Read: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

My goal has been to read one book a month this year. The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay was February's book, but it took me all of March to finish it. In my defense, it is a rather long book but I also had a few distractions in February (aka House of Cards Season 2). Regardless, this was a great book. It's been so long since I've read anything like it. Michael Chabon has a really unique style of writing that made me like the book even more. You can tell he puts a lot of thought into his words, instead of spitting a story out on the page.

A brief summary: Joe Kavalier, a young Jewish artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdini-esque 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, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit America -- the comic book. Drawing from their own fears and dreams, Kavalier and Clay create the Escapist, the Monitor, and Luna Moth, inspired by the beautiful Rosa Saks, who will become linked by powerful ties to both men.

It's one of those books where you start connecting with the characters and you feel really sad for them when their lives don't pan out the way they had dreamed. If you've got a month (or, in my case, two) to read a good book: go get this one!

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