The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay
I often think about one passage from this epic-length novel that, among other things, gives a fictionalized account of the creation of the Superman comic. The passage is about magic. The entire book is about magic, in fact. The two New York kids create a superhero called The Escapist, a Houdini-inspired hero that can escape anything. The kids, however, can’t escape the real world as a World War rages on. Kavalier reflects on the true nature of illusion: to make it seem like what is broken can be fixed, a string that was cut could be made to seem whole again, but the true magic of the world is that it can make things disappear so wholly that it’s as if those they never existed in the first place. Some heavy shit for a novel about comic books.