Moonglow

  • by Michael Chabon
  • Narrated by George Newbern
  • 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The keeping of secrets and the telling of lies; sex and desire and ordinary love; existential doubt and model rocketry all feature in the new novel from the author of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay and The Yiddish Policeman's Union.
'The world, like the Tower of Babel or my grandmother's deck of cards, was made out of stories, and it was always on the verge of collapse.'
Moonglow unfolds as a deathbed confession. An old man, his tongue loosened by powerful painkillers, his memory stirred by the imminence of death, tells stories to his grandson, uncovering bits and pieces of a history long buried. Why did he try to strangle a former business partner with a telephone cord? What was he thinking when he and a buddy set explosives on a bridge in Washington, DC? What did he feel while he hunted down Wernher von Braun in Germany? And what did he see in the young girl he met in Baltimore after returning home from the war?
From the Jewish slums of prewar Philadelphia to the invasion of Germany, from a Florida retirement village to the penal utopia of a New York prison, from the heyday of the space programme to the twilight of the American Century, Moonglow collapses an era into a single life and a lifetime into a single week.

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What the Critics Say

Praise for Michael Chabon:
"Chabon is a spectacular writer, a language magician." (Guardian)
"It's as if Michael Chabon has pulled joy from the air and squeezed it into the shape of words." (LA Times Book Review)
"The natural exuberance of Chabon's writing is matched by dazzling wit." (Sunday Telegraph)
"A 'star' not in the current sense of cheap celebrity, but in the old sense of brightly shining hope. He is a writer not only of rare skill and wit but of self-evident and immensely appealing generosity." (Washington Post)

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Moonglow - LOVED THIS BOOK WHAT A GREAT STORY

Moonglow - LOVED THIS BOOK WHAT A GREAT STORY
Didn't want this book to end
This book would be enjoyed by both male & female readers, it had everything, war, prison, space missions, sex the lot
George Newbern Narration sounded as if he was really the grandson, he portrayed it so genuinely
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- MAGGS

Looking at the past can be painful.


The story of this book is very interesting and very revealing but the way it was written makes it very hard to follow there is a disjointedness that makes it hard to follow, and also some of the descriptions grandma and grandpa in bed are crass and rude in a way that is unnecessary. I am not a prude but describing every bodily function just because, does not add depth to the story just shock value. But if you can overcome these problems the story has many beautiful and harrowing descriptions of life during and after the second world war, plus it delivers two characters from that period that are as human and real like few.

The Plot develops out of the rambling of a dying man and the grandson delivers them in that order because his grandfather said he would not do it, he would clean up his life make it make sense although he does not believe it has any and so the grandson to be contrary writes as he is related, adding only a few details to events his grandfather had not wanted to know.
Beautiful and frustrating in equal parts.
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- Wras

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-01-2017
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited