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Homesick (Hebrew Literature) Paperback – April 20, 2010
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The energy of the novel circulates around the personal and interpersonal conflicts of two couples living in a partitioned house, so close that they can hear the arguments--and other things--and smell the cooking. One couple, about 30-ish, has been married seven or eight years, Sima and Moshe Zakian; they are renting out a smaller portion of their house to the younger unmarried couple, Noa, a photography student, and Amir, a psychology student. Also crucial are Moshe's parents, living upstairs, the 70-ish Avram and Gina.
In a way, this is Noa's novel, the female photography student who looks for homesickness in everyone's face--including Arab residents.Read more ›
On the broad scale, Nevo beautifully portrays the fabric of life in Israel in 1995. On an intimate scale, his depictions of characters' internal dialogue are warm, honest, revelatory, and often amusing. An adventurous Israeli traveler contemplates a bungee jump over a river in South America; a photography student is unexpectedly wracked by uncontrollable laughter during a Reiki massage; a psychology candidate questions his internal boundaries in the face of a group of unstable patients; an adolescent boy renders in aching detail the conversations of his grieving parents.
"Homesick" captivated me on so many levels, leaving me with the hope that more of Nevo's novels will find their way into English translations.
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Fast reading, entertaining novel which nonetheless raises a number of thoughtful issues.Published 2 months ago by Irv Schiffman
The author changes narrators too often and it is confusing as to who is telling the story.Published 12 months ago by Rema Goldstein
It's the best book I've read in many years. The sensibility of the author is awesome.Published 15 months ago by Ricardo Vidart
all but the translation of the title was wonderful. Unfortunately English translates it as sick but more correctly it is yearning, and aren't we all?Published on November 6, 2013 by susan k jonas
Even after hearing this book reviewed,I did not
like it. There was a constant changing of points
of view (voices) from one character to another
which was extremely... Read more