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Le fantastiche avventure di Kavalier e Clay

di Michael Chabon

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It is New York City in 1939. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdini-esque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat to date: smuggling himself out of Nazi-occupied Prague. He is looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a collaborator to create the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Out of their fantasies, fears, and dreams, Joe and Sammy weave the legend of that unforgettable champion the Escapist. And inspired by the beautiful and elusive Rosa Saks, a woman who will be linked to both men by powerful ties of desire, love, and shame, they create the otherworldly mistress of the night, Luna Moth. As the shadow of Hitler falls across Europe and the world, the Golden Age of comic books has begun.… (altro)
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This is a fantastic book for anybody interested in comics, jews, jews in comics, the politicizing of comics, how people were ripped off left and right in the creation of comics, or more.

Not to mention, how people react to sex, loss, homosexuality, Jews, war, and the ugly truth that you are, in fact, not a super hero -- you are not going to stop a bad man from hurting those you care about... and what people will do to make dreams reality. ( )
  crowsandprose | May 15, 2024 |
Four stars only because it's not 100 percent my kind of perfect book. Everything else about it is five stars. The story, the subject matter, the writing are all worthy of the Pulitzer that it won. One tiny thought is that the giant fancy words he likes to use kept making me stop to look them up, which kind of broke the magical spell of reading. But i guess if you're writing about comic books you have to balance out the subject matter with a big cerebral vocabulary. ( )
  RaynaPolsky | Apr 23, 2024 |
I really enjoyed this book, which is ultimately about all the ways people can be trashed and the ways to escape. It is imaginative and heartfelt, with well-developed characters. Ostensibly the story of two cousins who create a comic book superhero around the time of World War II, it touches on magic, religion, mythology, all the various types of love, friendship and personal fulfillment that can be found if you look hard enough and are brave. A caveat to dog lovers, you might want to skip the polar section, you'll thank me ( )
  cspiwak | Mar 6, 2024 |
Some writers of fiction tell stories; others construct intricate worlds. Michael Chabon is the second kind of writer, and I'm so glad I've finally gotten around to his work.

On its face, this is a high-concept book: Sammy Clay is an idealistic nobody from Brooklyn; Joe Kavalier, his cousin, is a Jewish refugee from Nazi Prague; together they accidentally strike it rich as a writer-illustrator team during the Golden Age of superhero comics.

But in Chabon's hands, the story of their partnership is much bigger than its premise: a jumping-off point for a meditation on suburban American identity, an examination of the uses of "escapist" fiction, a surrealist fable about the Holocaust, a feminist and queer reading of superheroes*, a study of grief and survival. And yes, embedded in the novel are some thrilling metafictional superhero stories, if that is your wheelhouse (as it is mine).

It's a deft magic trick of a novel, and it succeeds for two reasons. Chabon is an immensely gifted writer; there are some lovely, heartbreaking passages in this book that are now imprinted on my brain. And he is very, very good at writing characters. Joe, Sammy, and Rosa are rather understated characters and it would have easy for their personalities to get lost in the sweeping epic of this story, but Chabon always returns to the characters in private and surprising moments.

And DAMN, I think the last page of this novel is one of the best endings I've ever read. Like, WOWSERS.

*Just as I was lamenting the lack of female characters, Chabon introduced Rosa, PLUS a fabulous yet problematic lady superhero with a librarian secret identity. Women readers (and librarians), Michael Chabon has your back! ( )
  raschneid | Dec 19, 2023 |
I'm more than twenty years late to the party for Michael Chabon's hefty novel about the origins and heyday of comic books. THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY won him the Pulitzer, and well-deserved for such a dense, ambitious project about two dissimilar friends (and cousins) who created a memorial superhero for the comics in "The Escapist." They are Jewish, of course, as Chabon's characters usually are, and this is especially important as the story begins before the U.S. enters WWII, and continues through the war years and into the post-war Eisenhower years. So the tragedy of the Holocaust looms large in the background. It is also very much about male friendships and homophobia, another frequent theme in Chabon's fiction. (This is my fourth Chanon.) The book has already been read and reviewed thousands of times, so I will pretty much stop here, although I should probably confess that I almost gave up on it a few times in the first three hundred pages, as it seemed to drag here and there. But once I passed that halfway point (in its six hundred-plus pages), it suddenly picked up speed and began rolling downhill like a runway train. Enuf said. Good book, Mr Chabon. Very highly recommended.

- Tim Bazzett, author of the memoir, BOOKLOVER ( )
  TimBazzett | Sep 20, 2023 |
It's like a graphic novel inked in words and starring the author himself in the lead role: Wonder Boy.
 
This is definitely New York, the old-school version. In the fusion of dashing young men in fresh new $12 suits, the smell of newsprint and burned coffee and laundry, and the courage to face unrelenting evil with pluck and humor, Chabon has created an important work, a version of the 20th century both thrillingly recognizable and all his own.
aggiunto da ty1997 | modificasalon.com, Amy Benfer (Sep 28, 2000)
 
Although suffused with tragedy, ''The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay'' proves to be a comic epic, generously optimistic about the human struggle for personal liberation.
 
Chabon is a genius --- there is no other way to describe his ability to blend Hitler, comic books, brotherhood, first love, fame and the pitfalls of celebrity, Brooklyn Jewish home life, the European struggle against the Third Reich, America's growing prosperity, and good-looking women who use their smarts and their curves to get ahead in the world together in such a cohesive, complete story.
 

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Nome dell'autoreRuoloTipo di autoreOpera?Stato
Chabon, Michaelautore primariotutte le edizioniconfermato
Baardman, GerdaTraduttoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Colacci, DavidNarratoreautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato

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In later years, holding forth to an interviewer or to an audience of aging fans at a comic book convention, Sam Clay liked to declare, apropos of his and Joe Kavalier's greatest creation, that back when he was a boy, sealed and hog-tied inside the airtight vessel known as Brooklyn, New York, he had been haunted by dreams of Harry Houdini.
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It was a mark of how fucked-up and broken was the world - the reality - that had swallowed his home and his family that such a feat of escape, by no means easy to pull off, should remain so universally despised.
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It is New York City in 1939. Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdini-esque escape, has just pulled off his greatest feat to date: smuggling himself out of Nazi-occupied Prague. He is looking to make big money, fast, so that he can bring his family to freedom. His cousin, Brooklyn's own Sammy Clay, is looking for a collaborator to create the heroes, stories, and art for the latest novelty to hit the American dreamscape: the comic book. Out of their fantasies, fears, and dreams, Joe and Sammy weave the legend of that unforgettable champion the Escapist. And inspired by the beautiful and elusive Rosa Saks, a woman who will be linked to both men by powerful ties of desire, love, and shame, they create the otherworldly mistress of the night, Luna Moth. As the shadow of Hitler falls across Europe and the world, the Golden Age of comic books has begun.

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