I wanted to like it, but I just couldn't broom the 'positives' in a pile big enough to finish the book.
The main character is a ten-year-old boy named Gurion who narrates the story and his personality was immediately captivating.
I had feared violence in order to demonstrate how graphic and disturbing the author could be, and avoid books like that.
My friends all have bruises from me throwing this book at them and demanding they read it. Possibly the best book I've read this decade.Published 3 months ago by Kevin M. Fowler
When I started this novel I had several misgivings and I didn't want to read it let alone like it but I was wrong: The Instructions was (insert superlative) awesome. Read morePublished 6 months ago by ConcupusAl
The physical weight of this novel is intimidating (if you purchased the paperback, like I did) but let that be encouragement and not a deterrent to begin reading The Instructions. Read morePublished 8 months ago by M. Toppel
This novel is one of the best debuts I've ever read, and one of my favorite reads altogether. You can taste the influence of those who came before him, but Levin's voice is his own... Read morePublished 13 months ago by whateverhappenedtoZeppo?
Second for me in my list for 2012. Clever, original and very entertaining. Good writing and good ideas. I loved it.Published 16 months ago by Betty Van Dyck
I have just finished reading this book and I will save you the trouble, you have better things to do w/ your life than read the 900 or so pages of this book. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Payam
The book is about teenager who might be a messiah. The book is great when it talks about Ben-Gurion's family and Jewish schools and when it shows his thinking. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Ilya M. Rakhkovsiy
Haven't we all had moments where we thought we were the Messiah? Funny and heartfelt, Levin's writing is quite impressive. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ava Louise Shansky
Be you in your thirties, even in your sixties, you will surely give yourself over to "The Instructions" once ten-year-old Gurion Maccabee has introduced himself and friends, all of... Read morePublished on October 19, 2012 by sg