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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay Essay & Criticism

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Critical Overview

Chabon has been popular with readers and favored by critics since the publication of his first novel, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, in 1988. His novels are distinct and imaginative. Tom Deignan and other critics have observed that, with The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Chabon has finally come into his own as a writer. Stewart O'Nan, writing for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, compliments Chabon's larger-than-life comic book style of writing but feels that the length makes this grandiose language exhausting for the reader: “At its best, Kavalier and Clay is a heady, frothy concoction, finely drawn and broadly comic, but in its own baroqueness . . . runs the risk of collapsing of its own weight.” In a review for the New York Times, Janet Maslin describes Chabon's third novel as “excitingly imaginative” with “loving if sometimes windy detail.” Ken Kalfus, also writing for the New York Times, celebrates Chabon's “passionate, expressive...

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