The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY is a heart-wrenching story of escape, love and comic-book heroes set in Prague, New York and the Arctic.One night in 1939, Josef Kavalier shuffles into his cousin Sam Clay’s cramped New York bedroom, his... show more
Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY is a heart-wrenching story of escape, love and comic-book heroes set in Prague, New York and the Arctic.One night in 1939, Josef Kavalier shuffles into his cousin Sam Clay’s cramped New York bedroom, his nerve-racking escape from Prague finally achieved. Little does he realise that this is the beginning of an extraordinary friendship and even more fruitful business partnership. Together, they create a comic strip called ‘The Escapist’, its superhero a Nazi-busting saviour who liberates the oppressed around the world. ‘The Escapist’ makes their fortune, but Joe can think of only one thing: how can he effect a real-life escape and free his family from the tyranny of Hitler?Michael Chabon’s exceptional novel is a thrilling tightrope walk between high comedy and bitter tragedy. In Joe Kavalier and Sam Clay he has created two unforgettable characters bound together by love, family and cartoons.
Publish date: October 2nd 2012
Publisher: Fourth Estate
Edition language: English
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, Sequential Art
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, ...
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...
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 ...
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...