The Tide King

The Tide King Stanley Polensky and Calvin Johnson serve in Germany during World War II Calvin near death after being shelled is given a bewitched herb by Stanley but then left for dead Each soldier returns from t

  • Title: The Tide King
  • Author: Jen Michalski
  • ISBN: 9781937854379
  • Page: 119
  • Format: Paperback
  • Stanley Polensky and Calvin Johnson serve in Germany during World War II Calvin, near death after being shelled, is given a bewitched herb by Stanley but then left for dead Each soldier returns from the war and years pass Calvin, discovering that he cannot age and cannot die, searches for Stanley to get answers.Michalski s The Tide King is the story of burnette saxifragStanley Polensky and Calvin Johnson serve in Germany during World War II Calvin, near death after being shelled, is given a bewitched herb by Stanley but then left for dead Each soldier returns from the war and years pass Calvin, discovering that he cannot age and cannot die, searches for Stanley to get answers.Michalski s The Tide King is the story of burnette saxifrage, an herb rud in Polish folklore to provide those who eat it with immortality, and its effects on three generations of a Polish family over two continents beginning in 19th century Poland and ending in 1976 America.But it is also the story of young men s sacrifice during great wars, of a young child s experiences during the holocaust and being a war orphan, of the curiosities of the American century, such as 1950s country music and smoke jumpers in the Montana mountains and 1970s New York Just as Viking king Cnut, who was rud to be so powerful that he controlled the tides at his feet, discovered how empty and worthless is the power of kings, Calvin Johnson and others cursed by the herb find in The Tide King that the power of youth and immortality is an empty gift, for they will continually witness the death of their families, lovers, dreams, and ideals.Jen Michalski is the author of a collection of novellas from Dzanc Books, two collections of fiction, Close Encounters So New, 2007 and From Here Aqueous Books, 2013 , and the editor of the anthology City Sages Balti CityLit Press, 2010 , which won a 2010 Best of Balti award from Balti Magazine She is the founding editor of the literary quarterly jmww, a co host of the monthly reading series The 510 Readings and the biannual Lit Show in Balti, and interviews writers at The Nervous Breakdown.

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    1. Black Lawrence Press published THE TIDE KING by Jen Michalski, a well-published veteran of the small press world, which I review for The Small Press Book Review.Rating: 3.5* of fiveThe Publisher Says: Stanley Polensky and Calvin Johnson serve in Germany during World War II. Calvin, near death after being shelled, is given a bewitched herb by Stanley but then left for dead. Each soldier returns from the war and years pass. Calvin, discovering that he cannot age and cannot die, searches for Stanle [...]

    2. Today I shared my review of Jen Michalski's The Tide King in celebration of the release of her new novel, The Summer She Was Under Water. The Tide King is a story about immortality, war, personal responsibility, and more, all wrapped in a magical realism blanket. Check out my review!

    3. Michalski handles the themes of loss and being lost in life wonderfully in this powerful novel. The characters are vivid, the story fills you with the urgent need to know what is going to happen, and the words move the reader. I was fond of Mickalski's writing before this, but this book is something else above and beyond. In short, this book resonates.

    4. The book that made Jen Michalski a verifiable "real deal." Not that her other work isn't great--it is. But none of it is as ambitious, as confident, or maybe even as accessible, as The Tide King. There is something in this novel for most readers; there's a love story, magical realism, historical fiction. Excellent and exciting work!

    5. Stanley Polinsky carries a Tom Swift novel in his pack as he marches trough war-torn WII Europe with his companion, Calvin Johnson who constantly ribs him about it. Carrying a book, while simultaneously engaged in combat with the Nazi seems absurd. When Stanley explains that the book was read to him as a child, and it's about a magical item called The alamantium lamp, an invention that can raise the dead and heal any wound, the Tom Swift novel within this novel reveals itself, and serves as an a [...]

    6. The Tide King was a really good book. I read my copy in a day and a half, in between customers at the store. has The Tide King for $18.85; my price is $15rpelibrumbooksandart/pro

    7. I won and received this book for free through the GoodReads giveaway program. As I write my review here, I will try not to give away the storyline plot so you may read it to form your own opinions.GoodReads is stating this book contains 525 pages, however, my copy contains 361. I will be sure to cross check my copy to a library/book store copy to be sure I have read the entire story. I do feel that I have read the story with a beginning, middle, climax, and end. I do like how the ending meets up [...]

    8. I literally can not think of one thing I found bad about the book except the fact that it's such a depressing story. This novel was amazing. I have to admit that when I started to read the book I thought that it might be about vampires and might have action scenes or something but it didn't and I'm kind of happy that it didn't. I think the fact that the author found a unique way to tell a realistic story with some supernatural elements make this book an amazing and thought provoking read. This b [...]

    9. The Tide King has a central maguffin that is very much genre - an herb that bestows immortality - that is used to explore some very weighty topics. Capital letter stuff: Life, Death, Love, Power, War, Time. Perhaps most poignantly, it explores belonging. All four of the main characters in this book are people who are out of step with the world. For two that is a product of magic; for the other two, it is simply the result of life and circumstance.The Tide King wouldn't stand without the immortal [...]

    10. I started this in March, but had to put it aside in order to catch up with my book club book and a library book that I couldn't renew. I'd only read a few pages, but it was torturous to have The Tide King tempting me from my book table. I (finally!) started again last week, and finished late last night. I haven't been so riveted by a story or it's characters in a long time. From beginning to end, I was wholly immersed in another world and I felt slightly dazed upon leaving it and also better for [...]

    11. Enthralling plot with flawed, yet sympathetic, protagonists and a little magic thrown in – this makes for a compelling story and a can’t-put-it-down book that I finished in one sitting. More than that, it was the kind of book that stayed on my mind for weeks afterward. Ms. Michalski is a talented writer with a knack for character development and a vivid imagination. The result is not just a great story but also a thought-provoking examination of the human existence and the meaning of life.

    12. this is a great book - with a wide screen from early 19th century Poland to present day Montana and New York. The characters are rich and satisfying. Although there is magical realism, it doesn't feel like it as you are carried along in the interesting plot twists and turns.

    13. Definitely some rushed decisions because the author was reaching some kind of page limit (you'll know what I mean when you get there) but definitely an interesting take on immortality and PTSD. I would have liked to see some of the lives fleshed out more and some of the endings not wrapped up in such a hurry, but I understand that publishing has a lot of arbitrary limits on time and space.

    14. Michalski’s novel, winner of Best Fiction from Baltimore’s City Paper, is the story of Stanley Polensky and Calvin Johnson, thrown together in the trenches of WWII, their forced intimacy creating an unlikely friendship between the shy Polish boy from Baltimore and the tough Midwestern farmboy. It is also the story of a girl named Ela Zdunk, who lives with her mother outside the small mountain village of Reszel in Poland in 1806. Ela helps her mother find flowers and roots to use in the tinct [...]

    15. The Tide King explores a premise that has a long history in the human imagination: what would immortality be like? Jen Michalski's handling of this topic was good fun to read. When Calvin Johnson is given a magical herb during WWII, the regrowth of his dismembered leg takes months to happen. He finally awakens on the forest floor where he had been left for dead and wanders into a future ignorant of the change that has occurred. The consequences of his unsought immortality play out for decades an [...]

    16. Didn't read the whole thing - couldn't get into it. Sort of blah writing and the war scenes went on and on with no real reason. The first chapter was great, though.

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