Hardcover Þ Summerland eBook Ú

Hardcover Þ Summerland eBook Ú


Summerland ❰EPUB❯ ✵ Summerland Author Michael Chabon – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Ethan Feld has never been prone to adventure or attention, especially since he s often ridiculed about his lame baseball playing But after he awakens one day to find a werefox sitting on his chest, Et Ethan Feld has never been prone to adventure or attention, especially since he s often ridiculed about his lame baseball playing But after he awakens one day to find a werefox sitting on his chest, Ethan learns he s ripe for a fantastic destiny in the Summerlands part of a connected, hidden world, where small American Indian like ferishers play ball, and evil Coyote is thirsty to destroy the universe Ethan agrees to the job, but when his father is kidnapped, his mission becomes personal than he bargained for With a team of ragtag players called Big Chief Cinquefoil s Traveling Shadowtails All Star Baseball Club including the feisty pitcher Jennifer T Thor Wignutt a boy who s not quite a boy , a she Sasquatch named Taffy, and the Anaheim Angels Rodrigo Buend a Ethan treks through the Summerlands playing against incredible creatures and an impending time limit, hoping to reach his dad Little does he know, however, that his abilities will be tested in the biggest baseball showdown of all timeChabon successfully weaves an American made fantasy, incorporating Native American lore, tall tales, and our nation s greatest pastime to make a modern day tale of good versus evil.

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  • Hardcover
  • 500 pages
  • Summerland
  • Michael Chabon
  • English
  • 15 July 2018
  • 0606292551

About the Author: Michael Chabon

Michael Chabon b is an acclaimed and bestselling author whose works include the Pulitzer Prize winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay Chabon achieved literary fame at age twenty four with his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh , which was a major critical and commercial success He then published Wonder Boys , another bestseller, which was made into a film starring Michael Douglas One of America s most distinctive voices, Chabon has been called a magical prose stylist by the New York Times Book Review, and is known for his lively writing, nostalgia for bygone modes of storytelling, and deep empathy for the human predicament.



10 thoughts on “Summerland

  1. Neil Neil says:

    A review from 2002 and the Washington Post, written before Coraline was published It is possible to look at the growth of the phenomenon of crossover fiction essentially, Children s or Young Adult fiction which is enjoyed and consumed in quantity by adults in several different ways You could view it as a sad symptom of the creeping infantilisation of the culture You could see it as a triumph of marketing Or,optimistically, you could view it as a need by adults for Story, without A review from 2002 and the Washington Post, written before Coraline was published It is possible to look at the growth of the phenomenon of crossover fiction essentially, Children s or Young Adult fiction which is enjoyed and consumed in quantity by adults in several different ways You could view it as a sad symptom of the creeping infantilisation of the culture You could see it as a triumph of marketing Or,optimistically, you could view it as a need by adults for Story, without which children will not read Engines of story drive the books of Diana Wynne Jones, Philip Pullman, and the rest of the recent crop of crossover authors Many of their books are, by any standard, good books, and perhaps adults simply needed to be told that it was socially acceptable to read them in order to be coaxed to pick them up.I wonder though if there isn t another phenomenon at work here Fiction only seems capable of existing in one ghetto at a time, so if your book is in what used, rudely, to be known as the kiddylit ghetto, then it is children s fiction no matter what else it might be fantasy, historical, horror, SF, humour, romance, and so on As a result of the enormous success of authors like J.K Rowling and Pullman, adults in their millions have now read and enjoyed fantasy novels without ever having had to browse the fantasy shelves For the most part, after all, the crossover books tell tales in which the joy of story is also the joy of the fantastic without apology, a freedom of children s literature that can be lost at adulthood, where metaphor becomes literal, and genre restrictions apply.But whatever the reason, the former kiddylit ghetto has become fashionable, the cool people are moving in, and property prices are starting to climb.It s hard to get cooler than Michael Chabon, whose last novel, the Pulitzer prize winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay displayed a love for and perception of popular culture and an understanding of the engines that drive the teenage mind In Summerland he uses that understanding to tell a very different kind of story,.Ethan Feld is a terrible baseball player His widower inventor father builds airships Ethan plays baseball in Summerland, on the tip of Clam Island, Washington, where it never rains.When Feld Sr is kidnapped by the evil Coyote, in order to bring about the end of everything, Ethan and his not a girlfriend Jennifer T Rideout, accompanied by their odd friend Thor and Cinquefoil an Indian ferisher not quite a fairy, inspired, one assumes, by the Native American tales of tribes of very small, magical people have to follow him across the many worlds while putting together a baseball team The first hundred pages of set up are less assured, in tone and style, than the rest of the book But as soon as the kids flee Summerland, and head off into a great beyond to put their team together and save the universe, the story finds its game That they will succeed is never in any doubt That there will be reverses and alarums, setbacks and treacheries and fine lessons to be learned is also a given from the off Ethan must learn to save himself and, ultimately, the world Coyote, whenever he appears, which is too seldom, steals scenes with ease and aplomb He s Coyote, sure, and he s Loki and Prometheus and probably Bugs Bunny and the Squire of Gothos as well a force unto himself, who is having too much fun trying to bring about Ragnarok delightfully Hobson Jobsonned by Chabon into Ragged Rock.Standout sequences include a magnificently gory chapter involving some unfortunate werewolves and the queen of the shaggurts frost giants with appetites vast and bloody p 410 , and a storyline set within the Tall Tale tradition, where Ethan and his team meet the Big Liars of Old Cat Landing, the tall tale people, all lies and legends made flesh who hung around Old Cat landing, haunting its bars and brothels p 346 , now sadly shrunken by time and disbelief Pecos Bill and Paul Bunyan and John Henry, Annie Christmas and the rest of them It s the place that Chabon comes closest to a genuine American mythopoeia and it is very fine indeed.As a reader I sometimes felt shortchanged It s a thick book, but it could comfortably have been thicker I wanted the better setpieces to go on longer, and to getof a sense of what made the other members of Ethan s baseball team tick with the exception of Ethan, Jennifer and the tragic she sasquatch, Taffy, they seemed sketched, not painted I wanted to see the games they lost I wanted .But the engines that drive Summerland are real story engines, and they work hard to deliver it s a fantasy with a young protagonist, which fuses baseball, Native American tales, Norse myths and sundry shaggy god stories into a tasty, quest driven stew Whether this is enough, as the marketing material that accompanies the book trumpets, to make it clearly and indisputably a classic is much harder to judge, and one that time and popular taste will decide, not I But it s a rollicking and fine tale, well told and with moments of real magic, peril, adventure, terror and triumph in the mix, not to mention what is, I am certain, the most delightful sound of a window breaking in all of fiction And that ought to be enough

  2. Benjamin Duffy Benjamin Duffy says:

    The perfect love child of Shoeless Joe and American Gods, and one of the best tween age novels I ve ever read This is the first of Michael Chabon s books that I ve read, but it s obvious on every page that he isn t a children s author, but simply a great writer who decided to write a children s book Better than merely utilitarian, Chabon s language is a joy to read accessible enough that my then 9 year old stepson enjoyed it, yet I was kept on my toes by the rich, sharp imagery and inventiv The perfect love child of Shoeless Joe and American Gods, and one of the best tween age novels I ve ever read This is the first of Michael Chabon s books that I ve read, but it s obvious on every page that he isn t a children s author, but simply a great writer who decided to write a children s book Better than merely utilitarian, Chabon s language is a joy to read accessible enough that my then 9 year old stepson enjoyed it, yet I was kept on my toes by the rich, sharp imagery and inventive uses of simile and metaphor Considering this book is aimed at the same general age group as the Harry Potter series which I enjoyed , the writing in Summerland makes those books come off as impossibly clunky by comparison.One of the fastest 500 page reads I ve encountered, and a fantastic ride Special mention has to go to the wonderful end of the world scene, which is vividly described, exhilarating, and as plausible as any I ve read anywhere else

  3. Mbgirl Mbgirl says:

    Convoluted I desire to give this 500 pg hardbound book away.to a child who LOVES baseball, and who doesn t mind fantasy This was def the wrong choice of book for the first Chabon book I ve ever read But I am stubborn, and thought I could get into the story given I was educated as to Chabon s headspace after having lost a child, his grieving, his love of baseball, his wanting the remaining kids to have a story with hidden lessons.Not a book for me But I can definitely spot the jewels of Convoluted I desire to give this 500 pg hardbound book away.to a child who LOVES baseball, and who doesn t mind fantasy This was def the wrong choice of book for the first Chabon book I ve ever read But I am stubborn, and thought I could get into the story given I was educated as to Chabon s headspace after having lost a child, his grieving, his love of baseball, his wanting the remaining kids to have a story with hidden lessons.Not a book for me But I can definitely spot the jewels of the book.like Phantom Tollbooth, like Enyd B fairy tales, like Lion Witch and Wardrobe I do like that home run denouement, though.and the relationship Ethan had with Splinter Lastly, I m a sucker for any book set in the Pacific Northwest

  4. Joe Joe says:

    Imagine Lord of the Rings if the characters stopped every couple days to play baseball.Working within an amalgamation of Norse, Greek, and Native American mythology as well as American tall tales, Chabon tells a not atypical coming of age quest story tied inextricably to baseball Baseball, as it turns out, is not only America s pasttime, but also a sacred institution on the other planes of existence Ethan, a kid who hates baseball, must learn to love it as he battles his way across the Summerl Imagine Lord of the Rings if the characters stopped every couple days to play baseball.Working within an amalgamation of Norse, Greek, and Native American mythology as well as American tall tales, Chabon tells a not atypical coming of age quest story tied inextricably to baseball Baseball, as it turns out, is not only America s pasttime, but also a sacred institution on the other planes of existence Ethan, a kid who hates baseball, must learn to love it as he battles his way across the Summerlands and the Winterlands to stop Coyote, sort of a trickster archetype that has elements of Satan and Loki After being blown away by the Yiddish Policeman s Union and the Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, I wanted to read someof Chabon s novels I didn t enjoy Summerland nearly as much as those other novels, but it was nevertheless an engaging read

  5. Mattia Ravasi Mattia Ravasi says:

    Video reviewMy review might sound slightly tongue in cheek but, make no mistake, there are still a couple of sentences in here that completely tear me up and are well worth the elven baseball extravaganza Video reviewMy review might sound slightly tongue in cheek but, make no mistake, there are still a couple of sentences in here that completely tear me up and are well worth the elven baseball extravaganza

  6. Lisa Vegan Lisa Vegan says:

    I had some problems with the writing style of this book, and it had a convoluted plot, but I did sort of fall in love with this fantasy book I love kids lit and I m a baseball fan, so this was right up my alley He really knows baseball and my favorite part in the book was the comment about the designated hitter for me that alone was worth the read.

  7. Lyn Elliott Lyn Elliott says:

    After the autobiographical introduction, the book lost my interest completely.

  8. jeremy jeremy says:

    one of the many qualities that sets michael chabon s writing well beyond the realm of his contemporaries is his obvious love of craft throughout his works it is apparent that he finds sheer joy in the art of storytelling chabon s enthusiasm for literature is far reaching, as is evidenced by his ability to write engagingly well in many a different genre no two chabon books are ever all that similar, and as his career evolves, he seems set on authoring works entirely unlike their predecessors one of the many qualities that sets michael chabon s writing well beyond the realm of his contemporaries is his obvious love of craft throughout his works it is apparent that he finds sheer joy in the art of storytelling chabon s enthusiasm for literature is far reaching, as is evidenced by his ability to write engagingly well in many a different genre no two chabon books are ever all that similar, and as his career evolves, he seems set on authoring works entirely unlike their predecessors literary fiction, speculative fiction sci fi , swashbuckling adventure tales, short stories, autobiographical essays, and a young adult novel it appears chabon s talent and imagination are nearly limitless summerland is a fantastic and inventive tale which, while written for a young audience, would find favor with anyone who admires a well told, creative work of fiction much has been made of summerland and its comparisons to tolkien and cs lewis arecomplimentary than anything commingling many a different mythology norse, greek, native american, and american folklore with his own imaginative and interdependent worlds and chimerical characters, chabon has conjured an epic tale like no other with baseball as the common thread that weaves the story together, summerland is an homage to youth, play, discovery, imagination, and belief in one s self like many great works of fiction, chabon s mythical world opens us up to the spectacular possibilities inherent in our ownto grasp the fundamental truth a baseball game is nothing but a great slow contraption for getting you to pay attention to the cadence of a summer dayand in that moment he felt for the first time that optimistic and cheerful boy allowed himself to feel how badly made life was, how flawed no matter how richly furnished you made it, with all the noise and variety of Something, Nothing always found a way in, seeped through the cracks and patches mr feld was right life was like baseball, filled with loss and error, with bad hops and wild pitches, a game in which even champions lost almost as often as they won, and even the best hitters were put out seventy percent of the time.

  9. Michael Faris Michael Faris says:

    One of my favorite writers but definitely not my favorite book of his His attempt at YA falls short as he tries to blend baseball, fantasy, and indian lore into a young adventure Just falls weirdly flat in places.

  10. Donna Donna says:

    This book was ok I had a really hard time keeping interested in it There were some parts that were interesting but they were few and so far apart I doubt that I will readby this author.

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