download books The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay – Stg2bio.co

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 on 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 With exhilarating style and grace, Michael Chabon tells an unforgettable story about American romance and possibility In The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay, Chabon asks one of the oldest questions asked in stories, and gives us the oldest answer But, you know, there s absolutely nothing wrong with that because, really, the oldest answer is the right one What s the question It s the one asked by ever since man started telling stories What is a hero And his answer is, It s not the guy who goes out there with fisty cuffs and guns blazing It s the guy who goes out there and comes back every night to f In The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier Clay, Chabon asks one of the oldest questions asked in stories, and gives us the oldest answer But, you know, there s absolutely nothing wrong with that because, really, the oldest answer is the right one What s the question It s the one asked by ever since man started telling stories What is a hero And his answer is, It s not the guy who goes out there with fisty cuffs and guns blazing It s the guy who goes out there and comes back every night to feed his wife and kid That s the hero He s taken all the tropes of super hero comic books, but in the end it s not the guy with the magic, the secret lair, the girl, and the gun that s his hero In the end, he s just the side kick It s the other guy The one you didn t notice, the one with the secret identity hiding his true self He s the hero He s the one who puts aside his own life to set free the people he cares most about That s what heroism is about I love this book I love that it s about comic books, and superheroes, and story telling But most of all, I love that it s about love and what it takes to be a real hero Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman are drinking Peet s coffee and eating zampanos in front of the Cheeseboard on Shattuck Avenue.MC Ayelet, I m trying to think of a new idea for a novel It s gotta be fresh, bold Something nobody s ever thought of before AW Wow, Michael, that s a tough one There have been so very many novels written over the years, it s hard to come up with something new that s never been done before.MC Yeah, I need an idea that s totally original Maybe I should a Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman are drinking Peet s coffee and eating zampanos in front of the Cheeseboard on Shattuck Avenue.MC Ayelet, I m trying to think of a new idea for a novel It s gotta be fresh, bold Something nobody s ever thought of before AW Wow, Michael, that s a tough one There have been so very many novels written over the years, it s hard to come up with something new that s never been done before.MC Yeah, I need an idea that s totally original Maybe I should ask the kids, they re creative Hey, where are the kids AW The kids I don t know We had em when we left Andronico s.MC That s odd.AW Ah, fuck em The important thing is that we re together Let s focus on thinking of something innovative, new, a bit wild.MC Ayelet I have an idea An idea for my next novel AW What What MC It ll be about some boys AW Yes MC Yes, some some JEWISH boys And they re.AW They re what, Michael What are they doing MC They re living in in BROOKLYN AW gasps It s BRILLIANT My God MC But not the Brooklyn of today, Ayelet, no Brooklyn during the middle of the last century AW Oh, Michael you re a genius No one s ever written a book like that before MC You know what else AW Don t tell me no, no, do DO Tell me right away MC These boys they re into comic books I mean, REALLY into comic books.AW Comic books Jewish boys living in Brooklyn in the middle of the last century, who re really into comic books Oh Michael, do you think the world is ready for a novel like that Such a drastic break with the entire history of American literature it could be risky MC It could be, that s true Especially if I mention the NAZIS AW It s bold, Michael It s bold, but I think you should do it You know, guys like Jonathan Lethem would give their left nut to come up with ideas like this.MC Guys like Jonathan Lethem don t have my vocabulary.AW I bet you get a Pulitzer for this one, babe.MC I bet I do too.Bookster Jessica, what the hell is your problem What are you even talking about J Uh nothing.B Did you even read this book J quietly No.B Do you know anything ABOUT these people J looks down No.B Or this book J Nope.B You know, I happen to love this brilliant novel Michael Chabon is a highly gifted writer, and so his wife, who is also an extremely caring and wonderful mother, much better than you d ever be What do you think this behavior is all about, J J makes small shrugging motion, mumbles incoherently B Can you speak up a little Jdistinctly I didn t like the beginning clears throat Actually, I hated the beginning It made me want to throw up It made me want to throw up and.B And J And it also made me want to fall asleep So I got.B Yes J I got scared, B You know that s how Jimi Hendrix died, right B You re pathetic.J Hey, you asked.B You are a small person.J That may be.B You re jealous And also not smart You re just mad because you don t have any Pulitzers or babies, and you never will J HEY, woah Where s all THAT coming from B Okay, sorry, I didn t mean Look, I happen to like both these writers a lot, okay Maybe we should just stop here Don t you have things you re supposed to be doing J I guess I do, yeah.B You should get off the Internet This is a little bit crazy.J It s been tough lately My small life You know, lonely, childless, semi literate..B Look, I said I was sorry Can we drop it J Yeah, fine, sure Whatever you say.B You should really read this book, though Your characterization of it is insulting and ridiculous If you gave it half a chance, you d be totally amazed.J My charac B Run along In the street Hey Huh me Yeah you You wouldn t know great American literature if a pigeon pooed it all over your anorak Wow that was surreal who the hell were those guys At the office The boss wants to see you Oh my that s Mrs Higgins sitting there with Mr Duthie she s from the HR department What s going on Paul, hi, sit down, yes This is rather awkward You see, it has come to our attention that you ve been, well, how can I put this delicately, heard to say hmmm that Micha In the street Hey Huh me Yeah you You wouldn t know great American literature if a pigeon pooed it all over your anorak Wow that was surreal who the hell were those guys At the office The boss wants to see you Oh my that s Mrs Higgins sitting there with Mr Duthie she s from the HR department What s going on Paul, hi, sit down, yes This is rather awkward You see, it has come to our attention that you ve been, well, how can I put this delicately, heard to say hmmm that Michael Chabon s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is well not bad Pretty good Okay ish That kind of thing Er, yes, that s right, I have Hmmm, well Er Mrs Higgins, can you explain Certainly Mr Bryant, we have a copy of the terms and conditions of employment which you signed As you know, part one clearly states that the employee agrees to promote the company s mission at all times The mission is encapsulated in the Mission Statement Perhaps you need reminding of it.Our mission statement We undertake to manufacture by carbon neutral means the world s greatest sprockets and to work in harmonic partnership with our friends, colleagues and customers to ensure Michael Chabon s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is recognised throughout the English speaking world as the Great American Novel Wow, I had never seen that last bit It was revised in 2000 when Mr Chabon published the novel Well, I m not sure I like the drift of this discussion I don t dislike Michael Chabon s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay It s pretty good Well, Paul I m very sorry, but that s sort of the point of this interview Really though, I m surprised at you Do you know that Bret Easton Ellis declared the novel one of the three great books of my generation Did you not know that Wellbut, with respect Mr Duthie, Bret Easton Ellis is an overhyped jerk whose theatre of cruelty has been gulling the young and the impressionable for decades His opinion counts for less than nothing Less than nothing, do you hear me, less than nothing Bangs table.Mr Duthie groans and puts his head in his hands Mr Bryant, this is to formally inform you that this is your first formal written warning regarding this matter Here File it Next to The Rules of Attraction At the hairdressers I m sorry Mr Bryant, nobody is available to cut your hair today But I see three of them hunched over a dog eared copy of Wonder Boys and they re clearly not cutting anyone s hair I m sorry In courtThird witness I clearly heard him say that if Michael Chabon s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is the great American novel then Everybody Loves Raymond is the great American sitcom.Crowd Ooooh we like Everybody Loves Raymond too Prosecutor Mr Bryant, Michael Chabon s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is a magical novel Its recreation of the golden age of the comics industry is, although cloaked in fiction, picture perfect Its characters Joe and his struggle to bring his family to America Sam and his complex relationship to his father Rosa and the depths of both her talent and compassion are gripping This novel s epic sweep is constructed with tender moments of heartfelt intimacy The story itself is, in many ways, the story of the USA itself the Depression, the American dream, isolationism, the dichotomy of racism and integration, sexual repression, the Second World War, the paranoid 1950s How , therefore, can you describe it as I quote often like reading a recipe book instead of eating the cake the seventy five earnest historical facts per paragraph tend to slow the story down to a sludgy creep for fifty pages at a time and this Every 50 pages or so I had to read a coupleecstatic reviews to jolt me into continuing, which was like getting sick of one s exercycle and watching a George Clooney movie and thinking okay I remember why I am doing this and getting back on the exercycle Crowd booooo Boooo Me Hey, where did you get that from Prosecutor this is from your very own Goodreads review PB But but that s not there anyProsecutor no, of course not, the management deleted it within ten minutes They run a responsible book reviewing site At home Jeez, the day I ve had Yeah, but look, you bring this down on yourself I mean, the Daily Telegraph saidPerfection There are perhaps four other novels I ve enjoyed this much And none of them has made me cry Well er that reviewer must have led a very sheltered life And not read many books Silence My mother was right You have a heart of stoneAnd very poor critical facilities Oh, what have I done Why did this happen to me There there, it s only a novel Oh my God you re at it again My favourite adventure with a novel so far this year I loved it to bits In many ways attempting to review this novel is like thinking back through an illusionist or an escape artist s performance of his trick and trying to work out exactly how he did it You re left a little baffled by the nature of the magic of the thing Ironically for a novel inspired by magicians, there are few tricks in this novel It features no post modernist sleights of hand with regards structure or voice It is strai My favourite adventure with a novel so far this year I loved it to bits In many ways attempting to review this novel is like thinking back through an illusionist or an escape artist s performance of his trick and trying to work out exactly how he did it You re left a little baffled by the nature of the magic of the thing Ironically for a novel inspired by magicians, there are few tricks in this novel It features no post modernist sleights of hand with regards structure or voice It is straightforward storytelling at its most magical and engrossing the plot frequently twisting with fresh surges of adrenalin Its mesmerising power is all in the vitality and hightide imaginative reach of its story and the compelling moving humanity of its two main characters, Josef Kavalier and his American cousin Sam Clay The premise Josef Kavalier s family pay for him to emigrate from Prague to New York as the Nazis rise to power As often was the case for Jewish families in those days the Nazi authorities kept the money but withheld the necessary papers at the last minute Eighteen year old Joe, with the aid of his Houdini like escape artist teacher, has to smuggle himself out of occupied Prague in a coffin with Prague s legendary Golem He eventually makes it to Brooklyn and shares a room with his cousin Sam Clay The way Sam initially looks after Joe and introduces him to his world and the way their bond liberates Sam is beautifully portrayed Sam too is a great fan of Houdini and together they invent The Escapist, a superhero whose attraction to Joe is that he can vicariously use him to wage a one man war on the Nazis Joe s ambition now is to pay for his family to escape the Nazis Escape is always the name of the game in this novel Sam has a secret he is trying to escape from There s barely a single female character in this novel for 200 pages And then Rosa Saks arrives The comic book theme of Kavalier Clay has put me off reading this for years I remember a paperback copy was knocking about in my first flat in Florence and despite the difficulty of getting hold of novels in English I still never felt inclined to read it Comic books have norelevance to my life than darts or bingo I ve never been anywhere near a film which features a costumed hero in a mask and lurid tights Therefore I was far from sure I would enjoy this novel Kavalier Clay, like so many other novels, attempts to get at the quintessence of the American dream and it does a decent job, chronicling so many of the characteristics of American cultural and political life between 1939 and the 1950s But the real triumph of this novel is its dramatization of intimate worlds, of friendship, of sexual love, of parenting, of private obsessions and yearnings, and of the creative process the relationship between artist and inspiration, the process and the exuberance of artistic creation, is one of its most exciting achievements We also see the relationship between artist and the corporate world, and between artist and censorship too The friendship between Joe and Sam is a joy to read from start to finish, one of the most moving accounts of synergistic liberating companionship I ve ever read Some of Joe s actions are questionable but because Sammy always forgives him so do we Sammy is a kind of moral touchstone in this novel And, as his surname suggests, he s also the novel s Golem, the catalyst for all the novel s magic It s also him who expresses our own scepticism about comic books as high art though in the end Chabon makes a great case for the important cultural significance of the comic book This is one of those novels when you sense that half the trick of writing a rich compelling novel is for the author to feel a consuming love for his characters and get to the heart of them Chabon clearly loves his characters and this love is highly contagious If you haven t already read it, give it a try It s heartwarming and exciting and magical and utterly engrossing