- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books; 1 edition (September 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0618004149
- ISBN-13: 978-0618004140
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 33 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #435,063 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Emperor of the Air Paperback – September 15, 1999
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-- Reviewed by Jonathan Stephens
I am impressed with Canin's ability to shift from 1st to 3rd person and back, and with the exception of "Pitch Memory," create interesting, authentic characters. I think he is a very talented writer, talented enough to forgo cuteness and pretension. As far as criticsm, there is a sense of repitition reading the stories, as all of the main characters are essentially dreamers. But the book *is* called "Emporer of the Air," and I think that the stories are different enough, reflecting crises at adolesence, early adulthood and old age, that they read and feel distinct. One story is about an older brother leaving home, another a dying old man emotionally estranged from his physically present wife, and another is about an old man who longs for something to care for. The stories may be too subtle for some, and parts may displease others for opposite reasons. Ultimately, though, it is telling that Walker Percy gave "Emporer of the Air" his endorsement, as it is at times similarly magical to Percy's "Moviegoer."
are simple in their delivery yet profound in their rendition. They left me touched and
tearful. I smile with the knowledge that Canin captures the "one man" in "everyman" - -
the unique in the common, the sublime in the every day.
Issues of creativity and sensitivity as the most important aspects and highest traits of
humankind are stressed in the stories.
Of special beauty are 'Where We Are Now', 'We Are the Nighttime Travelers', Pitch Memory',
'The Carnival Dog, The Buyer of Diamonds', and 'Star Food'.
This book rates a '5+' from me. It is one of those rare books that is so beautiful that it
leaves me virtually speechless. The beauty is haunting and remains with the reader long
after the last sentence is read.