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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay


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Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction from the author 'Wonder Boys'. 'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay' is a heart-wrenching story of escape, love and comic-book heroes set in Prague, New York and the Arctic. / The fantastic reissue of 'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay' -- winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 2001. / 'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay' was also nominated for the 2000 National Books Critics Circle Award and PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction. / 'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay' has sold in excess of 44,000 copies in the UK and Chabon's most recent novel -- 'The Yiddish Policemen's Union' -- has already sold over 7,000 copies in hardback to date. / To be promoted alongside the rest of Chabon's repackaged backlist.

About the Author

Michael Chabon is the author of two collections of stories for adults, 'A Model World' and 'Werewolves in their Youth'; a children's book, 'Summerland'; the novels 'The Mysteries of Pittsburgh', 'Wonder Boys' (which has been made into a film), 'The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay' (winner of the Pulitzer Prize); and the short story 'The Final Solution'. His most recent work is 'The Yiddish Policemen's Union'. He also co-wrote the screenplay for Spiderman 2. His short stories have appeared in The New Yorker, GQ, Esquire and Playboy. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and their four children.


Narrator David Colacci delivers a lively and entertaining reading of Chabon's tale of loyalty, love, and comic books. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, the novel charts the lives of Sammy "Clay" Klayman and Josef Kavalier, two distant cousins brought together by the horrors of WWII. Clay is a New Yorker who has never ventured beyond the boundaries of his borough, while Kavalier is an amateur magician fleeing Nazi-occupied Prague. United by their shared passion for the burgeoning art of comic books, they create the Escapist, an action hero intended to strike back at the forces of fascism. Launching the successful franchise sends the pair on real-life adventures of their own, wherein they confront the underground Nazi movement, the complications of family and sexual identity, and hidden sides of themselves. Colacci moves fluidly between the many characters who populate Chabon's novel, creating voices that rely on everything from a host of foreign accents to the vernacular of New York in the 1940s. This audio edition is a great introduction to Kavalier and Clay and well worth a listen for those already familiar with the novel. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

'Dazzling. Chabon has not so much attempted the great American novel as brought to life the idea that it had already been written -- week by week, in the humble heroism of the comic book.' Independent 'An adventure story that keeps you up until 4am with the bedside lamp on, eager to learn if the Escapist, and Chabon himself, can free the enslaved and lead them home.' Observer 'This is one of those books that makes the reader want to race through to the find out what happens, while at the same time wishing it will never end.' Simon Shaw, Mail on Sunday 'Proof of the abiding power of complex, serious, engaged, but above all entertaining story-telling.' Times Literary Supplement 'A page-turning epic, sketching World War II as seen through the eyes of two comic book writers.' Time Out 'A novel of towering achievement.' New York Times 'Absolutely gosh-wow, super-colossal.' Washington Post 'An exciting, emotional, exuberant delight. Read it.' Chicago Tribune 'Full of the kind of exquisitely figurative language and gorgeous sentences for which Chabon is deservedly celebrated.' The Inquirer

Our heroes are two Jewish comic book geniuses in New York City at the beginning of World War II. Apprentice magician Joseph uses unorthodox methods to escape Prague in the nick of time, while his family is not so lucky. He lands at the Brooklyn home of his aunt and thus begins his friendship and collaboration with cousin Samuel. Together, they develop the Escapist, a superhero to take on the worst villain of all: Hitler! They find great success, but Joseph can never be truly happy. While the Escapist may always win in his comic books, Joseph can't gain his family's freedom. He finds friendship, love, and wealth but is haunted by his inability to save his loved ones. Meanwhile, Sam struggles with his homosexuality in an intolerant world. VERDICT Consummate narrator David Colacci is the perfect choice for this 2001 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. He captures emigre Joseph's accent as well as the Brooklynese and effortlessly moves between them to give the listener a satisfying experience worth the time commitment. ["A novel of love and loss, sorrow, and wonder and the ability of art to transcend the 'harsh physics' of this world," read the review of the New York Times best-selling HarperCollins hc, LJ 10/15/00.-Ed.]-Judy Murray, Monroe Cty. Lib. Syst., MI (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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