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Fugitive Pieces

by Anne Michaels

Goose Lane Editions | January 1, 1998 | Audio Book (Cassette)

Fugitive Pieces is rated 3.8 out of 5 by 15.
Anne Michaels''s spellbinding novel has quickly become one of the most beloved and talked-about books of the decade. At the age of seven during the Second World War, Jakob Beer is rescued from the mud of a buried Polish city and spirited to safety in Greece. There, in the seclusion of an unlikely savior, he spends the last years of the Occupation in precarious refuge. Decades later, after moving to North America, Jakob meets Ben, a young professor whose own connection to the wounding legacies of war kindle within him a fascination with the older man and his writing. An unforgettable exploration of grief and redemption, Fugitive Pieces draws us into the lives of its characters with compassion and recognition.

Format: Audio Book (Cassette)

Dimensions: 1 pages, 5.52 × 4.23 × 1.34 in

Published: January 1, 1998

Publisher: Goose Lane Editions

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 086492223X

ISBN - 13: 9780864922236

Found in: Historical

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Maudlin and depressing read The theme was depressing and I could not relate to the style of writing. Especially the constant use of similes and metaphors which I thought were ornamental; I just didn't "get it". The words looked pretty and seemed to flow, but what was she trying to say? Over-rated.
Date published: 2009-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from An amazing story... Anne Michaels did a wonderful job on this piece. I haven't read her poetry (I plan to), but it's very clear that she writes it from this book. It just reads like poetry through it's flow and metaphors. The story of Jakob and those in his life (Bella, Athos, Alexandra, Naomi, Ben, Michaela...) draw you in. It's completely absorbing. Emotional, gripping, offering real insight into the lives of those coping with the horrors of the Holocaust. The dvd is almost as beautiful too.
Date published: 2008-11-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels is a stunning novel. Each word is chosen meticulously and should be said aloud to feel the full weight of the word.
Date published: 2007-09-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Extremely overrated I thought this book would have been an excellent read, however, once I finished reading it (forcing myself to finish) I found it truly dreadful. The metaphors that Anne included lead nowhere and had no particular relevance to the major occurrences; I found I was forcing myself to finish. If you are having trouble sleeping, I would recommend this novel.
Date published: 2006-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from If you like poetry... Anne Michaels has woven a wonderful tail with her debute novel. However, it is quite obvious that she is a born poet. The writing is unconventional, but beautiful and original. The characters are outstanding as is her description of both time and location. This is a great read for anyone who enjoys the novels of Leonard Cohen and the like.
Date published: 2005-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Life Through War 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 not only grasps the reader's entire attention, but also does not let go. During the early stages of the Second World War Athos Russos discovers the runaway boy Jakob Beer, from Poland, and adopts him into his life on Zakynthos, a small island in Greece. They developed a love and a trust for one another over their years of isolation together in their small home. These experiences create an impenetrable bond between them. After the war, Athos accepts a job in Canada and the twosome moves to Toronto. It is here where Jakob is immersed in change yet again and his ever-evident boyish curiosity begins to flourish once more. Jakob matures and begins to have broader experiences while they begin their new lives in Toronto. Part two of the novel focuses on a professor named Ben who meets an aged Jakob and his sec
Date published: 2003-03-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Has everyone lost their minds? Fugitive Pieces is the most frustrating piece of fiction that I have ever read. As a poet, Anne Michaels is accustomed to writing poetic verse and not prose. In this novel the reader gets an ugly mess of the two. The writing is filled with lofty metaphors that aren't grounded to characters or plot. The excessive use of sentence fragments is incredibly irritating. The characterization in this novel is flat-out terrible. Michaels is unable to write convincing characters. She lets her leading man blurt out completely bogus lines like I love the spring. Jakob is permanently and constantly drowning in emotions that haunt him because of his past. There's is no climax, no humour, and no believability to Jakob's story. The emotion that Michaels portrays is a steady drone of remorse. Halfway through the novel, the narrative shifts to a character who is painfully similar to the first narrator. Ben, like Jakob, is a poet who's consumed by emotions relating to the Holocaust. They both share a p
Date published: 2003-02-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Over-rated Although this novel has won numerous awards and great gobs of critical acclaim, I can't honestly say that I found it all that well written. I found the prose was choppy and that some of Michaels' metaphors and phrases were absurdly over-wrought to the point of being funny (in some of the most inappropriate places). The story was brilliant but the author's style, for me, impeded the effective communication of her ideas. It reminded me, to a point, of 'Gravity's Rainbow' in some of its excesses.
Date published: 2001-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredibly moving Michaels' poetic writing took me right to the horrors of the Second World War. My own father fled from post war-torn Europe. He died when I was 15, and I feel that there is so much untold that died with him, just as with Jakob in this touching story.
Date published: 2000-11-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from fresh paint on the page Poetic agility transferred to the pages of a novel. Anne Michaels' mastery of the english language made this reading a delight. If I were blind, this is who I would want by my side to describe a van Gogh, the northern lights or the face of my child.
Date published: 2000-03-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Beautiful prose, but lacking something My book club read this book at my recommendation, based on the awards it had received. It got mixed reaction in my club and I personally didn't really enjoy it. Anne Michael's prose is certainly beautiful and poetic, but the complex words and imagery somehow keep her characters at a distance. No one in this book really felt real; after the initial, powerful Holocost scene, the book just meanders with no strong points to be made or emotional highs or lows. I felt the second half of the book, Ben's story, gave us a more identifiable character to work with than the elusive Jakob and the completely absent Michaela, but it wasn't enough to redeem the novel overall. Read The English Patient instead.
Date published: 2000-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fugitive Pieces Winner of numerous international awards, this first novel by the Canadian writer tells the memorable story of Jakob Beer and his father-protector, Athos Roussos. While Michaels never makes a false step in her descriptive passages, she also exhibits an uncanny ability to precisely capture the essence of particular moments in time. For days afterwards, readers may find themselves seeing their own worlds in a newly inspired light.
Date published: 1999-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hope... renewed There are many books that recount the unspeakble horrors of the last war. Noteable among these is Hannah Arendt's chronicle of Adolf Eichmann's trial in Jerusalem, subtitled "The Banality of Evil". If in this book Arendt has diagnosed the poison (for evil to triumph, all people need to do is nothing) then Anne Michaels in "Fugitive Pieces" prescribes the antidote,(good must be proven again and again). Here is writing so astonishingly beautiful that as you move through the book you experience what the main character, Jakob Beer, says:"It is absolution simply listening to her."
Date published: 1999-06-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from "Every Moment is Two Moments" "Fugitive Pieces" is a novel that - reflecting the accuracy of its title - uses perfectly shattered fragments of text to create a beautiful and heart-wrenchingly elusive world. It is solid, intellectual proof of literature's ability to take the reader to another place - not as a form of escapism - but for the more important purpose of achieving insight. The lyrical combination of prose and poetry allows the novel to perfectly render itself as a literary representation of the author's phrase "every moment is two moments." It is all too beautiful to be taken at face value; even intrinsically straightforward subjects such as geology or Scott's legendary Antarctic expedition find romantic power in both metaphor and poetic portrayal. Somehow the author manages to subdue - but not to disregard - the depressive aspects of the Holocaust and to sum up the novel's emotional approach to the subject in one haunting phrase: "All grief, anyone's grief... is the weight of a sleeping child." This novel is pure, intense, and insightful; it is a well-crafted work of art that definitely warrants an unending audience.
Date published: 1999-06-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Life Lessons I am a newcomer to Anne Michaels' work. However, reading Fugitive Pieces inspired me to further unearth her creativity and look for her poetry. Michaels writes with a similar style as Michael Ondaatije; both authors' words flow like poetry. Their imagery places you in the worlds of realistic horror and beautiful fantasy, simultaneously. Michaels' poetic flair helps ease the harsh realities of World War II and the Holocaust, in and outside of concentration camps, so that neither the characters nor the readers succumb to the depression of survivor's guilt, but awaken to the beauty of life saved, even preserved in a world of eternal stone. The geological aspects and metaphors reveal a life lesson: if we bury ourselves deep within the earth, we exist only in waiting to be unearthed; but, if we lie just above the surface, someone interested in our composition will pick us up off the ground.
Date published: 1999-05-21

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Fugitive Pieces

by Anne Michaels

Format: Audio Book (Cassette)

Dimensions: 1 pages, 5.52 × 4.23 × 1.34 in

Published: January 1, 1998

Publisher: Goose Lane Editions

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 086492223X

ISBN - 13: 9780864922236

From the Publisher

Anne Michaels''s spellbinding novel has quickly become one of the most beloved and talked-about books of the decade. At the age of seven during the Second World War, Jakob Beer is rescued from the mud of a buried Polish city and spirited to safety in Greece. There, in the seclusion of an unlikely savior, he spends the last years of the Occupation in precarious refuge. Decades later, after moving to North America, Jakob meets Ben, a young professor whose own connection to the wounding legacies of war kindle within him a fascination with the older man and his writing. An unforgettable exploration of grief and redemption, Fugitive Pieces draws us into the lives of its characters with compassion and recognition.

About the Author

Anne Michaels has won some of the world''s most prestigious prizes for Fugative Pieces, including the Orange Prize for Fiction, the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, the Guardian Fiction Award, and the Jewish Quarterly Prize for Fiction. Award-winning actors and directors Neil Munro and Diego Mantamores narrate this spell-binding story. Neil Munro frequently performs and directs at the Stratford and Shaw festivals. Diego Matamores has performed in opera, musical theater and stage plays. He can be seen regularly on television in episodes of Due South and Traders.

From Our Editors

Ear-splitting bomb blasts. The pop and whizz of gunfire. The scattering of limbs and the shattering of hearts. Ultimately, the gut-wrenching violence that constitutes war affects more than those at the front. Anne Michaels’ Fugitive Pieces speaks to readers about two men who are tragically affected by the horrors of combat. This novel is a multiple award-winner that boasts a two-year stint on the Globe and Mail’s bestseller list.
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