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The Book of Jonas


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ISBN13: 9780399158452
ISBN10: 0399158456
Condition: Standard
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flipper, January 26, 2013 (view all comments by flipper)
Such a moving and uplifting story. In our times of war and the true meaning of freedom, this book brings so much hope.
Extremely well written, powerful and full of emotion. A book to ponder over and over in these times of ours.
Symbolic and poetic, a must read. A reminder to cherish the moments we have and help others do the same.
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The Loopy Librarian, June 22, 2012 (view all comments by The Loopy Librarian)
The Book of Jonas is an elegantly written book that stimulates thought and emotion while challenging conventional viewpoints on war and religion. While I didn't necessarily agree with the actions or beliefs of the main characters, I was fascinated and empathetic. The sparse prose and short chapters meant no word was wasted and the story moved quickly between past and present and various points of view. I was profoundly moved by this engrossing book that packed a powerful punch in nearly poetic fashion.
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Erin Duffin, April 10, 2012 (view all comments by Erin Duffin)
This was such a good book, and I'm so glad I got it through Indiespensable! It's extremely relevant to our times, and is also a quick read. I highly recommend this to anyone looking for a different perspective.
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Dau, Stephen
Blue Rider Press
Literature-A to Z
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Trade paper
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from 12
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 272 pages Blue Rider Press - English 9780399158452 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In his debut novel, Dau chronicles the human cost of war with the alternating stories of Jonas, a teenager who loses his family in an American raid on an unnamed Muslim country; Christopher, a soldier involved in the attack and since MIA; and Rose, Christopher's mother, a woman dedicated to discovering what happened to her son. After the brutal attack on his village, an aid agency sends Jonas to live with a football-loving family in Pittsburgh, Pa., where he attends high school. After Jonas assaults another student, he begins seeing a court-ordered counselor specializing in PTSD. In time, Jonas reveals his connection to Christopher, claiming that without the soldier he 'probably would not have survived,' but evading other questions about the extent of their relationship. Short, sometimes contrived chapters moving between Jonas, Christopher, and Rose propel the novel quickly through time toward the truth about the attack. Intriguing characters reveal the effects of war on both victim and victimizer, and raise important questions about the emotional implications of modern warfare. Agent: Henry Dunow, Dunow, Carlson & Lerner." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Dau sketches Jonas brilliantly, empathetically, writing with spare, clear language in the third person, a point of view encompassing the distance necessary for emotional clarity. Rich with symbolism, marvelously descriptive in language...Dau's novel offers deeply resonating truths about war and culture, about family and loss that only art can reveal. A literary tour de force."
"Review" by , "That the human cost of war includes not only those who die but also those whose fate it is to live unhinged from all that they know is the truth at the heart of The Book of Jonas. In elegant, pitch-perfect prose, Dau charts the paths of three such displaced persons with a restraint that only heightens their emotional turmoil. Jonas himself is an unforgettable character through whose eyes we see the intricacies of war's deceptions. This is an utterly riveting debut."
"Review" by , "A powerful and stunning debut. The Book of Jonas is a deeply moving story of the human cost of conflict and the ways in which we never really leave the worst moments of our lives. Stephen Dau writes with remarkable precision, vitality and honesty."
"Review" by , "The Book of Jonas is a vivid portrait of a distant war we might scarcely be able to imagine. It challenges our assumptions about the survivors of war, and about guilt, justice, and memory. This is first rate, original, powerful storytelling."
"Review" by , "This is first rate, original, powerful storytelling."
"Review" by , "The artfully crafted story zeroes in on those seconds when decisions are made, sometimes with terrifying consequences."
"Review" by , "Dau does a beautiful job of creating tales shrouded in mystery, filled with pain and suffering … A modern, Citizen Kane like morality play about war, death, ordinary people, hope and forgiveness."
"Review" by , “A humane and unforgettable portrayal of the lives behind those casualty counts.…Dau beautifully addresses a need to emotionally engage with a war that has been going on for 10 years but that so often feels remote and unreal.…It is the first [novel of 2012] to feel genuinely important.
"Review" by , “Dau creates a disturbing portrayal of war as it destroys ideals and innocence and makes victims of civilians and soldiers alike. The novel is composed in a way that’s similar to how a painter creates with watercolors: with delicate, barely substantive layers that blend together to reveal depth, nuance, and meaning…Dau demonstrates the tragic paradoxes of war in this brilliant and deceptively simple novel that will provide ample discussion for high school classes studying Middle East conflicts.”
"Review" by , “In moments, Dau’s riffs on the young man’s life recall the dense beauty of Michael Ondaatje’s The English Patient. Like that book, [The Book of Jonas] is a tale obsessed with the way war can fracture memory and cauterize the place where love can begin....If only our news had such radical belief in the power of empathy.”
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