The Amazing Absorbing Boy

The Amazing Absorbing Boy

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.

Title:The Amazing Absorbing Boy
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780307397270
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  • R K

    DNF page 83. Did not grab me nor make much sense. Got bored...

  • Nadine Hiemstra

    As a born and bred Canadian, this book was a fascinating glimpse at myself an my country through the eyes of a newcomer to Canada. As Samuel navigates through the new world he lives in, using referenc...

  • Shannon (Giraffe Days)

    Growing up in the village of Mayaro in Trinidad, Samuel yearns as much as his mother does for his absent father. Even though his Uncle Boysie mutters insults about him, Samuel never really stops belie...

  • Mary

    The Amazing Absorbing Boy, by Rabindranath Maharaj, is an amazing, absorbing novel about a teenaged boy who leaves his home in Trinidad after the death of his mother to join his estranged father in th...

  • Kristine Morris

    I enjoy reading novels where the city of Toronto is treated almost like a character. This is a sweet novel about a young boy who comes to live in Regent Park (as it's being torn down) and has to figur...

  • Portia S

    I loved this so much, it was perfect. It was like an adventure into a new land, meeting new eccentric people and getting used to a foreign country. My favourite chapter was "The Amazing Absorbing Boy"...

  • Chris

    All the meanderings, each of which I found a lovely little vignette of its and each of which brought Sam along, came together at the end. Reminded me much of the idea that all life is a play and the p...

  • Rainey

    I loved this book. The location brought back so many memories as I grew up in the neighbourhood. ...

  • Debbie Jacob

    I found this to be a beautifully written novel that captures the immigration experience perfectly. I loved the structure and the use of comics as a means of bridging the gap. In comics, the transition...

  • Allison

    I am here to tell you that this is NOT a book about a boy obsessing over comic books!I was put off from reading this book because it's marketed as "boy sees life through comic books" -- and it's simpl...