The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay Face to Face Book Discussion Details:
- Date: June 29, 2013
- Place: Mondo + SIP, Legaspi Village, Makati City
- Time: 2 PM to 5 PM
- Discussion Leader: Tricia
- Attendees: Me, Aaron, Alexa (after), Bennard, Camille, Ella, Emir, JL, Julie, Louize, Mae, Monique, Patrick, Ranee, Rhena, Rollie (after), Tina, Veronica, Ycel
- Food I Ate: Sausage and Baked Egg, Watermelon Wiggle, chocolates from Bennard
- Pre and Post-discussion Activity: The activities were incorporated in the discussion proper. Members were divided into two teams. The teams raced against each other on the board game. The teams take turns in drawing and answering questions (and in advancing the respective Minion tokens on the board). Some questions have “challenges” with them (such as arm wrestling or lock puzzles).
- After the Book Discussion: We went to Landmark food court for dinner. We stayed there until people started sending us letters on receipts reminding us that we were not in the market (we were kind of noisy). We then moved to Gilligan’s where we had some beer.
- Other Nominated Books: Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk, Running with Scissors by Augusten Burroughs
Thoughts from the Members:
I know this book isn’t perfect, and I can tell which parts of it seem to plodding, or the instances when the themes and the plot points don’t add up together. I also think Michael Chabon’s writing has improved in his subsequent novels. But there’s something about the aching quality of this book that continues to haunt me. Plus, it has one of the most tragic love stories for me. I’m all sadfaced thinking about it.
I think this book really deserved the Pulitzer Prize it won and also because Chabon’s way of describing comic books into words? Man, this guy is a genius. He even incorporated significant people, events, and history in the story! (Which made the book feel like it’s REAL, that I must find the real Joe Kavalier and marry him… oh dear, here we go again.) I should get his other books and read them. (I can’t call myself a Chabon fan when I only read one book!)
My thoughts here.
Photos courtesy of Mae.