Fugitive Pieces Audio CD – Audiobook, 15 Dec 2013
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'This is a novel to lose yourself in; let the language pour over you, depositing its richness like waves lapping sand onto a beach. Michaels is a novelist of unusual and compelling power' The Times 'All but a handful of contemporary novels are dwarfed by its reach, its compassion, its wisdom This is a book to read many times. I simply can't imagine a better being published this year' Independent --This text refers to the Perfect Paperback edition.
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Fugitive Pieces won the 1997 Orange prize for Fiction. John Berger said: 'The most important, beautifully important book I have read for forty years....' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Material such as that explored in Fugitive Pieces could very easily become trite and cliched, but in Michaels' extraordinarily gifted hands suffering, loss and grief become nothing less than transcendent. An extraordinarily gifted writer, Michaels creates wonderful characters and tells an engrossing story through the use of gorgeous, but spare, dialogue and subtle metaphor.
The plot is a rather simple one (this is definitely a character driven story) but it is profound and also a profoundly moving meditation on the nature of grief and the redemptive power of love. The first line in the book, "Time is a blind guide," is haunting, but it is also ironic, for the story will prove that time is anything but blind.
One of the protagonists, Jakob Beer, was orphaned as a seven-year old boy in Poland. Although the death of his parents affects Jakob most greviously, it is his sorrow at the death of his beloved older sister, Bella, that will remain with him for a lifetime. Jakob, himself, escapes the Nazis and flees into the forests of Poland where he is rescued by a Greek geologist, Athos Roussos, who eventually smuggles the boy to the Greek island of Zakynthos.
On Zakynthos, Jakob can finally begin to put his life back together again. He is, however, haunted by memories of Bella, a gifted pianist.Read more ›
Despite this, Fugitive Pieces is thought provoking and intelligent, and there were parts at which I did have to stop and read again to take it in properly. So I'm still not sure whether it is a fantastic novel, or if I just don't get it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of the most beautiful written novels I've ever read. Anne Michaels is an established poet and it shines through her prose.Published 3 months ago by Peter Moreton
A beautifully written story of love, fate and accident. A Polish child finds himself, almost in slow motion, removed from the safety of his family by the ugly reality of war. . Read morePublished 8 months ago by Robust
I bought this book following a recommendation by a friend who raved on about how it was such an amazing read. She must have had something against me as I found it tortuous. Read morePublished 13 months ago by mr m g e carter
great book for my higher english. difficult read but the rich text leaves a lot to think about.Published 17 months ago by Ross Clark