The Flying Man

The Flying Man

Book - 2012
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Meet Maqil - also known as Mike, Mehmet, Mikhail and Miguel - a chancer and charlatan.

A criminally clever man who tells a good tale, trading on his charm and good looks, reinventing himself with a new identity and nationality in each successive country he makes his home, abandoning wives and children and careers in the process. He's a compulsive gambler - driven to lose at least as much as he gains, in games of chance, and in life. A damaged man in search of himself.

From the day he was delivered in Lahore, Pakistan, alongside his stillborn twin, he proved he was a born survivor. He has been a master of flying escapes, from Cairo to Paris, from London to Hong Kong, humbled by love, outliving his peers, and ending up old and alone in a budget hotel in Biarritz some eighty years later. His chequered history is catching up with him: his tracks have been uncovered and his latest wife, his children, his creditors and former business associates, all want to pin him down. But even at the end, Maqil just can't resist trying it on; he's still playing his game, and the game won't be over until it's been won.
Publisher: London : Headline Review, 2012
ISBN: 9780755383399
Branch Call Number: FIC Faro
Characteristics: 339 p. ; 23 cm

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timbert Apr 06, 2013

A "different" story, at times I found it irritating but had to finish it all the same, would like to see more from the author

BPLNextBestAdults Jun 05, 2012

Maquil, a man of mystery, a career criminal, a free spirit, finds the tedium of earning a living an utter bore. He prefers instead casinos and cons. Crossing continents at a hectic pace since the age of 16 he emerged from Pakistan with a string of aliases and an ambiguous identity. A suitcase was always packed and at the ready so he could skip out with selfish indifference from his several wives and children on a moments whim to plot more money-making schemes. A maverick to the very end this compelling and multilayered character plays the game of his life in a story that is at times darkly funny and powerful.
Roopa Farooki was nominated for the Orange Prize for this astonishing, deeply moving story. For me this story is an absolute winner.

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