Winner of the Bay Area Book Reviewers' Award, New York Library Book Award Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, PEN/Faulkner Award, Los Angeles Times Book Award. Joe Kavalier, a young Jewish artist who has also been trained in the art of Houdiniesque escape, has just smuggled... read more
“'And you have to tell us how's come if you're from Japan, you could be Sammy's cousin and look like such a Jew,' Davy O'Dowd said. 'We're in Japan,' Sammy said. 'We're everywhere.' 'Jujitsu,' Joe reminded him. 'Good point,' said Davy O'Dowd.”Davy O'Dowd, with Sammy and Joe
“As he watched Joe stand, blazing, on the fire escape, Sammy felt an ache in his chest that turned out to be, as so often occurs when memory and desire conjoin with a transient effect of weather, the pang of creation. The desire he felt, watching Joe, was unquestionably physical, but in the sense that Sammy wanted to inhabit the body of his cousin, not possess it. It was, in part, a longing—common enough among the inventors of heroes—to be someone else; to be more than the result of two hundred regimens and scenarios and self-improvement campaigns that always ran afoul of his perennial inability to locate an actual self to be improved. Joe Kavalier had an air of competence, of faith in his own abilities, that Sammy, by means of constant effort over the whole of his life, had finally learned only to fake.”
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