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.
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.
©2015 Daniel Torday (P)2015 Macmillan Audio
American English was fine but when book switched characters to Eastern European Jewish he went into this weird half Irish half something else accent, made me cringe
After you get past the author's over-exuberant verbosity, the story carries you along. Would have been better if shorter with less redundancy & the parts written from the teen/young adult voice were shortened more than the uncle's part. A more age appropriate in vocabulary/dialect from the nephew would improve the listening experience too.
The reviewer who called Torday's sentences "Rothian" was off the mark. Not only that, This purports to be a moral tale, about love, vengeance, betrayal, but the simplistic characters reveal little about what it means to live in a complex world, roiled by 20th century upheaval. Disappointing.
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