The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

by Michael Chabon

In Brief

Josef Kavalier has just arrived in Brooklyn, having escaped Nazi-occupied Prague in a coffin shared with an ancient Golem. He meets his cousin, Sammy Klayman, and the partnership of Kavalier and Clay is born. Josef is desperate to secure the escape of his family from mounting oppression in Prague. Sammy is determined to escape drudgery and transform himself into a person of greatness. Together, the cousins dream up a brand new comic book superhero, the Escapist, who roams the world fighting evil and liberating the oppressed. But the wild success of their creation does not bring the two men the escape they each crave.

Why you should read it

In his Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Michael Chabon brings 1940s New York to life, with guest appearances by people like Salvador Dali, Orson Welles, and Eleanor Roosevelt. His account of the evolution of the comic book superhero will appeal to anyone who’s ever been a little thrilled by the idea of a masked superhero conquering the bad guys. And as with every good superhero tale, we find in these pages romance, mystery, violence, self-discovery, and true love.

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