To the End of the LandBook - 2010
A major, internationally bestselling novel of extraordinary power about the costs of war from one of Israel's greatest writers.
Set in Israel in recent times, this epic yet intimate novel places side by side the trials of war and the challenges of everyday life. Through a series of powerful, overlapping circles backward in time, it tells the story of Ora's relationship with her husband, from whom she is now separated, as well as the tragedy of their best friend Avram, a former soldier — and her son's biological father. When her son Ofer rejoins the army for a major offensive, Ora is devastated and decides to hike in the Galilee, leaving no forwarding information for the "notifiers" who might deliver the worst news a parent can hear. She phones Avram, whom she has not seen in 21 years, and convinces him to go with her. As they journey together, Ora unfurls the story of her family, and gives Avram the gift of his son — a telling that keeps the boy alive for both his mother and the reader.
Never have we seen so vividly the surreality of daily life in Israel, the consequences of living in a society where the burden of war falls on each generation anew. David Grossman's rich imagining of a family in love and crisis makes for one of the great anti-war novels of our time.
From the critics
SummaryAdd a Summary
ISRAIL - Israeli novelist Grossman returns with an epic yet intimate story of an Israeli family and the shadow of war that haunts it.
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.
Age SuitabilityAdd Age Suitability
There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.
There are no notices for this title yet.
QuotesAdd a Quote
There are no quotes for this title yet.