The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay - Michael Chabon


It took me a long time to read this book - and not just because it's nearly 700 pages long. For the first two-thirds, it's clear why this won the Pulitzer Prize last year - elegant poetic prose, enjoyable for its own sake, even without the complex, involving narrative that carries you along with its exuberance. But suddenly, 'White Teeth'-like, it loses its momentum and tails off into something still impressive, but less remarkable. Overall, however, the kind of novel I know I could never write.

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