The Best Book of the 2000s

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THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF KAVALIER & CLAY (2001)

by Michael Chabon

I read this book some years ago and loved it. But then, I was a comic book artist and writer for years and I can relate to the characters, their creativity, their battles, and all the factors this book touches on. I'm also a WWII buff, so that was a plus. A hint of Lovecraft didn't hurt either.

First and foremost, though, I am a fan of horror. And while K&C is not a horror story, it does give us the Golem of Prague and a unique interpretation of the legend. We are left with a mystery at the end, concerning the final fate of the Golem.

Actually, the ending is the one thing I do not like about this book. The book doesn't end--it just stops. Was Chabon leaving things open for a sequel? It's the only flaw in an otherwise amazing book.

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