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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

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It's 1939, in New York City. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat - smuggling himself out of Hitler's Prague. He's looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a partner in creating the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams, Kavalier and Clay create the Escapist, the Monitor, and the otherworldy Mistress of the Night, Luna Moth, inspired by the beautiful Rosa Saks, who will become linked by powerful ties to both men. The golden age of comic books has begun, even as the shadow of Hitler falls across Europe. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a stunning novel of endless comic invention and unforgettable characters, written in the exhilarating prose that has led critics to compare Michael Chabon to Cheever and Nabokov. In Joe Kavalier, Chabon, writing "like a magical spider, effortlessly spinning out elaborate webs of words that ensnare the reader" (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times), has created a hero for the century.



  • I've recently started writing reviews for the books I listen to, and I've been revisiting my extensive library of over 900 books to find the very best (and worst) ones. I listened to The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay a couple of years ago, and it still holds a special place in my heart, even though it's not my usual mystery/thriller genre. This novel takes place in the United States during World War II, starting in 1939. Kavalier, who has recently migrated from Nazi-controlled Europe, is Clay's cousin. Both of them are teenagers and reside in Clay's mother's house at the beginning of the book. In this incredible and uplifting historical fiction novel, the two talented cousins come up with the idea for the modern comic book, leading to a whole new era of storytelling. The narration is absolutely spot-on. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is definitely a book that should be on everyone's must-read list.
  • Supposedly a New York Times bestseller and touted as one of the top books of the decade, but I must admit, I fail to grasp its appeal. The plot feels predictable and lacks depth, while the inclusion of a two-dimensional gay character seems forced for the sake of evoking sympathy. The decision of a father who has been absent for 12 years to abruptly leave his son when the child's biological parent resurfaces feels contrived. The characters themselves are weak, the storyline barely registers, and there are far too many conveniently resolved moments. Frankly, I'm left puzzled by the hype surrounding this book.