Mysteries of Pittsburgh: A Novel (P.S.)

by Michael Chabon | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0060790598 Global Overview for this book
Registered by flewry of Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on 12/18/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by flewry from Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Sunday, December 18, 2011
From Amazon:

First-novelist Chabon, with "distinctive vision" and "an elegiac, graceful style," spins a story about alienated youth that, while serving up some familiar details of sex, alcohol and drugs, "fully engages the reader in the lives of an appealing cast of characters," said PW .
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I received this as a gift and would like to send it traveling for a little while, as I don't see myself getting to it soon. Starting an international bookring and we'll see how it goes!

Journal Entry 2 by flewry at St. Petersburg, Florida USA on Sunday, January 15, 2012
This is now heading out as an international bookring! I'm still interested in reading it, but do not see myself getting to it soon. Why let it languish on my shelves in the meantime?!

This is a "take your time" bookring, so no need to rush through it in a month if you don't prefer. As long as you check in and keep us posted after a few months or so, there's no problem. Please just be sure to journal it when you receive it.

Participants:

imawinn2 (USA, ships international)
Cavalier10 (USA, ships international)
gaboyd (New Zealand, ships international)
PJLBewdy (Australia, ships international)
ababaigalit (Israel, ships international)
ravencat (USA, ships US/CAN)

Back to Flewry (USA)

The ring has completed. Thanks to everyone who took part!

Journal Entry 3 by flewry at St. Petersburg, Florida USA on Saturday, January 21, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (1/20/2012 UTC) at St. Petersburg, Florida USA

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On its way to imawinn2 to kick off the bookring. Hope you all enjoy it!

Journal Entry 4 by imawinn2 at Neenah, Wisconsin USA on Thursday, January 26, 2012
The book arrived in yesterday's mail. Perfect timing as I am heading out on vacation in a couple of days and will need a good book to read while I fly to and fro and laze around. Ahh! Looking forward to the escape (travel and reading wise).

Journal Entry 5 by imawinn2 at Neenah, Wisconsin USA on Wednesday, February 08, 2012
I started this and finished it while on my vacation. In fact, I finished it on the flight home today. I had a little bit of trouble getting into this book at first but the beautiful writing by Chabon kept me going. Hard to believe that this was his first novel (and written while attending college). I will say that I liked Kavalier and Clay better than The Mysteries of Pittsburgh but mainly because Kavalier and Clay was a more adventurous tale . This story is more of a narrative following a group of young adults as they discover a summer of freedom, love and who they are to be. It has a nice touch of humor, anxiety and tragedy. The characters grew on me, the further I got into the story. It was a nice, well written story. Thanks so much for sharing!

I contacted Cavalier10 the other day, asking for an address. As soon as I hear from this participant, I will send this book on its journey.

Journal Entry 6 by imawinn2 at Neenah, Wisconsin USA on Friday, February 10, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (2/10/2012 UTC) at Neenah, Wisconsin USA

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Mysteries of Pittsburgh is on the road and traveling to its next destination. Btw... I put a little something in the book for you, Cavalier10. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 7 by Cavalier10 at New Florence, Pennsylvania USA on Wednesday, February 15, 2012
Received this in the mail today from imawinn2, thanks a lot. Looking forward to reading it and passing it on to the next person. Thank you for the nice touch with the bookmark, love it!

Journal Entry 8 by winggaboydwing at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Thursday, March 15, 2012
Just arrived, gladwrapped and undamaged.

Journal Entry 9 by winggaboydwing at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand on Sunday, April 01, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (4/3/2012 UTC) at Christchurch, Canterbury New Zealand

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Released while at the Post Shop.

Journal Entry 10 by PJLBewdy at Smiths Lake, New South Wales Australia on Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Received today - thanks for sharing this book and thanks to gaboyd for sending it on.

Journal Entry 11 by PJLBewdy at Smiths Lake, New South Wales Australia on Sunday, June 03, 2012
I read this book with pleasure although it is by no means my favourite Chabon. Certainly evidences the mature style that characterises his later work. This book is due to travel to Israel on the next leg of its journey - hopefully I will be able to send it on its way soon.

Journal Entry 12 by PJLBewdy at Smiths Lake, New South Wales Australia on Monday, June 04, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (6/5/2012 UTC) at Smiths Lake, New South Wales Australia

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Off to Israel on the next leg of its travels. Enjoy.

Journal Entry 13 by ababaigalit at MODIIN, Modiin Israel on Friday, June 15, 2012
I went today to the post office to get the book and with it I had a surprise book from my wish list. Thanks very much PJBewdy for the surprise. Well I will read the book soon after I finish two other bookrays that came first.

15/08/2012:
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never read any of Chabon's work, but this was a much-heralded first novel from a Pulitzer winner so I thought it would be a good read. I thought the narrative drive of this book, its sense of tragedy and events coming to an unavoidable head, was very powerful.
At times, you want to slap his characters for making the wrong choice, being immature, saying something overly fanciful, or just being too apparently well-read and smart. But then you realize that this is how just-graduated college students often do act, how they often do talk, and that they often are well-read. This is a well-written coming-of-age story that does feel like a throwback to the '50s, though its set in the 80s,

Journal Entry 14 by ababaigalit at Hendersonville, Tennessee USA on Friday, August 24, 2012

Released 7 yrs ago (8/24/2012 UTC) at Hendersonville, Tennessee USA

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The book continues it's journey to the next bookring member. Enjoy the book and the journey liitle book.

Journal Entry 15 by ravencat at Lancaster, New York USA on Monday, September 10, 2012
Arrived and a few ahead of this one.

Journal Entry 16 by ravencat at Hendersonville, Tennessee USA on Thursday, October 04, 2012

Released 6 yrs ago (10/4/2012 UTC) at Hendersonville, Tennessee USA

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This was my first Chabon novel and I did appreciate his detailed style of writing although I did have a little difficulty getting into the storyline. As the characters developed and became more complicated with their choices in lifestyles it caught my interest and did end up enjoying it. For writing this book in college for his thesis, it was very well done and I would like to read more of him to see how his writing has evovled. Thanks flewry for sharing and now on its way back to you.

Journal Entry 17 by flewry at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Saturday, October 20, 2012
Arrived in Minnesota safe and sound! A big thanks to everyone who took part in this ring and made it a success. :D

Journal Entry 18 by flewry at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Sunday, October 04, 2015

Released 3 yrs ago (10/4/2015 UTC) at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA

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I have flagged this to read on Kindle so I can let this copy go. It is now traveling in my Fiction and Literature bookbox.

Journal Entry 19 by fireyfairy at Minneapolis, Minnesota USA on Thursday, October 15, 2015
When Regulator and I met up with JudySlump and DrSlump this past weekend in Minneapolis, they were kind enough to bring along some books for us to take back to Indiana with us. I'm told this one in particular was so thoughtfully extracted from flewry's bookbox, and it has now gone on my Mom's personal TBR stack (she took all of them out of my hands when I offered them to her and skipped off to add them). She doesn't "computer" herself, but does dictate a journal entry to me after each BC book she finishes, and then they do get released, so I shall update again when she finishes this book and is ready to tell me her thoughts. When she's done, I'm particularly curious about finding a way to get this book to Pittsburgh for a themed release.... Thanks for sharing vicariously!

Journal Entry 20 by fireyfairy at Firefly Coffee House, 3523 N. Anthony Blvd. in Fort Wayne, Indiana USA on Thursday, November 03, 2016

Released 2 yrs ago (11/3/2016 UTC) at Firefly Coffee House, 3523 N. Anthony Blvd. in Fort Wayne, Indiana USA

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My Mom was excited to read this, as the author was on her "to read" list, but she had trouble connecting with the story. I'm sending it to continue its journey via Firefly's take a book/leave a book shelf. Enjoy!

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