Thursday, March 28, 2013

"The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" Post 10

The novel that our class is assigned to read this semester is  “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” by Michael Chabon. It goes through the journey of two young Jewish cousins in New York City around the time World War II. Joe Kavalier is from Prague, a city in the Czech Republic, and must leave his family behind to start a new life in America because the Nazis are starting to take over Europe at this time. Joe is maybe 19 at this point and has an interest in escape magic and drawling. After he gets to America he meets his cousin Sam Klayman (Clay) who is a small worker for large company. Sam has the idea to start making comic books after Superman was released, saying it was “the next big thing.”  So Sam convinces Joe to partner with him on the comic books and they come up with their crown jewel The Escapist, a man with the power to help others via the skeleton key, who is known to beat the crap out of Nazi’s in the comic books. The story goes on to revel their climb of the comic book industry; falling in and out of love and the sacrifices that are made for loved ones. 


  1. I thought the book was very interesting because it takes a different look at what was going on during WW11.

  2. Great analysis of the book. I agree that many sacrifices were made both selfish and for the right reasons.