Friday, December 6, 2013

Five top books that started out as magazine serials

At The Barnes & Noble Book Blog Allegra Frazier tagged five top books that started out as magazine serials, including:
Gentlemen Of The Road, by Michael Chabon

Chabon’s 2007 historical/alternate universe novel about two bandit Jews roaming the Caucuses was initially published in 17 installments in New York Magazine. The rambunctious plot (including but not limited to con artistry, the wronging of royals, numerous fight scenes, and plenty of witty banter) and structure are modeled on the serialized adventure novels of the 19th century. Always a writer with a penchant for the adventurous, the serialized format suited Chabon well. The complete novel was released shortly after the New York installments as the third of Chabon’s alternate universe explorations into Jewish culture, after The Yiddish Policeman’s Union and the Pulitzer Prize–winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.
Read about the other entries on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue