It's amazing that I haven't read this book before now. I've had a copy for years (in fact, for awhile I had two copies for some reason). And I found this novel amazing for many reasons. A literary novel set in the world of comic books and comic book creators, which would often be seen, incorrectly, as sub-literary. Michael Chabon clearly loves comics and the (mostly) men and (few) women who write and draw them. A couple of different places he describes the love and meaning that comics hold for both the creators and the readers/fans in really compelling terms. The world of comics creators in the early days or the late '30s and early '40s up through the mid-'50s is presented clearly and accurately. Chabon's characters never fail to interest and entertain me as a reader. There are references (and appearances) by real-life comics writers and artists, as well as their creations. I'd like to say I loved everything about this book, but the section where Joe goes off to fight in WWII tended to drag a little bit, but all was forgiven once Joe returns after the war. And the book comes to a completely satisfying ending, something that even the best novels sometimes lack. Some years after the initial publication of the novel, Kavalier & Clay's creation, The Escapist, was published in comic book form by Dark Horse Comics. I've actually read the Escapist comics before I read the novel about his fictional creators and his fictional comic books. It was an odd juxtaposition. Still, this was one of my favorite books of recent years.