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The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
by Chabon, Michael
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1. Joe and Sammy create alter egos for themselves through their comics and characters. What are they able to achieve this way that they can't in other parts of their lives?

2. Are you familiar with the comic books of the era that inspired Sammy and Joe? Do comics still have that impact today?

3. What is the appeal of Houdini for Sammy and Joe? Do young boys today still have the same fascination with Houdini and magic?

4. What is Rosa's role in the novel? What did you think of her as a character?

5. What is the role of the Golem in this story? Were you familiar with this legend before you read this book?

6. Escape is a major theme in this novel, from the character "The Escapist" to Joe and Sammy escaping from different cities and relationships. What are some key examples of this? Are Joe and Sammy ever really able to escape?

7. Does "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay" have a happy ending?

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