There is no way you can read THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY in one sitting. You are going to savor this thing like it's the best cheesecake you've ever had in your life, and perhaps the last --- thus, you will take small bites, really digest every piece, enjoy it, love it and never forget it. Michael Chabon, a rock star among American authors, takes every ample ounce of his head and heart to infuse this story with amplified life, making THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER AND CLAY one of the richest and most satisfying books you will ever read. (Well, at least since his last masterpiece, WONDER BOYS, recently made into a very funny film starring that old filthbag-who-still-has-talent Michael Douglas.) The story is, well, not simple, but not as complicated as the endless twists and turns of the book might lead you to believe.
In 1939, Joe Kavalier, a young artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdini-esque escape, comes to New York after smuggling himself out of Nazi-occupied Prague. Looking for big cashola in order to fund the release of his family from Prague before they are persecuted, Joe teams up with his cousin, the competitively noncommittal Sammy Clay, in order to create a great American literary product --- the comic book. In the rough-and-tumble semi-Superman character they name the "Escapist," they allow their fears and dreams and horrible hopes to take physical shape. And, since they're guys, they give the "Escapist" a little nookie prize, an avatar of the great comic book mistresses of the dark, one LunaMoth --- Luna is inspired by the beautiful, mysterious Rosa, their real-life prewar love object. As the shadow of Hitler casts a darkness over Europe and ultimately the world, the boys end up immersed in the Golden Age of Comic Books, finding greater fame and trouble than they could have possibly i