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Victoria (Eve's Alexandria)

You have absolutely inspired me to read this book, if I can get my hands on it in the UK. Brilliant review. I so rarely hear about books or authors who are completely new to me - it's so exciting. :)

Caroline

You did a great job - I'm tempted and intrigued. :)
I must admit something. I alwys thought that there were either Jewish people or Palestinians living in Israel. I hadn't thought about Arab Israels's - that must be very difficult.
Letters/notes in books is something that fascinates me. I've come across a few when I bought books from amazon marketplace. I even played with the idea for a story based on a note in a book. So - yes - you've got me VERY interested.

elizabeth Wix

Am currently reading the book - on your suggestion - so am holding off reading your post until I've finished it.
Always like to come to things somewhat fresh then afterwards read everyone else's thoughts.
Persephone books tends to give to much away in the "Forwards" - so I skip them too!
Happy weekend reading.

Kathy

Great review, Danielle. It had the effect on me that you wanted: I want to read this book. It sounds comletely different from what I've read before, but not in an unapproachable or "outside my comfort zone" way.

Tony

The UK version has a different title ('Exposure') with a cover that indicates the genre nature of the book. I quite enjoyed this when I read it for the IFFP longlist reading, but I didn't think the writing was amazing - a good story, though.

Danielle

I hope you do get a chance to read it--do please let me know what you think if you pick it up soon! I had not heard of Sayed Kashua before taking my class either and he is one of my good finds so far this year. I thought the story quite clever, but clever in a good way--not in a self-conscious way, if you know what I mean!

Danielle

I think you might like this one--though I did find the lawyer a bit maddening at times--somehow I liked what Kashua did all the more for it strangely. I knew so little about this part of the world before taking these classes--just the things you hear on the news, none of it very good, but the literature has been wonderful and I am glad we are reading different perspectives, too. It is very interesting finding ephemera in books, isn't it? I have found a few unusual things--nothing like a letter though. It is an intriguing plot device, isn't it?

Danielle

I don't like knowing too much ahead of time either and tried not to give too much away in my post, but I completely understand not wanting to read about it while you are reading the book for yourself. I tend to skip forwards and introductions, too, until I have read the story. Only when a book is really hard and I feel like I need help in understanding something will I read an intro first. I hope you are enjoying the story, too. It takes some interesting turns as you go.

Danielle

I am always a little nervous when I recommend books to other readers--hoping they will like it as much as I did. But I really liked this one--so different than what you normally find. This is indeed outside my comfort zone--though less so than a few other books I have read lately. Hmm--maybe I really have been broadening my horizons of late! ;)

Danielle

I had to go and take a look at the UK edition--for once I much prefer the US edition and cover. I am still not sure what exactly they meant by the title--Second Person Singular--I was thinking it referred to the letter, but I'm not entirely sure. I didn't realize it was on the IFFP list, but I am not at all surprised. I know what you mean by the writing--it was fine--not especially remarkable other than being a good translation, but the story completely caught me up so I guess I wasn't paying attention so much to the writing style-it didn't get in the way, which is always a good thing when it comes to translations! I really do need to read more from the IFFP longlist--and *long* it usually is, too!

Stefanie

I didn't need much convincing since I thought it sounded good the other times you mentioned it, but wow! I have to read this.

Danielle

Yes, this is a keeper! I really liked it and will read more by him. He was supposed to come to Omaha last month--one of his other books was made into a movie, but it has not been released yet or something so the plans fell through, which is a real pity! I think the university is going to try and organize something in the fall now--fingers crossed as I would love to hear him speak. I suggested to my professor that we should ask him to join our class via skype--how cool would that be!

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