- Publisher: Jonathan Cape Ltd (February 6, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0224097903
- ISBN-13: 978-0224097901
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.8 x 7.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #14,084,712 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Falling Out of Time Hardcover – February 6, 2014
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*Starred Review* With a strange and wonderful tale, Grossman challenges the boundaries separating life from death, sanity from madness. Announcing I have to go, a grief-stricken Israeli villager takes leave of his bewildered wife, embarking on a journey to there—an impossibly undefined place where he hopes to find and to speak with his dead son. As he sets out walking, in ever-widening circles around his village, the Walking Man becomes a Pied Piper of Bereavement, drawing behind him the Midwife, the Net-Mender, the Elderly Math Teacher, the Duke—all staggering under loads of sadness due to the loss of a loved one. Even the Town Chronicler—who narrates the bizarre quest—joins his distraught wife in the company following the Walking Man into a dreamscape where the deepest fears stirred by death collide with the most passionate hopes for life. Together these grim marchers unfold a dark colloquy—by turns heartrending and comforting—on what it means to love the departed, what it means to accept—or defy—death. Intensifying the pathos, deepening the soul-searching, husbands and wives repeatedly struggle to preserve their union despite sharply contrasting ways of dealing with their shared loss. A potent fusion of poetry, fiction, and drama sweeps readers into very deep waters! --Bryce Christensen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Praise for David Grossman:
• "There are some writers in whose words one recognizes the texture of life. David Grossman is such a writer." -- Yann Martel
Praise for To the End of the Land:
• "A beautiful, complicated, heartbreaking masterpiece." -- National Post
• "Utterly engrossing; it is filled with original and unexpected detail about domestic life, about the shapes and shadows that surround love and memory, and about the sharp and desperate edges of loss and fear." -- Colm Toibin, The New York Times Book Review front cover
• "This is a book of overwhelming power and intensity. . . . Wrenching, beautiful, unforgettable." -- Paul Auster
• "A boundary-pushing novel. . . . Like all great literature, it is an act of generosity, opening itself to every human possibility." -- Washington Post --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I can understand that the form of this book (I hesitate to call it a novel, because it could just as easily be described as poetry, play, myth, fairy tale...) will put some people off. But it made sense to me, because it is a remarkably emotionally truthful depiction of grief, The spare structure enhances the message.
There are so many ways to lose, but this is a book specifically about parents dealing with the death of their children. If you've had that experience, you will recognize yourself, your emotions and reactions in the pages of David Grossman's book: shock, denial, anger, desperation, guilt, bargaining, acceptance... It's all there, excruciatingly beautifully described:
Dear God, such pain
cuts suddenly deep down
in my stomach, my girl -
if only I knew that th-th-there, too,
when you arrived,
when you finished dying,
you were welcomed with loving arms
and a warm, fragrant t-t-towel,
or something, in whose bosom
you found peace
in those first moments.
I think one of the greatest sources of comfort is knowing that you are understood. That you do not walk this terrible road alone. A book like Falling Out of Time can bring you some peace.
The style is too halting and choppy for my taste---you go from a poetic style of writing to a more story-telling style of writing every other page. I prefer a book that is more consistent, stylistically.
It's reminiscent of the trance imposed by a Classical Greek tragedy. The characters shift from their unique stories into becoming anonymous members of a chorus--then back to their individual characters. I found it reminiscent of the work of TS Eliot.
Not an easy read, but one that captures the nature of grief as few works have done. I'll be surprised if it doesn't show up as a theatre production at some point.
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