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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Paperback – Unabridged, August 25, 2000

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"The depth of Chabon's thought, his sharp language, his inventiveness and his ambition make this a novel of towering achievement."—The New York Times Book Review

"It's absolutely gosh-wow, super-colossal—smart, funny, and a continual pleasure to read."—Washington Post Book World

"Towering, swash-buckling thrill of a book . . . the themes are masterfully explored, leaving the book's sense of humor intact and characters so highly developed they could walk off the page."—Newsweek

"Well researched and deeply felt, this rich, expansive and hugely satisfying novel will delight a wide range of readers."—Publishers Weekly (starred + boxed)

"Elegant, lyrical writing meets gentle comedy."—San Francisco Chronicle

"Product of a sparkling intelligence, undeniable talent and consummate skill."—Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

"A lyrical [novel] that's exquisitely patterned...composed with detailed scenes, and spotted with some rapturous passages . . . A-."—Entertainment Weekly

"A page turner in the most expansive sense of the word: its gripping plot pushes readers forward...Chabon is a reader's writer; with sentences so cozy they'll wrap you up and kiss you goodnight."—Chicago Tribune

"This is a gladhearted novel, rich in story and character and invention, and a great escape."—Orlando Sentinel

"Starts out as one of the most pleasurable novels of the past few years. It ends as one of the most moving."—Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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Michael Chabon is the bestselling author of Werewolves In Their Youth, Wonder Boys, A Model World, and The Mysteries of Pittsburgh. He lives in California with his wife and children.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Long, episodic and inventive - but not ultimately that engaging
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4.0 out of 5 stars You know damn-well, the escapist doesn't fly!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb example of intelligent, imaginative storytelling. Buy it!
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