The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

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Book - 2000
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WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE

The beloved, award-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay , a Michael Chabon masterwork, is the American epic of two boy geniuses named Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay. Now with special bonus material by Michael Chabon.

A "towering, swash-buckling thrill of a book" ( Newsweek ), hailed as Chabon's "magnum opus" ( The New York Review of Books ), The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a triumph of originality, imagination, and storytelling, an exuberant, irresistible novel that begins in New York City in 1939. A young escape artist and budding magician named Joe Kavalier arrives on the doorstep of his cousin, Sammy Clay. While the long shadow of Hitler falls across Europe, America is happily in thrall to the Golden Age of comic books, and in a distant corner of Brooklyn, Sammy is looking for a way to cash in on the craze. He finds the ideal partner in the aloof, artistically gifted Joe, and together they embark on an adventure that takes them deep into the heart of Manhattan, and the heart of old-fashioned American ambition. From the shared fears, dreams, and desires of two teenage boys, they spin comic book tales of the heroic, fascist-fighting Escapist and the beautiful, mysterious Luna Moth, otherworldly mistress of the night. Climbing from the streets of Brooklyn to the top of the Empire State Building, Joe and Sammy carve out lives, and careers, as vivid as cyan and magenta ink. Spanning continents and eras, this superb book by one of America's finest writers remains one of the defining novels of our modern American age.

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize

Winner of the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award and the New York Society Library Book Award

Named one of the 10 Best Books of the Decade by Entertainment Weekly
Publisher: New York : Random House, c2000
ISBN: 9780812983586
9780679450047
Branch Call Number: CHAB
Characteristics: 639 pages

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OneBookOneChicago Jun 09, 2017

Looking for a great read for Pride Month? Sam Clay is one of our favorite characters in this book!

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jsinaz
Dec 16, 2016

I tried it. It won the Pulitzer Prize. It just didn't do it for me, the subject matter. It goes to show that winning the PP doesn't translate into a readable book. Well-written, beautifully, as a matter of fact, but after 63 pages, I just plain lost interest in these two guys. Very disappointed. Maybe it will be different for you, like A Confederacy of Dunces, that is so great but that is so bad--for me.

brianreynolds Aug 23, 2015

Bif! Zap! BAM! Chabon has a lot to say in <i>The Amazing Adventure of Kavalier & Clay</i> beyond the rather classic comic romance and the in depth examination of the birth of superheroes in comic books. The elaborate backdrops and flashbacks are worth it in the end; the reader who slogs through it all can't help but feel he has a stake in the fates of Josef, Sammy and Rosa. Still, in the end, the issues that might have been examined more closely—homophobia, revenge, loyalty, responsibility, to name a few—were overshadowed by the excitement of venture capitalism and amazing feats of daring do. I was at once happy to accept the comic book ending and disappointed it all appeared so simple there might have been some misdirection involved. How apropos.

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urban_landlady
Jul 02, 2015

This title has led to an intriguing discovery for me. I've been devouring books on audio in recent years because I don't make time to sit still and read them. I started reading Kavalier & Clay in installments online during Chicago Public Library's "One Book, One Chicago" event. The writing was amazingly engaging! I tried to finish the book by listening to the audiobook but it was not nearly as enjoyable. I guess that means I should make more time to read words on a page. Ha. I will.

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rusty_13
May 20, 2015

Though probably not my usual genre choice, this Pulitzer prize-winning novel proved to be hard to put down. Like the comic books created by the protagonists, its abundance of action and adventure held my interest and kept me reading.

AbigailCurious May 20, 2015

The first three hundred pages were amazing then it got dull.

GeoffAbel May 07, 2015

Merely good - in no way deserving the heaped praise and superlatives on the back cover. Certainly not worthy of a Pulitzer. The writing is somewhat dull and mechanical ; the metaphors fall pretty flat. But a decent and readable story nonetheless.

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wauumdob
Sep 17, 2014

I read this book years ago and really liked it. It was a look into another world and very interesting.

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wilcar49
Sep 13, 2014

I did not like this book, it's a heavy brick of a read. The plot and characters did not interest me. I only got half way through and gave up.

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jescar82
Sep 13, 2014

This is 2014/15 selection for "One Book, One Chicago" The characters, plot, and themes lack any sort of interesting, analytical depth that makes a book worth reading. I was extremely disappointed with this novel. I only read about ten chapters and returned the book back to the library.

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Samifer
Jul 17, 2015

“The magician seemed to promise that something torn to bits might be mended without a seam, that what had vanished might reappear, that a scattered handful of doves or dust might be reunited by a word, that a paper rose consumed by fire could be made to bloom from a pile of ash. But everyone knew that it was only an illusion. The true magic of this broken world lay in the ability of things it contained to vanish, to become so thoroughly lost, that they might never have existed in the first place."

mawls Oct 13, 2014

Hope had been his enemy, a frailty that he must at all costs master, for so long now that it was a moment before he was willing to concede that he had let it back into his heart.

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EPLPicks_Teen Mar 30, 2010

An epic novel about two cousins who find themselves at the epicenter of the golden age of American comic books when they create the prewar superhero, The Escapist.

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