The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Historical fiction by Michael Chabon


This brilliant epic novel set in New York and Prague introduces us to two misfit young men who make it big by creating comic-book superheroes. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just smuggled himself out of Nazi-invaded Prague and landed in New York City. His Brooklyn cousin Sammy Clay is looking for a partner to create heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit America the comic book. Inspired by their own fears and dreams, Kavalier and Clay create the Escapists, The Monitor, and Luna Moth, inspired by the beautiful Rosa Saks, who will become linked by powerful ties to both men. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is the winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

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This book had an affectionate energy which amazed me. Neither of the principal character's stories flagged at any point in the book, and their transformations are genuine and organic. The ending was about the best ending such a book could be given. Without giving anything away, Chabon revels in participating in the rich tradition of leaving readers uncertain of where and when the story ends, and executes it with the same grace present in the first four acts.

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