Carry Me Across the Water by Ethan Canin

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“Take the advice of no one,” August Kleinman’s mother says to him while August is still a young boy in Germany, and with these words to guide him, he escapes Nazi Germany and goes on to build a fortune, a family, and life on his own terms in America. At the defining moments that reveal character and shape fate — a shocking encounter with a Japanese soldier in a cave during World War II, the audacious decision to start a brewery in Pittsburgh and a violent reaction against threats to its independent success, a vacation in Barbados, during which his beloved wife mysteriously wanders off, the birth of his grandson — August’s instincts are determinative in a way that illuminates how lives unfold at the deepest levels. This is a brilliant, suspenseful, surprising novel by one of America’s finest writers. Publisher’s Weekly called Ethan Canin’s For Kings and Planets “Masterful … a classic parable of the human condition,” and the same can be said about Carry Me Across the Water.
 

About Ethan Canin

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Ethan Canin is the author of six books, including the story collections Emperor of the Air and The Palace Thief and the novels For Kings and Planets and Carry Me Across the Water. He is on the faculty of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and divides his time between Iowa and northern Michigan. He is also a physician.
 
Published July 3, 2001 by Random House. 228 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Nevertheless, Canin’s protagonist is a fascinating character (not unlike Bellow’s Artur Sammler), and the full range of his emotions is movingly explored—from stoical remoteness through a passionate yearning to remain connected to things and people he fears he’s leaving behind, while reliving “ .

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Carry Me Across the Water Ethan Canin 206pp, Bloomsbury, £16.99 Augie Kleinman, the narrator of Ethan Canin's fourth novel, is not a great traveller.

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Canin deftly laces together the defining stories of Kleinman's life—from fleeing Nazi Germany as a child with his mother to fighting the Japanese in World War II, building his fortune, enduring the death of his beloved wife and then his difficult relationship with one grown son.

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Entertainment Weekly

Written in a wistful minor key, Canin's gentle, fragmentary novel portrays the arc of a single Greatest Generation life-that of August Kleinman, Jewish emigre, WWII vet, businessman, husband, father;

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Canin's hero, Pittsburgh millionaire August Kleinman, lives by the piece of wisdom his mom gave him when he was a boy, just before mother and son abandoned his dad and fled Nazi Germany: "Take the advice of no one."

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