A Bird's Eye

A Bird's Eye

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Shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and selected as an Amazon.ca Best Book.

With all the wonder of a small-scale The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay comes this moving and unforgettable novel about childhood, love, and magic.

Growing up in a Jewish neighbourhood in the 1930s, young Benjamin Kleeman falls in love, first with Corrine Foster and then with magic. Hiding his new passions from his parents -- the long-suffering Bella, an Italian immigrant, and Jacob, a talented but failed inventor of elaborate mechanical devices -- Benjamin begins apprenticeships in magic and life itself, learning along the way that everything is more complicated than it seems.

With wit, tenderness, humour, and, startling beauty, Cary Fagan brings a gifted young man's rise to a peculiar kind of stardom, wonderfully alive.

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, House of Anansi Press,, 2013.
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9781770893108
Characteristics: 181 pages ;,19 cm.


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Oct 31, 2017

I thought his characterizations were original, real and so believable. My favorite section was his description of the first intimate moment between the main characters, it was raw and comically true. I love how he ended just as one would want more. Defining moment in skill and knowing just how captivating his work is.

May 18, 2016

Fagan weaves a really delightful little tale. I was left wanting more. His mix of wry humour and innocence transported me back to an earlier time of youthful naivete and hope. Thank you sir.

Jun 04, 2014

Interesting book - I very much enjoyed the glimpse into Toronto's past, the exposé of one immigrant experience in the Depression, and the over-arching tale of the birth of an illusionist. I like Fagan's writing. Look for his picture books too - he tells a clever tale (especially Thing-Thing and Dr Zinger's hat).

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