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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier ClayJoe 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 i 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

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Oth 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 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?

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kindle ¼ The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay ´ Paperback read ☆ moneyexpresscard Ü 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 BrooklyS 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 M 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