Looking for an escape, an adventure? Michael Chabon’s latest novel takes you to 10th-century Khazaria, the fabled kingdom of wild red-haired Jews on the western shore of the Caspian Sea and an adventure worthy of Kipling. The ‘gentlemen’ of the title are con men and adventurers skilled at fighting, healing and just staying alive. During their travels they encounter wild Vikings, marauding armies, escaping royalty, elephants, noble horses, and evil rulers. A fun read with some interesting parallels to modern times. The book is illustrated by Gary Gianni the current illustrator of Prince Valiant.
Passing It On December 19, 2007