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Joe Kavalier a young Jewish artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdini esue 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 Drawing on their own fears and dreams Kavalier and Clay create the Escapist the Monitor and Luna Moth inspired by the beautiful Rosa Saks who will become linked by powerful ties to both men With exhilarating style and grace Michael Chabon tells an unforgettable story about American romance and possibility


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  1. says:

    Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman are drinking Peet's coffee and eating zampanos in front of the Cheeseboard on Shattuck AvenueMC Ayelet I'm trying to think of a new idea for a novel It's gotta be fresh bold Something nobody's ever thought of beforeAW Wow Michael that's a tough one There have been so very many novels written over the years it's hard to come up with something new that's never been done beforeMC Yeah I need an idea that's totally original Maybe I should ask the kids they're creative Hey where are the kids?AW The kids? I don't know We had 'em when we left Andronico'sMC That's oddAW Ah fuck 'em The important thing is that we're together Let's focus on thinking of something innovative new a bit wildMC Ayelet I have an idea An idea for my next novelAW What? What?MC It'll be about some boysAW Yes ?MC Yes some some JEWISH boys And they'reAW They're what Michael?? What are they doing???MC They're living in in BROOKLYNAW gasps It's BRILLIANT My GodMC But not the Brooklyn of today Ayelet no Brooklyn during the middle of the last centuryAW Oh Michael you're a genius No one's ever written a book like that beforeMC You know what else??AW Don't tell me no no do DO Tell me right awayMC These boys they're into comic books I mean REALLY into comic booksAW Comic books? Jewish boys living in Brooklyn in the middle of the last century who're really into comic books? Oh Michael do you think the world is ready for a novel like that? Such a drastic break with the entire history of American literature it could be riskyMC It could be that's true Especially if I mention the NAZISAW It's bold Michael It's bold but I think you should do it You know guys like Jonathan Lethem would give their left nut to come up with ideas like thisMC Guys like Jonathan Lethem don't have my vocabularyAW I bet you get a Pulitzer for this one babeMC I bet I do tooBookster Jessica what the hell is your problem? What are you even talking about???J Uh nothingB Did you even read this book?J uietly NoB Do you know anything ABOUT these people?J looks down NoB Or this book?J NopeB You know I happen to love this brilliant novel Michael Chabon is a highly gifted writer and so his wife who is also an extremely caring and wonderful mother much better than you'd ever be What do you think this behavior is all about J? J makes small shrugging motion mumbles incoherentlyB Can you speak up a little?J distinctly I didn't like the beginning clears throat Actually I hated the beginning It made me want to throw up It made me want to throw up andB And?J And it also made me want to fall asleep So I gotB Yes?J I got scared B You know that's how Jimi Hendrix died right?B You're patheticJ Hey you askedB You are a small personJ That may beB You're jealous And also not smart You're just mad because you don't have any Pulitzers or babies and you never willJ HEY woah Where's all THAT coming from?B Okay sorry I didn't mean Look I happen to like both these writers a lot okay? Maybe we should just stop here Don't you have things you're supposed to be doing?J I guess I do yeahB You should get off the Internet This is a little bit crazyJ It's been tough lately My small life You know lonely childless semi literateB Look I said I was sorry Can we drop it?J Yeah fine sure Whatever you sayB You should really read this book though Your characterization of it is insulting and ridiculous If you gave it half a chance you'd be totally amazedJ My charac B Run along


  2. says:

    In the street“Hey”“Huh? me?” “Yeah – you You wouldn’t know great American literature if a pigeon pooed it all over your anorak”Wow – that was surreal who the hell were those guys?At the office“The boss wants to see you”Oh my that’s Mrs Higgins sitting there with Mr Duthie – she’s from the HR department What’s going on?“Paul hi sit down yes This is rather awkward You see it has come to our attention that you’ve been well how can I put this delicately heard to say hmmmthat Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is well not bad Pretty good Okay ish That kind of thing”“Er yes that’s right I have” “Hmmm well Er – Mrs Higgins can you explain?”“Certainly Mr Bryant we have a copy of the terms and conditions of employment which you signed As you know part one clearly states that the employee agrees to promote the company’s mission at all times The mission is encapsulated in the Mission Statement Perhaps you need reminding of itOur mission statement We undertake to manufacture by carbon neutral means the world’s greatest sprockets and to work in harmonic partnership with our friends colleagues and customers to ensure Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is recognised throughout the English speaking world as the Great American Novel”“Wow I had never seen that last bit”“It was revised in 2000 when Mr Chabon published the novel”“Well I’m not sure I like the drift of this discussion I don’t dislike Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay It’s pretty good”“Well Paul I’m very sorry but that’s sort of the point of this interview Really though I’m surprised at you Do you know that Bret Easton Ellis declared the novel one of the three great books of my generation ? Did you not know that?”“Wellbut with respect Mr Duthie Bret Easton Ellis is an overhyped jerk whose theatre of cruelty has been gulling the young and the impressionable for decades His opinion counts for less than nothing Less than nothing do you hear me less than nothing” Bangs tableMr Duthie groans and puts his head in his hands“Mr Bryant this is to formally inform you that this is your first formal written warning regarding this matter Here File it Next to The Rules of Attraction”At the hairdressers“I’m sorry Mr Bryant nobody is available to cut your hair today”“But I see three of them hunched over a dog eared copy of Wonder Boys and they’re clearly not cutting anyone’s hair”“I’m sorry”In courtThird witness I clearly heard him say that if Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” is the great American novel then Everybody Loves Raymond is the great American sitcomCrowd Ooooh – we like Everybody Loves Raymond too Prosecutor Mr Bryant Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is a magical novel Its recreation of the golden age of the comics industry is although cloaked in fiction picture perfect Its characters Joe and his struggle to bring his family to America; Sam and his complex relationship to his father; Rosa and the depths of both her talent and compassion are gripping This novel's epic sweep is constructed with tender moments of heartfelt intimacy The story itself is in many ways the story of the USA itself the Depression the American dream isolationism the dichotomy of racism and integration sexual repression the Second World War the paranoid 1950s How therefore can you describe it as – I uote – “often like reading a recipe book instead of eating the cakethe seventy five earnest historical facts per paragraph tend to slow the story down to a sludgy creep for fifty pages at a time” and this “Every 50 pages or so I had to read a couple ecstatic reviews to jolt me into continuing which was like getting sick of one’s exercycle and watching a George Clooney movie and thinking okay I remember why I am doing this and getting back on the exercycle”Crowd booooo BooooMe Hey where did you get that from?Prosecutor this is from your very own Goodreads review PB But but that’s not there anyProsecutor no of course not the management deleted it within ten minutes They run a responsible book reviewing siteAt home“Jeez the day I’ve had”“Yeah but look you bring this down on yourself I mean the Daily Telegraph said Perfection There are perhaps four other novels I’ve enjoyed this much And none of them has made me cry “Well er that reviewer must have led a very sheltered life And not read many books”Silence“My mother was right You have a heart of stone And very poor critical facilities Oh what have I done Why did this happen to me?”There there it's only a novelOh my God you're at it again


  3. says:

    My favourite adventure with a novel so far this year I loved it to bits In many ways attempting to review this novel is like thinking back through an illusionist or an escape artist’s performance of his trick and trying to work out exactly how he did it You’re left a little baffled by the nature of the magic of the thing Ironically for a novel inspired by magicians there are few tricks in this novel It features no post modernist sleights of hand with regards structure or voice It is straightforward storytelling at its most magical and engrossing – the plot freuently twisting with fresh surges of adrenalin Its mesmerising power is all in the vitality and hightide imaginative reach of its story and the compelling moving humanity of its two main characters Josef Kavalier and his American cousin Sam Clay The premise Josef Kavalier’s family pay for him to emigrate from Prague to New York as the Nazis rise to power As often was the case for Jewish families in those days the Nazi authorities kept the money but withheld the necessary papers at the last minute Eighteen year old Joe with the aid of his Houdini like escape artist teacher has to smuggle himself out of occupied Prague in a coffin with Prague’s legendary Golem He eventually makes it to Brooklyn and shares a room with his cousin Sam Clay The way Sam initially looks after Joe and introduces him to his world and the way their bond liberates Sam is beautifully portrayed Sam too is a great fan of Houdini and together they invent The Escapist a superhero whose attraction to Joe is that he can vicariously use him to wage a one man war on the Nazis Joe’s ambition now is to pay for his family to escape the Nazis Escape is always the name of the game in this novel Sam has a secret he is trying to escape from There’s barely a single female character in this novel for 200 pages And then Rosa Saks arrives The comic book theme of Kavalier Clay has put me off reading this for years I remember a paperback copy was knocking about in my first flat in Florence and despite the difficulty of getting hold of novels in English I still never felt inclined to read it Comic books have no relevance to my life than darts or bingo I’ve never been anywhere near a film which features a costumed hero in a mask and lurid tights Therefore I was far from sure I would enjoy this novel Kavalier Clay like so many other novels attempts to get at the uintessence of the American dream and it does a decent job chronicling so many of the characteristics of American cultural and political life between 1939 and the 1950s But the real triumph of this novel is its dramatization of intimate worlds of friendship of sexual love of parenting of private obsessions and yearnings and of the creative process the relationship between artist and inspiration the process and the exuberance of artistic creation is one of its most exciting achievements We also see the relationship between artist and the corporate world and between artist and censorship too The friendship between Joe and Sam is a joy to read from start to finish one of the most moving accounts of synergistic liberating companionship I’ve ever read Some of Joe’s actions are uestionable but because Sammy always forgives him so do we Sammy is a kind of moral touchstone in this novel And as his surname suggests he’s also the novel’s Golem the catalyst for all the novel’s magic It’s also him who expresses our own scepticism about comic books as high art though in the end Chabon makes a great case for the important cultural significance of the comic book This is one of those novels when you sense that half the trick of writing a rich compelling novel is for the author to feel a consuming love for his characters and get to the heart of them Chabon clearly loves his characters and this love is highly contagious If you haven’t already read it give it a try It’s heartwarming and exciting and magical and utterly engrossing


  4. says:

    Aaron and I are starting a club for people who hated this boring boring book Anyone want to join?


  5. says:

    this book was given to me as a gift by a good friend with a note saying it was one of his favourites not only was i fortunate to read such a wonderful story but i feel so much closer to my friend by experiencing what he enjoys to read i have come to understand him so much and now whenever i think of this story i will think about him as both are strong courageous funny and show a subtle hint of love ↠ 45 stars


  6. says:

    Only one abnormally enormous ego could've mustered out something so monumental so very beautiful elegant as this sparkly as chrome novel It's basically flawless very concerned with having all sentences that make it up into wondrous uniue gems Every sentence is constructed with care CRAFTThe novel begins by grabbing the reader by the lapels to show how the bonds between cousin geniuses who build an empire out of superhero comics unravel It takes its time to get us there so we are in for a cinematographic ride through the years that bookmarked WWII in the great land of opportunity mainly NYC There are collisions with history a legacy left from Houdini is taken up by the ambitious young Josef Kavalier Dali's life is saved by Kavalier and Orson Welles inspires Clay to draw on his masterpiece Citizen Kane to change the very way storytelling is depicted in the comics This is a petition very headstrong and brilliant to elevate the craft of comic books into a substantial art form That the heroes of the tale resemble those that they draw is a guise to imbue the fantastic world with the ever so real Film euivalents The Aviator 2005 Citizen KaneIn fact it is the story of the baby faced entrepreneur that K C tries to emulate actually kinda surpasses it It is about MANNY things about history of course but also about that pesky threesome that sometimes forms when great minds align About the father son relationship the partnership between hero sidekick the building of something amazing that lasts for future generations to enjoy or partake in Is there any other emblem to tie all of this together than that monstrous tower aka Empire State Building on the book's cover????


  7. says:

    I’m a fan of Michael Chabon even though he carries a man purseJoe Kavalier is a young artist who had also trained to be a magician and escape artist in Prague When the Nazis invade in 1939 Joe is able to escape to America with the plan that he’ll find a way to get the rest of his family out In New York he meets his cousin Sam Clay Sam is an artist of limited talent who has been doing drawings for the ads of a novelty toy company but the recent boom of superhero comics thanks to the newly created Superman has inspired him to try and break into that budding industryWhen Sam sees Joe’s artistic talent they form a partnership and Sam talks the owner of the novelty company into launching a comic line featuring masked men Joe and Sam create a group of comic characters including The Escapist a magician and escape artist who is also endowed with super strength by an ancient secret society to help free the oppressed Sam’s story telling instincts and Joe’s art uickly make The Escapist one of the most popular comics on the marketHowever Joe’s inability to get his family out of Europe due to anti Semitic German bureaucracy and US government red tape continually leaves him frustrated and angry Falling in love only makes him feel guiltier for his happiness and success Meanwhile Sam buries himself in work to avoid admitting that he’s a homosexual until a relationship with a radio actor forces him to confront his natureChabon’s a comic geek and he really understands the medium at a DNA level This is obviously his ode to the Golden Age of comics when the industry was born My favorite part of the book is where Joe and Sam are trying to come up with a new hero and their conversation about what will work and what won’t is a great deconstruction of what makes for a good superhero The following weekend they spend with a group of artists cooking up several heroes to fill out an entire comic book made me feel the energy and creativity that seemed to be present in air of the New York comic scene in those daysThe book also highlights the flaws of funny books of the time too Chabon makes it clear that a lot of the stuff that came out was schlock thrown together cheaply and uickly and the stories about creators getting ripped off by publishers are legion We also get into how comics were thought of back then Despite their large sales they were shunned and mocked by the general public and seen as lurid trash for children Joe and Sam are proud of their creations but they’re also embarrassed to be writing about men in tights Joe often feels that he’s wasting his time with war looming and his family trapped in Europe but it’s giving him the money he needs to try and get them out so he takes out his frustration by having The Escapist beating the Nazis in the pages of the comic bookThe first half of the book is the portion that I really love There’s a point where Sam Joe attend the premiere of Citizen Kane and its clever story structure and inventive camera angles inspire them to push their own work into a adult direction It’s also a nice nod to the way that comics eventually started breaking the old nine panel per page format and became cinematic To me that’s the high water mark of the book because for one brief shining moment the two men see what a comic book could become and temporarily manage to push their own self imposed limitations aside to create something new Unfortunately like any Golden Age it doesn’t lastJoe can’t let go of his desire for the kind of justice that a character like The Escapist deals out regularly because he‘s looking for the wrong kind of satisfaction Sam wants so badly to be ‘normal’ and respected that he ends up living a lie and trying to be anything but what he is a gay writer of pulp fictionChabon has crafted a great look at a bygone era and meshed it with a pretty good story about a couple of likeable characters so embroiled in their own private triumphs and tragedies that they don’t realize that they’re among the pioneers of a new art form even as they create it


  8. says:

    While being a fun and interesting story KC does not feature deep character development and was IMHO about 100 pages too long That being said I found it highly entertaining and even instructive about the origins of comics The descriptions of New York in the 30s 40s and 50s was nice and the comics Chabon invented to tell the story were very creative There is a bit of sentimentality here but not too much and it was interesting to read this book just after Roth's I Married a Communist as the commission at the end was inspired by the same inuisitorial period of the 50s Overall I did enjoy it but wonder if Joyce Carol Oates or Joy Williams fans felt ripped off but I have read neither Blonde nor The uick and the Dead which were respectively their books that were Pulitzer runners up when Chabon won in 2001 Perhaps someone else has? How about Chabon’s other books?


  9. says:

    Whenever I mentioned the name of this book to a friend a huge grin broke out of their face This was a universal reaction As were the words I LOVE that book That book is GREAT Not just how good it was or skilled writing though those things are also very true but just how in love with it they were You can't fake that And now I know whyI read it in two short spurts covering about three days each and I was done Once you pick it up its hard to put it down for around another hundred pages There are some sentences that are just so absorbing and beautiful passages that are just built up so well that I found myself going back to read them over and over Parts of it were just so exhilarating to read I had to stop and just bask in how good it made me feel to read Similar to the feeling I got from Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell The only complaints I had about it which is why it gets four stars and not five is that my attention wandered during Joe's travels in the middle I thought that was a bit much and it didn't make sense to me except as a metaphor so heavy handed I will hit the author if that's what he meant I also didn't like the way that so much time passed and yet 12 years later everything could be tied up with a little shiny bow as best for everyone like so little had changed I just didn't think Chabon gave enough credit to what twelve years does to people He sort of dealt with it but very uickly and it felt like after hundreds of pages of careful development he was rushing to bring it to a close Then again that could be me just wanting of the characters who knows?Still fantastic If you have ever loved comic books this book is necessary to your life It's a love letter to escapism in general but to the comic book industry and superheroes in general


  10. says:

    It started with a bang and was a smooth ride until one of character decides to abandon everything and jump on the WWII wagon It went downhill for me from then on It became a little too long and predictable Writing is great and I enjoyed it while reading it but it didn't leave an impression on me