Michael Chabon Short Fiction Analysis
Michael Chabon’s distinctive strength in storytelling is a command of style that reminds his reviewers of F. Scott Fitzgerald. Chabon creates an engaging surface of epigrams, wit, and telling comparisons. His subjects are also similar to Fitzgerald’s, dealing mainly with young people trying to find their way through morally ambiguous and confusing situations. Though his style calls attention to the surface of his stories, they are, nevertheless, moving, mainly because his characters are realized fully enough and their problems and dilemmas are serious enough to involve the reader. A Model World is divided into two parts. “Part 1: A Model World” contains six stories on varied subjects. “Part 2: The Lost World” is a group of five stories about Nathan Shapiro, a boy who grows up while dealing with his parents’ divorce. Looking closely at three stories, “S ANGEL,” “A Model World,” and “The Little Knife,” will illustrate Chabon’s characteristics.
In “S ANGEL,” Ira Wiseman, a twenty-one-year-old senior drama student at the University of California, Los Angeles, goes to the wedding of his cousin, Sheila, in Los Angeles. A young romantic, Ira is waiting for fate to bring him together with the right woman: “Ira never went anywhere without expecting that when he arrived there he would meet the woman with whom he had been destined to fall in love.” His ideas of falling in love are...
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