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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

A Novel

Chabon, Michael

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE The beloved, award-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay , a Michael Chabon masterwork, is the American epic of two boy geniuses named Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay. Now with special bonus material by Michael Chabon. 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. NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize Winner of the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award and the New York Society Library Book Award Named one of the 10 Best Books of the Decade by Entertainment Weekly

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Publisher: New York : Random House, 2012
Edition: Random House trade paperback ed
ISBN: 9780812983586
0812983580
Branch Call Number: FICTION CHABON 2012
Characteristics: 684 p. ;,21 cm

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Michael Chabon's book are a lot of fun to read, and in this wonderfully written great big novel you get to hear about many things: the era of classic comic books, Antarctica, New York City in the 1940s, and much more. Also available in ebook.

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... Read More »

This is the American epic of two boy geniuses named Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay and their quest to become American icons in the comic book world. This book is just packed with interesting things.

In 1939 New York City, Joe Kavalier, a refugee from Hitler's Prague, joins forces with his Brooklyn-born cousin, Sammy Clay, to create comic-book superheroes inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams.

In 1939 New York City, Joe Kavalier, a refugee from Hitler's Prague, joins forces with his Brooklyn-born cousin, Sammy Clay, to create comic-book superheroes inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams.


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Mar 03, 2015

Interesting characters and plot, but Chabon uses 3 words where one well-chosen one will do. Because of that, I could only plow through about 40 pages at a time. Fans of Thomas Hardy will enjoy. Others may not.

Sep 17, 2014
  • wauumdob rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this book years ago and really liked it. It was a look into another world and very interesting.

Sep 13, 2014
  • wilcar49 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I did not like this book, it's a heavy brick of a read. The plot and characters did not interest me. I only got half way through and gave up.

Sep 13, 2014
  • jescar82 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

This is 2014/15 selection for "One Book, One Chicago" The characters, plot, and themes lack any sort of interesting, analytical depth that makes a book worth reading. I was extremely disappointed with this novel. I only read about ten chapters and returned the book back to the library.

Sep 13, 2014

I have a new back today. For real

Sep 05, 2014

Beautifully written, prolix ramble through pre WWII America...very readable, very enjoyable, and just a tad self-indulgent IMHO. Still, it's worth a go if you have the time and patience.

Sep 03, 2014
  • gretchh rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was not just a great story with a complex plot and characters, but written with a knowing touch. Highly recommended!

Aug 31, 2013
  • nsteeves rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The many kinds of love (romantic, brotherly, love of art) and love stories in K & C make it one of my very favorites.

May 30, 2013
  • zackhaslam rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A wholy remarkable book, presenting only a few qualms.

As a history of the comic book, including the real world contextualization against the backdrop of the Jewish-American experience and the 20th century's myriad new mediums... I don't think you'd find a parallel. Chabon captures all the fascinating psychological bearings of the comic book superhero.

The plot develops in a straightforward fashion, the protagonists are easily sympathized with, and there's nothing ugly about the writing or structure to get worried about.

It fits the subject matter, and it fits the 'history-bio' style but I did pause a few times to tell myself to ignore the pomp of the 'momentous occasions' that make up a few anecdotes. It's a big book. It's an epic book. It's an important book. But its best moments are smaller, and quieter.

(And the best bit is the Antarctica bit.)

Mar 26, 2013
  • bsevertsen rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Michael Chabon does not suffer from "air word" syndrome. This book, like many of his novels is beautifully written.

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Mar 30, 2010

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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Oct 13, 2014
  • mawls rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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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