Michael Chabon’s The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay is one of my favorite reads of 2017 because of its skillful story telling and its interesting story. It was a wonderful read that I can’t help but gush over. Here are some of the quotes in the book that got my attention.

If you haven’t read my review on Chabon’s magnus opus, click here.

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“In the immemorial style of young men under pressure, they decided to lie down for a while and waste time.” ~ Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

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“Never worry about what you are escaping from. Reserve your anxieties for what you are escaping to.” ~ Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

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“True genius is never recognized in its own time.” ~ Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

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“It was not what he expected from a foul mouthed flower of bohemia, but he had a feeling there was both more and less to her than that.” ~ Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

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“It is a puzzle worthy of the best psychiatrist that a human life can be so utterly void and at the same time filled to bursting with hope.” ~ Michael Chabon, The Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

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“And yet in her eyes there was something unreadable, something that did not want to be read, the determined blankness that in predator animals conceals hostile calculation, and in prey forms part of an overwhelming effort to seem to have disappeared.” ~ Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

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“People notice only what you tell them to notice. And then only if you remind them.” ~ Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

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“Her correspondence had been like the pumping of a heart into a severed artery, wild and incessant at first, then slowing down with a kid of muscular reluctance to a stream that became a trickle and finally ceased; the heart had stopped.” ~ Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Klay

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“The pins have voices. The pick is a tiny telephone wire. The tips of your fingers have ears.” ~ Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

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“Those who make their living flirting with catastrophe develop a faculty of pessimistic imagination, of anticipating the worst, that is often all but indistinguishable from clairvoyance.” ~ Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

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“The fundamental purpose of storytelling is to pass the time, which is infinite, slow and weighs heavy in our hands.” ~ Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

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“The true magic of this broken world lay in the ability of the things it contained to vanish, to become thoroughly lost, that they might never have existed in the first place.” ~ Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

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“They lay there for a few seconds, in the dark, in the future, listening to the fabulous clock work of their hearts and lungs, and loving each other.” ~ Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

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“We have the idea that our hearts, once broke, scar over with an indestructible tissue that prevents their ever breaking again in quite the same place.” ~ Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

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“It was then that Max, who had never before in all this time considered the matter, realized that ll men, no matter what their estate, were in possession of shining immortal souls.” ~ Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay

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He was astonished at the course that life could take, at the way things that had seemed once to concern him so much – indeed to revolve around him – could turn out to have nothing to do with him at all.” ~ Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay


That’s the end for now. How about you, what are your favorite lines from this contemporary classic? Let me know in the comment box.

 

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