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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786212004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786212002
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (95 customer reviews)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ben Orlove on Sept. 2 2001
Format: Paperback
When poets try to write novels, they sometimes fail, since the ability of poets to find deep meaning in words and phrases cannot always be sustained for greater length of novels. When they succeed, the result can be utterly engrossing. Michaels writes of a possible situation--a Greek poet who rescues Jakob, a Jewish boy, hiding in Poland during World War II after his parents and older sister were taken by the Nazis--and a possible place, the Greek poet's island home where the boy grows up and the poet grows old. Jakob himself becomes a poet, and moves to Canada. The book traces a second story as well, one of Jakob's readers, who meets Jakob and eventually travels to the island.
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Bentley on Jan. 20 2000
Format: Paperback
This is a complex and poetic novel, about a young boy, who witnesses the murder of his Jewish family by Nazi's during the holocaust. He is taken to Zakynthos by a Greek geologist. The boy, Jakob, then tells his story through diary entries. The pair migrate to Toronto, and his life story is told. The story is then continued past Jakob's death by Ben, a man so inspired by the philosophy of Jakob, that he journeys to Greece to recount the footsteps of his idol. The author, Anne Michaels is a poet - this is her first attempt at a novel - and consequently the book is full of poetic similes and metaphors. The style of the book is also quite spiritual, as the main character is so haunted by his past that he imagines his dead sister with him, as he remembers her when they were together. This past keeps interrupting his present, as though Jakob is reluctant to let go of it, and live his own life. This book is very calm, even the horrific murder of Jakob's parents and sister is written about in a dream like fashion. It also has a gentle, almost anti climatic ending. This is one of my criticisms of the book, as it seems to have little in the way of a conclusion. The style means that Fugitive Pieces is quite a difficult book to read, and you have to concentrate on the book's story to fully understand and appreciate it. However the story does come through with perseverance, and the novel comes together at the end.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By alexa on Dec 1 2003
Format: Audio CD
I am a teenager and I understand this book so I'm sure the people that call it boring or "flawed" didn't really think about it very hard. I have heard many accusations that this book was flawed or sloppy in the plotline. First of all, how can a book, especially one so poetic and deep, be flawed? It's like saying Picasso made a mistake in one of his paintings. If you see the plotline as being broken then you missed the point of the book. It takes you beyond the story, or at least it is supposed to in my opinion. The poetry of the book is a window to the deep meanings of the book. For example, the relationship between death and memory. The characters and storyline are only there to display the meaning. If you read this book, it is for the meaning, not the story, though the story is very moving. The best thing about Fugitive Pieces is that it is NOT TYPICAL. It's creative, emotional, and original; the ingredients for a true classic.
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Format: Paperback
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 and even rhymed at times. Throughout this “poem”, Anne obviously chose her words carefully.

Although Fugitive Pieces generally moved at a nice pace, the story did move slowly at times. I found myself unable to read it in one sitting. I often had to stop and do something more stimulating then returned to it after some time. At one point, after a long day, I even fell asleep while reading, something I very seldom do.

Having a slow-moving story does not mean that it was a bad one. It can quite often be the opposite. This novel told a wonderful story of trying to find yourself and moving on after life-changing events, such as the death of a loved one, and moving halfway around the world to a new place where you can’t even speak the language.

Overall, Fugitive Pieces had a great lesson to it: life goes on and no matter how hard things may seem at times, it will always get better. It also reminds people not to worry about the small things,. That those will also pass by. This is something many people come to forget as they go about their daily life – always complaining about small thing like running out of coffee at work – and forgetting to look at the big picture. Sometimes it takes reading a novel like this one to remember that what may seem like a big issue now, will later seem like something much less important.

If you read this novel, which I suggest you should, use it to put your life into perspective as you see what others must endure.Fugitive Pieces
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