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by Jay Basu

eBook The Stars Can Wait: A Novel download ISBN: 031242115X
Author: Jay Basu
Publisher: Picador (February 1, 2003)
Language: English
Pages: 192
ePub: 1782 kb
Fb2: 1147 kb
Rating: 4.1
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction

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Jay Basu has written an impressive first novel dealing with a young boy, Gracian Solka, coming of age in German occupied Silesia, 1939-1940

Jay Basu has written an impressive first novel dealing with a young boy, Gracian Solka, coming of age in German occupied Silesia, 1939-1940. Germans in Silesia is nothing new. The Germans have been in Silesia since at least 1210, when they were invited to colonize the swampy land (slightly longer than the English colonists in Massachusetts).

In prose that is hauntingly spare and beautiful, Basu’s fable-like story, set in 1940s German-occupied Poland, is a tale both of loss of childhood innocence and fraternal love. Fifteen-year-old Gracian Sofka is a stargazer.

Jay Basu was born to an Indian father and a half-Polish, half-Russian mother. He graduated from Cambridge University in 1999.

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ISBN 13: 9780312421151.

Jay Basu was born in London and still lives there. He attended Cambridge University, graduated in 1999, and has since been teaching and writing fiction. For the latest books, recommendations, offers and more.

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In prose that is hauntingly spare and beautiful, Basu’s fable-like story, set in 1940s German-occupied Poland, is a tale both of loss of childhood innocence and fraternal love. Fifteen-year-old Gracian Sofka is a stargazer. Every night he breaks the curfew to view the constellations from a clearing in the forest until his older brother, Pawel, forbids him to take such risks. When Pawel gives Gracian a telescope, not only does his younger brother begin to uncover Pawel’s secret and mysterious past, he also becomes the unwitting catalyst to a violent tragedy.
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Dalallador
This is a small masterpiece, just 146 pages long. It is set near Katowice, just inside German-occupied Poland, in 1940 and 1941. The central figure is fifteen-year old Gracian Sofka. By day he works in the darkness of a German-run coal mine; but what gives meaning to his life is the sight of the starry heavens at night. His enchantment is enhanced when he is given a telescope, through which he discovers new dimensions and meanings not only in the heavens but on earth when he turns the instrument upon it. The meanings, however, though initially inspiring, will turn out to be far from comforting.

There is a close and touching relationship between Gracian and his largely taciturn and somewhat enigmatic brother Pawel, twelve years his senior. There are some mysteries about Pawel's past life, which will be revealed in due course; but they have little bearing on the tragic climax of the book at the end. A tragic end is hinted at early in the book. When it comes, it is not what the reader expects, but it is as perfectly crafted as is the rest of the book.

The language is simple, but poetic; and the descriptions and images are memorable.
Kiutondyl
"The Stars Can Wait" by Jay Basu, Henry Holt and Company, New York 2002.
Jay Basu has written an impressive first novel dealing with a young boy, Gracian Solka, coming of age in German occupied Silesia, 1939-1940. Germans in Silesia is nothing new. The Germans have been in Silesia since at least 1210, when they were invited to colonize the swampy land (slightly longer than the English colonists in Massachusetts). The young boy speaks German and Polish, as he was taught by his mother. The older brother, Pawel, however, was of an age between the two World Wars, that he refused to learn German.
Gracian, at 15 years old, likes to sneak out in the middle of the night to gaze upon the stars. He has a special place, a clearing in the forest, but, of course, he risks being shot for violating curfew. His older brother, Pawel Solka, had given Gracian a book on astronomy, which Gracian employs to learn the names of all the constellations. To protect Gracian, Pawel has to nail the window shut, so that Gracian can no longer sneak out. As Gracian works in the coal mines (Silesia is famous for its coal), he learns the story of how Pawel was disgraced by having to serve a sentence in a German prison for smuggling, across the German/Poland border. Gracian begins to understand some of the roots of family conflicts and animosity. (Interestingly, since colonial days in Massachusetts, smuggling has never been disgraceful. Even in recent times, during Prohibition, an Irish-American became rich smuggling in whiskey; his son became President of the United States.)
Using his German speaking skills, Gracian helps Pawel to land a job in another, more distant coal mine. The owners, bosses and foremen are all Germans, Pawel now has job, too, and this pacifies their mother. Things appear to be settling down. Gracian expands his star-watching to people watching, using the telescope that was another gift from his brother, Pawel. Towards the end, Gracian believes that his star watching/people watching might have been responsible for the death of Pawel's girl-friend, Anna. Finally, at the end, Gracian puts away his book and telescope, as with St. Paul: "...when I became a man, I put away childish things". (I Corinthians, 13:7). Jay Basu shows excellent insight into growing up.
Bloodhammer
This book was a particularly slow read for such a short book. It was a dull story with little resolution at the end. We read this book as a book club. At our meeting, we sat mystified as to what to discuss. I did not enjoy this attempt at a novel, and would probably not recommend it unless you have time to read it more than once to try to follow the stale story.