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)
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.
Very engaging story. It slows down around the third act, but bu then you can't stop listening.
Very well read. The narrator performed the different actors and characters very well. Their choice to go into the comic book book business, something I know nothing about, was great fun to read/hear about.
Very high. It's an excellent story and an excellent performance.
This comic gets the appeal of superheroes and the intricacies of the comic industry from the late 1930's to the mid 1950's. I'm studying to be a cartoonist at the time of this review and am studying the history of the medium during this era, and this book is spot-on. If I ever wanted to explain the appeal of comics to someone who just doesn't get comics, I would point them to this book. I WILL make both my parents read or listen to this at some point.
ALL of the characters were distinct and interesting. Joe Kavalier was probably my favorite, and he was performed very well.
Reader and long-distance commuter.
I loved the huge story, covering more than a decade, with characters developing throughout. The writing punctured my vocabulary sometimes, but it was no problem. I wish I could discuss this book with a reading group.
As great as the story was, the narration was even better. NEVER have I listened to a better narrator than Colacci. He seemed to have a different voice for each character and each was consistent through the book. Amazing work!
No, it took me about three weeks of lunch-time walking and one long drive.
Highly recommended for listeners who enjoy epic stories.
I liked David Colacci so much I'm now searching for other books narrated by him.
Kavalier and Clay is plot driven but brilliantly written with nuanced characters and a cinematic feel. It should be made into an HBO series.
The story was engrossing and the narration truly brought it to life. I have thought about reading this book for awhile since I really liked another Michael Chabon book, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, but thought I would not find it interesting as I am not into comic books. Not only was that not an issue, it made me want to read comic books. Highly recommend!
I am certain I will listen to The Amazing Adventures of Cavalier and Clay again. All of my long reading life, I have thought that, for the most part, a book worth reading is worth rereading.
The first meeting of the title characters is memorable. Two men in their teens, first cousins but strangers, have an instant rapport with each other and with the reader.
It's hard to pick one favorite, but the scenes of the early love affair of Joseph Kavalier and Rosa Sachs are beautiful.
There are four memorable characters. Three are young adults at the beginning of the story. The fourth is not yet born. He is the offspring of the poignant and powerful relationship among the three.
Once in a very long while, one finds a novel that settles deeply in the heart and stays there forever. For me, the first one of these was "Little Women." The second was "Huckleberry Finn." As an adult, one such was "Little Big" by John Crowley. Another was "The Children of Violence" series by Doris Lessing. Also the "Canopus in Argos" series by the same writer. I expect "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" will be another one that is with me forever.
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