“The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” (2000) / Michael Chabon / 9.12.17

30 Dec

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, Michael ChabonI’m not going to say much of anything here because others have already said it. Michael Chabon is undoubtedly one of our greatest contemporary American writers. Check out my previous review of Telegraph Ave, a truly fabulous novel. The Amazing Adventures took the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 and has garnered ample and boisterous praise.

It’s a broadly sweeping tale involving a pair of central protagonists in the 1930s and 1940s, one of whom escapes Europe during the rise of the Nazis, the other his cousin in New York City, and both who become central in the ascendancy of early comic book culture in the United States. It’s very fun, thought-provoking, funny, sad, touching, sweet, and smart as hell. It’s typical Chabon, in short.

I’ll say this, though, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I did Telegraph Ave. But that’s about the only negative thing I have to say. Kavalier and Clay is a modern classic, a must-read.Michael Chabon 2

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