The Amazing Absorbing Boy

The Amazing Absorbing Boy

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Both familiar and strange, this story of a large Canadian city seen through the wide eyes of a naive and inexperienced young immigrant -- wise in the culture of comic books -- is both hilarious and heartbreaking.

Samuel is just 17 when his mother dies and he is called to live with the father he has only heard of. He leaves his village in Trinidad and flies to Toronto, where he finds his father living in a place called Regent Park. Samuel is lonely in this "big mall of a country," but he has his memories of superheroes -- his mentors -- to guide him, including the memory of an unusual friend who was two superheroes in one, as he sets out to explore what Toronto has to offer.
Publisher: Toronto : Knopf Canada, c2010
ISBN: 9780307397270
Branch Call Number: FIC MAH
Characteristics: 335 p. ;,22 cm.


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Amy_MarkhamPL Dec 20, 2016

Sam was raised by his mother in a small Trinidadian village, where he devoured comic books and dreamed of the life his absentee father must have been living in Canada. After his mother's death, Sam is sent to Toronto to live with his father, whose life is anything but glamorous. Sam experiences a huge multicultural city through the eyes of a newcomer, and encounters plenty of engaging, eccentric characters along the way. The Amazing Absorbing Boy won the City of Toronto Book Award in 2011. It's warm-hearted, funny, and very smart.

AmberKlassen Apr 14, 2015

Personally, this was not for me, but the book is good. The character development is good and told in an enlightening perspective. The star rating is only for my records, so please pay little attention to it. It is worth the read and am glad I did.

allenla Feb 25, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed this story of a young man trying to carve out a life for himself in a new country. I found the point of view refreshing. It really makes you think about how you interact with strangers.

debwalker Jun 18, 2011

Rabindranath Maharaj has won 2011 Toronto Book Award for his novel The Amazing Absorbing Boy.

The jurors said Thursday that Maharaj’s book, which traces the experiences of a Trinidadian immigrant in the city, “creates a complex, witty and hopeful portrait of an imaginative youth determined to forge his own path in multi-cultural Toronto.”

Globe & Mail

May 04, 2010

Could not complete reading the book. First few pages are very interesting from the point of view of an immigrant from warm climate.


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