So glad to find this unabridged version of Kavalier and Clay. I read the novel several years ago and loved it then. The narration is excellent.
English major. Love to read
Somehow I wasn't paying attention when people were reading this book and raving about it. Now that I have read it, many of my literary friends are looking at me and saying -- "of course I have read it, it's fabulous!" My silly response is "why didn't you tell me?" I think this all points to the fact that I truly love reading a book that takes me somewhere else. whose words I relish over and over and whose characters I just simply miss at the end of the reading. This is such a story - not to be missed. As a matter of fact, just download it now because you won't be disappointed.
I enjoyed this book. It tackled interesting topics (e.g., [spoiler alert] the rise of comic books, being Jewish, and being gay) in a work of historical fiction taking place mostly in New York City and mostly during the 1940s and 50s in an appealing way. I liked the characters, the writing, and the narration.
That said, it didn't strike me as being on par with the other Pulitzer Prize winning fiction I've read. I'm deducting one star from my rating for that.
But I'd still recommend it as an enjoyable read.
I like books that have interesting characters and easy to follow plots. For example, Cormoran Strike, is a great character for me.
I was very disappointed in this book. It received such rave reviews. It started out very strongly with the first 1/4 but then it fizzled. The book should have been a novella. The beginnings of the comic book industry and how comic book stories are conceived was really interesting and exciting. But then the story began to sway from sub story to sub story with no apparent reason. Why was it important to spend so much time on Joe's time in Antarctica and why was there such an emphasis on the dog relationship. It seemed to me that Chabon had made up a story board like they do in comic books and tried to fit them all in to the book. Some parts of the book seemed like it was trying to be a True Romance comic. My overall feeling is that the author was trying to hard to write a really powerful book but just didn't have the story upon which to hang it. I couldn't wait for it to be over.
This book starts out very well, but degenerates into a story where most the characters are cretin-like and foul-mouthed. The American characters all talk with a Brooklyn accent and appear to have an i.q. of room temperature. None of them are very likable.
Not sure if it was written so that all the Americans have a heavy Brooklyn accent, or if the narrator simply chose to narrate that way.
I quit about halfway through. Way too many F bombs and other profanity, and none of the characters were very likable.
This novel takes every scrap of information, every kernel of plot, and folds it back into itself. Nothing is wasted, and every thematic element has a prismatic effect on the narrative, letting you see these characters from every angle.
The story is well paced and it really makes you feel like you've traveled a long distance. You will find that you become best friends with the main characters. Colacci did an amazing job. Check the preview clip out. This guy just hammers out a read like none other.
I hadn't realized before I listened that this book won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction -- a prize that, in my opinion, is well deserved. A captivating story, masterfully woven, that tells a tale spanning the period from WWII through the early 1950's. David Colacci does an excellent job of narration, even if he does (as another reviewer pointed out) pronounce some Yiddish words strangely -- or at least not as my Polish & Russian Jewish family pronounced them. A very minor quibble. Highly recommended.
Archaeology student at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.
Going through HuffPo's 30 before you're 30 and wasn't excited for this at all. Great.