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Coney Island, 1939. On the eve of World War II, fifteen-year-old Harry Catzker spends his after-school hours on his bike, picking up betting slips from Coney Island carnival freaks for the local bookie and racing his imaginary sworn enemy, German Captain Ziegenbaum, whose ship menaces the coastline. As the lights of the Cyclone and Luna Park glow in the Coney Island night, ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 2nd 2001 by The Overlook Press
(first published September 1st 2000)
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Avram Ducovny who became a novelist at the age of 73 and died in Paris at the age of 75 is a gifted and magical writer. I had never heard of him before, but by chance found this book in a used book store. What a pleasant surprise! One can almost taste the life of the people of Coney Island of the 1930s; the misery of the Jews who survived the pogroms in Poland; the "freaks" who are treated with such disdain; the ruthless mafia freaks who are only interested in their own gain; all the dispossesse ...more
I knew the author personally but never realized what a fantastic writer he was...he has passed on but I think he is happy knowing how much I enjoyed this book...a wonderful look at the lives of Jews on Coney Island in the late 30's and early 40's...thank you Ami....
I found this while wandering in the library stacks. written by the father of david ducovny from the x-files, and it's about coney island, freaks, Jews, WW2... it's really good but upsetting. interesting to realize that david ducovny is Jewish and also interesting how amram ducovny uses yiddish phrases but in english so often, like "go shit in the ocean" which is more fun to say "gey kakn afn yam" and doesn't totally make sense in translation. still - good book.