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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon
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Nov 13, 07

bookshelves: adultbooks
Recommended for: comic book fans who can get into a long book
Read in January, 2001

Loved this book--and I'm not even that big of a comic book fan. But it was just fascinating. Kavalier and Clay are two boys who meet in the 1930's and start a comic book together; this is loosely based on Shuster and Siegel who invented Superman. The Escapist is their character; one writes and one draws (it's been a few years so the details are hazy; time to reread it I guess!). The novel covers their life stories for something like 30 years, as they fall in love, go to war, fight prejudice and all the while try to make a living in the comics industry, which grows up around them. geez, there's so much more to it than that, the Golem legend in Poland and Jewish history and World War II stuff and homophobia and love and I dunno what else. All through it is the comics. It's just really really great. It won a Pulitzer, so more intelligent people than me thought it was good, too. :-)
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