# Novel《New Book Condition + Hardcover Edition + A Fiction Weaves Together What It Means To Be A Family In The Shadow Of War— To Love, To Lose, And To Heal》Daniel Torday - THE LAST FLIGHT OF POXL WEST
This internationally acclaimed award-winning bestsellr in hardcover edition is a bran-new book and nicely wrapped with protective book-wrapper. The original new book is sold at usual price RM109.16. Now here Only at RM17. ★★ A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW EDITORS' CHOICE ★★ ★★ NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER★★ ★★ WINNER OF THE 2015 NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD /JJ GREENBERG MEMORIAL AWARD★★ ★★FINALIST FOR THE 2017 SAMI ROHR PRIZE ★★ ★★ LONGLISTED FOR THE 2017 INTERNATIONAL DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD★★ ★★ FINALIST FOR THE 2015 WALLANT AWARD★★ A stunning debut novel from award-winning author Daniel Torday, in which a young man recounts his idolization of his Uncle Poxl, a Jewish, former RAF pilot, exploring memory, fame, and storytelling. Poxl West fled the Nazis’ onslaught in Czechoslovakia. He escaped their clutches again in Holland. He pulled Londoners from the Blitz’s rubble. He wooed intoxicating, unconventional beauties. He rained fire on Germany from his RAF bomber. Poxl West is the epitome of manhood and something of an idol to his teenage nephew, Eli Goldstein, who reveres him as a brave, singular, Jewish war hero. Poxl fills Eli’s head with electric accounts of his derring-do, adventures, and romances, as he collects the best episodes from his storied life into a memoir. All his life, Elijah Goldstein has idolized his charismatic Uncle Poxl. Intensely magnetic, cultured and brilliant, Poxl takes Elijah under his wing, introducing him to opera and art and literature. But when Poxl publishes a memoir of how he was forced to leave his home north of Prague at the start of WWII and then avenged the deaths of his parents by flying RAF bombers over Germany during the war, killing thousands of German citizens, Elijah watches as the carefully constructed world his uncle has created begins to unravel. As Elijah discovers the darker truth of Poxl’s past, he comes to understand that the fearless war hero he always revered is in fact a broken and devastated man who suffered unimaginable losses from which he has never recovered. He publishes that memoir, Skylock, to great acclaim, and its success takes him on the road, and out of Eli’s life. With his uncle gone, Eli throws himself into reading his opus and becomes fixated on all things Poxl. But as he delves deeper into Poxl’s history, Eli begins to see that the life of the fearless superman he’s adored has been much darker than Poxl let on, and filled with unimaginable loss from which he may have not recovered. As the truth about Poxl emerges, it forces Eli to face irreconcilable facts about the war he’s romanticized and the vision of the man he’s held so dear. Daniel Torday’s debut novel, The Last Flight of Poxl West beautifully weaves together the two unforgettable voices of Eli Goldstein and Poxl West, exploring what it really means to be a hero, and to be a family, in the long shadow of war. The Last Flight of Poxl West beautifully weaves together what it means to be a family in the shadow of war— to love, to lose, and to heal. In Summary, The Last Flight of Poxl West alternates between two related stories - a World War II “memoir” and a story about a relationship between young Elijah Goldstein and his uncle Poxl. This structure breaks up the story nicely and provides needed perspective to the memoir sections, which make up most of the novel. In summary, The Last Flight of Poxl West is a good story and extremely well-written, with characters that experience deep emotions and complex moral issues. Eli, a Jewish teenager in Boston, whose grandparents immigrated from Europe, whose parents are modestly successful professionals, loves and idealizes his Uncle Poxl, who is “a writer and an artist and a war hero”. The extent of Eli’s hero worship is shown when Poxl reads from his memoir: “And when he finally gave us what we wanted - and that audience wanted so much from Poxl West, the first Jew so many of us had heard of who had not only survived the Nazi threat but had combated it, literally - and narrated what happened the night he crawled into the cockpit of a Lancaster bonber, when he piloted a plane so that his bomb aimer could drop blockbuster bombs that created a firestorm that destroyed almost every building in Hamburg, it was as if every villain in God’s unholy world had been burned in the caldron of fire my uncle Poxl had lit.” That’s a lot to live up to, and Eli’s first person narrative is about his projections and disappointments, as well as the importance of stories. Eli is a likeable and believable character. Poxl’s memoir tells of his departure from pre-war Czechoslovakia, his romantic adventures in Rotterdam and London, and achievement of his dream to fly for the RAF against the Nazi’s. It is very well-written. Readers felt completely absorbed in Poxl’s experiences during the war and his feelings about his mother and the women he loved. Reader was most interested in the details about living in London during the bombings and his experiences in the RAF. Amazon.com Review The Last Flight of Poxl West is a memoir within a memoir within a novel. In other words, it tells the fictional story of a late 20th century teenage boy, Elijah Goldstein, who recounts the story of his uncle, Poxl West, who wrote a memoir about his years as an RAF pilot during WWII. (Poxl’s manuscript makes up half the book.) The way I said that, it sounds confusing. The way Torday wrote it, it’s perfectly clear: this is a story about a boy who loves his uncle who has for fifty years portrayed himself as a war hero, has in fact gotten famous for being a war hero (and writing about it) and who may or may not have been all the things he (and the boy) thought he was. It’s like two coming-of-age stories in one, in other words, and a wise and generous meditation on memory and aspiration and truth. Poxl himself (It’s a diminutive of a Czech name; the West was Anglicized from “Weisberg”) is like a John Irving character reimagined by Philip Roth – and Elijah, well, Elijah is every baseball-loving-son-of-immigrant-Jewish-parents you ever met in school. Not clichéd, just familiar. But if the characters are achingly, irresistibly familiar, the novel Torday has written about them is unusual and impressive; it’s a rollicking joy ride that leaves you breathlessly excited and a little sad, all at once. --Sara Nelson About the Author DANIEL TORDAY is the Director of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College. An author and former editor at Esquire magazine, Torday currently serves as an editor at The Kenyon Review. His short stories and essays have appeared in Esquire, Glimmer Train, Harper Perennial's Fifty-Two Stories, Harvard Review, The New York Times and The Kenyon Review. Torday's novella, The Sensualist, won the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for debut fiction.
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