Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, The

Michael Chabon
This brilliant epic novel set in New York and Prague introduces us to two misfit young men who make it big by creating comic-book superheroes. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just smuggled himself out of Nazi-invaded Prague and landed in New York City. His Brooklyn cousin Sammy Clay is looking for a partner to create heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit America the comic book. Inspired by their own fears and dreams, Kavalier and Clay create the Escapists, The Monitor, and Luna Moth, inspired by the beautiful Rosa Saks, who will become linked by powerful ties to both men.  The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is the winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.


Reviewed: 2021-10-25
Cracking read, it has comic books,the flight of Jews from the Nazis and escapology, what more could you want?

though it sort of lags in the final act a bit
Reviewed: 2021-04-22
I couldn't finish this one. I thought I'd really like it but it just never clicked for me, so I put it down one day and never went back.
Reviewed: 2021-01-19
Read a quarter of it and it's mostly filler. Vast tracts about nothing to do with anything, not beautifully written and no respect for the reader's time.

Maybe if it had been compressed to 2/3 of the length, there's (maybe) some good stuff in there, but of what I read there was nothing great and most was slightly clumbsy, slightly ham-fisted like "this'll make a good story" (not).

I can't believe the 5-star ratings. This was really nothing to me. I'm glad I gave up.
Reviewed: 2020-09-25
This book was a bit of a process for me. It was on and off the shelf as I found other literary distractions to entertain myself. Now I've finished and I can't say that I have formulated a solid opinion. The best way for me to describe my relationship w/ these Amazing Adventures is that the book is similar to a TV show that I grew addicted to, but new the whole time I probably had better ways to spend my time. I don't regret reading the beefy, epic book, in fact it turned very enjoyable for me, but I can't say I'm going to recommend it to anyone. (I have a copy though, if you want to try your hand at it.)

What follows are past reviews:
I picked this up again cause it was the most colorful book within reach on the shelf. It was a good couple nights of reading and getting back into the world. Then it was a bad night of getting bored by that world. Then it was back on the shelf.

I originally started this cause I loved Wonder Boys the movie and thought I'd reach a Chabon book. I guess I picked the wrong one.

Let me know if I absolutely need to start again. :O)

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