To the End of the Land

To the End of the Land

eBook - 2010
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Ora, a middle-aged Israeli mother, is on the verge of celebrating her son Ofer's release from army service when he returns to the front for a major offensive. she sets out for a hike in the Galilee, leaving no forwarding information for the "notifiers" who might darken her door with the worst possible news. Recently estranged from her husband, Ilan, she drags along their former best friend and her former lover Avram. Avram served in the army alongside Ilan when they were young. Avram was sent into Egypt and the Yom Kippur War, where he was brutally tortured as POW. In the aftermath, a virtual hermit, he refused to keep in touch with the family and has never met the boy. Ora supplies the whole story of her motherhood, a retelling that keeps Ofer very much alive and opens Avram to human bonds undreamed of in his broken world.
Publisher: Toronto :, McClelland & Stewart,, 2010
ISBN: 9780771036361
0771036361
Characteristics: 1 online resource (575 pages)
Additional Contributors: Cohen, Jessica

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KMente
Oct 03, 2013

A fantasticly told, heartbreakingly epic story. Recommended for anyone who is a mother, has a mother or knows a mother.

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uncommonreader
Aug 01, 2012

Set in Israel, this is about the friendship of two men and a woman. The woman undertakes a hike in Galilee with her old friend, believing that if she is unreachable, news of her son who is in the army cannot reach her. While this is a good book, it is definitely too long.

dzkushnir Feb 15, 2011

This was a beautiful book.

debwalker Dec 08, 2010

Chosen as his book of the year by Adam Hochschild: "David Grossman's To the End of the Land is that rare literary achievement: a fine, moving novel that is deeply political without being in any way strident. Grossman is a peace-minded Israeli who lost his own son in combat several years ago, and his cry from the heart is not so much about the dead or the injured, but about what a state of endless war does to the minds of those who wage it. The novel is also brilliantly, inventively structured, with several suspenseful back stories that unfold hauntingly, in pieces, against the strange journey that is the main action."

AnneDromeda Nov 01, 2010

David Grossman's _To the End of the Land_ is a heart-rending, kaleidoscopic look at the ongoing situation in Israel and Palestine experienced from the vantage point of one unconventional family. The tenuous marriage between Ora and Ilan finally fractures under the weight of what happened to their best friend - and Ora's former lover - Avram, when he was taken as a POW as a young man serving in the IDF. When Ora's youngest son elects to extend his service to participate in a dangerous operation, she knows his chances are slim. She performs a "soft kidnap" on Avram, and embarks on a secular pilgrimage through the wilderness in a superstitious push to keep her son alive by avoiding those who could bring the news of his death.

The novel's lush tone and the narrator's unusually empathic voice provide deeply multidimensional characters. The narrative itself has a stream-of-consciousness feel that is deceptive - for all the lovely flow and music of the writing, every word in the book is obviously weighed, and chosen carefully. The writing is so powerful and playful one can hardly imagine _To the End of the Land_ is a translation; but it is, and the translator (Jessica Cohen) has outdone herself. Grossman uses double and triple meanings as well as clever puns and dark humour to layer shades of humanity into a complex and inhumane situation. These shades of meaning provide stunning insights into the creeping, cumulative way the ongoing conflict infects every aspect of life for Israelis and Palestinians, creating tiny flashes of extremism and empathy by turns among even the secular and apolitical. _To the End of the Land_ is a beautiful, deeply moving book recommended for anyone desiring a deeper understanding of the conflict in Israel and Palestine.

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maggielo
Aug 23, 2016

ISRAIL - Israeli novelist Grossman returns with an epic yet intimate story of an Israeli family and the shadow of war that haunts it.

AnneDromeda Nov 01, 2010

David Grossman's _To the End of the Land_ is a heart-rending, kaleidoscopic look at the ongoing situation in Israel and Palestine experienced from the vantage point of one unconventional family. The tenuous marriage between Ora and Ilan finally fractures under the weight of what happened to their best friend - and Ora's former lover - Avram, when he was taken as a POW as a young man serving in the IDF. When Ora's youngest son elects to extend his service to participate in a dangerous operation, she knows his chances are slim. She performs a "soft kidnap" on Avram, and embarks on a secular pilgrimage through the wilderness in a superstitious push to keep her son alive by avoiding those who could bring the news of his death.

The novel's lush tone and the narrator's unusually empathic voice provide deeply multidimensional characters. The narrative itself has a stream-of-consciousness feel that is deceptive - for all the lovely flow and music of the writing, every word in the book is obviously weighed, and chosen carefully. The writing is so powerful and playful one can hardly imagine _To the End of the Land_ is a translation; but it is, and the translator (Jessica Cohen) has outdone herself. Grossman uses double and triple meanings as well as clever puns and dark humour to layer shades of humanity into a complex and inhumane situation. These shades of meaning provide stunning insights into the creeping, cumulative way the ongoing conflict infects every aspect of life for Israelis and Palestinians, creating tiny flashes of extremism and empathy by turns among even the secular and apolitical. _To the End of the Land_ is a beautiful, deeply moving book recommended for anyone desiring a deeper understanding of the conflict in Israel and Palestine.

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