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the book is amazing, it is as aimple as that
This is obviously the work of a gifted artist who uses language as artists use paints and colors. It is not particularly an easy read, one will need to concentrate as it is not fluff, but it is well worth the effort. It is such a creative work that it astounded me. I have not encountered too many contemporary authors with this high level of genius and writing ability. The sentences are just so beautiful! The story is captivating and presents a slice of life and a time period through the prism of the world of graphic artists and comic book stories - this sounds strange but it really works and is excellent. I did feel that some of the author's steam died a little bit in the last third of the novel. ...almost as though he wrote the beginning sections not knowing how he intended to end the story - it is not really a satisfying ending, but rather a neat one of necessity, as if he almost got tired of writing at the same brilliant level he started with. However, this is only a minor complaint - this author's weakness would be the shining moments for 99% of the other writer's that are around today.
THIS BOOK WAS PACKED, WONDERFUL AND COMPELLING.
This is a nostalgic, sometimes whistful but always witty look at the world circa 1941 through the wide-eyes of two boy-genius comic book creators -- Sam Clay, a smart aleck from Brooklyn straight out of the "Bowery Boys" and his Czech cousin, Joseph Kavalier. Interweaving his fictional characters with real personalities of the era (Al Smith; Orson Welles; Salvadore Dali), Chabon's style is reminiscent of Doctorow's RAGTIME. Chabon creates endearing characters and gives them crackling dialogue to rival a Preston Sturgess film of the era. After finishing the 600+ pages I was still hungry for more adventures :-)