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A stunning novel from award-winning author Daniel Torday, in which a young man recounts his idolization of his Uncle Poxl, a Jewish, former-RAF pilot, exploring memory, fame and story-telling.All his life, Elijah Goldstein has idolized his charismatic Uncle Poxl. Intensely magnetic, cultured and brilliant, Poxl takes Elijah under his wing, introducing him to opera and artA stunning novel from award-winning author Daniel Torday, in which a young man recounts his idolization of his Uncle Poxl, a Jewish, former-RAF pilot, exploring memory, fame and story-telling.All his life, Elijah Goldstein has idolized his charismatic Uncle Poxl. Intensely magnetic, cultured and brilliant, Poxl takes Elijah under his wing, introducing him to opera and art and literature. But when Poxl publishes a memoir of how he was forced to leave his home north of Prague at the start of WWII and then avenged the deaths of his parents by flying RAF bombers over Germany during the war, killing thousands of German citizens, Elijah watches as the carefully constructed world his uncle has created begins to unravel. As Elijah discovers the darker truth of Poxl’s past, he comes to understand that the fearless war hero he always revered is in fact a broken and devastated man who suffered unimaginable losses from which he has never recovered.The Last Flight of Poxl West beautifully weaves together what it means to be a family in the shadow of war— to love, to lose, and to heal....

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  • Diane S ☔
    2018-12-25 18:19

    A Jewish teenager, Elijah, reveres the older man who is his Uncle Poxl. This man has time for him, takes him to museums, discusses art and literature with him and tells him stories of his life during the war. This is the bare bones of the story but this is a story within a story and telling more would ruin this book for future readers.There is something so tender in the way this is written, the characters so likable. The art of storytelling, the interpretation of memory, experiences and regrets, the importance of relationships and the detriment of fame, are what I kept thinking about after finishing this book. It is difficult for me to explain why I liked this book as much as I did. It is a quiet book, a book full of regret and some deceit and yet it made me realize how fragile relationships are, how we need to take better care of and appreciate them. Poxl's war experiences are his own, but memories and relationships are universal, this book made me think and that is a good thing and enough of a thing for one book to do. Good and poignant read.ARC from NetGalley.

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2018-12-31 11:16

    The Last Flight of Poxl West is an excellent novel, exploring the ways in which history can easily be romanticized, even if there's an underlying darker truth beneath it. It's great WWII fiction but more than that, it's the story of love and how it can become misdirected.

  • Robin Black
    2019-01-04 16:30

    I had the joy of reading this pre-publication and trust me, this is a book you want to read. More in a bit as I sort through what is and what isn't a spoiler, but for now just Hooray!!

  • Carlos.
    2019-01-20 18:20

    Os pongo en situación: este libro es una novela que intercala dos historias. La primera, en una época un poco más moderna, nos cuenta la historia de Eli y la admiración que siente por su tío Poxl West, que recientemente ha publicado un libro superventas sobre su experiencia como piloto de la RAF durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Y como ya os imaginaréis, la otra línea argumental es el susodicho libro.Casi al principio, poco después de la publicación del libro del tío Poxl, un estudiante universitario pregunta durante una de las presentaciones algo parecido a "¿De verdad era necesaria otra novela así?" Y aquí tenéis mi respuesta: no.Mira que yo he leído pocas novelas históricas, pero esta es sumamente parecida a todas ellas. La historia trágica de un checo que quería matar nazis, que tiene unos cuantos amoríos de los que tiene que separarse por culpa de la guerra y por los que se atormenta cada cinco líneas. HOW ORIGINAL.Se me ha hecho un libro insoportable, como ya os podéis imaginar. Me ha aburrido hasta la médula, me ha parecido repetitivo y cansino, y he estado tentado de dejarlo unas mil millones de veces. El sentimentalismo no resultaba realista y quizás demasiado forzado en algunas situaciones. No sé, a lo mejor es que este libro no es para mí. Lo único que me ha gustado un poquito más ha sido el final, pero para nada salvaba el resto del libro. En fin: un libro nada recomendable, al menos por lo que a mí respecta.

  • switterbug (Betsey)
    2019-01-21 13:29

    Joan Jett once sang that “Everybody needs a hero,” which is certainly the truth for fifteen-year-old Eli Goldstein, who is searching for a touchstone to transcend his Jewish consciousness, in 1980s Boston. His hippie-ish rabbi in Hebrew school has tried to turn him on to the kabbalah, but Eli worships his surrogate Uncle Poxl, a flamboyant and charismatic scholar, and a bomber pilot in WW II. During museum, opera, and symphony outings, Poxl taught Eli to appreciate the finer nuances of art; over sundaes at Cabot’s, Eli became the “constant listener” of Poxl’s manuscript pages of his (as yet) unpublished memoir, Skylock, about his time with the British RAF. Uncle Poxl became Eli’s mentor and first demonstrable Jewish hero.However, Poxl’s story as Jewish witness to the War is also a confession of betrayal to the women he loved the most, including his mother, who he left behind in Eastern Europe during the Anschluss. Knowing his mother was sent to a concentration camp “was like imagining every star in the sky blotted out by some small boy with a pin whose touch extinguishes each light.” His bombing missions over Germany, we read, “had wrested fate from the inevitable bearing down of history.” Hence, Poxl’s revenge on the Nazis.Poxl West, aka Leopold Weisberg, is a Czechoslovakian émigré who became a bomber pilot for the British RAF during WW II, leaving more than one lover behind in his wake. Once his memoir was published, he became an overnight literary sensation, but he also cut a dashing Errol Flynn-ish figure as a bomber pilot over Nazi Germany and lover of tragic women. The memoir is included in full, told in alternating sections with Eli’s story. Eli is now an adult, looking back on his adolescent years, and trying to come to terms with his own perceptions of memory, history, and betrayal. Poxl never sent the signed copies of his memoir to Eli as promised, which was just the first in a series of disappointments.Eli’s narration provides an examination of the core of narration itself, and a searching depiction of love, told by way of a story within a story, two narratives in counterpoint to each other, but both accounts yearning to legitimize the transformation of personal odysseys. And how do we reconcile historical fact with personal truth? As Eli recalls, listening to his uncle read the memoir out loud to him, “It was as if he was crafting his great account before my eyes, and I don’t know that I’ve been so close to history since.”I have only a few complaints, which register as minor against the scope of the novel’s merit. The memoir itself, outside of the second narrative, doesn’t strike me as a book that would become an overnight sensation in the 1980s. It may be a moving addition to the many Holocaust memoirs that have preceded it, but it doesn’t exactly break new ground, at least not proportional to its colossal success. Also, Skylock was considered too sexually graphic, which puzzled me. It was actually rather tame for the 1980s. And, Torday gets a little heavy-handed with clichés at times, but it is eclipsed by the bounty of painterly and poetic images.Torday combines the structure of the novel with its theme, which rests on a twist that both undermines and underscores the memoir. As Poxl was recounting of the love of his life, a prostitute and singer of harmonies: “There was something to the act of harmonizing itself that smacked of precision: two voices doing two different things, diverging so they might come together as one, greater than either alone.” And that’s exactly what Torday does with this accomplished novel.

  • Esil
    2018-12-24 16:09

    Thank you to St Martin's Press and Netgalley for an opportunity to read an advance copy of The Last Flight of Poxl West. It's a narrative within a narrative. Eli recounts the story of his relationship with his "uncle" Poxl, a family friend who wrote a memoir about his experience as a Jewish fighter pilot during WWII. Eli idolizes Poxl and his stories. Interspersed with Eli's narrative is Poxl's memoir of his time during the war and just after. I really liked Eli's narrative and parts of Poxl's memoir. Torday is a good writer, and Eli is a compelling recognizable teenager as recounted from the perspective of Eli as an adult. Poxl's story of his trajectory from Prague to England via Rotterdam just before the war is also really well done. I must confess that I struggled a bit with the middle parts of Poxl's story -- especially the parts about his training and his flights during the war. Without giving anything away, this aspect of Poxl's memoir is crucial to the whole book, but I could have done without some of the lengthy detail. It's a small criticism. This is a very good debut. I will be looking for Torday's next book.

  • Barb
    2019-01-06 17:14

    I was excited to read this novel. The story of a Jewish WWII RAF pilot who goes on to publish his memoirs more than forty years after the war, sounded interesting. Poxl West, born Leopold Weisberg, tells a story within a story, as we read his memoir as well as his nephew's narrative set in 1986 as Poxl's book is published.I was eager to be taken back in time and learn about Poxl's experiences during the war but half way through I realized the past didn't come alive for me, I wasn't engaged by the characters and I didn't care what happened to them. This story fell somewhat flat for me. I wasn't moved by the emotions the characters were reported to feel. I was also disappointed because I expected the relationship between the uncle and the nephew to be more important than it was through the first half of the book. The book jacket makes certain assertions that indicate their relationship is central to the story. But it didn't come across on the page that way.

  • Jessica
    2019-01-18 18:08

    This was fine, but a little underwhelming. Maybe just because I figured out where it was going about a third of the way through? I dunno. A longer review to come.

  • Wendy Cosin
    2019-01-02 16:14

    The Last Flight of Poxl West alternates between two related stories - a World War II “memoir” and a story about a relationship between young Elijah Goldstein and his uncle Poxl. This structure breaks up the story nicely and provides needed perspective to the memoir sections, which make up most of the novel. In summary, The Last Flight of Poxl West is a good story and extremely well-written, with characters that experience deep emotions and complex moral issues.Eli, a Jewish teenager in Boston, whose grandparents immigrated from Europe, whose parents are modestly successful professionals, loves and idealizes his Uncle Poxl, who is “a writer and an artist and a war hero”. The extent of Eli’s hero worship is shown when Poxl reads from his memoir: “And when he finally gave us what we wanted - and that audience wanted so much from Poxl West, the first Jew so many of us had heard of who had not only survived the Nazi threat but had combated it, literally - and narrated what happened the night he crawled into the cockpit of a Lancaster bonber, when he piloted a plane so that his bomb aimer could drop blockbuster bombs that created a firestorm that destroyed almost every building in Hamburg, it was as if every villain in God’s unholy world had been burned in the caldron of fire my uncle Poxl had lit.” That’s a lot to live up to, and Eli’s first person narrative is about his projections and disappointments, as well as the importance of stories. Eli is a likeable and believable character.Poxl’s memoir tells of his departure from pre-war Czechoslovakia, his romantic adventures in Rotterdam and London, and achievement of his dream to fly for the RAF against the Nazi’s. It is very well-written. I felt completely absorbed in Poxl’s experiences during the war and his feelings about his mother and the women he loved. I was most interested in the details about living in London during the bombings and his experiences in the RAF. My only criticism of the book is that I found the romantic longings a bit over-the-top, but since it is the story of a young man I can accept it for what it is.

  • Patti
    2019-01-19 10:10

    Eli is a teenager who adores his uncle, Poxl West, who is not really a relative but is more of a grandfather figure to Eli. When Poxl writes a memoir of his experiences during WWII, Eli is miffed that he never receives his signed copy, but still he reads the book several times and uses it as a basis for school assignments. This novel contains the entire text of Poxl’s memoir, and this book-within-a-book is the real meat of this novel. Poxl, a Jew, flees Czechoslovakia for the Netherlands as a young man, at the behest of his father, but Poxl’s real impetus is the shock of seeing his mother with her lover. Virtually the same thing happens in the Netherlands, where he escapes to England after seeing his prostitute girlfriend Francoise with another man. He occupies himself in London as a civilian rescuer during the blitz but never gives up on his dream to become an RAF pilot. Except for the twist near the end, which did not seem all that original to me, this novel didn’t really turn me on that much. The twist does justify the book-within-a-book structure, though, and creates an unfortunate dilemma for Eli, while shedding more light on Poxl than even his own memoir does. As for the memoir itself, Poxl’s incessant hand-wringing over his abandonment of Francoise becomes tiresome after a while, although I thought his abrupt departure from Czechoslovakia was much more lamentable. Other characters seem to disappear almost as fast as they are introduced, and the turbulent times are certainly responsible for some of this. Still, I never established any sort of bond with any of the characters, even though they weren’t despicable or villainous. I would have liked to have felt more invested in either Eli’s or Poxl’s story.

  • Oswego Public Library District
    2019-01-01 12:06

    This debut novel by David Torday employs a story-within-a-story plot device to dramatic effect. Beginning with the narration of Elijah Goldstein, a fifteen-year-old student, it recounts his relationship with his uncle Leopold Weisberg, known as Poxl West. Poxl introduces him to cultural life around Boston --opera, symphony, literature and art. As Elijah learns more about Poxl’s early life and exploits during World War II, his feelings progress from love and admiration to hero worship. He also develops a more mature understanding of the Jewish experience as Poxl tries out his war story during their cultural encounters.The heart of the book is Poxl’s memoir, which begins with his childhood in pre-war Czechoslovakia and ends with his courageous actions as an immigrant RAF bomber pilot based in England. The scenes relating to the London blitz vividly portray a sense of place. The dramatic arc of Poxl’s life allows the reader to experience an extreme sense of loss and heartbreak. The author has achieved an engaging historical novel with a strong sense of place and heart-wrenching emotion. -BSTo place a hold, click here The Last Flight of Poxl West.If you like this book, you might tryThe Great Fire by Shirley Hazzard.

  • Tina
    2018-12-25 10:15

    I really liked this book! It begins in the perspective of a 15-year-old Jewish teenager, Elijah Goldstein, growing up in Boston in the '80s, who idolizes his Uncle Poxl, a Czech Jew who was an RAF pilot in WWII. The novel then switches to Poxl's recently released war memoir and moves back and forth between the viewpoints as it goes on. I loved the interplay of the two very distinct voices of Eli and Poxl, with both of them strong enough to engage you equally. At first, I thought I wouldn't like the memoir segments, but Torday's writing is so beautiful he really draws you in. There's a twist about three-quarters of the way through the book that deepens the complexity of the relationship between the two characters as well. I won't go into it, because I believe anything that happens that far into a book should be a secret until you get there! I'd look out for certain synopses of this book because I've noticed some of them give it away. Even so, it's still worth the read thanks to Torday's wonderful storytelling. I really didn't think this would be my type of book, but obviously it was. I recommend! Check out more on www.iwantmichikosjob.com.

  • Christopher Roblodowski
    2019-01-13 15:24

    I would like to thank Bookbrowse for this beautiful book. The focus of the story is a novel written by the protagonist's uncle, Poxl West. The fact that Poxl West is not his real uncle is revealed in the very first paragraph. It is in some ways a foreshadowing of things to come in Daniel Torday's brilliant examination of the memoir novel. The novel alternates between chapters narrating what is happening with the characters in the story, and chapters of Poxl’s memoir. This approach really worked for me as it allows us to examine a story from multiple perspectives. The novel encourages the reader to determine what the real story of Poxl West’s life is, what is important and what is not. One can see this as a love story. Another individual might see this as a war story. For me, it was an engrossing, funny, sad, well told story. And I recommend it to anyone who loves to read good stories.

  • Mark
    2018-12-31 13:22

    Because he last eighty pages or so of this novel are so good, I regretted that I didn't find the first 200 pages more compelling. I was never convinced that the mock memoir that lies at the heart of this novel (occupying 70-80% of the pages) could really have caused the stir among the reading public that occurs in the novel. However, as the novel comes to a close, we alternate more frequently between Poxl West's memoir which is centered around World War II, and the 1980's story of Poxl's nephew who must come to terms with Poxl being different from the hero he has imagined. The interplay between these two eras is the heart of the story, and as a result this book is a true rarity - a novel with lackluster exposition and a near perfect resolution.

  • Sylvia Abrams
    2019-01-22 18:11

    The last Flight if Poxl West is a troubling story. Told as a memoir within a novel, the plot revolves around the flawed hero, Leopoldo Weisberg,, aka Poxl West. The narrator of the novel is Elijah, Poxl's young nephew. I liked the sections in the voice of Eli. They rang true as the young boy who idolized his uncle matures into a man who realizes his uncle's flaws. Less successful, in my view, is the memoir. Why Poxl found Francoise to be his true love was not convincing at all. Her tawdry character was not at all appealing and the author did not succeed in conveying why she was such a magnet to Poxl. The war sections were quite compelling and very believable. The writing style was lovely. Nevertheless,, this book tries to do too much.

  • Hella Comat
    2019-01-13 14:30

    Yes, the main reason I was interested in this book was because it had an airplane on the cover.... It's two stories told simultaneously. One is about a young Jewish boy who is taken under the wing of his uncle, who he adores. The other story is the text of a book the uncle wrote of his coming of age during WWII. The facts about living in London during the invasion of Britain were horrific - people living in subways and caves and the huge amount of destruction. Of course it was the same in Germany a few years later. Inevitably, as the boy becomes a teen, he finds that not everything about the past is as his uncle has described.

  • Alana Cheshire
    2018-12-30 11:03

    ***Received through a Goodreads Giveaway***An extraordinary novel that explores glory, redemption, and our omnipresent need as humans to tell the stories we tell. This is a war story that isn't predominately about war; rather, the fighting is the backdrop of Poxl's story, not the thesis of it. The result is an intriguing narrative that is unafraid to stray from our typically black-and-white hindsight impressions of WWII, and makes a compelling distinction between what is true and what is honest. I predict this will be one of the most talked-of books of 2015!

  • Bela Darcy
    2019-01-11 14:16

    Reseña completa aquí: http://leerenlaluna.blogspot.com.es/2... Lo tiene todo: amor, guerra, venganza, inspiración. El autor escribe de maravilla y utiliza referencias que demuestran su cultura.Son dos tramas que están enlazadas entre sí y se van combinando a lo largo del libro.Lo recomiendo abiertamente.

  • Freda Witt
    2018-12-29 17:04

    I only gave it a one star because it doesn't have a no star. This was supposed to be heartwarming? This is nothing heartwarming about it. There are no likable characters, no story line that I could see.

  • Ivan
    2019-01-11 18:19

    Hard not to spoil this book, so if you ask me, I'm just going to respond by asking why you haven't read it already. It's truly senseless not to.

  • Daniel Weaver
    2019-01-12 15:09

    Didn't pull me in

  • Shelley Sherman
    2019-01-15 13:07

    this was an interesting and well written book about a close family friend, a Jew from Czechoslavakia writing his memoir of his experience as a pilot with the RAF during WWII. the book alternates between the manuscript of the memoir and the realtionship of the young boy who views Poxl as a surrogate grandfather. The memoir (book within a book) tells a touching story as does the alternating chapters. Still i sometimes found the book dragged and especially in the first third.I would recommend it and try not to have to put it down so often as i did.

  • Alan
    2019-01-22 11:25

    Fictional account of a Czeck Jew who was sent initially to the Netherlands and eventually arrived in London. He puts his experience as a pilot to use as a pilot for his adopted country raining bombs on the Germans who killed his family. According to the book he wrote, telling the story to his adopted nephew over ice cream after visits to the symphony or art gallery, he wanted to revenge himself on the Germans. But that might not be the entire story.

  • Carole
    2018-12-26 18:18

    Daniel Torday uses a classic story-within-a-story structure to explore the fascinating character of Poxl West and the nephew who hero worships him as a Jewish fighter pilot in The RAF during World War II. How Poxl fled to England as a young Czech refugee just before the war started is fictional but authentically reflective of the real stories of many young people of the time. I really enjoyed reading his story but did think that the "big reveal" was not really much of a surprise.

  • Joanie Driemeyer
    2019-01-07 16:20

    I slogged through this book. The format was unique and I wanted to like it, but I just couldn't get wrapped up in the story or the characters. There were some parts where the action picked up and I became engaged. But then Poxl would wax philosophical and I would need to reread the paragraph several times. Just ok.

  • Rachel
    2018-12-25 18:05

    A bit disappointing. The twist was predictable. It short, and overall enjoyable as a reading experience, but not as deep as I had hoped. If you're looking for a sort of coming of age story set during WWII, this might be good for you, but don't expect to be wowed.

  • Jackie R
    2019-01-13 18:12

    In part this is a story and the other part a history. I'm not sure which story really grabbed me. I did find one minor character so wonderfully true and wise, the 80's hip rabbi. Otherwise, I want terribly impressed with this novel although I wanted to enjoy it more.

  • Robert Brunet
    2019-01-13 11:11

    Pas vraiment intéressant beaucoup de longueurs et la fin m'a laissé perplexe. Pas bien compris le propos

  • Roger Brunyate
    2019-01-08 15:02

    HistoriographyI put off reading this debut novel because the playful cover design and strange choice of name for its leading character (Poxl, apparently, is a diminutive of Leopold) made it sound trivial and flippant. Far from it. It is actually a solid story of the Second World War, familiar enough in its elements perhaps, but told from an unfamiliar perspective. More than that, it is an exploration of that strangely permeable border between fact and fiction, and a study of how we manipulate history.I see the book as four layers, each of which has a different angle on truth. Imagine an elderly Jew penning a memoir about how he escaped from Czechoslovakia before the Holocaust, came eventually to Britain, and flew bombers for the RAF; the book becomes a best-seller. Now compare the real situation: that the bomber pilot, Poxl West, is the invention of a young American writer who fills his fictional memoir with meticulously researched facts from a place and time far removed from his own, but who writes with a sexual frankness and moral ambivalence that are very much of our day. Now add a further layer: the writer, Daniel Torday, intersperses the memoir with chapters set in the eighties, in which Poxl's honorary grandson, a Boston teen, tells of his meetings with the old man, his pride at the publication of the book, and his surprise at how it fared. And one further shift: the intrigued teen, Elijah Goldstein, an obvious stand-in for the author, has now become a writer and academic himself; his whole book is written from the standpoint of our own time, from the perspective of a man who is not only a master storyteller, but is fascinated by historiography—how history is presented and stories are told.If this sounds complicated, fear not; the various layers will come into focus in their own time; the actual writing is simplicity itself. It is hard to believe that Torday is American, for Poxl's memoir has so much of the aura of British writers like Simon Mawer, Sebastian Faulks, or William Boyd, with the subject-matter of Kate Atkinson's A God in Ruins. Not quite with the mastery of any of these, admittedly, but it shares the straightforward approach to narrative that seems de rigueur for books about that period. Eli Goldstein's chapters are a little harder to get into, but perhaps only because I could not so easily relate to his life in Hebrew School—although Torday has created an amusing character in the would-be hippie Rabbi Ben, holding rap sessions and calling everybody Dude. But it is through the alternation of the two that the sense of the book really deepens, and Torday throws in at least one huge surprise along the way that reminds me of another British author, Ian McEwan. All of which I mean as high praise.Mechanics aside, I was fascinated by the way the story slowly morphs from a relatively simple tale into a richer, more nuanced one. There is much that will be familiar in Poxl's childhood and his emigration to Rotterdam following the Anschluss. Like any young man, he also gets interested in sex, but his romantic life there adds moral complexities that will ultimately lead him into doing something unforgivable himself. Once in London, he serves as a rescue worker through the Blitz (shades of Atkinson again), before getting accepted for pilot training with the RAF; his father had taught him to fly a Tiger Moth before the war. Torday is excellent at describing life on the air bases and in the cockpit, but the anti-Semitism Poxl encounters even there comes as a shock. Poxl's last flight is during the fire-bombing of Hamburg, an event whose moral implications come to disturb him deeply. And indeed, in the last sections of the book, the RAF years lose all their aura of heroism, and the novel becomes a personal search for a measure of redemption. Not neatly wrapped up, by any means, but that too is a measure of its strength.

  • Sage Knightly
    2019-01-08 13:15

    *I received a free copy of this from a giveaway on Goodreads.**This is also posted on my blog: Library of Books. Elijah, a young Jewish teenager, adores and idolizes his “Uncle” Poxl, a long time family friend. Poxl makes time for him, usually taking him to museums and plays and every time Poxl divulges and discusses his life during the war. However, you should know that this is a story within a story, and saying much more on the plot or structure could possible ruin this book for other readers. I will admit that the beginning was slightly boring, some parts intriguing me and most others leaving me to feel like this book just wasn't for me. It took me a while to actually get through the beginning, but when I did it was definitely worth it. The last half of the book I ate up, I was enjoying it so much. There is just something so tender and raw about the writing that really allowed me to immerse myself in the story. I saw a pattern in Poxl, the hurt in Elijah, and even the guidance from Elijah's Hebrew teacher. The characters were all very likeable, each with flaws but the knowledge that they weren't perfect. And yeah, at first Elijah saw no fault in anything, not really, but you could tell as he grew and as certain situations happened that his mind and eyes were opening, that his perspective was growing. And as he grew, as he learned and saw more, you see how maybe at one time, someone you knew or even yourself felt as he did. But you grew. It made him a more connectable character, and I definitely loved his parts played. And then you look at Poxl and you learn of his faults, of his troubles and how he is a rough edged person, someone who can't let go of the past but can move forward even if only a little. You see how much passion he had, how his pattern continued even after the war, even after his first love, his second, his mother. And maybe you see yourself in him too, even if only a little. Because while Poxl's experiences were his own, memories and relationships and emotions are everywhere, in everyone. Regret plays a huge part in this book, as well as mistakes. We can all connect with that, and maybe that's why I enjoyed this book so much. I don't know. It's hard for me to really say why I enjoyed this book as much as I did in proper words. So I'll just leave it at that. If you like stories of war, of male coming-of-age stories, or even just books that will make you think, then I recommend The Last Flight of Poxl West. It's a great read.