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To the End of the Land (Vintage International)

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Ora, a middle-aged Israeli mother, is on the verge of celebrating her son Ofers release from army service when he returns to the front for a major offensive. In a fit of preemptive grief and magical thinking, she sets out for a hike in the Galilee, leaving no forwarding information for the "notifiers" who might darken her door with the worst possible news. Recently estranged from her husband, Ilan, she drags along an unlikely companion: their former best friend and her former lover Avram, once a brilliant artistic spirit. Avram served in the army alongside Ilan when they were young, but their lives were forever changed one weekend when the two jokingly had Ora draw lots to see which of them would get the few days leave being offered by their commander — a chance act that sent Avram into Egpyt and the Yom Kippur War, where he was brutally tortured as POW.

In the aftermath, a virtual hermit, he refused to keep in touch with the family and has never met the boy. Now, as Ora and Avram sleep out in the hills, ford rivers, and cross valleys, avoiding all news from the front, she gives him the gift of Ofer, word by word; she supplies the whole story of her motherhood, a retelling that keeps Ofer very much alive for Ora and for the reader, and opens Avram to human bonds undreamed of in his broken world. Their walk has a "war and peace" rhythm, as their conversation places the most hideous trials of war next to the joys and anguish of raising children. Never have we seen so clearly the reality and surreality of daily life in Israel, the currents of ambivalence about war within one household, and the burdens that fall on each generation anew.

Grossman's rich imagining of a family in love and crisis makes for one of the great antiwar novels of our time.

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"This is a book of overwhelming power and intensity, David Grossman's masterpiece. Flaubert created his Emma, Tolstoy made his Anna, and now we have Grossman's Ora — as fully alive, as fully embodied, as any character in recent fiction. I devoured this long novel in a feverish trance. Wrenching, beautiful, unforgettable." Paul Auster

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"Very rarely, a few times in a lifetime, you open a book and when you close it again nothing can ever be the same. Walls have been pulled down, barriers broken, a dimension of feeling, of existence itself, has opened in you that was not there before. To the End of the Land is a book of this magnitude. David Grossman may be the most gifted writer I've ever read; gifted not just because of his imagination, his energy, his originality, but because he has access to the unutterable, because he can look inside a person and discover the unique essence of her humanity. For twenty-six years he has been writing novels about what it means to defend this essence, this unique light, against a world designed to extinguish it. To the End of the Land is his most powerful, shattering, and unflinching story of this defense. To read it is to have yourself taken apart, undone, touched at the place of your own essence; it is to be turned back, as if after a long absence, into a human being." Nicole Krauss

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"A masterpiece....One of the few novels that feel as though they have made a difference to the world." Colm Tóibín, The New York Times Book Review

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"A boundary-pushing novel....Like all great literature, it is an act of generosity, opening itself to every human possibility....Grossman invites us to look beneath the shrill headlines, beyond the roadblocks, within the clenched fist

Review:

"Magnificent....A powerful meditation....Foremost among Grossman's achievements is the creation of Ora, a modern-day Scheherazade and icon of the mourning mother." The Seattle Times

Review:

"Profound....A reminder of what Israel — what any country — is capable of doing to its sons." The Boston Globe

Synopsis:

From one of Israels most acclaimed writers comes a novel of extraordinary power about family life — the greatest human drama — and the cost of war.

About the Author

David Grossman was born in Jerusalem. He is the author of numerous works of fiction, nonfiction, and children's literature. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and has been translated into thirty-six languages around the world. He is the recipient of many prizes, including the French Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the Buxtehuder Bulle in Germany, Rome's Premio per la Pace e l'Azione Umitaria, the Premio Ischia — International Award for Journalism, Israel's Emet Prize, and the Albatross Prize given by the Günter Grass Foundation.

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Jan Askin, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Jan Askin)
This is a highly personal narrative about a woman engaged in the magical thinking that if she takes a trek, she will be unavailable for potential bad news of her son. The reader revisits touchstones of her motherhood raising two sons and managing an imperfect marriage. This is also a political narrative. The reader learns through the context of the narrative the multiple ways that the current untenable state of the nation takes a toll on the Israeli citizen and even more so on the Israeli Arabs. As the mother of two sons, like the protagonist, I found this character's anguish both believable and painful.
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Miami reader, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by Miami reader)
Beautifully written. Touching the soul. How does this man know so well how a mother feels? Certainly parenthood and family are exposed down to the nerves and bones. And the terror and fear of every parent, but especially of parenting in Israel -- from age 18 on they often live as if they are holding their breath. I have seen it and then the destruction that ensues, as it did to Grossman's own family, when the tragic happens because of the 'situation.' Grossman captures it without polemics -- just making the reader feel Ora's connection to Ofer and how she struggles to deal with the pain.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307476401
Author:
Grossman, David
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Publication Date:
20110831
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TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
7.9 x 5.1 x 1.1 in 1.075 lb

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Product details 672 pages Vintage Books - English 9780307476401 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This is a book of overwhelming power and intensity, David Grossman's masterpiece. Flaubert created his Emma, Tolstoy made his Anna, and now we have Grossman's Ora — as fully alive, as fully embodied, as any character in recent fiction. I devoured this long novel in a feverish trance. Wrenching, beautiful, unforgettable."
"Review" by , "Very rarely, a few times in a lifetime, you open a book and when you close it again nothing can ever be the same. Walls have been pulled down, barriers broken, a dimension of feeling, of existence itself, has opened in you that was not there before. To the End of the Land is a book of this magnitude. David Grossman may be the most gifted writer I've ever read; gifted not just because of his imagination, his energy, his originality, but because he has access to the unutterable, because he can look inside a person and discover the unique essence of her humanity. For twenty-six years he has been writing novels about what it means to defend this essence, this unique light, against a world designed to extinguish it. To the End of the Land is his most powerful, shattering, and unflinching story of this defense. To read it is to have yourself taken apart, undone, touched at the place of your own essence; it is to be turned back, as if after a long absence, into a human being."
"Review" by , "A masterpiece....One of the few novels that feel as though they have made a difference to the world."
"Review" by , "A boundary-pushing novel....Like all great literature, it is an act of generosity, opening itself to every human possibility....Grossman invites us to look beneath the shrill headlines, beyond the roadblocks, within the clenched fist
"Review" by , "Magnificent....A powerful meditation....Foremost among Grossman's achievements is the creation of Ora, a modern-day Scheherazade and icon of the mourning mother."
"Review" by , "Profound....A reminder of what Israel — what any country — is capable of doing to its sons."
"Synopsis" by , From one of Israels most acclaimed writers comes a novel of extraordinary power about family life — the greatest human drama — and the cost of war.
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