Thursday, October 02, 2003

Gripping Reading

On a whim, I picked up a copy of Michael Chabon's Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay two days ago, and I have to say that it's been truly a pleasure to read thus far. It isn't self-consciously clever in the same ironic, pomo fashion in which a book like Infinite Jest is clever, but this is a book with heart - the characters really grip you, you can't help but empathize with and root for them, and the language flows in a very natural, intelligent manner. I'm having real trouble putting the book down long enough to do anything else; what higher praise could I possibly bestow upon it?