This is my review of the book the Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon which I read recently. I always feel slightly anxious when reviewing a book that has won a prize. This book won the Pulitzer prize for fiction, and so other people evidently thought it was a really good book. That being said I will give my views.
This is quite a long book, being over 650 pages in length and the type face is very small so it took quite a lot of reading. The story starts in the late 1930's with Josef Kavalier escape from Nazi oppression making his way to New York.
He then meets up with his cousin Sam Clay. They then use the ideas and skills that Josef has learnt as a youngster learning magic tricks and skills. These then turn into an idea and the Escapist is born. An anti Nazi comic strip, about The Escapist who liberates the oppressed around the world.
The story then follows the pair as they make money, form relationships, cope with German financiers. Fighting in the second world war. Each section is portrayed as a series of separate stories that are a story in themselves, but some of the key characters will be present in these as well. Just like in a comic they are also fairly surreal and only just on the verge of believable.
Some of these episodes were more enjoyable than others. The clever thing was that though this was a work of fiction it was interwoven with real events and characters of the time, which gave it the air of reality. This visibly clashed with the comic book theme and style of the narrative.
One of the quotes on the back of the book is “A Novel of Towering Achievement”. As probably the majority of the story is set in the Empire State Building quite apt really. Do I want to read another one of Michael Chabon's novels not quite sure? Have to wait and see for that.
This was book 13 week 11 fiction 12 (audio books 2) non fiction 1
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