The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
A NovelBook - 2000
"It's absolutely gosh-wow, super-colossal--smart, funny, and a continual pleasure to read." --The Washington Post Book World
Named one of the 10 Best Books of the Decade by Entertainment Weekly * Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize
A "towering, swash-buckling thrill of a book" ( Newsweek ), hailed as Chabon's "magnum opus" ( The New York Review of Books ), The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a triumph of originality, imagination, and storytelling, an exuberant, irresistible novel that begins in New York City in 1939.
A young escape artist and budding magician named Joe Kavalier arrives on the doorstep of his cousin, Sammy Clay. While the long shadow of Hitler falls across Europe, America is happily in thrall to the Golden Age of comic books, and in a distant corner of Brooklyn, Sammy is looking for a way to cash in on the craze. He finds the ideal partner in the aloof, artistically gifted Joe, and together they embark on an adventure that takes them deep into the heart of Manhattan, and the heart of old-fashioned American ambition. From the shared fears, dreams, and desires of two teenage boys, they spin comic book tales of the heroic, fascist-fighting Escapist and the beautiful, mysterious Luna Moth, otherworldly mistress of the night. Climbing from the streets of Brooklyn to the top of the Empire State Building, Joe and Sammy carve out lives, and careers, as vivid as cyan and magenta ink.
Spanning continents and eras, this superb book by one of America's finest writers remains one of the defining novels of our modern American age.
Winner of the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award and the New York Society Library Book Award
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Michael Chabon’s “The Amazing adventures of Kavalier & Clay” follows the fictional lives of two cousins starting in the early 1940's. Sammy, from Brooklyn who dreams of making it big in the burgeoning comic book industry, and Joe, who has just arrived to live with Sammy’s family after smuggling himself out of Nazi invaded Prague. Drawing on their personal dreams and fears they create an empire, though only a fraction of the money they should, and among the most famous comic book characters of their time. Prejudices of the times and WWII brings every crashing down.
I really liked this book, though sometimes I wish Chabon would not be so illustrative and detailed in his writing as this is a long story. At one point, he uses a ¼ of a page to list the names of comic book characters that feel by the wayside after WWII. Of course, if details aren’t your thing, you can always skim them. (I didn’t say that!) If you are into historical fiction or stories about the creative process, I think you’ll enjoy this even if you’re not into comic books.
An epic novel about two cousins who find themselves at the epicenter of the golden age of American comic books when they create the prewar superhero, The Escapist.
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“The magician seemed to promise that something torn to bits might be mended without a seam, that what had vanished might reappear, that a scattered handful of doves or dust might be reunited by a word, that a paper rose consumed by fire could be made to bloom from a pile of ash. But everyone knew that it was only an illusion. The true magic of this broken world lay in the ability of things it contained to vanish, to become so thoroughly lost, that they might never have existed in the first place."
Hope had been his enemy, a frailty that he must at all costs master, for so long now that it was a moment before he was willing to concede that he had let it back into his heart.
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