Starred Review. In this stunning tale, Shalev masterfully interweaves two remarkable personal stories. Yair Mendelsohn, a middle-aged Israeli tour guide favored with bird watchers, learns that one of his new American clients fought in the Palmach, a clandestine military force in Israel's 1948 war of independence. The American recounts a day when a homing pigeon handler, nicknamed the Baby for his childlike features, was killed in that war and, in his final moments, sent off one last pigeon. Yair is familiar with the American's story and listens with wistfulness. As Yair slowly tells of his present and his past, Shalev patiently builds tension around the Baby's final dispatch, giving vivid detail on homing pigeons and conveying the unique relationship between the birds and their keepers—which echoes the touching care with which the Baby and his true love, the Girl, treat one another. The dark, stocky Yair, whose marriage is threatened by his burgeoning relationship with childhood friend Tirzah, makes a sympathetic protagonist. This gem of a story about the power of love, which won Israel's Brenner Prize, brims with luminous originality. (Oct.)
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Meir Shalev is one of Israels most celebrated novelists. Although less well known in the United States, the critically acclaimed A Pigeon and a Boy, which won Israels prestigious Brenner Prize, should introduce Shalev to a much wider audience. Intertwining two love stories with Israels fight for independence, the novel offers a compelling portrait of Israels period before statehood to the present day. With homing pigeons as a recurring motif, Shalev explores themes of home, memory, and survivalfor the birds, a people, and a nation. Despite critics overall praise, some faulted the characterizations of Baby and Yair and the obvious connections between the two tales; The Miami Herald noted the absence of any mention of the Palestinians Nakba, or "Catastrophe." Few voices, however, capture Israels complexities as gracefully as Shalevs.
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This is the best fiction I've read in a very long time. Beautifully constructed characters, metaphors--true literature. Read morePublished 4 months ago by chana
Shalev knows that life has to be lived. Intense love happens to his characters but that doesn't mean at the right time, with the right person and with a happy end. Read morePublished 4 months ago by tineke
This was a multi layered book weaving past and present together. Two love stories, a bit of mysticism, and a new knowledge of homing pigeons. I loved this bookPublished 5 months ago by Knitter
Masterpiece from an Israeli author. Loved reading it and enjoyed every descriptive word in the book. Hope to read his other books.Published 6 months ago by ribbit
The story is compelling but this translation has so many punctuation, grammar and spacing errors that it is difficult to read.Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer