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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

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Written By: Michael Chabon

Narrated By: David Colacci

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: June 2012

Duration: 26 hours 25 minutes

Summary:

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 otherworldy 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, writing "like a magical spider, effortlessly spinning out elaborate webs of words that ensnare the reader" (Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times), has created a hero for the century.

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  • Anonymous

    Engaging storytelling. Opens up the world of comic books while also contrasting this with the "mundane" life of the comic book creators. The two main characters, Kavalier and Clay, are instantly endearing.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Very well writen and keeps you wanting more. I sat in my car waiting for the next move. Rent it. You will not be disapointted.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Mary Lasater

    Such a great story. I could not "put it down!"

  • Randi Minetor

    I'm in the process of reading all of the Pulitzer Prize winning novels, and this one is one of the finest. My one issue is not with the book or even the reader, but with the producer who clearly didn't know enough of the Jewish/Yiddish idiom to instruct the reader in how to pronounce the terms correctly. I found this odd, considering that this is a very Jewish book with a lot of great usage of Yiddish words. (For example, pronouncing the word for grandmother as "Boobie" instead of "Bubbie" was really distracting.) Otherwise, the reader did a tremendous job with a book that had dozens of characters.

  • Anonymous

    This was my first book by Michael Chabon, and now I want more. Great story, great writing, real life characters in a comic book world. You'll like it too.