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work at book The narrative is relatively straightforward and I won t bother to explain the premise of the book ou can read a synopsis in other reviews and on the book page on Goodreads The other reviews and on the book page on Goodreads The though is rich and complex and the ideas that are explored are interesting and thought provoking Overall I liked but didn t love The sentences were very smart the storytelling was not This author is so in love with his own life philosophy he just couldn t get out of his story s way I wish the editor had reigned him in and cut about 60 pages from this novel It would have done a world of good Cities of Refuge opens with a single act of violence that casts a dark net around the lives of the Lystrander family and their closest companions One summer night on a familiar route to work Kim is attacked by a stranger She survives but she suffers for months from the physical pain of recovery and from the psychological damage etched forcibly into her Her estranged father Harold unravels in the aftermath and leads an investigation against Kim s assailant that is wrought with his own delusions As he immerses himself in the purgatorial world of Toronto that is wrought with his own delusions As he immerses himself in the purgatorial world of Toronto illegal immigrants Harold dredges up his own troubled past and relives the violence he thought he had buried A sense of listlessness and suspicion pervades this novel and Michael Helm handles his characters with great care and compassion despite the unsettling material After the shock of the opening pages the novel settles into a deep exploration of both Kim and Harold excavating their inner lives to analyze the ways in which individuals heal or shatter after tragic events Kim s authorial role in her healing process is a compelling one especially as her own prose hijacks the novel s narrative at certain key momentsIdeal for Scholarly types who gravitate toward thrillers andor violent mysteries Writers studying internal character development Readers who like thorough internalized prose. Legally in the city; and Rosemary Yates a woman whose faith based belief in the duty to give asylum to any who seek it even those judged guilty draws Harold to her before a fateful choice changes the future for them all             Cities of Refuge is a novel of profound moral tension and luminous prose It weaves a web of incrimination and inuiry where mysteries live within mysteries and stories within stories and the power to save or condemn rests in the forces of history and in the realm of our deepest longin. Ong some wonderful books that I ve read in the past ear Or So I Just so I just reading a story set in Toronto one of the most international cities in the world with protagonists including refugees asylum seekers those who work with them And the long aftermath of mysterious violence suffered by a female character And many uestions of ethics memory empathy And one character s well shrouded past in Santiago de Chile on that country s 911 Sept 11 1973 the coup that brought Augusto Pinochet to power ushered in long terrible violence I watched the movie No just after finishing this book the timing was fantasticIt s a very interior book much attention to the inner processes of several main characters So some would find it too slow uncertain But it fed me very deeply Helm s novel begins with a powerful and wrenching scene of violence that catches the reader by surprise as much as it does the victim a oung woman named Kim Lystrander Kim s assault on a dark Toronto side street has repurcussions far beyond her own trauma and pulls her deep into a world of ghosts people living in the country illegally her dying mother and her wayward guilt stricken father Harold a historian of Latin America whose hazy past becomes for Kim an obsession Helm s prose is layered and searching and profoundly intellectual and the moral imperative at work here is urgent and affecting But what s often missing is drama action that could engage the reader on a visceral level In the end this is a book that is easily admired than enjoyed and upon reaching the end one does not know if it was worth the effort Long listed for the 2010 Giller Prize and short listed for the Picked this up at the library never had heard of author Young woman in Toronto volunteering to work with illegal immigrants is attacked at night Manages to fight off attacker but is injured during the attack The book is an account of her recovery her relationship with her parents and theirs with her and each other Took some effort to get into the book some of it the father s ragedeep suspicion of the immigrants who are seen as victims by his daughter didn t seem At All Logical Or Real To Me all logical or real to me much of the book For example he turns in one immigrant to the authorities which just didn. R by returning to the night in writing searching for harbingers of the incident and clues to the identity of her assailant The attack also torments Kim's father Harold an historian of Latin America As he investigates the crime on his own the darkest hours from his past revisit him and he gradually begins to unravel Entwined in their story are Kim’s ailing mother Marian; Father André Rowe whose mission to guide others involves him in a decision with troubling conseuences; Rodrigo Cantero a oung Colombian man living il. ,
This is a wonderful complex book that explores the types of refuges we seek be they cultural personal or emotional A oung wom I m not sure if I liked this book that much It started off fantastic and by the middle and end I thought it got lost in the weeds Some of the characters and storylines Rodrigo went no where and I m not sure why they were there Kim is stalked by her attacker but that doesn t go anywhere either It s almost like this book isn t finished I put myself out of my misery at page 141 Life is too short to out of my misery at page 141 Life is too short to such a boring book This novel is set in Toronto and the title alludes to the various cities that exist for different people Kim is a woman in her late twenties who has rejected the life of academic historian her father planned for her She works a night security shift at the ROM and volunteers at GROUND an organization that assists refugees One night on her way to work Kim is attacked and the attacker isn t identified or caught She deals with this trauma by gradually venturing out into the night again by writing about a man she imagines to be her attacker and in trying to dredge any information from her memory of the attack to assist in identification Kim s mother is ill and gradually failing and Kim moves back in with her and her stepfather to assistHer father Harold won t let go of this and is sure her work with GROUND has exposed her to the attack He digs deeper into the world of refugee assistance but continues to hide some of his own past from his daughter The past connects with present in his head and logic begins to fail himIn the world of refugees and those helping him we meet the oung man Rodrigo a refugee from Colombia living in Canada illegally picking up casual labour trying to stay out of trouble He is living with Rosemary a woman compelled by her faith and sense of right to help those refugees who have failed the government s criteria Also helping is Father Andr whose feels assisting refugees and others in need is part of his missionAs these world s gradually come together we refugees and others in need is part of his missionAs these world s gradually come together we how each views the city around them in different waysWonderfully written with complex characters this book has many layers and stories that reach back into the past Yes actually a favorite am. In Cities of Refuge Michael Helm’s keenly anticipated new novel a single act of violence resonates through several lives connecting closeby fears to distant political terrors At the story’s centre is the complex intensely charged relationship between a 28 ear old woman and the father who abandoned her when she was oung            One summer night on a side street in downtown Toronto Kim Lystrander is attacked by a stranger Thrown deep into turmoil in the weeks and months that follow she confronts her fea.

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    Kindle ePUB [Cities of Refuge Michael Helm] travelogue summary Õ eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Michael Helm Picked this up at the library never had heard of author Young woman in Toronto volunteering to work with illegal immigrants is attacked at night Manages to fight off attacker but is injured during the attack The book is an account of her recovery her relationship with her parents and theirs with her and each other Took some effort to get into the book some of it the father's ragedeep suspicion of the immigrant

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    Kindle ePUB [Cities of Refuge Michael Helm] travelogue Michael Helm ↠ 3 read I'm not sure if I liked this book that much It started off fantastic and by the middle and end I thought it got lost in the weeds Some of the characters and storylines Rodrigo went no where and I'm not sure why th

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    review Cities of Refuge Kindle ePUB [Cities of Refuge Michael Helm] travelogue This is a got to work at it book The narrative is relatively straightforward and I won't bother to explain the premise of the book you can read a synopsis in other reviews and on the book page on Goodreads The prose though is rich and complex and the ideas that are explored are interesting and thought provoking Overall I liked but didn't love

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    Kindle ePUB [Cities of Refuge Michael Helm] travelogue Michael Helm ↠ 3 read summary Õ eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Michael Helm The sentences were very smart the storytelling was not This author is so in love with his own life philosophy he just couldn't get out of his story's way I wish the editor had reigned him in and cut about 60 pages from this novel It would have done a world of good

  8. says: summary Õ eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Michael Helm Michael Helm ↠ 3 read review Cities of Refuge

    Kindle ePUB [Cities of Refuge Michael Helm] travelogue This novel is set in Toronto and the title alludes to the various cities that exist for different people Kim is a woman in her late twenties w

  9. says: review Cities of Refuge Kindle ePUB [Cities of Refuge Michael Helm] travelogue

    Kindle ePUB [Cities of Refuge Michael Helm] travelogue Cities of Refuge opens with a single act of violence that casts a dark net around the lives of the Lystrander family and their closest companions One summer night on a familiar route to work Kim is attacked by a stranger She survives but she suffers for months from the physical pain of recovery and from the psychological damage etched forcibly into her Her estranged father Harold unravels in the aftermath and leads an

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    Kindle ePUB [Cities of Refuge Michael Helm] travelogue summary Õ eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Michael Helm Yes actually a favorite among some wonderful books that I've read in the past year or so I just loved reading a story set in Toronto one of the most international cities in the world with protagonists including refugees asylum seekers those who work with them And the long aftermath of mysterious violence suffered by a fema

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