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Gentlemen of the Road: A Tale of Adventure (2007)

por Michael Chabon

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A physician and an ex-soldier travel together making their way through the Caucasus Mountains, circa a.d. 950. They meet a prince of the Khazar Empire who was usurped by his uncle and he enlists their help to regain his throne.
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(Note: This review originally appeared as part of a series of capsule reviews of illustrated novels, hence the focus on the art)

Gentlemen of the Road is, like Susanna Clarke’s work (Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell) , a bit of a throwback to an
earlier literary style: A rollicking homage to the adventure novels of authors such
as Michael Moorcock and Fritz Lang, this novel was originally serialized in the
New York Times. Interestingly, the installments were accompanied not by Gary
Gianni’s intricately cross-hatched black and white vignettes (Gianni, like Charles Vess, is
an expert mimic of the illustrative style of past masters, such as Hal Foster), but
by semi-abstracted, almost childish color paintings by Laura Carlin, an
idiosyncratic and brave choice by an art director, which seems to have been to
experimental by half for the final publication of the work in book form. The Del
Rey edition suffers from poor design overall; the dust jacket in particular is an
ugly, workaday design which captures little of the panache of the prose or the
illustrations. ( )
  francoisvigneault | May 17, 2021 |
Short adventure book. Chabon has an incredible vocabulary. Very fun and "boyish". ( )
  agdesilva | Feb 15, 2021 |
Here's your template for a three-star novel: one that you enjoy reading but is pretty much instantly gone from your mind by the time it's over. After stuff like The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, etc. it feels like Chabon just phoned this one in. There's an abrupt shift into high gear at the end of the story when the big plan comes together and the writing goes into overdrive, but Chabon takes some of the wind out of his own sails with an afterword that reads more like an apology. Not really worth the trip, but a pleasant enough distraction at times. ( )
  skolastic | Feb 2, 2021 |
Enjoyed it but not enough that I didn't sneak two other books in between starting and finishing it. The book's a bit of a haze of names of groups of people I wasn't much familiar with, so I read mostly for the sword fights and the humor and felt like I was giving short shrift to the history and culture it invites further understanding of. It's a very short read. The afterword, in which Chabon makes sort of a defense of his having written such a book, is a nice little read. ( )
  dllh | Jan 6, 2021 |
Too many characters for me to follow with language too verbose. I could fall asleep in the lap of beautiful words, but to actually follow a story takes too much concentration on recalling and summarizing what just happened, and I don't find myself caring much about the principals.

Maybe I need to read Chabon on paper. This is my second audiobook attempt, and my second abandoned book.... ( )
  pammab | Nov 16, 2020 |
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The plot and voice of “Gentlemen of the Road” recall the stories found in 19th-century dime novels and the fantastic escapades invented by Edgar Rice Burroughs and H. Rider Haggard. Gary Gianni’s drawings highlight particularly thrilling moments, and with chapter titles like “On the Observance of the Fourth Commandment Among Horse Thieves” and “On Swimming to the Library at the Heart of the World,” Chabon works old-fashioned niceties into a postmodern pastiche.
 

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Chabon, Michaelautor principaltodas as ediçõesconfirmado
Gianni, GaryIlustradorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
Philippe, Isabelle-DTradutorautor secundárioalgumas ediçõesconfirmado
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On that plain of mud and grass and staring faces, along the battlements and bartizans of the walls of Atil barbed with pikemen and archers, from the Black Sea to the Sea of Khazar, from the Urals to the Caucasus, there was no sound but the wind in the grass, the clop of a sidestepping horse, the broken breathing of the Little Elephant, Filaq, with whom they had marched and slept and shivered, the son, the prince they had raised up on their sholders to rule them as their bek, the revenger of the rape of their sisters and teh burning of their houses and the pillage of their goods. All Zelikman's disdain, all his resentment toward the foul-mouthed spoiled stripling who had plagued him since the rescue at the carvansary vanished with the double shock of the elephant's slaughter and the revelation. In their place he felt only pity for a white thing flecked with mud, a motherless girl, drooping in the grip of the soldier like a captured flag.
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