Fugitive Pieces

by Anne Michaels | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 9780679776598 Global Overview for this book
Registered by sarradee of Mansfield, Texas USA on 1/10/2022
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Journal Entry 1 by sarradee from Mansfield, Texas USA on Monday, January 10, 2022
In 1940 a boy bursts from the mud of a war-torn Polish city, where he has buried himself to hide from the soldiers who murdered his family. His name is Jakob Beer. He is only seven years old. And although by all rights he should have shared the fate of the other Jews in his village, he has not only survived but been rescued by a Greek geologist, who does not recognize the boy as human until he begins to cry. With this electrifying image, Anne Michaels ushers us into her rapturously acclaimed novel of loss, memory, history, and redemption.

As Michaels follows Jakob across two continents, she lets us witness his transformation from a half-wild casualty of the Holocaust to an artist who extracts meaning from its abyss. Filled with mysterious symmetries and rendered in heart-stopping prose, Fugitive Pieces is a triumphant work, a book that should not so much be read as it should be surrendered to.


The writing was beautiful and poetic but was a little too florid for my taste. I was distracted from the story the author was telling.

Released 3 mos ago (1/23/2022 UTC) at Dirty Job Brewing Company Little Free Library #80399 in Mansfield, Texas USA

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