Review: Michael Chabon’s “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay”

by writereaderly

michael chabon amazing adventures kavalier & clayA ginormous, excellently written, highly imagined novel. Chabon relates the stories of Brooklyn Jew Sammy Clay and his Czech cousin Josef Kavalier’s rip-roaring ride through comic book stardom, beginning and ending with an escape from early-Nazi Prague with the city’s Golem. It explores loss, isolation, hope, pre-McCarthy homosexuality, Jewry under Nazism and the history of the comic book – too many things to attempt to do credit to in this review. My summary would be that it was a fine novel that was just too long – I’d be absorbed for periods, then spend weeks not able to read more than a few pages. It’s too much of an ask for a book to be this huge and fabulous all the way through, but it was indeed impressive.

PS And how could forget: this book had the BEST first kiss scene ever, and it was an especial pleasure that it was a good gayboy snog.

Where it came from: Birthday gift from MM
Time and manner of reading:
Months of longer or shorter kaleidoscopic segments, wrapped up in an absorbed two-day dig in
Where it went: Loan to BH, and then?
Reminds me of/that: —
Who I’d recommend it to:
Comic book readers and those seeking a fat, complex, generally fun novel
Also reading: Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; The Politics of Ecstasy by Timothy Leary; Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier, The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman