype And he s not preachy He also tackles a lot of other issues in here It s some snapshots from his life, from earl [...]


  5. I read the audiobook, narrated by the author himself Of course I loved the parts about Pittsburgh the most the story about getting lost in Panther Hollow especially squeezed my heart, but I also loved anytime he talks about his wife So grownuply romantic You also get some glimpses into his writing process he talks about Kavalier and Clay a few times and some stories from his childhood that I swear I ve read elsewhere I think Parenthood for Amateurs or Adulthood for Amateurs would have been a ap [...]


  6. Michael Chabon is best when he soars into fantastical worlds In his book of personal essays, Manhood for Amateurs, he rarely breaks away from melancholy musings about fatherhood and its responsibilities But when he does slip into this other world, his essays approach awesome.Those worlds Chabon thrives in can be the comic book history that won him his Pulitzer The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay He was wonderful in the weird book The Yiddish Policemen s Union, where he imagines a Jewish [...]


  7. You know, this certainly wasn t Chabon s BEST book but it was incredibly charming and I am pretty sure that every young dad should read it Chabon candidly admits to many shortcomings and limitations that I think most straight men fathers or not share and would find comfort in relating to as a woman, not only do I find these admissions to be endearing, but it was refreshing to confirm that all the idiotic things that I have always suspected men of thinking are indeed being thought Politically inc [...]


  8. Fantastic writing Smooth, poetic, sensitive, thoughtful Very accomplished And it almost, but not quite, completely failed to interest me I think I was almost totally bored despite recognizing the artistry of the writing because I m just not the target audience Not a dude, I guess A collection of essays part memoir, part op ed, all about being a man Being a son, son in law, a father, married, divorced, a parent, a husband Like the male counterpoint to Caitlin Moran s How to Be a Woman, only reall [...]


  9. I can t believe this book was written by the same person who gave us The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay I know this book is non fiction and the other is fiction but it s exceedingly hard to wrap my brain around the fact that Michael Chabon couldn t bring his incredible story telling skills to this work of non fiction.With the exception of two stories, I found the entire rest of the book to be dry and humourless There were so many places where I found myself skipping ahead to the next se [...]


  10. Video review youtube watch v szEmsSo many brilliant reflections on the most different of topics, from LEGO to baseball, from growing up to children s movies All of these takes are anchored to a specific episode in Chabon s life, so that you always feel like you re getting a story, even in the middle of the most abstract discussion.Since it s about so much different stuff, I d mainly suggest it to Chabon s fans, but hey, that doesn t make it any less gold.


  11. A bit uneven, but in the end, Chabon s writing craft is above reproach Also, he admits that his wife takes chances that he might not otherwise take Such a mensch And did I mention that he is dreamy Disclaimer I have a SERIOUS literary crush on both Michael Chabon AND his wife Ayelet Waldman Sigh.


  12. 4.5 starsOkay, this is kinda a propos of nothing, but bear with meThursdays are Library Days for me and my daughter now 5 years old I sometimes feel a littleI dunno.ty for imposing my values and likes upon her, but each Thursday she ll run to the children s section, and if they haven t already been checked out, will scour the picture book section and pull out as many of her favorite books as she can find Invariably, three of them which I highly encouraged her to like, and tried to kindle extra e [...]


  13. This book, Manhood for Amateurs by Michael Chabon is a memoir written in the form of a collection of essays Mr Chabon writes about everything from memories of his childhood to his frustration with Legos sold today that don t encourage creativity in children from his lifelong enjoyment of Marvel comics to his experiences as a husband and father of four I have read many memoirs and have taken something away from each and every one of them what impressed me most about Michael Chabon s memoir is his [...]


  14. Anyone who knows me and my literary tastes pretty well which, really, is just about anyone who takes the time to listen to my literary babble knows that audio books and I really don t connect But I needed an audio book now, and I adore Michael Chabon, and when I realized he put out another book without letting me know, I went for the audio book version as it became available through interlibrary loan sooner than the actual book.I love Michael Chabon Have I mentioned that recently What was so won [...]


  15. michael chabon composes dazzling prose his love for the art of storytelling is evident in everything he writes his writing is smart, insightful, candid, funny, sympathetic, and mischievous this gifted combination makes for one of the rare writers from whom a reader always knows to expect something altogether enjoyable some of chabon s works are indeed gems, but all of them are great booksnhood for amateurs the pleasures and regrets of a husband, father, and son, is precisely what the subtitle sa [...]


  16. A beautiful and touching collection of essays on what it means to be a husband, father, brother and son with a little bit of what it means to be wife and mother of his four children The stories are sometimes told within the construct of his Jewish heritage and sometimes not but always seem universal They are short and sweet and several touch on some of his favorite things like baseball and comic book characters Each one is told in Chabon s usual erudite style Eloquently written Remember, he love [...]


  17. Final review coming.March 2013 Back reading this one again So far the essays herein been very enjoyable as well as with food for thoughts Very interesting book for me, as a new father To the Legoland Station, was pretty funny, since Chabon discusses the difference of that very Danish product, Lego, back when he was a kid and how it is nowadays Basically abstraction vs realism And despite his misgivings about the new bend Lego has taken for commercial reasons, obviously , he ends up praising kids [...]


  18. Here s the thing About 95% of these essays came out of Details Magazine Instead of spending 25.99 on a Michael Chabon book I could just become a complete goober Then I d probably read Details magazine because Esquire is for snobs and GQ is kinda gay The only plus side is knowing that people who need Details Magazine sample article Old Girls Gone Wild Behind the scenes at the first national Cougar Convention are accidentally getting exposed to Michael Chabon, who is much better for them than, say [...]


  19. This is a delightful book of short essays on a diverse set of topics The collection of essays serves as Chabon s memoirs not chronological, not comprehensive, but fun and funny Each essay begins in a simple manner, but then starts to delve into heavier matters all while maintaining a light hearted style.The book uses the word amateur from its title Manhood for Amateurs in two different ways Chabon easily admits that he is an amateur in the sense that he is not an expert He freely acknowledges th [...]


  20. The four page opening essay, The Loser s Club, reminds me why I ve so often felt affection for this writer It s remarkably tender and revealing portrayal of him as a boy.About having the daring to try something almost certain to fail, he says, is chutzpah as in all those accounts of magical chutzpah so beloved by solitary boys like me was rewarded and Every work of art is act of hopeless optimism in the service of bottomless longing Alas, nothing else lived up to that four page gem The remaining [...]


  21. So, delving into the personal for a moment yesterday when I started this book I was having a particularly difficult parental day My youngest who is never the easiest child to motivate to dress or brush teeth or shoe and head off to school was particularly difficult I finally got the kids in the car only 6 minutes late and dropped at school only a minute late lots of time can be made up if one is willing to drive 10 15 miles over the speed limit and then came home and bawled to my husband about h [...]


  22. I really liked most of this collection a series of reflections on fatherhood sonhood manhood in twentieth and twenty first century America Even though I m not a parent, I identified with Michael Chabon s grumpy observations about the shameless commodification of childhood, the authoritarian nature of modern Legos, and, most especially, the way that kids are no longer allowed to roam freely in their neighborhoods, which Chabon says represents the curtailing of adventure and the closing off of Wil [...]


  23. Manhood for Amateurs is essentially Michael Chabon s memoirs However, it is not told a straightforward autobiographical piece where he tries to describe his entire life story in a chronological order Instead the book is a series of essays on extremely wide ranging topics These topics range from what he learned in the MFA program at the University of California, Irvine to his disappointment with the state of Lego toys today What is common is that most of these topics are merely a jumping off poin [...]


  24. Chabon and his wife, Ayelet Waldman, are my version of Jon Kate I can t not read this ETA Hmmm, that comment above seems so snarky now I didn t mean to imply their marriage is as tenuous or their parenting as questionable, only that I am as fascinated by them individually and as a pair as so many once were by that reality TV couple.I changed my mind about this collection of essays several times, but bottom line, no one writes quite as well as Chabon and it s a pleasure to read his writing, even [...]


  25. 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 [...]


  26. chabon is a great writer i could just end a review here part of my attraction to his writing is perhaps the fact that he s so damned nostalgic kind of a golden days of the past, while still somehow conveying a nostalgia for the current day my dad is the same way he is a great storyteller, mostly because what he tells is so damned genuine this is a collection of essays culled from various periodicals there is a clear thematic line manliness, i suppose, but i actually think its maybe vulnerability [...]


  27. Well, as someone who is not a man, and therefore not a husband, father, or son, there were definitely times in this book when I didn t really relate So it was that throughout the book I found myself liking some chapters and not particularly caring for others It was a fairly quick read, with a set structure and an easy colloquial tone, but sometimes it got a bit self indulgent when it came to tangents, vocabulary, and philosophizing on a mass scale Yet I think that that dichotomous tone works wit [...]


  28. Far and away the best, most entertaining book he has published since the mysteries of pittsburgh commentary on his own life, his children s lives, the men throughout his life in a caring, kind and concerned way critical of the world around him and attempting egalitarian virtue with his feminist sympathies, but also admitting of his own faults, flaws and unwitting conspiracy with the world of men and boys on the whole.


  29. Wow I mean, wow One of the best books I ve read in a long while It s not for everyone, but as a man in his mid 40s who grew up on the east coast and currently has young kids not to mention having lived a life of a bacon eating quasi Jew , I am smack dab in the bullseye of the target market I am actually going to go back and read a bunch of chapters again An amazing memoir that really looks at his life and the meaning of it all As a man, a father, a Jew, a son, a husband and a human.


  30. Another one of his I have to finish by flipping through the last third at a machine gun clip An endearing essay on talking with his children about the Beatles and smoking pot, but we could have nipped this book in the bud by agreeing to to a rousing slow clap about what a gold star male feminist earnest cool dad Michael Chabon is WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO PROVE


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