Kicking the Sky

Kicking the Sky

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Now available in paperback--Anthony De Sa's novel of rare evocative power that captures the space between innocence and knowing--for a city, for a community and most especially for a trio of unforgettable boys.
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.
Kicking the Sky is told from the perspective of one of these children, Antonio Rebelo, a character first introduced in Barnacle Love . Twelve-year-old Antonio prizes his life of freedom and adventure. He and his best friends, Manny and Ricky, spend their days on their bikes exploring the labyrinth of laneways that link their Portuguese neighborhood to the rest of the city. But as the details of Emanuel's death expose Toronto's seedier underbelly, the boys are pulled into an adult world of danger and cruelty, secrets and lies much closer to home.
Kicking the Sky is a novel driven by dramatic events, taking hold of readers from its opening pages, intensifying its force towards an ending of huge emotional impact.
Publisher: [Toronto] : Anchor Canada, 2014
Edition: Anchor Canada ed
ISBN: 9780385664394
Branch Call Number: DES
Characteristics: 316 p. ;,21 cm

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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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