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At the age of 43, writer Allen Abel decided to move home to Brooklyn, stay with his mother (in the same apartment in which he grew up), and explore and write about the borough of his birth. For several months he wandered along Flatbush Avenue, the thoroughfare that runs like a spine through Brooklyn. The result is a delightful family memoir and exploration of a unique place. He hobnobs with Mohawk high-steel workers, tries to learn voodoo secrets from Haitian immigrants, commiserates with policemen detailed to the subway, and chats with an ex-zookeeper in Prospect Park. He revisits the scenes of his childhood, samples social life in distant Flatlands, and hunts for horseshoe crabs on the shoreline. Flatbush Odyssey is a revelation, and in it Allen Abel has produced a marvellous piece of storytelling.
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“One of the best travelogues about anywhere, ever.”
Allen Abel emerged from Brooklyn to become one of Canada’s best-known, most widely travelled and experienced journalists. Currently, he is a correspondent for the National Post, a contributing editor to Saturday Night magazine, a contributing writer for Canadian Geographic and Sports Illustrated (one of his articles for Sports Illustrated was included in The Best American Sports Writing of 1999) and a producer/writer for The Discovery Channel. Recently he was the CBC’s roving reporter in Australia during the Sydney Olympics, and he appears once a month as a feature host on “Hockey Night in Canada.” When Allen Abel is not travelling, he lives and writes in Toronto.
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Book Description McClelland & Stewart, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110771007078
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