Thursday, April 21, 2022

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon -- BOOK BEGINNINGS


How is your week going? If you celebrated Easter, I hope you had a good one. I hosted at my house with my family and a few friends and we had a lovely time. The next day was my husband's birthday, so I took the day off work to celebrate with him, which made for a wonderful long weekend. 

Now that work is finally slowing down, I hope to have more time for blogging, including hopping around to visit more of your Book Beginning posts! I look forward to seeing the opening sentences (or so) of the books you are reading this week. As always, feel free to share a book that caught your fancy instead of a book you are reading right now. 

In later years, holding forth to an interviewer or to an audience of aging fans at a comic book convention, Sam Clay liked to declare, apropos of his and Joe Kavalier’s greatest creation, that back when he was a boy, sealed and hog-tied inside the airtight vessel known as Brooklyn, New York, he had been haunted by dreams of Harry Houdini.
-- The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon. AAOK&C has been on my TBR shelf for many years. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 and everyone I know who read it liked it. But I've never gotten around to reading it.  


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Another fun Friday event is The Friday 56. Share a two-sentence teaser from page 56 of your book, or 56% of the way through your e-book or audiobook, on this weekly event hosted by Freda at Freda's Voice.


From Amazing Adventures:
Two weeks after Josef’s disaster, with Thomas recovered, Kornblum called at the flat off the Graben to escort the Kavalier brothers to dinner at the Hofzinser Club. It proved to be a quite ordinary place, with a cramped, dimly lit dining room that smelled of liver and onions.
I like this book a lot so far. I'm about a quarter of the way through. It's a sprawling story about two cousins in New York during WWII who team up to create a comic book series. I've only gotten through the part of how the one cousin, Josef Kavalier, escapes Nazi-occupied Prague to get to America where he is now living with his younger cousin, Sam Clayman. 

My sister, me, and my mom on Easter. Because what better way to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord than with matching bunny sweaters? 


  1. Sounds like Josef made a greater escape than Sam dreamed of.
    Love the bunny sweaters!

  2. I can't tell you how many times I type a comment and it goes poof instead of publishing. Gr.r.

    I love the sweaters. I take it you bought them all at the same time.

    You book is on my TBR. I made a list of about 40 Pulitzer Prize winners I wanted to read and I'm down to about eight left to go. Your title is one of them.

  3. Sounds like a good one! Have a great weekend!

  4. Interesting beginning. Something tells me it isn't quite as simple as the opening makes it sound.

  5. This is a book I have heard of, but had no idea what it was about. It certainly looks interesting. Love your bunny sweaters!My book beginning is also one of my TBRs that I've had for years.

  6. Hi there Gilion! We had a quiet and relaxed Easter, but the last week was a bit crazy again!

    I havn't heard of Kavalier & Clay, but from those snippets, I gather it is probably a book I will also enjoy.

    Have a good weekend and happy reading!

    Elza Reads

  7. Thanks for all your comments! This book just keeps getting better as it goes into the background of Sam's side of the family and the two cousin's launch their comic book career.

    My Sis got us the matching sweaters for Christmas last year when she found them on sale at a store she loves. She thought it would be funny if we all wore them at the same time. :)

  8. Aw, the sweaters are super cute and fun! I like the cover of the book as well, very different from the typical titles. I hope you enjoy it. Have a great weekend!

  9. I'm slightly fascinated by your book this week! Happy weekend!


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