Fugitive Pieces: A Novel [Anne Michaels] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A New York Times Notable Book of the Year Winner of the. Searing the mind with stunning images while seducing with radiant prose, this brilliant first novel is a story of damaged lives and the indestructibility of the human. 22 May The story that Fugitive Pieces sets out to tell is easy to turn into a summary. A prefatory note tells us that, just before his death, a poet called.

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This gets at least six stars from me. After hiding in the woods this is Poland for many days, he finds and is found by a Greek archaeologist There are so many books on the holocaust that it has almost dulled the magnitude of the atrocity. Bella’s end can only be imagined, and indeed he cannot stop imagining it, feeding his visions with the terrible data of history.

A novel about loss of a sibling, above allgrief and remembrance. It is micheals reading a fragmented prose in different multiple layers and at least two voices, that of Jacob in the first part and of Ben in the later part.

Unsurprisingly, our protagonist becomes a celebrated poet ugh, how I hate–with rare exceptions–novels about poets, novelists, playwrights, artists May 27, Penny rated it really liked it Shelves: Their stories are too vivid that you could feel their pain. The Guardian ‘ s Guardian Fiction Prize. He is only seven years old. That my life could not be stored in any language but only in silence; the moment I looked into the room and took in only what was visible, not vanished.

It took some time, but I eventually realized that Ben’s salvation hinged on his discovery of Jakob’s story. After watching the film of the same name, I wondered why I had mjchaels been similarly moved by the novel.


I would reread whole chapters, sentences and phrases and then actually either ache with wistfulness or weep with bittersweet joy. We start off with our main character, Jakob Beer, as a young Jewish boy. The cold is spectacular, penetrating. I guess I reserve my one-stars for truly the very worst offenders. We fugituve have our way to communicate with those long gone.

Read it Forward Read it first. But if you escape your fate, whose life do you then step into? Here the reader will again be able to piece together another portion of Jakob’s life; a hole in the earlier story piecew be filled in for us. 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. Feb 07, Jeanette “Astute Crabbist” rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Jan 23, Ames rated it it was ok Shelves: But who was the vine?

I’m sure that was her point, because one of the themes of the book is people disappearing from your life. A beautiful book about love and its powers.

High praise; again not sure I agree, but it is a powerful and moving story and the language is sublime.

Fugitive Pieces Reader’s Guide

She is the child that never grows, never falls in love, never gets old, never dies. Literary Fiction Historical Fiction print.

There was one photograph with both of their father and mother in it. I’m not sur I’m ajne with this book. Both the novel’s narrators rummage in the past. Mchaels makes for some exceptional writing but not a particularly easy or gripping read. Reading this I had the perpetual feeling that I was trying to see through a foggy window, barely seeing. May 29, Jaidee rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is a very different kind of novel.

He also understands loss. The documentary evidence of his persistence seems “painfully innocent”. Ben recalls how, during a flood in Toronto, the authorities hammer on the front door to warn his family to leave, but his parents hide, unable to escape their memories of such a summons years pieeces.


The wind scatters bright leaves against the blue opalescence of air. When they came back, my mother showed me a bunch of old photographs. We crush the grass under our feet, but new one will always grow. Please try again later. The reader supposes that what follows is fufitive he has written. Fugitive Pieces is her first novel. If you like fine lyrical writing as opposed to a pedestrian type style, this is michae,s book for you.

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Its vivid images, its poetry and its wisdom will prove unforgettable. Some moments of magic but also disappointing so mixed feelings with this one. She wrote this novel, her first, long before her soul has run out of verses.

Looking for More Great Reads? Jakob gets rescued from the Nazis by a benevolent Greek archaeologist, then moves to Canada with him, where he proceeds to have t I tried really hard to like this book, because my sister ranks it among her favourites and she gave a copy to me for Christmas. It is followed at 8. Everything seems to happen inside his head: Michaels, who michals also composed musical scores for the theater, has said “when you put a tremendous amount of love into your work, as in any r From Canadian Poetry Online: I’d think it inevitable to brush up against ‘grief and loss’ if your protagonist pleces escaped the Holocaust.

Put this book alongside The English Patient.