Wordcraft. Michael Chabon knows how to turn a phrase. I’ve enjoyed his fiction, and was intrigued by his assembly of a bunch of essays in a collection titled, Manhood for Amateurs: The Pleasures and Regrets of a Husband, Father, and Son. Each essay is candid and thoughtful, and for most readers, some element or other will resonate with one’s life experience. Chabon comes across as comfortable with himself and at ease in the disclosure of aspects of his life and behavior that others might withhold. He does this with the perfect choice of words and phrases, and never falling into the kind of disclosures that many readers find icky or uncomfortable. With skill, Chabon finds a balance in his writing, and his wit and wisdom kept me turning the pages of Manhood for Amateurs, occasionally re-reading a paragraph to enjoy how well we writes.
Rating: Four-star (Highly Recommended)
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