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3.21  ·  Rating Details  ·  33 Ratings  ·  6 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. 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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Oct 14, 2015 Joyce rated it it was amazing
Shelves: have
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
Sep 05, 2014 Beth rated it liked it
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....
Mar 15, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it
At times, I felt for the characters in this novel, but the storyline felt very disjointed. I often felt lost. I did like the Coney Island setting.
Nov 12, 2007 Ezra rated it liked it
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.
Mar 28, 2010 Amy rated it it was ok
Shelves: abandoned
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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Jul 23, 2008 Elisa Brienza rated it it was amazing
Awesome book!
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