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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

3 Ratings: 4.3
A book by Michael Chabon

Like the comic books that animate and inspire it,The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clayis both larger than life and of it too. Complete with golems and magic and miraculous escapes and evil nemeses and even hand-to-hand Antarctic battle, it pursues … see full wiki

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Author: Michael Chabon
Genre: Literature & Fiction
Publisher: Picador
3 reviews about The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
review by . July 22, 2008
Kavalier and Clay are Jewish cousins, Clay (morphed from Klayman) a short New Yorker crippled by polio, Kavalier a tall brooding escapee from Europe just before Hitler locked the gates and opened the extermination lines. The day after Kavalier's surprising arrival in New York, after his amazing escape from Europe via Japan and San Francisco, Sam and Joe launch the multi-million dollar earning Escapist comic book line in a combination of daring, talent, and brinksmanship bluffing.    The …
review by . March 09, 2005
When I was a kid, I used to daydream about fame. I pictured myself ascending great heights of wealth and popularity by doing something at once meaningful and unbelievably cool. I guess many people indulged such fantasies, and like most such people, my fantasies haven't come true - yet. "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" is about a couple of youngsters who bring their dreams to fruition. Drat the both of `em.    Now, I don't mean to insult anyone or cast doubts on anyone's …
review by . October 21, 2001
The title of this review seems a bit odd, but both of these subjects are covered very well in this extremely well written and entertaining book, which deservedly won the Pulitzer Prize. The reader gets an obviously well-researched history lesson in the beginnings of the Golden Age of comic book publishing, along with some sidelights into the Golem of Prague, Al Smith's position in the Empire State Building, Harry Houdini's magic acts, and many more subjects that keep the reader interested in turning …
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