I intensely disliked The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. I read it when I lived in New York, and had to lie about liking it to the nice manager at Barnes & Noble during my job interview. Didn’t want to blow the interview by giving negative opinions about a bestseller, gosh forbid.
I carried this bias against Mr. Chabon when I opened this for the first time. And it didn’t matter. This was a great read once I paid attention long enough to figure out who all the characters were… because there are quite a few of them in parts. It’s not something you can should put down and then pick up again a couple of weeks later. Anyways, there’s some great stuff in here about race, class, and vinyl. Lots and lots about vinyl.