"The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay" is the best-selling novel by Michael Chabon which, since its first publication, has fast become a cult classic. Narrator David Colacci brings fans over 26 hours of listening enjoyment.
Through a rich parade of finely developed characters, Chabon takes listeners on a journey through the history of the comic book in fiction form. Joe Kavalier, prior to his escape to New York City, has been caught up in Prague during Hitler's regime. Desperate to bring his family to America, he searches for work to earn their passage money. A talented artist, he turns to his cousin, Sammy Clay, who is in need of a co-creator of a relatively new art form: the comic book.
The World War II era provides fertile soil for the comic book industry. People are longing for escape from the realities around them and from the dire possibilities that lay ahead of them. They find escape through living vicariously, and what better fantasy world to escape into than those created by comic book artists?
Kavalier does not find immediate success. Times are tough. Jobs are scarce. The emerging comic book scene is difficult to break into. Kavalier and Clay do not give up. They possess tremendous talent and the drive to go along with it. They are motivated and imaginative enough to turn the colorful characters around them into super villains creating larger-than-life scenarios where ever newer super heroes rush in to save the day.
What sets Kavalier and Clay apart from others in the industry are their own life experiences they bring to their work, drawing upon their personal struggles to fill in the colorful panels of their comic books. Their own needs to escape everyday problems played out against a New York City background spew forth from pen and ink are met with a public appetite for new entertainment via this developing art form.
Fans of the novel will rediscover the greatness of Chabon's work and remember why they fell in love with the novel in the first place through listening to this audiobook. They will also better understand why an ever-growing number of fans have named "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" Chabon's best work.
American writer Michael Chabon was born May 24, 1963 in Washington, D.C. He is best known as a novelist, a screenwriter and a short story writer. His novel, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
Chabon has loved reading comic books from his childhood. He achieved an undergraduate degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh and a Masters in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of California at Irvine. His great love of comic books became the subject matter of this work, his third novel.
Michael Chabon has written under the pen names of Leon Chaim Bach, Malachi B. Cohen, and August Van Zorn.
WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE
The beloved, award-winning The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, a Michael Chabon masterwork, is the American epic of two boy geniuses named Joe Kavalier and Sammy Clay. Now with special bonus material by Michael Chabon.
A “towering, swash-buckling thrill of a book” (Newsweek), hailed as Chabon’s “magnum opus” (The New York Review of Books), The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay is a triumph of originality, imagination, and storytelling, an exuberant, irresistible novel that begins in New York City in 1939. A young escape artist and budding magician named Joe Kavalier arrives on the doorstep of his cousin, Sammy Clay. While the long shadow of Hitler falls across Europe, America is happily in thrall to the Golden Age of comic books, and in a distant corner of Brooklyn, Sammy is looking for a way to cash in on the craze. He finds the ideal partner in the aloof, artistically gifted Joe, and together they embark on an adventure that takes them deep into the heart of Manhattan, and the heart of old-fashioned American ambition. From the shared fears, dreams, and desires of two teenage boys, they spin comic book tales of the heroic, fascist-fighting Escapist and the beautiful, mysterious Luna Moth, otherworldly mistress of the night. Climbing from the streets of Brooklyn to the top of the Empire State Building, Joe and Sammy carve out lives, and careers, as vivid as cyan and magenta ink. Spanning continents and eras, this superb book by one of America’s finest writers remains one of the defining novels of our modern American age.
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, National Book Critics Circle Award, and Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Winner of the Bay Area Book Reviewers Award and the New York Society Library Book Award
Named one of the 10 Best Books of the Decade by Entertainment Weekly
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