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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay - Michael Chabon
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
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Like the comic books that animate and inspire it, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is both larger than life and of it too. Complete with golems and magic and miraculous escapes and evil nemeses, even hand-to-hand Antarctic battle, it pursues the most important questions of love and war,... show more
Like the comic books that animate and inspire it, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is both larger than life and of it too. Complete with golems and magic and miraculous escapes and evil nemeses, even hand-to-hand Antarctic battle, it pursues the most important questions of love and war, dreams and art, across pages lurid with longing and hope. Samuel Klayman--self-described little man, city boy and Jew--first meets Josef Kavalier when his mother shoves him aside in his own bed, telling him to make room for their cousin, a refugee from Nazi-occupied Prague. It's the beginning, however unlikely, of a beautiful friendship. In short order, Sam's talent for pulp plotting meets Joe's faultless, academy-trained line, and a comic-book superhero is born. A sort of lantern-jawed equaliser clad in dark blue long underwear, the Escapist "roams the globe, performing amazing feats and coming to the aid of those who languish in tyranny's chains". Before they know it, Kavalier and Clay (as Sam Klayman has come to be known) find themselves at the epicentre of comics' golden age. Suffice to say, Michael Chabon writes novels like the Escapist busts locks. Previous books such as The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Wonder Boys have prose of equal shimmer and wit, and yet here he seems to have finally found a canvas big enough for his gifts. The whole enterprise seems animated by love: for his alternately deluded, damaged and painfully sincere characters; for the quirks and curious innocence of tough-talking wartime New York; and, above all, for comics themselves, "the inspirations and lucubrations of five hundred ageing boys dreaming as hard as they could". Far from negating such pleasures, the Holocaust's presence in the novel only makes them more pressing. Art, if not capable of actually fighting evil, can at least offer a gesture of defiance and hope--a way out of a world gone completely mad. --Mary Park, Amazon.com
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780312282998 (0312282990)
Publisher: Picador
Pages no: 636
Edition language: English
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Muccamukk
Muccamukk rated it
4.0 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Good time to read a lightly-fictionalised account of the two Jewish men who created Captain America, and the roaring "Golden Age" of comics. I really liked how both the made up comic character and the character's creators all reflected parts of the superhero story, including getting trapped in ice, ...
Flicker Reads
Flicker Reads rated it
4.0
A spectacular adventure! I read Middlesex last year and thought about this story in a similar manner - Jewish immigrant families, comic overtones, sexual challenges... I really enjoyed the blending of history and fiction in the story's plot, and learned a lot, just in background reading, about the o...
XOX
XOX rated it
5.0 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a book about comic books writers
And it is good. It is also pretty thick book. I couldn't believe I didn't write a review for this one. The main characters of the story are creators of the comic during the golden age of comics where the writer talent is being discovered. The comics they created get popular but still struggled ...
Chris Blocker
Chris Blocker rated it
4.0 Review: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
This is one of those books that is written very well, but just isn't mine to love. You know what I mean, right? The plot is expertly orchestrated, the characters are interesting, the language is vivid, and the pacing is not bad, but overall I was frankly bored with the story. My lack of excitement w...
kennethjmcginnis
kennethjmcginnis rated it
0.0 The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
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