The Book of Flying

The Book of Flying

A Novel

Book - 2004
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A bold, vivid, fantastical first novel about a young librarian who sets off on a magical journey to gain his wings in order to win the heart of the girl he loves. The Book of Flyingis a satisfying, old-fashioned story-driven by the sheer power of imagination and the beauty of language. Pico is an orphaned librarian who has been sustained all of his young life by his love of stories alone. But when love does come to him at last, it is forbidden. For the girl of his dreams is of the winged people in the City by the Sea. And Pico is wingless. So when he discovers an ancient letter in his library telling of the mythical Morning Town where the flightless may gain their wings, he sets off on a quest, carrying his four favorite books in a knapsack. It's a magical journey in which he meets a robber queen, a lonely minotaur, a dream seller, a despairing cannibal, and an immortal beauty. Each of them has a story, and a lesson for Pico. And, in the end, he has learned to kill, to love, to persevere, and, of course, to fly. Pico's journey is Everyman's journey. But it's also special for being a reader's journey, because Pico's lessons are revealed through stories as much as they are through life. And after all, it's in books that our hearts open to other people and places. In this impressionable first novel, Keith Miller has created a tantalizingly foreign yet familiar world where our own imaginations take flight, carrying us, finally, to discover ourselves. Keith Miller is an American who was born in Tanzania, raised in Kenya, and wrote this novel while traveling in southern Sudan. He now lives in Egypt, where he is a design consultant and art teacher at a center for refugees.
Publisher: New York: Riverhead Books, 2004
ISBN: 9781573222495
Branch Call Number: MILL
Characteristics: 262 p. : 20 cm


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May 30, 2018

A story about a journey filled with literary references and poetry. I was impressed with the casual take on life and almost bohemian perspective on a life-well-lived. The characters are memorable and full of spirit, which speaks how the author relishes in relationships and the importance of them. Read this book if you search for beauty and like finding ways to express your search.

Apr 29, 2014

A wonderfully fun and poetic book! And of course, it's about a librarian.

Jun 02, 2011

Evocative and poetic use of language. Author is clearly well-educated in classical myth/legend and uses that knowledge to create a new fable. Since I read it as a novel, it could have been edited a bit more tightly to lessen some of the repetition, but as it is, each chapter can be read as a short story.

Nov 21, 2010

This is an unbelievably beautiful book - the author has a passion for language. The imagery he creates is exceptional and magical.
Easily the best book I've read all year.

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