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The Instructions by Adam Levin
The Instructions

dglendening, January 16, 2012

Adam Levin's "The Instructions" is something of a marvel. Set almost entirely in the confines of a middle school outside of Chicago, and, for the bulk of that time, inside a locked classroom for "difficult" children known as The Cage, Levin's first novel generates an expansive world. The story follows a few days in the life of the protagonist, a young man, Gurion Maccabee, who writes scripture in his spare time and believes he might be the next Isrealite Messiah. The novel explores a range of themes, touching on how we construct and test the limits of faith, our inner and outer struggles with feelings of powerlessness in the face of authority or biological limitation, and the ramifications of spiritual and physical violence. Despite such weighty themes, the novel reads like an epic myth, threaded through with humor, love, hope, and budding teenage sexuality. "The Instruction" is a beautifully crafted work, rewarding in every line.
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