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10 thoughts on “Copernicus Avenue

  1. says:

    After learning that many of the stories are interconnected I immediately wanted to read the collection again knowing I'd have a very different experience than I did reading the stories as separate entities This just goes to show that this book can hold its own as both as novel and as a collection of stories To my knowledge

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    More of random thoughts than an actual critical reviewThe author did a really good job of capturing that Polish immigrant feel and the spirit of Poles Though this book takes place in Canada I can definitely see the story a

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    A linked collection of short stories set in Toronto's Polish community both in Toronto Roncesvalles Village from the immediate postwar era forward and in Europe I enjoyed the evocative descriptions of the city reminded me a bit of In the Skin of a Lion and the exploration of the effects of war and migration as first generation immigrants tried to settle in their new country haunted by what had occurred in their old one

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    If like myself you're a Polish Canadian and live anywhere near Toronto you know all about Roncesvalles Avenue This fictional re imagining of this iconic neighbourhood and its people hits so many powerful notes in my psyche that it may as well be a documentary Even if you're not subject to the cultural nostalgia as I am this remains a powerful

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    If you are somehow connected to the both popular yet seemingly unknown street of Roncesvalles Ave in Toronto Ontario this book will have some meaning to you but I'm unsure if you can say anything else about it other than that it's a collection of stories Roncesvalles Ave now in 2018 continues to change and evolve but it is far from the Pol

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    For this review and others visit the EditorialEyes Blog35 out of 5The Poland of Andrew J Borkowski’s Copernicus Avenue is a land of shifting borders but eternal meaning shaping and shadowing everything that happens in each character’s life A set of linked short stories the book’s setting shuttles between Poland and the Polish Canadian neighbourhood of west Toronto on the fictional Copernicus Avenue Spanning many decades the book tells

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    If you have a Polish background and are familiar with the Polish community of the Roncesvalles Avenue you will love it I know the area somewhat but am not Polish so for me it was an interesting story

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    Andrew is a local hero in our neighbourhood winning the Toronto Book Award and all that I've heard him read twi

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    Other than two embarrassing copy editing mistakes glaring out at me on Page 3 which caused me to feel sad about the state of publishing today and to be gravely upset on the author's behalf and another two in later stories in this wor

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    These stories were written with just the right touch It would have been easy for them to deteriorate into cheap sentimentality at times but they never do Borkowski keeps the emotion real The writing in St David's Day was exceptionally well done particularly in regards to the running of the Lancaster bomber Borkowski had me believing he must be a pilot himself to write with such ease and detail I only wish the book was lo

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Copernicus Avenue

You will never know what really happened to Lech or any of us We mean nothing by it darling It is a silent agreement we all have with ourselves that nothing will ever make us prisoners again not even memory Set primarily in the neighbou. More of random thoughts than an actual critical reviewThe author did a really good job of capturing that Polish immigrant feel and the spirit of Poles Though this book takes place in Canada I can definitely see the story as being set in Chicago or some other Polish city instead In addition I can even see some parts of the characters in people that I know Perhaps it means that the cities or most immigrant cities follow the same patternin a way it s sad Reading this book gave me a sense of nostalgia in a way or at least ample opportunity to relate I know what it feels like to be an immigrant s childto have a Polish background but at the same time to be something else entirely Engendering Song us We mean nothing by it darling It is a silent agreement we all have with ourselves that nothing will ever make Listening Woman by Tony Hillerman Summary & Study Guide us prisoners again not even memory Set primarily in the neighbou. More of random thoughts than an actual critical reviewThe author did a really good job of capturing that Polish immigrant feel and the spirit of Poles Though this book takes place in Canada I can definitely see the story as being set in Chicago or some other Polish city instead In addition I can even see some parts of the characters in people that I know Perhaps it means that the cities or most immigrant cities follow the same patternin a way it s sad Reading this book gave me a sense of nostalgia in a way or at least ample opportunity to relate I know what it feels like to be an immigrant s childto have a Polish background but at the same time to be something else entirely

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Ldiers visionaries and madmen the forgotten and the unforgettable Copernicus Avenue captures with bold and striking prose the spirit of a people who have travelled to a new land not to escape old grudges and atrocities but to conuer the. Andrew is a local hero in our neighbourhood winning the Toronto Book Award and all that I ve heard him read twice and would recommend the experience to anyone who has the opportunity The book is pretty good too I m used to cutting local authors a lot of slack simply because they re local but this book doesn t need the kid gloves to come out A solid half of the stories are really good and would stand on their own in any collection The other half range from decent to okay A few stories seemed to sneak in to keep character continuity through the collection and don t really stand on their own Most stories are in the 10 page range and so if they re not great they re over soon and none are so bad that they hurt The really good ones are wonderfully concise but still rich in character description and narrative Knowing the neighbourhood was also a great advantage for me as descriptions of still existing places are clear and after hearing him speak I know which existing names have been changed to what for the book I d recommend this one as there are many good stories well told between these covers

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Rhood of fictional Copernicus Avenue Andrew Borkowski's debut collection of short stories is a daring modern take on life in Toronto's Polish community in the years following World War II Featuring a cast of young and old artists and so. For this review and others visit the EditorialEyes Blog35 out of 5The Poland of Andrew J Borkowski s Copernicus Avenue is a land of shifting borders but eternal meaning shaping and shadowing everything that happens in each character s life A set of linked short stories the book s setting shuttles between Poland and the Polish Canadian neighbourhood of west Toronto on the fictional Copernicus Avenue Spanning many decades the book tells the overarching story of the Mienkiewicz family from Great uncle Stefan in wartime Poland to sweet lost Blaise the sometimes narrator of the overall story in present day Canada Along the way we are introduced to Blaise s family and a host of other characters and I do mean characters and given precious glimpses into the minds and hearts of a war torn and often adrift group of people who are just trying to find a new footholdI picked the book up at a recent short story reading Borkowski stole the show with his animated accented Twelve Versions of Lech which is one of the book s showstoppers transporting a modernist Polish artist from the motherland to Canada Lech is unlike anything the Polish immigrants and their Canadian born children of 1980s Copernicus Avenue have ever encountered and he represents a Poland that is distinct from the memories the older generation cherish and protectBlaise who orbits Lech hoping to be let in has heard stories of war of sacrifice from his parents and their friends As we see through the eyes of different narrators we get to see Blaise as a child commanding his imaginary troops in High Park or listening to stories of the old country from his babysitter Magda who tries to explain to the children in her care how precious her porridge pot is how as a child herself she carried it with her as her people were massacred around her As Blaise observes Stories like this were all around us but they were things the grownups whispered after the children went to bed By telling us the story of this pot I realized she was trying to confer something on us Even as the children grow up Canadian not comprehending this immediate distant world of their parents we get to move backward in time seeing aerial fights witnessing awful execution and forced resettlement in the old world and polite systematic discrimination in the new As Blaise s father Thadeusz anglicizes himself into Thadeus and courts the broken Women s Auxiliary Airforce member Marlene other characters cling to the old ways As Thadeus decides he will suare dance and drink beer and like hockey dammit Babayaga the homeless old woman who takes alms in exchange for prayers bursts in on Sunday school lectures in order to ensure the young Polish Canadian children are taught properly about their God and their history And Poniatowski forever pontificating and rabble rousing for the Polish cause tries and fails to recruit ThadeusThe book is about this clashing of worlds Blaise sits beside the artist Lech listening to a phone conversation with one of Lech s lovers Lech let me hear every wordin the tongue I had grown up surrounded by and still didn t understand It s in these moments of every day life and survival that Copernicus Avenue works best These stories might have been told in a sweeping epic novel something Peter Behrens The O Briens but by addressing moments in time through short stories Borkowski is instead sharing pieces of these lives with us conferring an intimacy upon the reader that might be missing from a larger sweeping narrative It s like we get to peek in through the windows throughout the years to see what the family is up to We learn of deaths only in passing of marriages and falls from graceThe book stumbles a bit in certain places and is at times weak when it comes to dialogue and banter I found myself flipping through the laboured descriptions of wartime fights and peacetime factory work in favour of sinking into the simple heartbreaking descriptions of Thadeus final days or of the visits of the gracefully mad Glenn Gould hating piano teacher Miss Kalyn Along with Twelve Versions of Lech which anchors the middle of the book the opening The Trees of Kleinsaltz is outstanding in its portrayal of people trying to survive the humanness of the every day even under the worst conditions I don t want to reveal the ending of The Trees for you but it left me chilled The final pair of entries Coming to Baranica and Being Alex are beautifully rendered bringing the cycle of stories back to their beginning back to Poland As Blaise tries to find his way in Baranica his estranged brother Alex looks at his own thoroughly Canadian life and finds himself perhaps as unmoored as his father had been when he first came to Canada Copernicus Avenue isn t uite what I expected when I first picked it up I was somehow anticipating something like Stuart McLean s Vinyl Cafe collections a set of sweet light tales about a group of people the funny happenstances of a particular street in Toronto Instead these are stories of war of survival of being or becoming a stranger in your old country your new country your own family These are stories about putting one foot in front of the other and knowing that no matter what another day will come

  • Paperback
  • 216
  • Copernicus Avenue
  • Andrew J. Borkowski
  • English
  • 24 December 2019
  • 9781770860018