The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michel Chabon

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & ClayIf you are a fan of old-time comic books, this book will call to you. It follows the lives of two cousins, who share a room as teens when one is sent from Prague to live with family in Brooklyn. One is a storyteller, the other a magician, and they combine their talents to create a comic book hero, “the Escapist,” who they sell to publishers and continue to create — Sammy writing and Joe drawing the pages.

This is a very long and involving story with many details of the period and of the early comics industry. We see the descriptions of comic villains change with the times. Joe wants to bring his family to America. There are difficulties. Joe falls in love. Sammy comes to terms with his attraction to men. There are many complications.

We want to know what happens to these people.

This is a long, well-written book with careful language. (Occasionally he used an unfamiliar word that, when I looked it up, was described by referring to this author.)

Reviewed by Sue D.