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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Marimee
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.

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FlingingPasta
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.

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modestgoddess
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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