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Book Title: The Last Flight of Poxl West: A Novel|
Date of issue: March 1st 2016
ISBN 13: 9781250081605
The author of the book: Daniel Torday
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 527 KB
Read full description of the books The Last Flight of Poxl West: A Novel: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.
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 he 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.
Read information about the authorDaniel Torday is the author of the novel THE LAST FLIGHT OF POXL WEST. New York Times chief critic Michiko Kakutani said the book "announces Torday's emergence as a writer deserving of attention," and in a cover review, The New York Times Book Review called the novel, “Expertly crafted... full of lyrical prose, superb Rothian sentences that glide over the page as smoothly as a Spitfire across a cloudless sky… utterly accomplished." Esquire Magazine called the book’s ending “the 149 best words published this year.”
Torday's novella, THE SENSUALIST, won the 2012 National Jewish Book Award for debut fiction. His short stories and essays have appeared in Esquire, Tin House, Paris Review Daily and The Kenyon Review. He is the Director of Creative Writing at Bryn Mawr College.
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