- File Size: 13084 KB
- Print Length: 63 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: April 14, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00JPKX5DU
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #820,635 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Wingman Kindle Edition
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Seeing the book is out of print makes me sad. Publisher's stupidity. However, I'm glad it is now available digitally and just bought myself a copy. One of the best books ever!
"Wingman" is a beautiful book. Pinkwater tells a story that has a lot of pain in it - the loneliness of the main character is intense and real in the same way it might be in a book by Dostoevsky. There are a lot of stories about not fitting in, about being different, but "Wingman" tells its story with no sentimentality, and with no attempt to soften the facts for children.
There's a lot in this book to counterbalance that pain, though - this is a story about imagination. Pinkwater leaves the figure of Wingman as a mystery that lingers after the book is done. The main character manages to weather his hard times, and his gifts find a place in the world.
Pinkwater's drawings are done in a comic book style and they're a perfect match to the story.
The story centers around a young Chinese boy who loves comics. His father is supporting the family after his mother becomes ill. He is picked upon in school. Soon, he is playing hooky to read his comics in the "saftey" of a bridge span. It is there we meet Wingman. He swoops the boy off to ancient China. He is tall, powerful, handsome, invincible. . . and Chinese.
The book shows powerfully, without being preachy, values such as cultural pride, and the feelings of being "different." It is an incredible read, whether you are 11 or 70.
He is still poor and lonely. His life is still bitterly hard. But his fantasies of Wingman help him to follow the old Chinese tradition: when times are bitter and there is no food, eat bitterness and survive.
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