From Library Journal
Noted for both his provocative journalism (e.g., The Yellow Wind, LJ 4/15/88) and his fiction (e.g., The Book of Common Grammar, LJ 4/15/94), Israeli writer Grossman here offers an imaginative new tale whereby the rebellious son of a detective is whisked away by a friendly kidnapper on the trail of the trademark purple scarf of actress Lola Ciperola.
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"Zigzag kids" don't fit into the symmetrical worlds of school and society. Nonny, son of a by-the-book Jerusalem cop and a free-spirited mom, is one such kid, and as he approaches his Bar Mitzvah, Nonny's life undergoes its grandest zigzag yet. Embarked on a train trip to Haifa and knowing that a birthday surprise has been arranged by his father, Nonny is not particularly shocked when the charismatic Felix appears to stop the train at gunpoint and whisk him away in a limousine. Part of the surprise, he figures. Wrong. The kidnapper is his father's nemesis, a master thief who just happens to be Nonny's grandfather. Felix takes Nonny on a picaresque coming-of-age journey into the boy's past--and that of his long-dead mother, whose crime-tainted history has been buried by Nonny's father. Despite a too-elaborate premise and a few moments that strain credibility, Israeli novelist Grossman's inventive tale is a rollicking delight, combining on-the-road adventure with meaty reflection on what it means to be happy. Bill Ott
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