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BOOK OF THE WEEK
THE LAST FLIGHT OF POXL WEST by Daniel Torday
Torday has expertly crafted a multilayered, multi-generational look at a family’s life after WWII; it is about love, loss and growing up. The book is told from two viewpoints; present day and Poxl’s memoir, allowing the readers to decide for themselves the truth behind what truly occurred. Poxl West is a WWII hero in the eyes of his nephew, Eli Goldstein, whom Poxl has taken on as his charge, in order to educate and refine him. Eli worships Poxl for all his worldly wisdom and heroic deeds during the war. When Poxl’s memoir, Skylark, is published, it causes Eli to question all that he thought he knew about his uncle. As he delves deeper into Poxl’s history, he begins to see that the life of this fearless superhero has been much darker than he has let on. Torday has crafted an absorbing story which seamlessly weaves together Poxl’s viewpoint and that of Eli’s, following several different threads and making the reader question which version is the truth.
Torday’s prose is exceptional, his characters are realistic and it is easy to forget they are works of fiction; his storylines are so atmospheric at times the reader can easily get lost in the book, being taken back to another time and to a war where courage as well as unspeakable loss occur.
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