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The Last Flight of Poxl West, by Daniel Torday

The Last Flight of Poxl West: A Novel - Daniel Torday

At a reading of his bestselling memory, Poxl West is asked if his memoir has anything new to say about the Jewish experience of World War II by a dandruffy graduate student. The question flusters the old man and infuriates his nephew (our narrator). I wanted to interject myself and say that everyone has a right to tell their story, that there are a multiplicity of stories from that era that deserve to be heard. But what if that story turns out to be less than true? Daniel Torday's The Last Flight of Poxl West begin with the story of a boy and his much-admired war hero uncle before becoming something much more complicated...

 

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