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3.25 of 5 stars 3.25  ·  rating details  ·  28 ratings  ·  4 reviews
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. His parents are in their own world: his father writes a serial novel for t ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published October 2nd 2001 by Overlook TP (first published September 1st 2000)
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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....
Nov 12, 2007 Ezra rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: coney, jews, b2w
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.
I actually tried and failed twice to read this one. I'm not sure why I couldn't finish it; it looked like it would be so great. I think the characters were really interesting, I guess the story just didn't go anywhere for me.
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