Kicking the Sky

Kicking the Sky

A Novel

Book - 2013
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On a steamy summer day in 1977, Emanuel Jaques was shining shoes in downtown Toronto. Surrounded by the strip clubs, bars and body rub parlors of Yonge Street, Emanuel was lured away from his friends by a man who promised some easy money. Four days later the boy's body was discovered. He had been brutally raped and murdered, and 'Toronto the Good' would never be the same. The murder of the Shoeshine Boy had particularly tragic resonance for the city's Portuguese community. The loss of one of their own symbolized for many how far they were from realizing their immigrant dreams.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c2013
ISBN: 9780385664387
Branch Call Number: F DES NVD
Characteristics: 316 pages

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smc01 Jul 08, 2014

I had mixed feelings about this book. While I admire De Sa's writing very much, I found the subject matter disturbing. I hope this is not the life that an average Portuguese boy experienced growing up in 1970s Toronto. De Sa expertly evokes that time period and details the difficulty of the immigrant experience. Toronto's close-knit Portuguese community is vivid and detailed. But in the end it's hard to believe that a family could go through as much as 12-year-old Antonio's did, and Antonio certainly grows up faster than he should. I didn't find it to be a page turner - in fact, I sort of dreaded what might happen next.

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adeecee
Feb 01, 2014

Excellent book. I thoroughly enjoyed it to the last word. So good I slowed down my reading pace because I didn't want it to finish. One of my books to read again.

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Peter1
Oct 15, 2013

I loved this book--a real page-turner. Highly recommended.

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