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Fly is a taxi driver in a crime-ridden apocalyptic metropolis. Raised in the circus, Fly sees everything, taking in all of the city's carnivalesque beauty and ugliness as he roves through its dizzying streets in his taxi. Fly is a reader, too, his tiny apartment filled with books. His best friend is Otto, a political activist who's in and out of jails and asylums. One night Fly meets Mary, a book-loving passenger with a domineering husband. So begins a romance that is, for Fly, a brief glimmer of light amid the shadows and grit of the Carnival city. Along with Otto and Mary, Fly introduces us to madmen and revolutionaries, magicians and prostitutes as he picks them up and drops them off, traveling through a nightmarish town that is--we can't help but notice--a parable for our own debauched, unjust world.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2013
Edition: First American edition
Copyright Date: ©2012
ISBN: 9780393072426
Branch Call Number: FICTION HAGE RAWI
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 22 cm


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Mar 03, 2015

Rawi Hage's writing style is so engaging and unique that you can't help but be fully immersed in this story. I didn't give it 5 stars because of the rushed ending that changed the entire tone of the story, in a bad way.

Apr 10, 2014

A good example of the dark novel genre with content for mature readers that is differentiated from the explicit content of the horror genre. Cynical sense of humor delivered deadpan through the main character - Fly, who goes through life without as much as raising an eyebrow at any of the tragic and the absurd events occurring around him. No attempt to impose any moral or ethical judgments on the characters who deal with life in the only way they know how. A very rich writing style that weaves a tapestry of the events prodding the mind to visually construct the scenes as you read. The ending is a bit hurried as if the Publisher gave an ultimatum to finish it or else..

Feb 07, 2014

Well written, fairly dark novel on working class society and immigration. Most of the characters are unsympathetic which is typical of the author. A fairly quick read and worthwhile for most.

Nov 08, 2012

Finalist, Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize 2012. Jury citation: "Rawi Hage’s freewheeling Carnival delights and surprises the reader at every turn. This vivid and wildly original tale is told with all the colour, clamour, and showmanship that the novel’s title evokes. Hage’s narrator, Fly, buzzes through the city in his cab relaying his impressions – by turns hyper-caffeinated and sleep-deprived – in electrifying, often hallucinatory fragments, shot through with violence, madness, beauty, and desire. It all adds up to a veritable magic carpet ride of a story."


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