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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Paperback – Unabridged, August 25, 2001
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I was never a diehard comic book fan, though I enjoyed them as a kid in my youth. I have always been drawn by the amazing beauty and crisp plotting of the comic book storyline. And the appeal of the ongoing saga presented in a serial story forever pleases one, whatever medium it employs. However, I eventually longed for stories that were a bit more grounded in the minutiae of everyday life, where masked and caped heroes didn't roam about in search of needy victims to only retreat into safe and impenetrable caves and fortresses. My heroes met their destinies head on in dreary wingtips, crumpled suits, and plain dresses to fight their foes and slay their own demonic misgivings about dreams interrupted or deferred-Miller's Willy and Faulkner's Dilsey come to mind.
Somehow Chabon has managed to weave both childlike wonder and adult angst into a neatly delivered storyline; he's able to rise above the ordinary plights and awakenings of earlier attempts to tap into some larger themes and issues. The Golem that travels throughout many countries and a vast ocean in an ancient wooden box to find Joe Kavalier in a manicured suburb called Bloomtown represents in many ways the author himself as he rises up to not only save displaced, diaspora laden souls who haunt the novel, but also ones who read the novel with a flair for the magical and wonderful turn of hand and prose.