If you know me in real life then you've probably heard me go on ad nauseum about the Pulitzer Prize winning book The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon. Sorry but I like talking about things that I, um, like (see Nintendo DS Lite). That's why I have a blog! Anyway I just recently finished reading it and I wanted to share the sheer pleasure of this book with you. If you've already read it then you know what I'm talking about. If not, then maybe this will inspire you to pick it up - I like to think that I can make things happen with this blog, but probably not. If you're not interested feel free to tune out or skip to the next post about iPod something or other. I'm not going to get into the specifics of the plot other than to say that it's about the lives of two cousins (Kavalier & Clay) living in New York City who create comic books in and around World War II. And a whole bunch of other stuff happens too. Check out the Wikipedia entry for details.
Now anyone who has already read the book will know probably recognize that feeling of sadness and regret at not being able to read about those characters anymore. But never fear, I'm here to tell you there's hope! Author Michael Chabon's official site Organ has lots of great stuff about the book. Also, The Amazing Website of Kavalier & Clay is a great resource for all things, um, Kavalier & Clay.
Also of interest is the comic book spin off series The Amazing Adventures of the Escapist. Apparently Chabon felt compelled to further explore the Escapist's storyline and he penned eight volumes of the comic book now available through Dark Horse Comics.
And finally we'll all be able to relive the story of Kavalier & Clay (without having to reread the book) in the film adaptation of the novel. Wahoo! This I'm really excited for. The movie, expected to be released sometime in 2007, will be directed by Stephen Daldry and will show some scenes not featured in the novel. A cast has not yet been established but apparently Natalie Portman is a very likely candidate for the role of Rosa Sacks.
OK so that was a lot of information about something you may not be interested in. But you should be. And that's all that matters.
Thanks to Jenn Cutts for suggesting the book and to Ben for "lending" it to me (I'm not giving it back).