Through the Children's Gate
On every page of this delicious book you will meet characters and situations that tell you this could only be New York. The parents who are determined to get their children literally to fly at the school production of Peter Pan - the Cambodian cashier at the local deli who is more Jewish than Gopnik's grandfather - his gloriously peculiar analyst who argues that a name can be damaging to the human psyche, saying Adam's name is very ugly - the birder who takes Adam to see the huge flock of feral parrots that have taken over Flatbush. No one knows how they got there or how they survive the brutal winters, but they do. And flourish on it. 'These birds are so bold. They are real New Yorkers. They have so much attitude'. "Through the Children's Gate" is written with Gopnik's signature mix of mind and heart, elegantly and exultantly alert to the minute miracles that bring a place to life.
- Hardback | 336 pages
- 154 x 234 x 34mm | 639.56g
- 05 Jul 2007
- Quercus Publishing
- London, United Kingdom
Table of contents
Through the Children's Gate: Of a Home in New YorkA Hazard of No FortuneMan Goes to See a DoctorA Purim StoryFirst Thanksgiving: DensitiesPower and the ParrotThat SundayThe City and the PillarsUrban RenewalSecond Thanksgiving: IntensitiesBumping into Mr. RavioliThe Cooking GameThird Thanksgiving: BitterositiesUnder One RoofTimes RegainedThe Running FathersFourth Thanksgiving: PropensitiesDeath of a FishLast of the MetrozoidsLast Thanksgiving: Immensities
The distinctive brilliance of Gopnik's essays lies in his ability to pick up a subject one would never have believed possible to think deeply about then cover it in thoughts...he is truly able to see the whole world in a grain of sand - Alain de Botton, New York Times Book Review Engaging, witty, thoughtful, clever, casual, ebullient, erudite and thoroughly modern - Spectator
About Adam Gopnik
Adam Gopnik has been writing for the New Yorker since 1986. He is a three-time winner of the National Magazine Award for Essays and for Criticism, and the George Polk Award for magazine reporting. From 1995 to 2000 he lived in Paris; he now lives in New York City with his wife and their two children.