“This choice is also realized in this wonderful and beautiful novel” -Review In HaaretzJune 6, 2018
“This choice is also realized in this wonderful and beautiful novel” Review in Haaretz literature and culture supplement by Esti Adivi Shoshan:
“In Baram’s new, fascinating and touching novel he narrows the worldwide perspective that ruled his previous works and focuses the story on a small neighborhood in Jerusalem. The story takes place in the 1980’s and tells the tale of two friends, two young men – depicted in three stages of life: late childhood while they study in the sixth grade, the last year of high school and adulthood – when the narrator is in his 30s, a married man, and a father.
The dual ending scene of the novel is told on the one hand by the narrator as a Tel Avivian young father that strolls every afternoon with his toddler son down Bugrashov street that opens up to the beach. And on the other hand, a happy scene of the narrator’s early childhood, where he lies with his brother and parents on a mat in the living room, while laughing and cuddling. This scene is a proof of a successful “awakening” process that the narrator has gone through and of the blissful parting from the picture of a father that sits his kid on a nest of wasps. The open sea and the mat on which the family lies down on as one organic body indicates choosing the now, choosing that which is tangible, choosing the daily duties and responsibilities of life. This choice is also realized in this wonderful and beautiful novel.”
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