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Fugitive Pieces
by Anne Michaels | Literature & Fiction
Registered by marsala of Oslo Sentrum, Oslo fylke Norway on 1/5/2012
Average 7 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by Edwardstreet): to be read


12 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by marsala from Oslo Sentrum, Oslo fylke Norway on Thursday, January 05, 2012

10 out of 10

From amazon:

It is just months before the Nazi occupation of Poland, and, from the mud of a buried city, Jakob Beer, an orphaned Jewish boy, finds himself rescued by an unlikely saviour. He is saved by the geologist and humanist Athos Roussos, who takes him to his Greek island home where he becomes his student. But the trauma of Jakob's early life refuses to leave him. Living forever in the shadow of the Holocaust, although Jakob has escaped the most terrible fate of all, he must yet steel himself to excavate the horrors of his own history.

I choose this book for the favourites of 2011 roundabout because it is so beautifully written. I read it in the beginning of 2011 and right now I can't even really remember the plot. But I can remember reading passages over and over again because the language is so beautiful, almost poetic.  


Journal Entry 2 by marsala at Favourite Book Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Monday, January 09, 2012

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Released 5 yrs ago (1/9/2012 UTC) at Favourite Book Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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This book is travelling to Elstaplador, who is the first reader of this book in the Favourite book of 2011 roundabout.  


Journal Entry 3 by elstaplador at Woking, Surrey United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 11, 2012

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Arrived today - looking forward to reading :-) 


Journal Entry 4 by elstaplador at Woking, Surrey United Kingdom on Wednesday, January 25, 2012

7 out of 10

Another BookCrossing roundabout: this one is Favourites of 2011. And I can see why Fugitive Pieces is somebody's favourite. I'm not sure yet that it will be my favourite of 2012, but it is certainly a striking work.

The narrator for the most part is Jakob Beer, a small boy who escapes the Holocaust with a Greek geologist and grows up to be a poet. Geology is used as a metaphor again and again, and Michaels does an evocative and convincing job of it. At times I found the writing rather too dense and wandering towards the pretentious; at others I was completely immersed.

I was disappointed by the absence of deep women characters. While I appreciate the fact that this is largely an artefact of the first person narration, and the restrictions associated with that convention, it did feel rather dismissive of the female experience, given the importance in the plot of relationships between men. It also seemed to me that the last section didn't really add much, and was simply the geology metaphor re-imagined as meteorology.

Well worth a read, though. 


Journal Entry 5 by elstaplador at Favourite Book Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases on Sunday, January 29, 2012

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Released 5 yrs ago (1/28/2012 UTC) at Favourite Book Bookring, A Bookring -- Controlled Releases

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Sending on to the next person in the roundabout. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 6 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, February 03, 2012

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Arrived in yesterdays post 


Journal Entry 7 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, February 24, 2012

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Unfortunately I'm of the exact opposite opinion, I really did not enjoy this. The language was just far too flowery. The start of the book had me totally confused and it took me a little while to work out what was going on. I also didn't see the connection of book 2. It was another person's life and I didn't feel they were close enough friends for Ben to travelling to Jakob's house after he died. I don't like saying this about someone's favourite book but it didn't do anything for me. 


Journal Entry 8 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Falkirk, Scotland United Kingdom on Friday, February 24, 2012

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Unfortunately I'm of the exact opposite opinion, I really did not enjoy this. The language was just far too flowery. The start of the book had me totally confused and it took me a little while to work out what was going on. I also didn't see the connection of book 2. It was another person's life and I didn't feel they were close enough friends for Ben to travelling to Jakob's house after he died. I don't like saying this about someone's favourite book but it didn't do anything for me. 


Journal Entry 9 by wingearthcaroleannewing at Innsbruck, Tirol Austria on Friday, March 02, 2012

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Released 5 yrs ago (3/2/2012 UTC) at Innsbruck, Tirol Austria

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On it's way in the ring. 


Journal Entry 10 by ahabraken at Innsbruck, Tirol Austria on Monday, March 12, 2012

6 out of 10

Received today as part of the Favourites of 2011 RR. A relieve that there were actually 3 books in the enveloppe; at first I was afraid there was just one very thick book! Am curious what I will think of this book, after reading the opinions of those that read it before me. 


Journal Entry 11 by ahabraken at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Wednesday, April 04, 2012

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Released 5 yrs ago (4/6/2012 UTC) at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland

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What to say... I am not really convinced by the book. It was a nice read, but the story did not get to me for some reason. Wouldn´t say that I didn´t like the book, but if it was not for sending it along, I don´t think I would have finished this book.

I hope the next person will be more convinced by this book than I am! 


Journal Entry 12 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Thursday, April 19, 2012

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Received with thanks :) I should be able to start reading this over the weekend. 


Journal Entry 13 by wingAnnimanniwing at Espoo, Uusimaa / Nyland Finland on Friday, April 27, 2012

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Well - I loved this, the language, the atmosphere, the characters. To me, the story was immensely touching. I just hope I'd had had more time to really immerse myself in the story and go back and re-read some of the passages. A beautiful read. Thank you for sharing, marsala. 


Journal Entry 14 by franaloe at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Wednesday, May 16, 2012

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The book arrived in Zurich! I have difficulties of keeping track of what book is for what month. I think that this is my June book, but I'm not sure anymore. Anyway, I'll start reading it right away. Thanks for sharing and sending, also for the little poetry surprise :) 


Journal Entry 15 by franaloe at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Thursday, June 21, 2012

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Oops, finished this one a few weeks ago, but I totally forgot to write the journal and send this book on (although I think it is still on schedule).

I had a hard time with this book. It took me a while to get involved in the story, and I missed a real character in the book that I could identify myself with. It was as if the story was told by some bystander who could not really see what was going on and who did not really know the people either. Especially the second part of the book made me feel completely lost. I did not really see the connection, and I did not really care for all the characters. I am so sorry to say this about someones favorite book....!!

Funny enough, a visiting friend, who saw this book laying around told me how much she had loved the book and that she thought it was a great read. TO end with a positive note :)

Will send this on to LiniP asap! 


Journal Entry 16 by franaloe at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland on Monday, July 02, 2012

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Released 4 yrs ago (7/2/2012 UTC) at Zürich, Zürich Switzerland

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Held on to this book just too long and now it is July already. Time flies...
I just mailed to book to LiniP, and hope that it will get there shortly. 


Journal Entry 17 by LiniP at Schwäbisch Hall, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Wednesday, July 04, 2012

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This book will probably accompany me to Corfu. Looking forward to reading it despite of the topic. 


Journal Entry 18 by LiniP at Schwäbisch Hall, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Sunday, July 29, 2012

8 out of 10

I really liked this book. The first pages I thought this is moving too fast for me but then I settled into the writing style. Actually, I think I would love to read the book again because I am sure I missed some of the finer details. The title got me thinking as well. The book will be off to the next reader soon. Thank you for sharing, marsala. 


Journal Entry 19 by LiniP at Gaildorf, Baden-Württemberg Germany on Thursday, August 02, 2012

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Released 4 yrs ago (8/2/2012 UTC) at Gaildorf, Baden-Württemberg Germany

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The book is on its way to the next reader. Thank you for sharing. 


Journal Entry 20 by winggrovalskiiwing at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on Tuesday, August 07, 2012

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received the book today 


Journal Entry 21 by winggrovalskiiwing at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on Monday, September 03, 2012

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really enjoyed this book, though at first I had a hard time with the second part where Naomi and Ben got introduced. I didn't see a connection between the first and the second part. But it got clearer towards the end.  


Journal Entry 22 by winggrovalskiiwing at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany on Monday, September 03, 2012

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Released 4 yrs ago (9/4/2012 UTC) at Zehlendorf, Berlin Germany

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off to the next reader 


Journal Entry 23 by Qantaqa at Dachau, Bayern Germany on Friday, September 07, 2012

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Arrived today, thank you! 


Journal Entry 24 by Qantaqa at Dachau, Bayern Germany on Sunday, October 21, 2012

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Sorry - I just realized that this book has been sitting unnoticed on my bookshelf for quite some time now. Will start reading this afternoon.

EDIT: I'm sorry, I really would have liked to read this book but I just didn't mange to do so in time. So - in order not to stall the book ring - I sent it on to the next reader. 


Journal Entry 25 by LilyKlip at Leipzig, Sachsen Germany on Tuesday, November 06, 2012

8 out of 10

I enjoyed reading this a lot. It is beautifully written and the characters are well drawn. I agree with earthcaroleanne about book 2 though - I don't really see the connection or the need for that second part. It almost feels like a separate book. However, it reminded me of a song that we sang in school (I'm from East Germany and old enough to actually have memories of the time before Germany was reunited), the song wich Naomi attributed to Jakob: Moorsoldaten. I always loved this song, not so much for the lyrics which I actually couldn't remember but for the melody, which is full of longing. I'm not sure whether we sang a "censored" version back than but I never realised that it was written by prisoners in a concentration camp.

Thank you for sharing this book. It is a book I would never have picked up anywhere but is well worth reading.

As marsala does not want it back I will keep this traveling as a ray.

Participants:

1. VictoriaWagtail (Sweden; Int'l shipping)
2. Edwardstreet (NZ; Int'l shipping) - end of ray - feel free to keep the book or pass it on as you like

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Journal Entry 26 by LilyKlip at Leipzig, Sachsen Germany on Sunday, January 06, 2013

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The book is off to Sweden now. 


Journal Entry 27 by VictoriaWagtail at Bagarmossen, Stockholm Sweden on Tuesday, January 22, 2013

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The book arrived about a week ago but I must have forgotten to journal it. Sorry! But it's here with me and I'm looking forward to read it. Thanks Lilyklip for organizing the ring and sening it to me. 


Journal Entry 28 by VictoriaWagtail at Bagarmossen, Stockholm Sweden on Monday, February 11, 2013

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I tried to read this book but didn't really get into it. I'll let it continue its travels instead, Ill send it to Edwardstreet within the next couple of days. 


Journal Entry 29 by wingEdwardstreetwing at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Monday, April 22, 2013

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A wonderful surprise in my letter box today, will read and save for the Queenstown Uncon in October as it is such a well travelled book. I see it as mixed reviews so I will be interested to test my own reaction to this. 


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