- Series: Library of Modern Jewish Literature
- Paperback: 157 pages
- Publisher: Syracuse University Press; New edition edition (August 1, 1995)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0815603533
- ISBN-13: 978-0815603535
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,082,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Levitation: Five Fictions (Library of Modern Jewish Literature) Paperback – August 1, 1995
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The title story, "Levitation," is about two writers, married to each other, who vow never to write about writers ("the forbidden act") or write about NYC ("the forbidden city"). A wonderful irony in itself. At a cocktail party they've thrown, Jewish guests levitate in the air; everyone else remains grounded, including the main character, who, up until that point, considered herself a convert to the faith. All of these stories are stories of ideas: the characters don't chatter mindlessly; rather, they possess, unlike many other literary characters, a high degree of self-awareness.
What really shines in this book, though, is Ozick's love of L-A-N-G-U-A-G-E. You'll find no minimalism here. Like James and Nabokov, Ozick is dead-set on compressing as much detail as possible into a single sentence. The result is a narrative style of such elegance and originality, you'll be compelled to read these fictions allowed.