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Woven into the story are reflections on memory and knowledge: and many concrete references. Perhaps that is the great link between poetry and the novel, that both can turn to concrete things--lemons on a Greek island, a river in Canada in flood, objects that are real in themselves, that can be metaphors, and that reveal the fragile precious quality of human existence and human connection. And this concreteness, like the immediacy of Jakob and the poet and the other characters, has remained with me since I've read this book, making me in some small but significant way more tender and appreciative, more alive.
This is primarily a story about memory, love, and loss. Anne Michaels is an accomplished poet, which is really demonstrated in this, her first novel. Every sentence is carefully crafted poetry. Her descriptions have great depth and make the reader see the great beauty and great horror.
This book is not a fast read. I found myself having to stop and ponder a lot. This was both negative and positive for me. I am not a huge fan of poetry, so in that sense this book was too lyrical for me. However, by being forced to stop and ponder I found some wonderful pearls.
I saw the movie version, which is what prompted me to read this book. The movie was a gem and I loved it. Sometimes it takes an overly lyrical novel to make a great film. It is very rare that I like the film version better than a book, but this is one of those cases.
I'm glad I read the book. I got to explore the characters more deeply. Now I want to see the movie again.
My husband, who pursued a doctorate in philosophy and cannot be bothered reading most fiction, picked it up afterwards, finished it, and declared it exceptional.
Somehow Michaels has managed to write page-turning prose that has the flavor of poetry. This author is, indeed, an artist.
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Fugitive Pieces, by Anne Michaels, is a very poetic piece. Although written as a novel, it was like reading a very long poem in which the words were beautifully crafted together... Read morePublished on Nov. 27 2013 by Sam Couture Reviews
Most of this book likely went over my head, but the writing is so achingly beautiful it doesn't even matter. Read morePublished on Aug. 6 2013 by R. A. Kerr
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The imagery in this book is in a league of its own. I'm not the least bit surprised to see that the author is a poet as well. Read morePublished on Nov. 22 2007 by Richard de Almeida
This entertaining page-turner was a pure joy to experience. Rarely does a novel come along that perfectly incorporates history with fiction to produce a piece of literature that... Read morePublished on March 20 2003 by Tom Kapsimalis
This book will be a classic. Anne Michaels has written the best book I have ever read! Read it!
It is amazing.
The diction, literary devises, etc. are wonderful. Read more
The beginning of this book was greatly written, but throughout the rest of the book I was lost. It kept switching from different perspectives and to different times. Read morePublished on March 18 2002 by Cindy Willson
This is one of the most powerful books I've ever read. The power of her poetry, her words, is astounding. It was like waking from a dream...Published on Feb. 10 2002 by Marc J. Fine
Fugitive Pieces is filled with stunningly written prose that makes you stop and ponder. Although I appreciate the prose, the book lacks any type of plot, and the characters are so... Read morePublished on Jan. 8 2002