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The Book of Flying by Keith  Miller
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Sep 16, 11

bookshelves: fiction, fantasy, books, library, 2007, office, shelf, 4-4
Read in December, 2007

Pico was born wingless to winged parents who abandoned him for that reason and he grew up as an orphan. He spent his childhood in a library, raised by a librarian and became one himself when the old man died. Not only that he doesn't have parents because he was born without wings, he also can't have the girl he loves because she's also of the winged people. A short moment of happiness with her convinces him that he needs to go on a journey in search of his own wings. To get them he must travel across the country to the Morning Town to find the Book of Flying. On the year-long journey he encounters a lot of different people and creatures, all of whom have a lesson to teach him and who influence him and his thinking. But he never loses sight of his ultimate goal and always marches on.[return][return]I love everything about this book. It's poetic, lyrical and like a song. Miller has a gift for capturing his readers with powerful images displayed with simple words.[return]It's a philosophical fairy tale for adults. I wouldn't recommend it for children because the imagery is sometimes very graphic. To me, this is a magic tale of the quest for what is most important in every person's life, and the discovery that the journey is just as important, if not more so, than the goal.
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