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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

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With this brilliant novel, the bestselling author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Wonder Boys gives us an exhilarating triumph of language and invention, a stunning novel in which the tragicomic adventures of a couple of boy geniuses reveal much about what happened to America in the middle of the twentieth century. Like Phillip Roth's American Pastoral or Don DeLillo's Underworld, Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a superb novel with epic sweep, spanning continents and eras, a masterwork by one of America's finest writers.

        It is New York City in 1939. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdini-esque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat to date: smuggling himself out of Nazi-occupied Prague. He is 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 collaborator to create the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Out of their fantasies, fears, and dreams, Joe and Sammy weave the legend of that unforgettable champion the Escapist. And inspired by the beautiful and elusive Rosa Saks, a woman who will be linked to both men by powerful ties of desire, love, and shame, they create the otherworldly mistress of the night, Luna Moth. As the shadow of Hitler falls across Europe and the world, the Golden Age of comic books has begun.

        The brilliant writing that has led critics to compare Michael Chabon to John Cheever and Vladimir Nabokov is everywhere apparent in The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. Chabon writes "like a magical spider, effortlessly spinning out elaborate webs of words that ensnare the reader," wrote Michiko Kakutani of The New York Times about Wonder Boys—and here he has created, in Joe Kavalier, a hero for the century.

About the Author

Michael Chabon's works of fiction include The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, A Model World, Wonder Boys, and Were-wolves in Their Youth. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's, Esquire, and Playboy and in a number of anthologies, among them Prize Stories 1999: The O. Henry Awards. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, Ayelet Waldman, also a novelist, and their children.

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Seth Hibbert, September 8, 2011 (view all comments by Seth Hibbert)
I didn't have a favorite author until I read Michael Chabon. I didn't have a favorite book until I read this one.
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Risa Mish, January 1, 2011 (view all comments by Risa Mish)
Yes, I know, I am a decade behind the curve here, but still: this was the best book I read this year. So, as the cliche goes, Better Late Than Never!
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Robert Miner, February 14, 2007 (view all comments by Robert Miner)
Set during the rush to capitalize on the success of Superman during the Golden Age of Comics, writers and illustrators create powerful alter-ego superheroes while feeling impotent to rescue family and friends from the Holocaust and the Nazis. Chabon captures the Pow! Bam! and Zap! of the comic book era combined with the poignancy and the humanity of people caught in a struggle with evil villains and personal demons worse than those their superheroes fight.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780679450047
Author:
Chabon, Michael
Publisher:
Random House (NY)
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Comic books, strips, etc.
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Artists
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Young men
Subject:
New York
Subject:
Czech Americans
Subject:
Heroes in mass media.
Subject:
Bildungsromane.
Subject:
Bildungsromans
Subject:
New york (n.y.)
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Adventure
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
99-7
Publication Date:
20000931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
656
Dimensions:
9.64x6.42x1.39 in. 2.20 lbs.

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