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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier ClayOth inspired by the beautiful Rosa Saks who will become linked by powerful ties to both men With exhilarating style and grace Michael Chabon tells an unforgettable story about American romance and possibility I’m a fan of Michael Chabon even though he carries a man purseJoe Kavalier is a young artist who had also trained to be a magician and escape artist in Prague When the Nazis invade in 1939 Joe is able to escape to America with the plan that he’ll find a way to get the rest of his family out In New York he meets his cousin Sam Clay Sam is an artist of limited talent who has been doing drawings for the ads of a novelty toy company but the recent boom of superhero comics thanks to the newly created Superman has inspired him to try and break into that budding industryWhen Sam sees Joe’s artistic talent they form a partnership and Sam talks the owner of the novelty company into launching a comic line featuring masked men Joe and Sam create a group of comic characters including The Escapist a magician and escape artist who is also endowed with super strength by an ancient secret society to help free the oppressed Sam’s story telling instincts and Joe’s art uickly make The Escapist one of the most popular comics on the marketHowever Joe’s inability to get his family out of Europe due to anti Semitic German bureaucracy and US government red tape continually leaves him frustrated and angry Falling in love only makes him feel guiltier for his happiness and success Meanwhile Sam buries himself in work to avoid admitting that he’s a homosexual until a relationship with a radio actor forces him to confront his natureChabon’s a comic geek and he really understands the medium at a DNA level This is obviously his ode to the Golden Age of comics when the industry was born My favorite part of the book is where Joe and Sam are trying to come up with a new hero and their conversation about what will work and what won’t is a great deconstruction of what makes for a good superhero The following weekend they spend with a group of artists cooking up several heroes to fill out an entire comic book made me feel the energy and creativity that seemed to be present in air of the New York comic scene in those daysThe book also highlights the flaws of funny books of the time too Chabon makes it clear that a lot of the stuff that came out was schlock thrown together cheaply and uickly and the stories about creators getting ripped off by publishers are legion We also get into how comics were thought of back then Despite their large sales they were shunned and mocked by the general public and seen as lurid trash for children Joe and Sam are proud of their creations but they’re also embarrassed to be writing about men in tights Joe often feels that he’s wasting his time with war looming and his family trapped in Europe but it’s giving him the money he needs to try and get them out so he takes out his frustration by having The Escapist beating the Nazis in the pages of the comic bookThe first half of the book is the portion that I really love There’s a point where Sam Joe attend the premiere of Citizen Kane and its clever story structure and inventive camera angles inspire them to push their own work into a adult direction It’s also a nice nod to the way that comics eventually started breaking the old nine panel per page format and became cinematic To me that’s the high water mark of the book because for one brief shining moment the two men see what a comic book could become and temporarily manage to push their own self imposed limitations aside to create something new Unfortunately like any Golden Age it doesn’t lastJoe can’t let go of his desire for the kind of justice that a character like The Escapist deals out regularly because he‘s looking for the wrong kind of satisfaction Sam wants so badly to be ‘normal’ and respected that he ends up living a lie and trying to be anything but what he is a gay writer of pulp fictionChabon has crafted a great look at a bygone era and meshed it with a pretty good story about a couple of likeable characters so embroiled in their own private triumphs and tragedies that they don’t realize that they’re among the pioneers of a new art form even as they create it
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PDF ´ BOOK The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay à MBJUK Ú Joe Kavalier a young Jewish artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdini esue escape has just smuggled himself out of Nazi invaded Prague and landed in New York City His Brooklyn cousin Sammy Clay is looking for a partner to create heroes storJoe Kavalier a young Jewish artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdini esue escape has just smuggled himself out of Nazi invaded Prague and landed in New York City His Brooklyn cousin Sammy Clay i Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman are drinking Peet's coffee and eating zampanos in front of the Cheeseboard on Shattuck AvenueMC Ayelet I'm trying to think of a new idea for a novel It's gotta be fresh bold Something nobody's ever thought of beforeAW Wow Michael that's a tough one There have been so very many novels written over the years it's hard to come up with something new that's never been done beforeMC Yeah I need an idea that's totally original Maybe I should ask the kids they're creative Hey where are the kids?AW The kids? I don't know We had 'em when we left Andronico'sMC That's oddAW Ah fuck 'em The important thing is that we're together Let's focus on thinking of something innovative new a bit wildMC Ayelet I have an idea An idea for my next novelAW What? What?MC It'll be about some boysAW Yes ?MC Yes some some JEWISH boys And they'reAW They're what Michael?? What are they doing???MC They're living in in BROOKLYNAW gasps It's BRILLIANT My GodMC But not the Brooklyn of today Ayelet no Brooklyn during the middle of the last centuryAW Oh Michael you're a genius No one's ever written a book like that beforeMC You know what else??AW Don't tell me no no do DO Tell me right awayMC These boys they're into comic books I mean REALLY into comic booksAW Comic books? Jewish boys living in Brooklyn in the middle of the last century who're really into comic books? Oh Michael do you think the world is ready for a novel like that? Such a drastic break with the entire history of American literature it could be riskyMC It could be that's true Especially if I mention the NAZISAW It's bold Michael It's bold but I think you should do it You know guys like Jonathan Lethem would give their left nut to come up with ideas like thisMC Guys like Jonathan Lethem don't have my vocabularyAW I bet you get a Pulitzer for this one babeMC I bet I do tooBookster Jessica what the hell is your problem? What are you even talking about???J Uh nothingB Did you even read this book?J uietly NoB Do you know anything ABOUT these people?J looks down NoB Or this book?J NopeB You know I happen to love this brilliant novel Michael Chabon is a highly gifted writer and so his wife who is also an extremely caring and wonderful mother much better than you'd ever be What do you think this behavior is all about J? J makes small shrugging motion mumbles incoherentlyB Can you speak up a little?J distinctly I didn't like the beginning clears throat Actually I hated the beginning It made me want to throw up It made me want to throw up andB And?J And it also made me want to fall asleep So I gotB Yes?J I got scared B You know that's how Jimi Hendrix died right?B You're patheticJ Hey you askedB You are a small personJ That may beB You're jealous And also not smart You're just mad because you don't have any Pulitzers or babies and you never willJ HEY woah Where's all THAT coming from?B Okay sorry I didn't mean Look I happen to like both these writers a lot okay? Maybe we should just stop here Don't you have things you're supposed to be doing?J I guess I do yeahB You should get off the Internet This is a little bit crazyJ It's been tough lately My small life You know lonely childless semi literateB Look I said I was sorry Can we drop it?J Yeah fine sure Whatever you sayB You should really read this book though Your characterization of it is insulting and ridiculous If you gave it half a chance you'd be totally amazedJ My charac B Run along
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S looking for a partner to create heroes stories and art for the latest novelty to hit America the comic book Drawing on their own fears and dreams Kavalier and Clay create the Escapist the Monitor and Luna M Only one abnormally enormous ego could've mustered out something so monumental so very beautiful elegant as this sparkly as chrome novel It's basically flawless very concerned with having all sentences that make it up into wondrous uniue gems Every sentence is constructed with care CRAFTThe novel begins by grabbing the reader by the lapels to show how the bonds between cousin geniuses who build an empire out of superhero comics unravel It takes its time to get us there so we are in for a cinematographic ride through the years that bookmarked WWII in the great land of opportunity mainly NYC There are collisions with history a legacy left from Houdini is taken up by the ambitious young Josef Kavalier Dali's life is saved by Kavalier and Orson Welles inspires Clay to draw on his masterpiece Citizen Kane to change the very way storytelling is depicted in the comics This is a petition very headstrong and brilliant to elevate the craft of comic books into a substantial art form That the heroes of the tale resemble those that they draw is a guise to imbue the fantastic world with the ever so real Film euivalents The Aviator 2005 Citizen KaneIn fact it is the story of the baby faced entrepreneur that K C tries to emulate actually kinda surpasses it It is about MANNY things about history of course but also about that pesky threesome that sometimes forms when great minds align About the father son relationship the partnership between hero sidekick the building of something amazing that lasts for future generations to enjoy or partake in Is there any other emblem to tie all of this together than that monstrous tower aka Empire State Building on the book's cover????