Michael Chabon: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

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  • Bernice Murphy (Trinity College, Dublin)

Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, Michael Chabon’s novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, is an exuberant, poignant, and above all, humane celebration of the human will to survive and the thrilling escape which the limitless avenues of the imagination can provide. It is also an immensely readable and at times gloriously old-fashioned homage to the first golden age of the art form which perhaps more than any other can claim to be truly an American innovation – the comic book – and of the redemptive, inspirational possibilities inherent in the very concept of the super hero.

It is perhaps not so surprising that an author to whom success and critical attention came rather earlier …

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Citation:
Murphy, Bernice. "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 July 2005
[http://www.litencyc.com/php/sworks.php?rec=true&UID=16834, accessed 18 December 2014.]


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  1. Comics and the Graphic Novel