One night in 1939, Josef Kavalier shuffles into his cousin Sam Clay’s cramped New York bedroom, his nerve-racking escape from Prague finally achieved. Little does he realise that this is the beginning of an extraordinary friendship and even more fruitful business partnership. Together, they create a comic strip called ‘The Escapist’, its superhero a Nazi-busting saviour who liberates the oppressed around the world. ‘The Escapist’ makes their fortune, but Joe can think of only one thing: how can he effect a real-life escape, and free his family from the tyranny of Hitler?
I don’t really usually write about books I don’t finish. I don’t like casting judgement without knowing the whole tale. However Kavalier and Clay is on The Rory List and seeing as I have read so few Rory books this year I wanted to show I’d given it a shot.
I really, really wanted to like Kavalier and Clay. So many people told me how amazing it is, how much they loved it. That’s probably why I decided first time I put it to the side that it might just be the wrong time. The idea shown by the synopsis was promising. It does sound, at least somewhat, like something I would want to read.
This second time round I did get a little further. I got past my 100 page ‘I can give up now’ mark. There were even bits I found kind of interesting, but nothing hooked my attention.
It was just too slow, nothing much really happened, even the interesting bits I felt could have been more interesting.
Part of me doesn’t want to admit defeat, but this is just not happening.