The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

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In 1939 New York City, Joe Kavalier, a refugee from Hitlers Prague, joins forces with his Brooklyn-born cousin, Sammy Clay, to create comic-book superheroes inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams. By the author of Wonder Boys and The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. 40,000 first printing. *Author: Chabon, Michael *Subtitle: A Novel *Publication Date: 2000/09/01 *Number of Pages: 639 *Binding Type: Hardbound *Language: English *Depth: 1.50 *Width: 6.50 *Height: 9.75

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Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9780679450047
SKU 30604569
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 0679450041
Release Date 9/1/2000
Author Info
Michael Chabon
Chabon wrote his first short story (heavily influenced by the Sherlock Holmes stories) when he was 10. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh, then studied at the University of California-Irvine writer's program; his first novel, THE MYSTERIES OF PITTSBURGH--his M.F.A. thesis--was published when he was 24.
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"In a cameo-studded book...that echoes RAGTIME, just as it sometimes suggests John Irving in fanciful mode, Mr. Chabon tells a bustling, convoluted story in an eloquent, exceptionally precise voice....Especially impressive about THE ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY is its success in reaching for big settings...and big historical relevance without strain."
"Although suffused with tragedy, THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY proves to be a comic epic, generously optimistic about the human struggle for personal liberation....[T]he depth of Chabon's thought, his sharp language, his inventiveness and his ambition make this a novel of towering achievement."
"When reality is painful, Chabon seems to suggest, escapism is not self-deluding; it is self-preserving....[The] novel is so accomplished, handling with humour and a light touch a multiplicity of emotion and experience, that it becomes in itself a perfect illustration of his theme. THE ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY is proof of the abiding power of complex, serious, engaged, but above all entertaining story-telling."
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Annotation During the rise of Nazism, Joe Kavalier escapes from Prague and immigrates to America, where he hopes to make enough money to bring the rest of his family with him. He teams up with Sammy Clay, his Brooklyn cousin, to create comic book characters who act out the dreams of their creators--who, meanwhile, both become involved with the same woman, the devastating Rosa Saks. Chabon's critically acclaimed novel provides not only a window into the immigrant experience but also a hymn of praise to the golden age of the comics. THE AMAZING ADVENTURES was a New York Times Notable Book for the year 2000.
First Line In later years, holding forth to an interviewer or to an audience of aging fans at a comic book convention, Sam Clay liked to declare, apropos of his and Joe Kavalier's greatest creation, that back when he was a boy, sealed and hog-tied inside the airtight vessel known as Brooklyn, New York, he had been haunted by dreams of Harry Houdini.
Editors Note In 1939 New York City, Joe Kavalier, a refugee from Hitler's Prague, joins forces with his Brooklyn-born cousin, Sammy Clay, to create comic-book superheroes inspired by their own fantasies, fears, and dreams. By the author of Wonder Boys and The Mysteries of Pittsburgh.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 0656
Publisher Random House (NY)

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