Sunday, July 21, 2013

A Mercenary And Winter Buds [Hebrew: Mazal Orev]

By Amir Gutfreund

Another very interesting book that was hard to get away from... even though it included some really rough descriptions of violence - if it were a movie, I wouldn't be able to watch it. A story about a computer genius whose girlfriend left him, and at about the same time got fired by his own company. His life are on hold until he finds some other genius idea, and in the meantime he gets involved in the search for a missing teenage girl. This search, turns out, is actually what he needs to find himself. [239 pp.]

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Monday, July 8, 2013

Children of Liberty [Hebrew translation]

By Paullina Simons

(This is the only non-Hebrew original that I got while in Israel - it was interesting reading it, after reading original Hebrew books - one can sometimes tell what the original phrase was). It tells the story of a young Italian immigrant who, on her first day in the States, meets the man she falls desperately in love with. Of course, it is a forbidden love - on both sides, and the consequences are formidable. In between, there are a lot of historical references, such as to Mother Jones, Emma Goldman, Robert Gould Shaw, and the Panama canal. [355 pp.]

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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Winter Life [Hebrew]

By Orly Castel-Bloom

A collection of short stories (I didn't realize that until I started the second one...). Mostly interesting, not always clear what the point is. [174 pp.]

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My Parents [Hebrew]

By Aharon Applefeld

It took some time for me to get used to the writing in this book, but all-in-all it's a pretty interesting look at a small family on their vacation among others in a 1930s style resort for jews. On one hand they are all trying to distance themselves from their ancestors' traditions, but on the other hand they cannot forget they're jews (if only because non-jews in that day's Ukraine constantly remind them of that fact). The story is told from the point of view of a 10-year old (and 7 months). [269 pp.]

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Neuland [Hebrew]

By Eshkol Nevo

A marvelous book about two young-ish people on a search. The first is looking for his dad who has gone missing while traveling in South America, the other is looking for some insight about her life, and on the way decides to help the first one. Actually, both of them are more in search for themselves. On the way, they are also looking into what has become of Israel and Israelis. The book is very well written and is fascinating. I really liked it. [550 pp.]

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