My Photo

Bookish Places

Categories

Blog powered by Typepad

« German Lit Month: Reading Possibilities | Main | The Moor by Laurie King »

Comments

LizF

I have never heard of Yehoshua and can't say I read a lot about that part of the world - with family links to Northern Ireland and having grown up with the Troubles in Ulster at their worst, I find books about a seemingly un-resolvable (sorry not sure that is a word!)conflict rather hard to read.
Having said that, your review has definitely piqued my interest as I really like stories told from different points of view so I will have look at the library catalogue just in case.

Stefanie

Wow, this sounds so good! And yay for right book, right time. That's when magic really happens.

Danielle

Prior to taking this class I can't think of a single Israeli author I had read. I have read a lot of Holocaust lit, but I think that is in an entirely different category really. I totally understand your hesitation and I wonder if my own before was based on the same idea--I have a hard time reading about problems like this--things you hear in the news. I have yet to read any books set in Afghanistan for example, even though I know there are a lot of good books out there. I have a hard time reading about (reading in novels, that is) the awful things you hear about in the news every day. I do think this is really well done and just in case you might give it a go, there is really not much in the way of actual battle/war scenes. You are aware of it, but at the same time there are so many other things going on--I found it all very compelling. And I really wasn't expecting to like it as much as I did. I figured it would be one of those books I 'appreciate' even if I didn't like it. But as it turned out, I really loved it!

Danielle

It really was good--so very well done. I even picked up another of his books last time I stopped by my favorite used bookstore! Yes, when it all comes together in the right way, it is very magical indeed!

Caroline

Oh my - and here goes my book buying ban thingy. I need to read this. Such praise form you is always an indicator I'll love a book as well. It sounds superb.

Danielle

This is a book that has really stood out for me from all the others I have read of late. I liked the Amos Oz book, but this one just clicked. You know how when you are reading and you can just tell it is a "Good" book--the writing, the plotting, the descriptions--they all came together well. The premise is unusual, but for me it really worked in this case. I immediately went to see what other books by him my favorite used bookstore had and bought A Woman in Jerusalem which was a NYT notable book as well as Washington Post best book of the year and won a LA Times award. I'd start it now, but I need to work on a few others first. I am reading one of his short stories--it's a longish one called "Three Days and a Child"--tomorrow we are going to watch a film adaptation of the story during our class. I think (hope) this is one you will appreciate as well!

Eve

It is only thanks to the excellent translation by Philip Simpson that English speakers can even read this book. Please, please do not fail to credit the translator when praising a book read in translation.

Danielle

Normally I do, so sorry for the oversight on my part and thanks for bringing it to my attention. I was so wrapped up in the quality of the story and storytelling and it was all so well done that I forgot for a moment that it was translated, which is in its way a nod to the excellent work by the translator!

Danielle

Actually must go and find my copy and look it over again as I am not sure that the translator was noted in the book, which may have been why I failed to give credit! So thanks for passing along to me the translator's name.

MadHatter

I disagree with the part where he says the husband unsuspectingly (I suppose he refers to the affair)brings the lover home... I got the feeling that the husband and wife were at a standstill in their relationship, their love burning out, especially since the death of their deaf son (who was born in hopes of keeping them together). So he brought the boy in to the house in hopes that they would spark something and he'd bring the excitement back into the marriage. Pretty twisted right

The comments to this entry are closed.

Books Read in 2020

Books Read in 2019

Books Read in 2018

Books Read in 2017

Books Read in 2016

Books Read in 2015