Monday, June 02, 2008

47. "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" - Michael Chabon


This 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is a miasma of Jewish history, comic book-ery, and early New York. In the end, it's a story of Joe Kavalier and his attempts to bring his brother to safety in New York City prior to and during World War II.

Kavalier's determination is what drives this story, a 20-year chunk of life that includes his own escape from Germany. He joins cousin Sam Clay in creating multiple serial comic superstars, the most famous of which is "The Escapist."

Again, I find it interesting that so many novels refer to Harry Houdini, but if you've read any of his biographies, it shouldn't be a surprise.

I like to read novels that are plot-based and ones that are character-based. This is a rare one that combines both features into a weekend-busting read.

4.25 out of 5.0 Hulk's Pisses.

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