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Homesick (Hebrew Literature Series) Paperback – April 20, 2010
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The energy of the novel circulates around the personal and interpersonal conflicts of two couples living in a partitioned house, so close that they can hear the arguments--and other things--and smell the cooking. One couple, about 30-ish, has been married seven or eight years, Sima and Moshe Zakian; they are renting out a smaller portion of their house to the younger unmarried couple, Noa, a photography student, and Amir, a psychology student. Also crucial are Moshe's parents, living upstairs, the 70-ish Avram and Gina.
In a way, this is Noa's novel, the female photography student who looks for homesickness in everyone's face--including Arab residents.Read more ›
On the broad scale, Nevo beautifully portrays the fabric of life in Israel in 1995. On an intimate scale, his depictions of characters' internal dialogue are warm, honest, revelatory, and often amusing. An adventurous Israeli traveler contemplates a bungee jump over a river in South America; a photography student is unexpectedly wracked by uncontrollable laughter during a Reiki massage; a psychology candidate questions his internal boundaries in the face of a group of unstable patients; an adolescent boy renders in aching detail the conversations of his grieving parents.
"Homesick" captivated me on so many levels, leaving me with the hope that more of Nevo's novels will find their way into English translations.
Amos Oz said that "if you are a reader [from another country]..., you are actually invited into other people's living rooms, into their nurseries and studies, into their bedrooms. You are invited into their secret sorrows, into their family joys, into their dreams."
Eshkol Nevo crystallizes the invitation. I couldn't stop reading it.
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Fast reading, entertaining novel which nonetheless raises a number of thoughtful issues.Published 8 months ago by Irv Schiffman
One of my favorite books, written by my favorite author and translated excellently and accurately. Can't wait for the rest of Nevo's work to make it into English!Published 11 months ago by Shayna Hodkin
It took a while to understand the pace and the voice of the characters. About half way I was able to understand who was who but if you are looking for a quick easy ready it does... Read morePublished 15 months ago by noise maker
The author changes narrators too often and it is confusing as to who is telling the story.Published 18 months ago by Rema Goldstein
It's the best book I've read in many years. The sensibility of the author is awesome.Published 21 months ago by Ricardo Vidart