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.
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"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)
At first set in the early days of super hero comic books (late 1930's, Joe Kavalier and his cousin Sammy Clay come together from completely different worlds: middle class NY and pre-WWII Prague. They become partners in creating storylines, Sammy writing and Joe illustrating. (one of the more interesting aspects for me was the telling of the backstories of their creations - vividly described and easily visualized). In between the comic book business (and it was a big Business - Joe and Sam were so naïve) we get the individual stories of both Joe and Sam, and other characters, both peripheral and key, which makes this such a rich and involving story. The narrator is ok-not-great, but ok enough that I hung in; it's that good of a story.
Photographer's Moll, Chicken breeder, school administrator and owned by four dogs. Busy life, Happy life!
An entertaining book but a bit too long and convoluted. Took a while to get going and didn't really flow well.
The whole thing had a feeling of credibility and I couldn't help believing the characters and situations were genuine. It's a fascinating story, even if it is fiction.
Moving further from work extended my daily commute... thank God for Audible.
This was possibly a perfect narration performance. I'm so impressed with the quality of this audiobook.
What a great, great story! Michael Chabon is a gifted writer. One of the finest woks of modern literature read in years.
For some reason it took me a long time to read anything by Michael Chabon. In the last few months I have listened to both Telegraph Avenue and Kavalier and Clay and I could not be more pleased. The detail and research that has gone into these books is evident and the result is s lively representation of time and place..
This book covers the heartbreak of World War II in Europe, the struggle to assimilate into American culture, and the effects of censorship in the early 1950s.
The narrator did a fine job with the accents and the story, although long, takes the reader on quite a remarkable journey.
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