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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

A Novel
Chabon, Michael (Book - 2000 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

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Authors: Chabon, Michael
Title: The amazing adventures of Kavalier and Clay
a novel
Publisher: New York :, Random House,, c2000
Characteristics: 639 p. ;,25 cm
ISBN: 0679450041
Branch Call Number: FICTION Cha
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Report This Aug 31, 2013
  • nsteeves rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The many kinds of love (romantic, brotherly, love of art) and love stories in K & C make it one of my very favorites.

This book is full of the nostalgia and glamour of comic books and superheroes - I love it!

Report This May 30, 2013
  • zackhaslam rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A wholy remarkable book, presenting only a few qualms. As a history of the comic book, including the real world contextualization against the backdrop of the Jewish-American experience and the 20th century's myriad new mediums... I don't think you'd find a parallel. Chabon captures all the fascinating psychological bearings of the comic book superhero. The plot develops in a straightforward fashion, the protagonists are easily sympathized with, and there's nothing ugly about the writing or structure to get worried about. It fits the subject matter, and it fits the 'history-bio' style but I did pause a few times to tell myself to ignore the pomp of the 'momentous occasions' that make up a few anecdotes. It's a big book. It's an epic book. It's an important book. But its best moments are smaller, and quieter. (And the best bit is the Antarctica bit.)

Report This Mar 26, 2013
  • bbermingham rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Michael Chabon does not suffer from "air word" syndrome. This book, like many of his novels is beautifully written.

Report This Aug 02, 2012
  • rab1953 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I loved this book. It's a great story with complex, interesting characters in a fascinating setting. The creation of the comic book history is not only fascinating, but the fictional elements are so well integrated that without looking it up, I couldn't separate the fantasy from the reality. (Usually I object to messing around with history, but it's so well done here that I didn't stop to object.) Joe's reactions to the historical and personal events that take place around him - the holocaust, the loss of family, WW2, homosexuality - is moving, and puts a convincing emotional context over the middle decades of the twentieth century. An epic, and it's fun to read!

Report This Jun 19, 2012
  • A_Traveler_Like_Jack rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Fantastically well written! Loved this book! Would definitely read it again!

Report This Dec 09, 2010
  • GummiGirl rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Not just for comic book fans! A wonderful read that evokes old New York City as well as the Holocaust (and even Antarctica).

Report This Nov 29, 2010
  • derekwolfgram rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Not sure why it took me so long to get to this... I actually was really intrigued by The Yiddish Policemen's Union when it came out, but I gave up after about 50 pages because I couldn't make myself care about the characters no matter how hard I tried. Kavalier and Clay was a totally different experience. Loved the characters, and the timeless elements of the story of a boy growing up with his best friend. It read to me like Jonathan Lethem's Fortress of Solitude, but set a few decades earlier. Some of Chabon's digressions and footnotes are quite odd - I thought at times that he could have dropped about 100 pages with the help of a good editor and the story would not have suffered. But all in all, this was an epic, brilliant, engrossing novel full of many of the joys of growing up as a boy: magic, secret codes and identities, comic books, and a true best friend.

Report This Nov 09, 2010
  • Bewlay rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

One of my favorite books, anyone that loves comic books and its history would enjoy this.

Report This Aug 20, 2010
  • carknerdy rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An excellent, if convoluted read :)

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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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