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Confessions of a Homing Pigeon

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George Bernini, the five-year-old son of the Flying Berninis of Ringling Brothers Circus fame, becomes the ward of his eccentric Uncle Fritz when his parents die in a freak trapeze accident. Following in his uncle's wake, George is exposed at a tender age to the footloose existence of a 1950s, self-styled expatriate musician who lives and studies in Paris, drinks to excess ...more
Unknown Binding, 378 pages
Published January 1st 1981 by Dial Press
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Karen
May 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I read this book a while ago so my memory is a little hazy, but I'm reviewing it anyway because if Goodreads is any indication, then virtually no one has heard of this book, and that needs to be rectified as quickly as possible.

Briefly, this is the story of George Bernini, orphan son of the Flying Berninis, circus acrobats who plummet to their deaths when George is still a young child (but don't worry, it's not THAT kind of book, whatever that means). George, who began his life in Manhattan in t
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This is such an endearing story, I didn't want it to end. George, who we follow to age 14 (a very old and experienced 14), is utterly humane - earnest, lovable, flawed - and sometimes I wanted to take him by the shoulders and shake him as he made bad choices for good reasons.

I came to this book because readers of my own novels said I was a similar writer of characters who you love for their flaws, their vulnerability, their humanity. Well, Nicholas Meyer did it better, and I bow to him.
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Nicholas Meyer graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in theater and film-making, & is a film writer, producer, director and novelist best known for his involvement in the Star Trek films. He is also well known as the director for the landmark 1983 TV-Movie "The Day After", for which he was nominated for a Best Director Emmy Award. In 1977, Meyer was nominated for an Adapted Scree ...more
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