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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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I do not much care for comic books nor am I particularly interested in magicians or escape artists, but I very much enjoyed this novel! This book is historical fiction set in the Golden Age of Comics, 1939 - 1954. Joe Kavalier, a gifted young Jewish artist and magician, has escaped from Prague just before Czechoslovakia is overtaken by Hitler’s forces. Joe and his cousin, Sam Clay, a writer, and passable artist, become friends and business partners, leading to the creation of a comic book phenomenon known as The Escapist.

This novel is wide-ranging in scope, covering such diverse themes as family bonds, friendship, love, taboos, guilt, escape, self-denial, homophobia, parenting, fantasy vs. reality, the creative process, and censorship. The plot was intricately designed and skillfully executed. It contains several unexpected turns and incorporates many real people of the era, such as Salvador Dalí and Eleanor Roosevelt. I was impressed by the way the author constructed an interdependent relationship between the two main characters, each supplying what the other lacked, both personally and professionally. I cared about these characters, which, while not absolutely required, tends to increase my enjoyment level.

I found it exceedingly creative and brilliantly written. I can see why it won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 2001. This was my first experience reading Michael Chabon’s work, and it won’t be my last. It won’t be to everyone’s taste as the book is lengthy at over 600 pages, and Chabon employs an elaborate literary style. Highly recommended to those that enjoy erudite writing, complex characters that evolve over time, intricate storylines, or imaginative historical fiction. I think it would be a bonus if the reader is fond of comic books or magic. Includes a bit of profanity and non-graphic sexual content. ( )
  Castlelass | Nov 4, 2022 |
Never would I have thought that I'd be that interested in a fictionalised history of American comic books! The characters of Sammy, Joe, and Rosa are so well developed that I watched them grow while being engrossed in a dynamic and energetic plot. The book never gives too much away about how the characters feel, their actions and choices showing their obsessions, changes of heart and revelations, and charting their inner worlds.
It's a long but delightful epic that I highly recommend. ( )
  Cecilturtle | Oct 29, 2022 |
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  gutierrezmonge | Oct 16, 2022 |
This book is for people who not necessarily like superhero books, but more the history of superhero books. Reason I say that is yes this is about two young men starting a superhero book during the Golden Age of comics, but it's a lot more then a book about comics. This book is great for others who like magic, Harry Houdini, Golems, classic NYC, and history. This isn't a fantasy though, it's historical fiction. The main characters are all fictional and some of the minor characters actually existed like Orson Well, Salvador Dali, and Stan Lee to name a few. It kind of reminded me of Ragtime, how Chabon wrote this book.

As a fan of comic books and the history of how comic books came to be I really loved this book. I makes you think about the creators rather then the heroes. Something that some don't seem to even care about anymore. Next time you pick up a comic, think about the people who made the comic and where they might have gotten their ideas. However, this book also makes you think about the social outcasts in America, particularly the immigrants and the homosexual men. Joe Kavalier is the immigrant and Sam Clay is gay. One wanted to fight his way to serve NYC and the other hid and only married to fool himself.

Some of the book did confuse me because it got metafictional in the fact it started telling little stories of the Escapist and Luna Mouth (two of the fictional superheros in this book that Kavalier & Clay created). Then again, I liked those parts because it made the book feel more literary then a book you read for fun. I will say Part V was in my option really boring. It went into military stuff that I didn't really care about, but I see why the author added that little section (thankfully that was on of the shortest parts of the book).

Overall, I liked this book a lot and I can see why it won a Pulitzer. Having read other Pulitzer's this one is no different in the way it looks at America, it's people during a certain time, and what it actually means to be an American. It's not my favorite out of the Pulitzer's I have read, but this one I recommend. Make sure you get a new edition of this book though because it has some extras that are worth the read and kind of answers some questions you might have. ( )
  Ghost_Boy | Aug 25, 2022 |
The first thing I urge you to do is look beyond the kitchy cover (which actually does have relatability to the book, but cannot be appreciated as such until the book has been read) and the title (which immediately called to mind Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure...and turned me off). Buried within the pages is a story of two WWII era Jewish cousins, one American and one Czech, who become a part of the rising comic book industry with their creation of a superhero The Escapist.

The story is very complicated and takes several unexpected turns. At times, Chabon digresses into other stories, stories written for the imaginary comic books being created by his characters. At times, the story itself takes a left hand turn when you are expecting a right and it throws you across the car seat and makes you wish you had buckled your safety belt. For the most part, it is fun and interesting.

I wanted to feel more personally connected to the characters than I did, but they often seemed to be cutouts from a cartoon strip themselves. I did feel for the overall situation in which Josef found himself. Who would not feel a genuine sadness for anyone who might find himself separated from family, helpless to save those left behind, and waiting to hear the most horrible details of their fate. How does one celebrate life or success, knowing that everyone you knew and loved has been stripped of everything that they have achieved or loved in their own lives? For the reader, knowing what happened in reality to the Jews of Prague, it did not take much imagination to know what fate awaited Josef’s family or how miraculous his own escape was.

The book might be a little long. There are probably 100 words that could be cut and never missed. I didn’t object, though, because the story was fast-paced and active for the most part, and without any feeling of being bogged down. I would read Chabon again. He exceeded my expectations.
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  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
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.
 
With ''The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,'' Mr. Chabon has fashioned a big, ripe, excitingly imaginative novel and set it in the world of his grandfather, a New York City typographer at a plant where comics were printed... In loving if sometimes windy detail, since his great book is buried inside a larger and more meandering one, the prodigiously talented author of ''Wonder Boys'' leads readers into the world of Sam and Joe's pop collaboration.
 
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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"We have the idea that our hearts, once broken, scar over with an indestructible tissue that prevents their ever breaking again in quite the same place."
"The true magic of this broken world lay in the ability of the things it contained to vanish, to become so thoroughly lost that they might never have existed in the first place."
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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