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)
Great book even if you don't like comic books. At its core, it is about being Jewish and/ or gay during the 1930s & 1950s; however, it is simply a compelling story of the tragedy of lost love (and sometime found again).
There's a reason this won the Pulitzer. The gorgeous language of Chabon, the intricate, detailed storytelling; the spot-on narration, inclusive of colloquial accents, all lend themselves to such an unforgettable experience that I need to listen to this a second time, immediately. Don't miss this gem.
An amazing adventure indeed. The most beautifully written book I have read in a long time. The narration wonderful for audio. Tugs at your heart all the time. Timeless themes of love, sacrifice, loss and overcoming are beautifully woven into this tale of two cousins.
Beautifully told and acted, I found myself longing to support the characters in their plight. Tears, joy and happiness and hopefulness come to life in this amazing tale. I couldn't help myself from buying a comic book at the end.
for the thinker, comic book reader who enjoys a well turned phrase and could not help but speculate on the nature of the hero's tight costumes and sidekick/ward, this is the book for you.
if you were bothered by the disjoint stories and therefore never really latched on to comics, perhaps not.
interesting parallels between golden age comics/romance and this art form.
Multiple characters,well drawn to tell their intertwining stories, culminating in a satisfying conclusion. The mind of Michael chia on is fascinating.
This work is the apex of writing and reading. I was sad it was over at the end. I loved this recording!
This book is completely worthy of the
Pulitzer. Incredible plot, amazingly compelling characters and wonderful convergence of symbolism and themes.
Narration among the best I've ever had the pleasure of experiencing. I will have these memorable characters with me for many years to com.
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