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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay | [Michael Chabon]

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

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, they create the Escapist.
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Publisher's Summary

Pulitzer Prize, Fiction, 2001

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 otherworldly 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 has created a hero for the century.

©2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Michael Chabon can write like a magical spider, effortlessly spinning out elaborate webs of words that ensnare the reader with their beauty and their style." (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times)

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    Amazon Customer 05-05-13
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    "Great book! Great listen!"
    Would you listen to The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay again? Why?

    Maybe, I don't tend to re-read anything.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay?

    Just following the characters through life. Being happy for them and sad with them and even disappointed in their decisions.


    Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?

    Sam and Joe were equally enjoyable. I really felt myself rooting for them to succeed.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    This book made me laugh and cry.


    Any additional comments?

    A great book and a great narration. It was long so it lasted awhile but not boring. The information about the comic books was interesting too. I was hesitant to download because I'm not a comic book fan, but Im so glad I did this book was about so much more. I did have to make sure I was paying attention or else I would get lost and miss transitions.

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    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-12-13
    Beth Anne Philadelphia, PA, United States 03-12-13 Member Since 2012

    i like to read. i like to listen.

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    "Long, Tough Read. Too Much Information."

    i had a tough time with this book. michael chabon has an interesting way of writing...complex and well researched and very detailed. but sometimes i think this is too much. sometimes his research is too much. i feel like there's just so much information on a certain subject that i need to read about when i'm in a novel. sometimes i just want the story....not the facts behind it. do you know what i mean?

    i loved the characters in this book. i think chabon creates the best, most interesting, likeable characters. they have faults, but they are so real...both Sam and Joe were perfectly written. exactly what and who i wanted them to be. but the book gets so muddled, and i feel like the characters never go anywhere...in their growth as people, in their beliefs, in their relationships. i needed more.

    i was talking to another reader, and she quipped that "maybe reading one book by Chabon is great, the next becomes a trial!" -- but i agree with her. i think when i read Telegraph Avenue, i was blown away by the newness of chabon's manner of writing...i was surprised and excited by the facts and histories of every single person and area and theme that he introduced into the story. but moving onto this novel...(i know i went backwards)...i got overloaded by it. too much info, chabon. maybe one is enough. i should have quit while he was ahead!

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    Catherine Burkittsville, MD, United States 02-26-13
    Catherine Burkittsville, MD, United States 02-26-13 Member Since 2008
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    "I'm so sorry it's over!"

    I loved being in Kavalier & Clay's world. David Colacci's reading captures it perfectly. What a great, great book!

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    jayzed Israel 02-11-13
    jayzed Israel 02-11-13
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    "Chabon Magic"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay to be better than the print version?

    I would. Michael Chabon's writing is highly descriptive, evocative and complex with long sentences demanding a fair amount of grammatical agility on the part of the reader. This is why the audio edition is so good. Narration enables the reader to understand the tapestry of words without the effort involved in the reading process. Since this is a fairly long novel, with multiple character structures and a diverse plot, audio is a superb method of appreciating this piece of fiction.
    With that, I would recommend alongside the audio, a text version, say in kindle or ebook format so as to enable the reader to refer back when he/she wishes and to read sections when audio is neither available or appropriate.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Creative original story, with strains of Jewish American culture presented in a very unique form compared to trends in the genre.


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    It was very good however, I was not always happy about accents - but this is minor. It was professional and engaging.


    If you could take any character from The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    It would have to be Sammy. While Joe is mysterious, we know him from the book. Sammy evokes empathy and a need to understand. Something is still left unsolved and poignant with this character, which is in fact one of the wonderful features of the book and its final chapters.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read comments by readers regarding Chabon, may of whom have difficulty getting past the first chapters of his books; others who can't find the plot for the words. Michael Chabon is a huge persona on the stage of modern novelists. He is a master of words and verbal tapestry. Audiobooks are actually the finest method of fully appreciating his work.

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    SV 02-04-13
    SV 02-04-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful novel from one of America's best writers"
    Would you listen to The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay again? Why?

    Not likely-- I tend not to reread books, even excellent ones like this.


    What other book might you compare The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay to and why?

    Chabon's writing is often picaresque and wildly imaginative and original, while at the same time being thoughtful, timely, and moving. It reminds me of other prolific and inventive stylists like Melville (in "Moby Dick"), Rabelais, Dickens, and Shakespeare, though not exactly like any of them.


    Which character – as performed by David Colacci – was your favorite?

    Sammy-- because his story was so poignant and because, in his ability to dream up new fictions, he seemed a bit like Chabon's own alter ego.


    If you could rename The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, what would you call it?

    I wouldn't-- the title is perfect.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read and enjoyed a number of Chabon's other works, but this one especially puts him in the first rank of novelists working in America today. The writing is so inventive and rich, so original and entertaining, that I was constantly amazed by the novel's style, even as I appreciated its plot, characters, and relevance to American history.

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    annastazia OAKLAND, CA, United States 12-18-12
    annastazia OAKLAND, CA, United States 12-18-12
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    "Well-written, well-narrated!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay the most enjoyable?

    The narrator did an excellent job of using different accents and voices to differentiate the characters. The accents were believable, as were the voices, whether they be the hardened Czech man who returns from war, to the young 12 year old boy, to his sweet mother.


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    Elizabeth Kansas City, MO, United States 11-08-12
    Elizabeth Kansas City, MO, United States 11-08-12 Member Since 2012

    Slight silly, mostly mellow, little lady.

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    "A great read! The comics come alive in your mind!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Definitely the descriptions of the comic books. Chabon's writing was so descriptive that I had no problem completely seeing the comic book panels/stories and characters he described. It was great!


    What about David Colacci’s performance did you like?

    He is a top-notch narrator! I was very impressed with his voice work and I loved how identifiable each character was. He gave the entire book the perfect rhythm.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in WWII, Comic Books, Jewish culture/history, Art, or pretty much anything else. It's just a really good book and I felt great after reading it. It's hard to believe there is a person out there who won't like it. :-)

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    Kelly A. Durkee-Erwin Waltham, MA 09-27-12
    Kelly A. Durkee-Erwin Waltham, MA 09-27-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Surprise Hit of the Year"

    Our book club picked this out of a hat because no one could decide which of our list was a majority favorite - and we ALL loved it. It's a story about the comic book industry, being different in the 40's, life as a Jewish holocaust survivor (and the guilt) and it's just the perfect storm of great characters, great writing, angst, and hope with the best fun surprises thrown in. I hope my next Chabon book is this great because after this one I'm willing to read more of his work!

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    Fredrica 09-17-12
    Fredrica 09-17-12
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    "Powerful story, a great read."
    What did you love best about The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay?

    The people, the setting, the time, the comic books were all engaging characters in this story. All complemented and enhanced each other. I have no particular interest in comic books, but loved the book anyhow.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The forgiveness, love and acceptance when Joe finally came home.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book!

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    karltonwrites 08-25-12

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Not Super but still Amazing"

    As a Superman fan, I had very high expectations for this novel, and, while it didn't meet them, I enjoyed this novel on its own terms. The characters of Kavalier and Clay are compelling, and the fantasy world of the Golden Era of comics is a good framework for drama. The only drawback is Colacci's "voices" which distract from the story - Clay's New York accent, and Kavalier's Czech accent are ridiculous and laughable.

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