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Friday, June 06, 2008

A Pigeon and a Boy

Shalev, Meir. A Pigeon And A Boy.

6 word synopsis: Beautifully written story of two generations.

Present and past interwoven. From the kibbutz to the Israeli 1948 War of Independence to contemporary Israel ... back and forth. The characters are beautifully and sensitively drawn, and the plot, as it moves from the past to the present revealing increasing information and insight, is compelling. This is a powerful story and an introduction to an author that I'll be seeking out.

I must also add that the translation from the Hebrew by Evan Fallenberg is beautifully done and flows with rhythm and skill. Author and translator have provided an experience to savor. Highly recommended.

Fiction. 2006. 311 pages.


  1. I really need to work on trying to review a book the way you do -- you say so much in just two paragraphs! I want to write like you, when I grow up. :)

    Pssst, the book sounds great. Onto the wish list it goes.

  2. This sounds so good, Jenclair! Thank you for the review. I'm adding it to my wish list too.