The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon

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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon is a 639-page hardcover published by Random House, New York, 2000.  The dust jacket is near pristine, with the slightest shelf wear along the edges.  Inside, the cover and pages are also in very good condition, with just the slightest bumping to the bottom of the spine.

Book Summary

With this brilliant novel, the bestselling author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh and Wonder Boys gives us an exhilarating triumph of language and invention, a stunning novel in which the tragicomic adventures of a couple of buy geniuses reveal much about what happened to America in the middle of the twentieth century.  Like Philip Roth's American Pastoral or Don DeLillo's Underworld, Michael Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a superb novel with epic sweep, spanning continents and eras, a master-work by one of America's finest writers.

It is New York City in 1939.  Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdini-esque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat to date:  smuggling himself out of Nazi-occupied Prague.  He is looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom.  His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a collaborator to create the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape:  the comic book.  Out of their fantasies, fears, and dreams, Joe and Sammy weave the legend of that unforgettable champion the Escapist.  And inspired by the beautiful and elusive Rosa Saks, a woman who will be linked to both men by powerful ties of desire, love, and shame, they create the otherworldly mistress of the night, Luna Moth.  As the shadow of Hitler falls across Europe and the world, the Golden Age of comic books has begun.

ISBN:  0-679-45004-1