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Waxwings (Paperback, New ed): Jonathan Raban

Waxwings (Paperback, New ed)

Jonathan Raban

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Jonathan Raban is probably best known for his travel writing, although he has also written fiction. This is the first in a proposed series of three novels set in the Pacific North West of America. Raban, a British citizen, has always been fascinated by the United States and the American Dream, or America as an ideology. In the book he uses his observational skills and wit to draw a compassionate and humorous portrait of America at the turn of the millennium. The two main characters in the novel are legal immigrant Tom Janeway, a Hungarian-born English intellectual, and illegal alien Chick, who came from China hidden in a container aboard a freighter. Tom has in sense always been an immigrant. His parents fled Hungary in 1956, when he was just a toddler, and he grew up with a feeling of being different in a bleak London suburb. His Hungarian surname, Szany, became Janeway, just as nameless Chick is first just a 'chink' then turns it into Chick, and later acquires a fake ID. And it is not just the names of our protagonists that are in a flux. People around them change identities, the city they are in, Seattle, is changing, and peoples fortunes are in a spin. While the enterprising Chick sees possibilities and use in what others label junk, and uses hard work and resourcefulness to draw himself up by the bootstraps, Tom lives in his head with his literary chums and ideas. He is so self-absorbed that he does not realize that his dot.com paper millionaire wife, Beth, is drifting away from him. Toms detachment from his surroundings soon lands him in serious trouble and the story becomes a tragic farce. Raban writes with sensitivity and intelligence, and creates a thoughtful but also an entertaining novel that is a joy to read. (Kirkus UK)
At the turn of the millennium, two immigrants are drawn to the United States by their own versions of the American Dream. For Tom Janeway - a Hungarian-born English intellectual most at home with his books - it's the family he thought he'd never have. For Chick - an illegal alien newly escaped from a cargo container - it's the land of plenty he imagined back in China. But as the stock market hits a new high, anti-globalist riots break out in the streets, a terrorist is arrested and a child disappears, the two men's dreams collide in a way neither could have anticipated. Unjustly accused of a horrific crime, estranged from his wife and his beloved young son, Tom's life is rapidly unravelling. Chick, meanwhile, has a burgeoning business by day but no safe place to lay his bed at night. For both, the New World proves surprisingly full of old ways. Waxwings is a masterwork. Exquisitely written, moving, funny and hugely entertaining, it brilliantly captures the landscape and life of contemporary America, and it confirms Jonathan Raban as one of our very finest writers.


Imprint: Picador
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Release date: May 2004
Authors: Jonathan Raban
Dimensions: 197 x 130 x 18mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - B-format
Pages: 310
Edition: New ed
ISBN-13: 978-0-330-48050-5
Categories: Books > Fiction > General & literary fiction > Modern fiction
LSN: 0-330-48050-2
Barcode: 9780330480505

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