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When the awkward, neurotic and childlike Yair, a seller of rare books, sees a beautiful woman across the room at a class reunion he feels compelled to write to her. So begins a love affair of words between two married, middle-aged adults, dissatisfied with their lives, yearning for the connection that has always eluded them. "Be a knife for me," Yair writes to Miriam, "and I, I swear, will be a knife for you." As they peel back their inhibitions, their correspondence unfolds into an exchange of their most naked confessions in a novel that is as passionate as it is spellbinding.

Review:

"A transformative work of art....As the love affair moves toward its denouement certain passages demand to be reread, as if one can't believe the pure, intuitive truth they contain." The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"Be My Knife may be the strangest, saddest love story ever told...exciting...exquisite [and] piercingly sad." Los Angeles Times Book Review

Review:

"A beautiful and searing book....Grossman's prose is bewitching....Be My Knife starts as a slow, lyrical work, then draws the reader into Yair and Miriam's compulsions. For Grossman, love is as an obsession, a consuming and searing mirage, where lovers reveal what is raw and painful." The Denver Post

Review:

"The novel's considerable technical sophistication aside, even the most willing reader will find it difficult to empathize with these literate whiners. Overattenuated and underimagined. The author of See Under: Love can do better than this." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

When the awkward, neurotic and childlike Yair, a seller of rare books, sees a beautiful woman across the room at a class reunion he feels compelled to write to her. So begins a love affair of words between two married, middle-aged adults, dissatisfied with their lives, yearning for the connection that has always eluded them. “Be a knife for me,” Yair writes to Miriam, “and I, I swear, will be a knife for you.” As they peel back their inhibitions, their correspondence unfolds into an exchange of their most naked confessions in a novel that is as passionate as it is spellbinding.

David Grossman is the author of six novels and three works of nonfiction. He lives in Jerusalem.
A New York Times Notable Book

An awkward, neurotic seller of rare books writes a desperate letter to a beautiful stranger whom he sees at a class reunion. This simple, lonely attempt at seduction begins a love affair of words between Yair and Miriam, two married, middle-aged adults, dissatisfied with their lives, yearning for the connection that has always eluded themand, eventually, reawakened to feelings that they thought had passed them by. Their correspondence unfolds into an exchange of their most naked confessions: of desire, childhood tragedies, joys, and humiliations.

"A transformative work of art . . . As the love affair moves toward its denouement certain passages demand to be reread, as if one can't believe the pure, intuitive truth they contain."The New York Times Book Review

"A transformative work of art . . . As the love affair moves toward its denouement certain passages demand to be reread, as if one can't believe the pure, intuitive truth they contain."The New York Times Book Review

"Be My Knife is an absorbing, lyrical, intricately woven look at love that delves deeply into the emotions of its characters and artfully challenges narrative conventions . . . Well-crafted . . . Grossman is a master . . . This is a rich, original, beautifully painful exposition of the basic human condition."Catherine Newton, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Be My Knife may be the strangest saddest love story ever told . . . exciting . . . exquisite [and] piercingly sad."Los Angeles Times Book Review

"A brilliant concoction by an outstanding Israeli novelist."The New York Times

"A tour de force . . . Difficult, provocative, disturbing . . . The novel raises serious questions. Can a person be truly honest with another, or is dishonesty intrinsic to the relations between men and women? Is honesty even possible, given the self-deception we all engage in? The book poses a Rashomon-like situationeach person seeing the story differently."Miriam Sawyer, Rutherford (New Jersey) Public Library, MultiCultural Review

"A beautiful and searing book . . . Grossman's prose is bewitching . . . Be My Knife starts as a slow, lyrical work, then draws the reader into Yair and Miriam's compulsions. For Grossman, love is as an obsession, a consuming and searing mirage, where lovers reveal what is raw and painful."The Denver Post

"Novelist and journalist David Grossman has claimed a place in the front ranks of contemporary Israeli writers with his lyrical yet penetrating explorations of his fellow countryman's psyches . . . Fans of Jeannette Winterson or Virginia Woolf may enjoy the novel's verbal artistry and its acute attention to the shifting psychological states of love."Time Out New York

"A literary concoction for readers with strong stomachs and exquisite taste."Chicago Tribune

"Be My Knife casts a spell . . . by fearlessly examining the precarious bonds between men and women and by exploring the power of the written word . . . Be My Knife cuts deep indeed."The Commercial Appeal (Memphis)

"There is no joy comparable to reading a David Grossman novel. His brilliance shines on each page, and in a way that is not meant to show off but to deepen your own understanding of the world . . . This is a book that will resurrect parts of your consciousness you didn't know were dead."Tikkun

"Grossman as usual gives us a literary workout, one that hones the sublime quality of words to perfection."Molly Abramovitz, Hadassah

"Another original premise from Israeli novelist/journalist Grossman: after a shy, middle-aged man notices a beautiful stranger at a reunion, they launch a passionate affair of words."Library Journal

Synopsis:

A love affair in words between two married, middle-aged adults, dissatisfied with their lives, begins and leads them to yearn for the connection that has always eluded them. "Exquisite . . . and piercingly sad."--"Los Angeles Times Book Review."

About the Author

David Grossman is the author of seven novels, most recently Someone to Run With, as well as two groundbreaking works of journalism, The Yellow Wind and Sleeping on a Wire; several children's books; and a play. He lives in Jerusalem.

Table of Contents

Yair 1
Miriam 211
Rain 271

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312421472
Translator:
Almog, Vered; Gurantz, Maya
Translator:
Gurantz, Maya
Translator:
Almog, Vered
Translator:
Gurantz, Maya
Translator:
Almog, Vered; Gurantz, Maya
Author:
Gurantz, Maya
Author:
Almog, Vered
Author:
Grossman, David
Publisher:
Picador USA
Subject:
General
Subject:
Jewish
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Literary
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
April 19, 2003
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.28 x 5.52 x 0.9 in

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Product details 320 pages Picador USA - English 9780312421472 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A transformative work of art....As the love affair moves toward its denouement certain passages demand to be reread, as if one can't believe the pure, intuitive truth they contain."
"Review" by , "Be My Knife may be the strangest, saddest love story ever told...exciting...exquisite [and] piercingly sad."
"Review" by , "A beautiful and searing book....Grossman's prose is bewitching....Be My Knife starts as a slow, lyrical work, then draws the reader into Yair and Miriam's compulsions. For Grossman, love is as an obsession, a consuming and searing mirage, where lovers reveal what is raw and painful."
"Review" by , "The novel's considerable technical sophistication aside, even the most willing reader will find it difficult to empathize with these literate whiners. Overattenuated and underimagined. The author of See Under: Love can do better than this."
"Synopsis" by ,
When the awkward, neurotic and childlike Yair, a seller of rare books, sees a beautiful woman across the room at a class reunion he feels compelled to write to her. So begins a love affair of words between two married, middle-aged adults, dissatisfied with their lives, yearning for the connection that has always eluded them. “Be a knife for me,” Yair writes to Miriam, “and I, I swear, will be a knife for you.” As they peel back their inhibitions, their correspondence unfolds into an exchange of their most naked confessions in a novel that is as passionate as it is spellbinding.

David Grossman is the author of six novels and three works of nonfiction. He lives in Jerusalem.
A New York Times Notable Book

An awkward, neurotic seller of rare books writes a desperate letter to a beautiful stranger whom he sees at a class reunion. This simple, lonely attempt at seduction begins a love affair of words between Yair and Miriam, two married, middle-aged adults, dissatisfied with their lives, yearning for the connection that has always eluded themand, eventually, reawakened to feelings that they thought had passed them by. Their correspondence unfolds into an exchange of their most naked confessions: of desire, childhood tragedies, joys, and humiliations.

"A transformative work of art . . . As the love affair moves toward its denouement certain passages demand to be reread, as if one can't believe the pure, intuitive truth they contain."The New York Times Book Review

"A transformative work of art . . . As the love affair moves toward its denouement certain passages demand to be reread, as if one can't believe the pure, intuitive truth they contain."The New York Times Book Review

"Be My Knife is an absorbing, lyrical, intricately woven look at love that delves deeply into the emotions of its characters and artfully challenges narrative conventions . . . Well-crafted . . . Grossman is a master . . . This is a rich, original, beautifully painful exposition of the basic human condition."Catherine Newton, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram

"Be My Knife may be the strangest saddest love story ever told . . . exciting . . . exquisite [and] piercingly sad."Los Angeles Times Book Review

"A brilliant concoction by an outstanding Israeli novelist."The New York Times

"A tour de force . . . Difficult, provocative, disturbing . . . The novel raises serious questions. Can a person be truly honest with another, or is dishonesty intrinsic to the relations between men and women? Is honesty even possible, given the self-deception we all engage in? The book poses a Rashomon-like situationeach person seeing the story differently."Miriam Sawyer, Rutherford (New Jersey) Public Library, MultiCultural Review

"A beautiful and searing book . . . Grossman's prose is bewitching . . . Be My Knife starts as a slow, lyrical work, then draws the reader into Yair and Miriam's compulsions. For Grossman, love is as an obsession, a consuming and searing mirage, where lovers reveal what is raw and painful."The Denver Post

"Novelist and journalist David Grossman has claimed a place in the front ranks of contemporary Israeli writers with his lyrical yet penetrating explorations of his fellow countryman's psyches . . . Fans of Jeannette Winterson or Virginia Woolf may enjoy the novel's verbal artistry and its acute attention to the shifting psychological states of love."Time Out New York

"A literary concoction for readers with strong stomachs and exquisite taste."Chicago Tribune

"Be My Knife casts a spell . . . by fearlessly examining the precarious bonds between men and women and by exploring the power of the written word . . . Be My Knife cuts deep indeed."The Commercial Appeal (Memphis)

"There is no joy comparable to reading a David Grossman novel. His brilliance shines on each page, and in a way that is not meant to show off but to deepen your own understanding of the world . . . This is a book that will resurrect parts of your consciousness you didn't know were dead."Tikkun

"Grossman as usual gives us a literary workout, one that hones the sublime quality of words to perfection."Molly Abramovitz, Hadassah

"Another original premise from Israeli novelist/journalist Grossman: after a shy, middle-aged man notices a beautiful stranger at a reunion, they launch a passionate affair of words."Library Journal

"Synopsis" by , A love affair in words between two married, middle-aged adults, dissatisfied with their lives, begins and leads them to yearn for the connection that has always eluded them. "Exquisite . . . and piercingly sad."--"Los Angeles Times Book Review."
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