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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
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Jul 07, 2012

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bookshelves: 1930s, new-york-books, czech-connection, 1940s-wwii, bicultural
Read from June 14 to July 07, 2012


This book was very long, but it was easy to skim the wordy parts and, for the most part, I think this book took advantage of its length. The writing was not amazing, but good, and the story was fairly ambitious and completely absorbing. This was one of the few books I have read of late that I was completely invested in. I carried it around with me and spent time on it every day, purely because I wanted to.

Sometimes I was gripped by the extreme sadness of Joe's life. Other times I was frustrated by the vagueness of it. Parts of this book were so wonderfully detailed (the references to music and movies and artists, popular culture in general, etc.) and other parts were skimmed. I wanted to know more about Joe's family's background. Maybe I missed it or forgot, but were they Germans in Prague or were they Czech? And what happened to his grandfather? Some parts of the book needed to be tied up a little more or left a little looser.

I don't think I would go out of my way to recommend this book to anyone, but I wouldn't dissuade them, either.

However, you would think that if someone was going to fill a book with 600+ pages of novel, they could put more than one female character in it (okay, two, if you count Sammy's mother. Who was pretty flat, so I don't). I'm going to go read a book about women now...
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