It took me nearly a month, but I finally finished The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon.  There’s a reason it won a Pulitzer Prize. 

From the inside flap: “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.”

It only took me this long to read because it’s baseball season, and I do most of my reading during a 20 minute subway ride.  It’s a fantastic and funny, yet heartbreaking story recommended to anyone who likes to really think about what they’re reading.

I now plan to start A Dirty Job by Christopher Moore.  From what I understand, less thought is required for his books, but this is not meant to downplay their intelligence or significance.  I’ve been told his stories are hilarious and clever, so I look forward to a quick(er) read.  Review to follow…

~Sam

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