Fugitive Pieces

Fugitive Pieces

Book - 1996
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Anne Michaels' spellbinding début novel has quickly become one of the most beloved and talked-about books of the decade. As a young boy during the Second World War, Jakob Beer is rescued from the mud in Poland by an unlikely saviour, the scientist Athos Roussos, and he is taken to Greece, then, at war's end, to Toronto. It is here that his loss gradually surfaces, as does the haunting question of his sister's fate. Later in life, as a translator and a poet, and now with the glorious Michaela, Jakob meets Ben, a young professor whose own legacies of the war kindle within him a fascination with the older man and his writing. Fugitive Pieces is a work of rare vision that is at once lyrical, sensual, profound. With its vivid evocation of landscape and character, its unique excavation of memory and time, it is a wholly unforgettable novel that draws us into the lives of its characters with compassion and recognition.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c1996
ISBN: 9780771058837
Branch Call Number: FIC Micha 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 294 p


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wendybird Jun 15, 2009

my fav novel of all time...for the poetically minded... exquisitely crafted....

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Dec 28, 2018

The Fugitive Pieces was something I read on recommendation, and, true to the phrase, I would not have picked it up based on the cover (or title). It at first appears unassuming, but it is so beautiful. I cannot stress enough that it is a book dealing with challenging, emotional subject matter and does have an intense narrative, but it is also poetry. The precision of word is enough to make me recommend it. That being said, the character-driven plots are also a highlight. They have just enough whimsy that the book feels slightly uplifting while not taking away from the heavy subject and driven-home emotion. It is blunt when it needs to be blunt. It is coy when it needs to be coy. It is really a book of artful storytelling, and I highly recommend it. @freckleface675 of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Dec 08, 2015

One of the best books that I have ever read!

Feb 06, 2015

A beautifully written book about how profoundly past generations affect future generations. Anne Michaels states thoughts so poetically, so beautifully. My new favorite book.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 07, 2014

The migrations and displacements of the 20th century are encapsulated in the story of a Jewish boy who is saved and protected from the Nazis by a Greek professor.
With tenderly evocative prose, and yet not shying away from the misery of her story, the author follows Jakob’s life as he tries to find his own reality in the face of his family’s death. He is a fugitive who pieces a new life together from the memories of his sister, his parents and the kindly man who helps him.

Oct 01, 2011

This story, about the atrocities of the Second World War, winds the lives of three central characters first through Poland, and then Greece and Toronto. A definite winner for any book club. (Nov 2000)

Jul 25, 2011

I read this book in my English class in high school. I found it incredibly deep and difficult to read but it made me fall in love with poetry. The entire book has multiple layers of symbolism. Simple beautiful.

May 07, 2011

An example of writing as art, a complete masterpiece

Feb 21, 2011

Have to read her latest novel!
This one was excellent

Jan 07, 2011

So lyrical it takes several attempts to digest...a moving character-driven novel. On the 1001 books to read list.

May 26, 2010

great writing......depressing.....renting the movie put it all in perspective......all the very best parts, happy and sad

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Feb 06, 2015

I knew I must not open my mouth. The misery of bones that must be broken in order to be set straight.

Feb 06, 2015

Sometimes we need both hands to climb out of a place. Sometimes there are steep places, where one has to walk ahead of the other. If I can't find you, I'll look deeper in myself. If I can't keep up, if you're far ahead, look back. Look back.

Feb 06, 2015

It's not a persons depth you must discover,but their ascent. Find their path from depth to ascent.

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When a man dies, his secrets bond like crystals, like frost on a window. His last breath obscures the glass.

Jun 01, 2008

I wanted a line in a poem to be the hollow ney of the dervish orchestra whose plaintive wail is a call to God. But all I achieved was awkward shrieking. Not even the pure shriek of a reed in the rain.

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