Finalist, Chapters/Books in Canada First Novel Award
(NOVEL) Trade paperback, Goose Lane Editions (April 1997) ISBN-10: 0864922205, ISBN-13: 978-0864922205. *To purchase, click Homer in Flight;
BTC Audiobooks (April 2000) *To purchase, click Homer in Flight.
About the book . . .
From the publisher: “Hilarious and poignant, Homer in Flight draws a brilliant picture of a chronic malcontent roving from high-rise to housing development along the 401 and the QEW. Homer remains utterly displaced, not because of what other people do or don’t do, but because he lives in his imagination instead of embracing an imperfect but fairly benign reality.”
Praise for Homer In Flight . . .
“Homer in Flight . . . is an intelligent, balanced, deeply felt book . . . recommended reading for anyone seriously interested in what it means to be an immigrant rather than a tourist . . . Maharaj’s eye for characterization is impeccable, as is his ability to find humour amid the grim, the sordid, and the dreary.”
— Books in Canada
“Rabindranath Maharaj is a talented and confident writer who has produced a work of unsparing vision and compassion . . . Homer in Flight is a riveting portrait of the immigrant tragedy . . . It is a novel that deserves a wide audience.” Read entire review here.
— Neil Bissoondath, Globe and Mail
“A remarkable achievement, thematically and structurally . . . This novel has many attractions; it’s a book that inspires admiration.”
— Andre Alexis, Toronto Star
“Homer in Flight is a sensitive and ambitious novel, gripping in its insights about human frailty and cultural identity . . . Maharaj’s gift as a writer is his poetic prose and his ability to weave philosophical and psychological revelations without ever allowing it to become heavy or preachy.”
— Sunday Express
“Homer in Flight is well written, really funny and absolutely packed with marvelous characters and caricatures.”
—Indo Caribbean World
“A thoughtful and intriguing novel. Maharaj is an important novelist, and one looks forward to his next work.”
— The Toronto Review
“Rabindranath Maharaj, like many cultural critics, has an unblinking, sardonic eye for the absurdities and hypocrisies that shape a society.”
— Vancouver Sun
“Maharaj is skilled at inspiring sympathy for a protagonist whose blindnesses and mistakes he enjoys sending up. Homer in Flight is an artful, unpredictable, and entertaining addition to the literatures of both Canada and the Caribbean.”
— Canadian Literature
“Maharaj’s skill as a writer is unquestionable, especially his flair for capturing the absurd.”
— FFWD Weekly