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To the End of the Land (Vintage International)


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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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"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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