THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY
March 28, 2004
THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY, by Michael Chabon (Picador, 2001). Michael Chabon won the Pulitzer Prize for THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY, but don’t let that discourage you. This is a wonderful book. A “literary” novel from the mainstream, yes, but steeped in fantasy and full of magic. It’s the story of two boys who come of age during the Depression and the dark days of World War II, and of the Escapist, the comic book hero they create. Chabon evokes the period wonderfully. His prose is luminous, his characters human and textured and deeply sympathetic, his story haunting. This is a book about friendship and love and dreams, about Houdini and the Nazis and the Golem of Prague, about funny books and heroism, about escape. The best book I’ve read this year. Don’t miss it.