This was a disappointment. It was very difficult to get into, sometimes difficult to even read. Section III, Chabon's 12 page long sentence, typified the problem with the book. Any semblance of plot and character development was obfuscated by his zany, run-on, manic-tangential style. Only two people in our reading book group were motivated to read much of it; the most common reaction was that it was too difficult to read (from teachers who read a lot). Chabon is funny and can write great books. I loved the Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, but Chabon lost his way on Telegraph Avenue.