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Summerland Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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“A ripping yarn.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
“Pulitzer Prize winner Chabon hits a high-flying home run.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review)
“Only a grump would not give over to the wonder of Chabon’s otherworlds….The author’s gifts for metaphor and description hold the spiraling fantasy together, the humble giving human shape to the unreal. It’s clear he’s got a truer ear than J.K. Rowling.” (Entertainment Weekly) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
A magical novel for readers of all ages that blends fantasy and folklore with that most American coming-of-age ritual: baseball—now in a new edition, with an original introduction by the author.
For over a century, the people of Clam Island, Washington, have enjoyed barbecues and baseball games at Summerland, on the western tip of the island, where it never rains. The small beings—known as ferishers—who ensure this perfect weather, however, are threatened by an ancient enemy and need a hero—a baseball star, in fact—to vanquish their foe. Summerland is the story of Ethan Feld, the worst ballplayer in the history of the game, recruited by a hundred-year-old scout called Ringfinger Brown, himself a Negro Leagues legend. Accompanied by his determined friend Jennifer T. Rideout and guided by a friendly werefox, Ethan struggles to defeat giants, bat-winged goblins, and one of the toughest ballclubs in the realms of magic to save all the Summerlands—and ultimately the world.
Praise for Michael Chabon
“An immensely gifted writer and a magical prose stylist.”–New York Times
“His work is page-turning and poignant; he is one of the best writers of English prose alive. . . . He wants to move and thrill us both, and he does.”–Washington Post Book World
“A prose magician, Chabon is that rare literary anomaly: a gentle-spirited writer of boundless ambition.”–Village Voice
“A literary swashbuckler.”–Houston Chronicle
“Michael Chabon is an escape artist: his novels are elegant and energetic circus tricks which celebrate, again and again, the joy of release from the constraints of the everyday world.”–Financial Times
“An unstoppable master of the ripping yarn, beautifully told.”–Minneapolis Star Tribune
“Probably the premier prose stylist –the Updike–of his generation.”–Time--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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It turns out that the Summerland baseball field lies at a crucial crossing point of various strands of the universe, a place where worlds that seem to be different interconnect. Various peoples and creatures viewed by those of us who are limited to our own world come together and interact in semi-conscious and mystical ways. So creatures familiar to all of us in our mythological and imaginary lives, come alive in Summerland. Werewolves, fairies, giants, abominable snowmen (or women), Paul Bunyan, Pecos Pete, and many more we know as well as others that, as far as I can tell, Chabon invents criss-cross through the pages of the book as Ethan and his friend Jennifer T. fight a battle for what turns out to be the future of all the worlds of the universe. The forces of evil, commanded by the shapeshifter Coyote, wage a desperate, dirty, unsportsmanlike (remember the baseball metaphor) battle to subdue light, goodness, and fair play. Throughout, a reader, depending upon such factors as age, openness to to fantasy worlds, curiousity, and such, will be delighted, intrigued, and beguiled. The book creates a new universe, as all good fantasy does, which captures just enough verisimilitude to keep the world familiar...and strange. The tension and suspense are effective enough to keep one reading, never quite certain that a good ending is, indeed, possible.
I haven't read anything by Michael Chabon since the wonderful Amazing Adventures of Kavilier & Clay, written an 2000, which won a Pulitzer prize in 2001. Chabon's career has involved him in writing novels as well as film-scripts. He's also a fairly regular contributor to the New Yorker. Along with novels, he has published screenplays, children's books, comics, and newspaper serials. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, the novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children
Summerland by Michael Chabon (Harper Perennial reissue, 2016, 528 pages, $11.10/10.99) is described as children's fantasy fiction, but unless fantasy readers are always children, its appeal is much wider than that, reaching out with humor, nuance, and enormous creative imagination to readers of any age who are not bound by the strictures of reality. I received the book from the publisher as an electronic galley through Edelweiss: Above the Treeline and read it on my Kindle App.
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It is read by the author, so you get a real sense of how it sounded in his head as he was writing...Read more