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Mr. Mani (Harvest in Translation) Paperback – May 7, 1993
"Cometh the Hour" by Jeffrey Archer
Cometh the Hour is the penultimate book in the Clifton Chronicles and, like the five previous novels - all of which hit the New York Times bestseller list - showcases Jeffrey Archer's extraordinary storytelling with his trademark twists. Learn more | See author page
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Throughout the book the ironic twists and turns make for compelling reading and even though you are reading it backwards and even though the backwards motif is almost played out by now (Irreversible, Ju Rei, Yellow Raft in Blue Water), it works here.
I never read the original Hebrew version, but I rather liked the English version. A.B. Yehoshua is pretty hit or miss for me, but in the case of this book definitely a hit.
Each character is intense and unique; the historical details span centuries and the globe. In those ways, the book is quite a literary feat.
This book follows the genius and madness of the Mani line. It was both wonderful and shocking, giving much food for thought. Where did the madness originate? With each succeeding generation, is it passed on to it's innocent victim only to surface in a different form? What combination of genius and madness will be produced and which will prevail? What is cause and what is affect? Is this the story of mankind? Is this the story of sin and it's affects? When will it end and how?
Since I am not a sholar and probably don't appreciate greatness when I see it, I could only give this book 4 stars because it was a bit too radical for me. I found the ending too shocking, even though it tied the whole book together. Looking for an escape from the madness of real life in the imaginary world of literature, I was not pleased to find that this book only injected a fresh dose of it into my private world.
This book perhaps could be put in the category of contemporary or modern art. Even if you don't like the style or subject, it's great artistic value cannot be argued.
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Condition, price, and promptness all completely satisfactory. Since that covers everything, you are asking for too many words. Goodbye, goodbye. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Gloria Parloff
Very original way of writing. What might have been confusing becomes even more interesting. Telling the saga backwards and writing only one side of the conversation makes the book... Read morePublished on October 22, 2013 by B. L. Melman
Yehoshua tells the story of 6 generations in reverse historical order using the interesting technique of reporting conversations but with only one side of the conversation... Read morePublished on February 25, 2009 by L. King
This celebrated Israeli author is practically a national treasure in Israel. His work is probably outstanding in the original Hebrew. However, in translation it is boring. Read morePublished on February 18, 2008 by voracious reader
The story of the Mani family through six generations, moving backward from 1982, as told by an Israeli woman, a Nazi soldier, and doctor (among others). Read morePublished on July 6, 2006 by VoidMagazine.com