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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
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Jun 16, 08

Recommended for: anyone, but especially anyone who likes comic books
Read in May, 2008

i was tempted to give this four stars, because i worry about giving so many books a great rating that it becomes meaningless, but i would not think of anything about this book that was less than wonderful, so five stars it is. This book is long- but so much longer in story than it is in pages. it's like those dreams that have a whole world, a whole lifetime in them. this story has a whole world in it, not one that i have lived in, but one that has left me pondering a surprising number of things about the world i know. it's just a story- some cousins make comic books together. but i have never felt so capable of imagining what it was like for refugees who come to america leaving struggling families behind, or why the suburbs ever seemed like a good idea to anyone, or what it could be like to decide to push love out of your heart for most of your life. still, even though the story illuminated some heavy realities, it is delightful, and when i wasn't reading it i looked forward to picking it up again. and i found the end came at just the right moment, when i was just ready to let it go, but before i was hoping it was over.
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message 1: by Christina (new)

Christina I read this book, sort of by chance, some years ago. It is quite interesting--not a comedy or 'superhero'-ish novel at all, although that is what the cover and theme originally suggested to my mind. It is unusual and has a couple of surprises in it...


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