Gentlemen of the Road A Tale of Adventure

ISBN-10: 0345502078
ISBN-13: 9780345502070
Edition: N/A
Authors: Michael Chabon
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Description: 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  More...

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List price: $15.00
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/30/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 228
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.440

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 Leiber’s 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. From the Hardcover edition.

Harold Kodais Curator in Charge andAndrew Boltonis Curator, both at The Costume Institute , The Metropolitan Museum of Art. They are coauthors ofChanel(2005),Dangerous Liaisons: Fashion and Furniture in the Eighteenth Century(2006), andPoiret(2007).Michael Chabon was born in Washington, D.C. on May 24, 1963. He received a B.A. in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985 and a Master of Fine Arts degree in English writing at the University of California at Irvine in 1987. Chabon found success at the age of 24, when William Morrow publishing house offered him $155,000, a near-record sum, for the rights to his first novel The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, which was his thesis in graduate school. After The Mysteries of Pittsburgh became a national bestseller, he began writing a series of short stories about a little boy dealing with his parents' divorce. The stories, which in part appeared in The New Yorker and G.Q., were bound together in 1991 into a volume titled A Model World and Other Stories. His other works include Wonder Boys, The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man, and Telegraph Avenue. In 2001 he won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.

List of Illustrations
On Discord Arising from the Excessive Love of a Hat
On Payment-and Trouble, Its Inevitable Gratuity
On the Burdens and Cruelties of the Road
On the Substitution of One Angel, and One Cause, for Another
On the Observance of the Fourth Commandment Among Horse Thieves
On Some Peculiarities in the Trading Practices of Northmen
On the Seizing of a Low Moment
On a Niceness of Moral Discernment Uncommon Among Gentlemen of the Road
On Anxieties Arising from the Impermissibility, However Unreasonable, of an Elephant's Rounding Out a Prayer Quorum
On the Belated Repayment of the Gift of a Pear
On the Unforeseen and Annoying Resemblance of a Bek's Life to an Ill-played Game of Shatranj
On a Consignment of Flesh
On Swimming to the Library at the Heart of the World
On the Melancholy Duty of Soldiers to Contend with the Messes Left by Kings
On Following the Road to One's Destiny, with the Usual Intrusions of Violence and Grace
Afterword
A Note on the Khazars

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