So let me just say that, although it is a translation, the book is very much worth reading.
The story is a very beautiful story, but it is the hidden symbols and descriptions of home, love and life that so captivate the reader.
Shalev has space to develop his characters, as well as an easy pace for his two wonderful stories.
Very nicely told story, takes you to that time & place in history & the main characters' lives.Published 1 month ago by Margie Goulding
Beautifully written. Very different subject which takes you away to Israel. Tender love story. Several simultaneous threads make a good read.Published 2 months ago by Sara W. Adams
Another Book Club choice...beautifully written and captivating! It was a bit confusing early on as to who was the author's voice, yet it all becomes clear as you read on. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Georgia Baum
The book is so well written and so interesting. learned so much from it on so many different topics.. fascinating!Published 4 months ago by orly wallach
Worth the read. Beautifully written and thought provoking. A unique view of that time in history. Well translated. Poetic. Sad and interesting.Published 4 months ago by satisfied customer
The poignancy of the emotions expressed was moving. I applaud the translator. The characters were well drawn and engaging. Read morePublished 5 months ago by ABQGrandma
Meir Shalev is my favorite Israeli author. This book became the number one gift I give to people. He is a brilliant writer and story teller. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Yohanan Ben-Sedef
Very well written and translated. Kept my interest throughout and, even though I suspected the end, it came in a very unique way.Published 6 months ago by Ann Schwartz
For a novel that has been translated I found the writing drew me in - some parts were realistic, others allegorical & poetic. Some sections were wry & funny and rang true. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Allison on Long Island