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  • Title: Fugitive Pieces
  • Author: Anne Michaels
  • ISBN: 9780679454397
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Hardcover

  • Anne Michaels s fiercely beautiful debut novel tells the interlocking stories of three men of different generations whose lives are transformed by the events and shifting effects of the same war At its center is poet Jakob Beer traumatically orphaned as a young boy during the Second World war, rescued from the mud of a buried Polish city and secreted to a Greek island byAnne Michaels s fiercely beautiful debut novel tells the interlocking stories of three men of different generations whose lives are transformed by the events and shifting effects of the same war At its center is poet Jakob Beer traumatically orphaned as a young boy during the Second World war, rescued from the mud of a buried Polish city and secreted to a Greek island by Athos Roussos, scientist, scholar, and, above all, humanist After the war, in Toronto, where Athos has accepted a teaching post at the University, Jakob is faced with the tangible, insistent nature of the recent past his own surfacing in all its darkness and profundity, the question of his beloved sister s fate its harrowing focus Yet this is also the time when he meets the woman who will become his first wife, and begins his life long work as a translator and poet And in this layered process of reentering life, Jakob learns the power of language to destroy, to omit, and to obliterate but also to witness and tell, conjure and restore And it is in Toronto as well that, late in his life, Jakob will cross paths with Ben a young professor, expert in the dramas of weather and biography but naive in the drama of his own life The quiet elation Ben senses in the older man, and Ben s own connection to the wounding legacies of the war, kindle a fascination with Jakob and his writing, upsetting and then opening that part of himself long since shut down against his knowledge of the past.
    Anne Michaels
    From Canadian Poetry Online Anne Michaels was born in Toronto, Canada, in 1958 She is the author of one novel Fugitive Pieces, which explores the possibility of love and faith alter the Holocaust, with language marked by power, elegance, and integrity Ms Michaels, who has also composed musical scores for the theater, has said when you put a tremendous amount of love into your work, as in any relationship, you can t know you can only hope that what you re offering will in some way be received You shape your love to artistic demands, to the rigors of your genre But still, it s a labor of love, and it s the nature of love that you must give it freely Anne Michaels s two collections of poetry are The Weight of Oranges 1986 , which won the Commonwealth Prize for the Americas, and Miner s Pond 199 l , winner of the Canadian Authors Association Award and shortlisted for the Governor General s Award and the Trillium Award Both collections have recently been released in one paperback volume entitled The Weight of Organges Miner s Pond, published by McClelland Stewart With her first novel, Fugitive Pieces, Anne Michaels was shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Canadian Booksellers Association Author of the Year Award, and won the Trillium Prize, the Chapters Books in Canada First Novel Award, The Beatrice and Martin Fischer Award the main prize in the Jewish Book Awards , and England s prestigious Orange Prize Rights to the novel were sold to over 19 countries And her novel, Fugitive Pieces, was made into a motion picture in 2007 Anne Michaels lives in Toronto In 2007, she published a book of poems, Skin Divers Her latest novel is The Winter Vault, published by McClelland Stewart in 2009.


    it seems to be something of a sin to give this book any fewer than four stars. and were i rating it solely on the beauty of its language, it would be an easy five-star book. but as a novel, it missed the mark for me somewhat, so it is really just a high-three for me. i know - blasphemer!the poetry-as-novel thing can be a truly wonderful beast, or it can leave the reader wanting more - more story, more impact, more cohesion. reading this book made me long to re-read Justine, which is an example [...]

    "To survive was to escape fate. But if you escape your fate, whose life do you then step into?"Jakob Beer is a Holocaust survivor. At the age of seven, he is rescued while on the run – a fugitive of sorts – from the death grip of the Nazis. His mother, father and beloved sister Bella are not so fortunate. Jakob will spend a lifetime trying to piece together the memories of his past and those he loved. The writing is simply astonishing. The prose often reads like poetry and the effect is quit [...]

    “The past is never dead. It’s not even past”William FaulknerJakob Beer understands love. He also understands loss. He understands love as only a man who has lost and found it once again can. He finds it in the faces of those who come after the tragedy and in the memories of those who have never come out of it. We all have our way to communicate with those long gone. Only, while we change, they stay the same. We wish to keep those memories alive for as long as we can. But time is merciless. [...]

    The story itself is straight forward and easy to follow.( not 'all' characters are developed fully), but the overall plot - and the depth of the plot is clearautiful in its waysd powerful. The lyrical crafting is luminousJakob Beer's parents and sister, Bella, were killed in his home --victims of the Nazi reign in Europe. Jakob is now an orphan age 7. He flees into the marshes and forests in Poland and meets a Greek Geologist, Athos Roussos who takes pity on him -and smuggles Jakob to the Greek [...]

    Violet wells
    This novel often reminded me of what a brilliant accomplishment Virginia Woolf’s The Waves is. There are parallels. The piecing together of shards, of fugitive pieces, the deployment of one narrative to unravel another, in an attempt to complete biography. It’s not, of course, as good as The Waves – few novels are!The first part of the novel is narrated by Jakob Beer. He is seven when his parents are murdered by Nazi soldiers. His beloved sister, Bella is abducted and will become the ghost [...]

    K.D. Absolutely
    Together, my 75-y/o mother and her 82-y/o sister, spent a whole month (last month) vacation here in the Philippines mostly in my house. For few days, they went to our province, the town they were born. When they came back, my mother showed me a bunch of old photographs. Included in those were the pictures of her parents. My grandparents. It was amazing how they could still tell the stories behind each of the photograph as if they were only taken a few years ago. When we came to those of her own [...]

    5 starsOne of the wisest and most beautiful books I have ever readA book about longing, loss, grief, beauty and love.I would reread whole chapters, sentences and phrases and then actually either ache with wistfulness or weep with bittersweet joy. I felt myself transforming as I read this for the better and I think it will continue to have effects on me for many months and years ahead. A rare jewel that I will take out from time to time from its box and put it against the night sky and watch it s [...]

    Jeanette"Astute Crabbist"
    Literary ambrosia. This gets at least six stars from me. I stubbornly avoided this book for a long time because the promotional blurb just didn't make it sound appealing to me. I finally gave it a try so I could stop wondering why it won half a dozen awards and shows up on "must read" lists everywhere I look. I'm so glad I did! The blurb doesn't even begin to tell you about the book as you'll experience it while reading. If you're the left-brain dominant sort who needs everything spelled out in [...]

    Finally, I have finished this one. I loved the cover and a quick flick through excited me because the writing was poetic and lyrical and the prologue about lost manuscripts from people who wrote about the holocaust was tantalising.The story is about a young Jewish boy, Jacob Beer who, while hiding, witnesses the slaughter of his parents and the abduction of his sister, presumably for the death camps, by the Nazi police in Poland. He survives living in the marshland outside the town until he is r [...]

    “I see that I must give what I most need.”It’s not easy to sustain a poetic voice for almost three hundred pages though Virginia Woolf managed it brilliantly for two hundred in The Waves. And as a result of this difficulty this wasn’t always compelling. At times the writing is stunning and it’s brilliant how much poetry and pathos she manages to extract from everyday detail. At other times the unrelenting insistency on poetry felt a bit strained as if there was too much idealising goin [...]

    aPriL does feral sometimes
    'Fugitive Pieces' is a beautiful elegy in narrative prose. It made me very sad. The book maintains a level of poetic creativity and exquisite writing about Holocaust survivors who are trying to live as normal people do and not to corrosively mourn forever after the devastation of the Holocaust and of surviving it. Short version: can't be done. But making an effort mitigates the PTSD, even if it doesn't put the pieces all back where they were.Holocaust survivor and poet Jakob Beer narrates the fi [...]

    Smug, self-serving twaddle.Yes, Michaels has a way with metaphor. But metaphor also gets away from her. This book is relentless in its "poetic manner"--if I want that sort of thing I'll read Ondaatje (and frankly I'm amazed his lawyers didn't sue for plagiarism). Michaels, primarily, I'm told, a poet, has no sense of narrative pacing (witness the late intrusion of another story) and no sense of narrative voice (witness the fact that this second voice sounds exactly like the first--and neither, d [...]

    Julie Christine
    “I did not witness the most important events of my life. My deepest story must be told by a blind man, a prisoner of sound. From behind a wall, from underground. From the corner of a small house on a small island that juts like a bone from the skin of sea.”Early in her brooding, shadowy, aching novel, Anne Michaels sets out the central conflict of her principal character, Jakob Beer. Jakob’s family is slaughtered one winter night in 1940; the seven-year-old boy hides in a hollow in the wal [...]

    There are few words to describe how annoying I found this book. I just don't seem to be either an Orange Prize reader or a good target audience for novels penned by authors who are, as Michaels is described, 'primarily poets.' I love poetry--it was actually my first love, and novels came later. I've also loved quite a few great novels written by first-class poets. However, this isn't a rule of thumb and is actually very often simply an exception. Poetry and narrative writing are just not the sam [...]

    I want to put this book in a bowl, pour syrup over it, and eat it with a spoon.It made me cry. Actually, it made me ugly-cry. What more is there to say?

    There are so many books on the holocaust that it has almost dulled the magnitude of the atrocity. But this novel, written by Canadian poet, Ann Michaels, is phenomenal. Her lyrical sentence structure will capture you right away and the story line is profound. A young Jewish boy is the only one to escape a raid by the Gestapo on the family because he has hidden in a secret place in the pantry. After hiding in the woods (this is Poland) for many days, he finds and is found by a Greek archaeologist [...]

    I've never had a complaint like this about a book I've read: the language was too beautiful. I would come across a line like: "I ran until the first light wrung the last greyness out of the stars, dripping dirty light between the trees" and stop and marvel over it, and in doing so, I would lose track of what was going on. Each sentence is crafted like that. Each sentence is like a part of a poem, which makes sense, because Anne Michaels is a poet. But sometimes I just wanted the story to go on. [...]

    I'm torn with this book. On the one hand the prose is so dense and rich, poetic and downright stunning. On the other hand the story left me a little hollow. Reading this I had the perpetual feeling that I was trying to see through a foggy window, barely seeing. And yet, there was so much feeling. Characters appear as if in a dream and dissolve away. Frustrating? Yes. But isn't that how life is? People leave. People die. And we feel the loss forever, as the characters in this book do. I'm not sur [...]

    After watching the film of the same name, I wondered why I had not been similarly moved by the novel. Now I remember why I was underwhelmed the first time. The deeply moving, achingly intense first part of the book is irredeemably overshadowed by the clunky one that follows. The first part is told by Jakob Beer, 7 years old at the start; he is in hiding when he sees his parents killed by the Nazis and his older sister Bella disappear. After fleeing he is rescued by Athos Roussos an archaeologist [...]

    "Some stones are so heavy only silence helps you carry them"I promise promise promise that I'm not going to fall into the habit of simply posting quotations and extracts in my reviews. However, the writing of Anne Michaels in this, her debut (and award-winning) novel is so stunningly poetic, so all-consuming, so remarkable, that I can't help but echo some voices here:"At night, a few lights marked port and starboard of these gargantuan industrial forms, and I filled them with loneliness. I liste [...]

    Beautiful and touching. I wasn't expecting the short, fragmented sentence structure of this book but it works. The fragments (pieces?) tell snapshots of the confused and painful upbringings of Jakob, a child who survived the killing of his family in the Holocaust, and Ben, a child born of two Holocaust survivors. Each perspective brings guilt, fear and pain into the lives of Jakob & Ben and threatens to overpower them in their adult lives. A beautiful book about love and its powers.

    2 Stars - Okay bookTo say that I was underwhelmed by this book would be a fair assessment. I did not connect to anything in this book. The story sounded promising but ultimately fell flat.The structure seemed similar to a stream of consciousness and it did not work for me. It felt disjointed and confusing. Maybe I'm missing something but I think this style and form detracts from the story. Reading it was exhausting and slightly annoying. The writing itself isn't great. It's not that the writing [...]

    Elizabeth (Alaska)
    This book is so many things: bits of philosopy, history, biography. In the very brief __ (prologue?) is written A man's experience of war never ends with the war. I have observed this recently in my reviews of some novels about WWI, and the soldiers who fought. In large part, rather than bits, this novel is the psychological effects of WWII and Jews. There are two parts. The first part is told by Jakob Beer, who escaped as a child, then was rescued, hidden, protected. The second part is told by [...]

    Joselito Honestly and Brilliantly
    One day you wake up and find all the pieces of your chess set gone. They have fled and implanted themselves in a board of another game. It can't be, you protest, it makes no sense. Chess pieces belong to the chess board. Their meaning is dictated by its board of sixty-four squares. Outside of it they are but an aberration. These rooks, knights, bishops, pawns, kings and queens had always been with this sixty-four square board for at least two thousand years. The wayward chess pieces, however, be [...]

    This is a reflection on love and loss in the context of the holocaust and those who survived. Jakob is rescued when seven years old (his family has been arrested by the Nazis)by Athos, a Greek archealogist; who takes him home and brings him up. You are told about Jakob's death at the very beginning of the book, aged 60 with his young wife. The story begins in Poland, then to Greece, Canada and back to Greece where Jakob meets the love of his life.Anne Michaels is a poet and the language and desc [...]

    This is a very different kind of novel. It is almost at times a stream of consciousness where the character's thoughts and memories simply flow out. This makes for some exceptional writing but not a particularly easy or gripping read.We start off with our main character, Jakob Beer, as a young Jewish boy. Jakob's town is attacked and he is rescued by a Greek man who takes him back to a Greek island. Athos raised Jakob and protects him through the war. The relationship between Jakob and Athos is [...]

    Jennifer (aka EM)
    The most beautifully written book I've read in a very long time. And describing such horror - which makes the language used all the more powerful. It really is a very long prose poem, I think. It functions as a poem, in terms of the vignettes and how they resonate with each other. So many layers of meaning, like the limestone. The strength of the central metaphor - memory, time and experience as geological - holds it all together, more than plot/character. More to say later. I want to do a revie [...]

    Teresa Proença
    "Lo único que se puede hacer por los muertos es cantarles. El himno, el miroloy, el kaddish. En los guetos, quando si moría un niño, la madre le cantaba una nana. Porque no tenía otra cosa que ofrecer de su ser, de su cuerpo. Se la inventaba, una canción de consuelo, mencionando todos los juguetes preferidos del niño. Y la gente las oía y se las pasaban los unos a los otros y, al pasar de las generaciones, esa cancioncilla es lo único que queda que pueda decirnos algo de ese niño"(pági [...]

    I know, “mesmerising” is abused in far too many movie trailers, but it is the word best describes the effect this book had on me. When I say the book, I rather meant its main part - there are two of them, with two different narrators, and it is Jakob Beer’s that had me hooked. The final part felt somewhat contrived, less fluent and natural, both in “plot” (if we can talk of plot) and in the prose itself. But the first part alone is magnificent, wonderful read.

    This is such a beautiful, fragile, tender, introspective, haunting, even sensual book. It quietly touches around the edges of generational trauma after WWII, and how the sadness, grief, unimaginable horrors trickle down soundlessly through people that follow the genetic lines of survivors of concentration camps. I very slowly made my way through this book. It was like taking too much on at a time was just too heavy for me to carry. The writing is exquisite. Untouchable, like the story itself. I [...]

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