History Creator / MichaelChabon

18th Sep '16 11:32:25 PM PaulA
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* ''Literature/GentlemenOfTheRoad''



* AllJewsAreAshkenazi: He set out to turn this trope on its head with ''Literature/GentlemenOfTheRoad'', which prominently features an Abyssinian Jew and the Khazars, a kingdom of Turkic Jews. It does, however, feature an Ashkenazi Jew who is very far from home.



** Among other things, ''GentlemenOfTheRoad'' is also a homage to Creator/FritzLeiber's Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser tales.
* {{Reconstruction}}: ''Gentlemen Of The Road'' - Reconstructs TwoFistedTales and pulp adventure stories.
* PurpleProse: ''Gentlemen of the Road'' is a particularly thick example.
18th Sep '16 11:22:40 PM PaulA
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* AllJewsAreAshkenazi: Ashkenazi Jews appear in most of his works, although they are not the only ones. In fact, there is a running theme that the non-Ashkenazim characters are usually more faithfully observant:
** He set out to turn this trope on its head with ''Literature/GentlemenOfTheRoad'', which prominently features an Abyssinian Jew and the Khazars, a kingdom of Turkic Jews. It does, however, feature an Ashkenazi Jew who is very far from home.

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* AllJewsAreAshkenazi: Ashkenazi Jews appear in most of his works, although they are not the only ones. In fact, there is a running theme that the non-Ashkenazim characters are usually more faithfully observant:
**
He set out to turn this trope on its head with ''Literature/GentlemenOfTheRoad'', which prominently features an Abyssinian Jew and the Khazars, a kingdom of Turkic Jews. It does, however, feature an Ashkenazi Jew who is very far from home.



* BiTheWay
* BigApplesauce
* {{Reconstruction}}: He's one of the most respected writers in America, yet many of his books take on subjects usually seen as meaningless pop culture, as if to prove that they ''can'' have literary merit if done right.
** ''Gentlemen Of The Road'' - Reconstructs TwoFistedTales and pulp adventure stories.
* GenreThrowback: Frequently does this in literary form (see {{Reconstruction}}).
* PurpleProse: Is known for this. ''Gentlemen of the Road'' is a particularly thick example.

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* BiTheWay
* BigApplesauce
* {{Reconstruction}}: He's one of the most respected writers in America, yet many of his books take on subjects usually seen as meaningless pop culture, as if to prove that they ''can'' have literary merit if done right.
**
''Gentlemen Of The Road'' - Reconstructs TwoFistedTales and pulp adventure stories.
* GenreThrowback: Frequently does this in literary form (see {{Reconstruction}}).
*
PurpleProse: Is known for this. ''Gentlemen of the Road'' is a particularly thick example.



* ShownTheirWork: He does lots of research for every novel he writes. ''And it shows.''
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: Yiddish creeps into many of his stories fearuring Ashkenazi Jews.
18th Sep '16 11:20:39 PM PaulA
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** ''The Yiddish Policemen's Union'' is a notable straight example, envisioning an alternate universe in which Israel was a non-starter and instead a Jewish free state was formed by Ashkenazi Jews in Alaska. Even they are balanced by Berko Shemets, who is a half-Tligit (Alaskan native) convert and one of the most religious characters in the novel.
** And in ''Literature/WonderBoys'', the Warshaw family has three children adopted from Korea, all of whom are relatively observant Jews.
* AlternateHistory



* DisappearedDad / MissingMom: Frequently. Art Bechstein's mom in ''Literature/TheMysteriesOfPittsburgh'', Sammy Clay's dad in ''Literature/TheAmazingAdventuresOfKavalierAndClay'', Ethan Feld's mom in ''Literature/{{Summerland}}'', Meyer Landsman's dad in ''Literature/TheYiddishPolicemensUnion'', etc.
* {{Fanfic}}: ''The Final Solution'' is essentially this for the SherlockHolmes stories
* NoNameGiven: The protagonist of ''The Final Solution'', deliberately done to conceal the fact that he's really SherlockHolmes



** ''Literature/TheAmazingAdventuresOfKavalierAndClay'' - Reconstructs [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] superhero stories by telling a story from the POV of the men who wrote them, showing how important they are to American culture.
** ''Literature/{{Summerland}}'' - Reconstructs adolescent HighFantasy like ''TheChroniclesOfNarnia'' by giving it a fresh setting -- in this case, a fantasy-world based on American culture and folklore.



** ''Literature/TheYiddishPolicemensUnion'' - Reconstructs traditional FilmNoir and HardboiledDetective stories, again, by giving it a fresh setting -- an AlternateHistory version of America where a thriving Yiddish culture exists on the Alaskan frontier.



* WhatCouldHaveBeen: According to TheOtherWiki, he was involved in pitching story ideas for the ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' and ''Film/FantasticFour'' movies, but all of his ideas were rejected. And he once pitched an original screenplay that he described as a RomanticComedy "about old Jewish folks on a third-rate cruise ship out of Miami", but the producer that he was working with decided not to take it.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: Yiddish creeps into many of his stories fearuring Ashkenazi Jews. ''The Yiddish Policemen's Union'' features Yiddish puns.

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* WhatCouldHaveBeen: According to TheOtherWiki, he was involved in pitching story ideas for the ''Film/{{X-Men}}'' and ''Film/FantasticFour'' movies, but all of his ideas were rejected. And he once pitched an original screenplay that he described as a RomanticComedy "about old Jewish folks on a third-rate cruise ship out of Miami", but the producer that he was working with decided not to take it.
* YiddishAsASecondLanguage: Yiddish creeps into many of his stories fearuring Ashkenazi Jews. ''The Yiddish Policemen's Union'' features Yiddish puns.
18th Sep '16 10:54:28 PM PaulA
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!!Works by Michael Chabon include:
* ''The Mysteries of Pittsburgh'' - A ComingOfAge novel that explored a bisexual LoveTriangle.
* ''Wonder Boys'' - Made into a movie starring Creator/MichaelDouglas and Creator/TobeyMaguire. The screenplay was nominated for an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward.
* ''The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay'' - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. This was not, technically, a genre novel, but it was about UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, about as geeky a subject as one could want.
* ''Summerland'' - Best-selling YA fantasy novel about kids saving the world by playing baseball.
* ''The Final Solution'' - A mystery novella starring an unnamed elderly detective who might be (read: obviously is) Franchise/SherlockHolmes.
* ''The Yiddish Policemen's Union'' - An AlternateHistory noir novel set in Alaska. Winner of the UsefulNotes/HugoAward.
* ''Gentlemen of the Road'' - A more traditional adventure novel. Chabon himself dubbed it "Jews with swords".
* ''Manhood for Amateurs'' - A collection of autobiographical essays.
* ''The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man'' - A children's book about the titular superhero (yes, really).
* ''Telegraph Avenue'' - A novel about record-store owners in north Oakland, threatened by a megastore.
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* ''Literature/TheMysteriesOfPittsburgh'' - A ComingOfAge novel that explored a bisexual LoveTriangle.
* ''Literature/WonderBoys'' - Made into a movie starring MichaelDouglas and Creator/TobeyMaguire. The screenplay was nominated for an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward.
* ''Literature/TheAmazingAdventuresOfKavalierAndClay'' - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. This was not, technically, a genre novel, but it was about UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, about as geeky a subject as one could want.
* ''Literature/{{Summerland}}'' - Best-selling YA fantasy novel about kids saving the world by playing baseball.
* ''Literature/TheFinalSolution'' - A mystery novella starring an unnamed elderly detective who might be (read: obviously is) SherlockHolmes.
* ''Literature/TheYiddishPolicemensUnion'' - An AlternateHistory noir novel set in Alaska. Winner of the HugoAward.

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* ''Literature/TheMysteriesOfPittsburgh'' - A ComingOfAge novel that explored a bisexual LoveTriangle.
''Literature/TheAmazingAdventuresOfKavalierAndClay''
* ''Literature/WonderBoys'' - Made into a movie starring MichaelDouglas and Creator/TobeyMaguire. The screenplay was nominated for an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward.
''Literature/TheFinalSolution''
* ''Literature/TheAmazingAdventuresOfKavalierAndClay'' - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. This was not, technically, a genre novel, but it was about UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, about as geeky a subject as one could want.
''Literature/TheMysteriesOfPittsburgh''
* ''Literature/{{Summerland}}'' - Best-selling YA fantasy novel about kids saving the world by playing baseball.
''Literature/{{Summerland}}''
* ''Literature/TheFinalSolution'' - A mystery novella starring an unnamed elderly detective who might be (read: obviously is) SherlockHolmes.
''Literature/WonderBoys''
* ''Literature/TheYiddishPolicemensUnion'' - An AlternateHistory noir novel set in Alaska. Winner of the HugoAward.''Literature/TheYiddishPolicemensUnion''



!! Other works by Michael Chabon:
* ''Literature/GentlemenOfTheRoad'' - A more traditional adventure novel. Chabon himself dubbed it "Jews with swords".
* ''Manhood for Amateurs'' - A collection of autobiographical essays.
* ''The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man'' - A children's book about the titular superhero (yes, really).
* ''Literature/TelegraphAvenue'' - A novel about record-store owners in north Oakland, threatened by a megastore.
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!!Tropes appearing in his works:

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!! Other !!Other works by Michael Chabon:
* ''Literature/GentlemenOfTheRoad'' - A more traditional adventure novel.
Chabon himself dubbed it "Jews with swords".
* ''Manhood for Amateurs'' - A collection of autobiographical essays.
* ''The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man'' - A children's book about the titular superhero (yes, really).
* ''Literature/TelegraphAvenue'' - A novel about record-store owners in north Oakland, threatened by a megastore.
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!!Tropes appearing in his works:
contain examples of:
25th May '16 10:55:23 AM Toft
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* ''Literature/TheFinalSolution'' - A mystery novella starring an unnamed elderly detective who is might be (read: obviously is) SherlockHolmes.

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* ''Literature/TheFinalSolution'' - A mystery novella starring an unnamed elderly detective who is might be (read: obviously is) SherlockHolmes.
6th Sep '15 4:12:48 AM Morgenthaler
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** Among other things, ''GentlemenOfTheRoad'' is also a homage to FritzLeiber's Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser tales.

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** Among other things, ''GentlemenOfTheRoad'' is also a homage to FritzLeiber's Creator/FritzLeiber's Literature/FafhrdAndTheGrayMouser tales.
20th May '15 4:16:43 PM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/WonderBoys'' - Made into a movie starring MichaelDouglas and Creator/TobeyMaguire. The screenplay was nominated for an AcademyAward.

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* ''Literature/WonderBoys'' - Made into a movie starring MichaelDouglas and Creator/TobeyMaguire. The screenplay was nominated for an AcademyAward.UsefulNotes/AcademyAward.
12th May '15 3:00:53 PM nombretomado
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* ''Literature/TheAmazingAdventuresOfKavalierAndClay'' - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. This was not, technically, a genre novel, but it was about TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, about as geeky a subject as one could want.

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* ''Literature/TheAmazingAdventuresOfKavalierAndClay'' - Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. This was not, technically, a genre novel, but it was about TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks, about as geeky a subject as one could want.



** ''Literature/TheAmazingAdventuresOfKavalierAndClay'' - Reconstructs [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] superhero stories by telling a story from the POV of the men who wrote them, showing how important they are to American culture.

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** ''Literature/TheAmazingAdventuresOfKavalierAndClay'' - Reconstructs [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] superhero stories by telling a story from the POV of the men who wrote them, showing how important they are to American culture.
19th Oct '14 8:19:03 PM KamenRiderOokalf
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* DoesThisRemindYouofAnything: Probably unintentional, but ''The God of Dark Laughter'' contains the following elements:
** [[TheJoker A chaotic god who represents comedy is personified by clowns]]
** [[{{Batman}} A chaotic god who represents tragedy is personified by primates (in this case, a baboon)]]
** [[BatmanSupportingCast A detective who represents order and reason but is ultimately powerless]]
4th Sep '14 9:02:31 AM moloch
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* ''Literature/TheFinalSolution'' - A mystery novella starring an unnamed elderly detective who is probably SherlockHolmes.

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* ''Literature/TheFinalSolution'' - A mystery novella starring an unnamed elderly detective who is probably might be (read: obviously is) SherlockHolmes.
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