The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay (Paperback)

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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay chronicles the lives of Josef Kavalier, a 19-year old Czech forced to flee his country and live with his cousin; and Sammy Klayman, a 17-year old street-wise teen desperately seeking a way out of his poor Jewish New York City neighborhood. The two forge a unique partnership and together create the fictional masked crime fighter known as the Escapist. While part of this novel is a love letter to the Golden Age of comics, it's Sammy and Joe's relationship through the years of World War II and post-war America that is the most compelling part of this funny and heartbreaking 2001 Pulizter Prize winning novel. A must read.

— Kiyo

Description


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.

About the Author


Michael Chabon is the bestselling author of "Werewolves In Their Youth," "Wonder Boys," "A Model World," and "The Mysteries of Pittsburgh." He lives in California with his wife and children.

Praise For…


"The depth of Chabon's thought, his sharp language, his inventiveness and his ambition make this a novel of towering achievement."—The New York Times Book Review

"It's absolutely gosh-wow, super-colossal—smart, funny, and a continual pleasure to read."—Washington Post Book World

"Towering, swash-buckling thrill of a book . . . the themes are masterfully explored, leaving the book's sense of humor intact and characters so highly developed they could walk off the page."—Newsweek

"Well researched and deeply felt, this rich, expansive and hugely satisfying novel will delight a wide range of readers."—Publishers Weekly (starred + boxed)

"Elegant, lyrical writing meets gentle comedy."—San Francisco Chronicle

"Product of a sparkling intelligence, undeniable talent and consummate skill."—Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

"A lyrical [novel] that's exquisitely patterned...composed with detailed scenes, and spotted with some rapturous passages . . . A-."—Entertainment Weekly

"A page turner in the most expansive sense of the word: its gripping plot pushes readers forward...Chabon is a reader's writer; with sentences so cozy they'll wrap you up and kiss you goodnight."—Chicago Tribune

"This is a gladhearted novel, rich in story and character and invention, and a great escape."—Orlando Sentinel

"Starts out as one of the most pleasurable novels of the past few years. It ends as one of the most moving."—Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Product Details
ISBN: 9780312282998
Publisher: Picador
Publication Date: August 1st, 2001
Pages: 656