A Pigeon and a Boy

From internationally acclaimed writer Shalev comes a mesmerizing novel of twolove stories, separated by half a century but connected by one enchanting actof devotion.

Review:

Shalev creates a world that has the richness of invention and the obsessiveness of dreams.
-- The New York Times Book Review
Shalev has deftly layered Yair's story in such a manner that a refreshingly nuanced picture of Israel emerges.
-- The Miami Herald
Vivid characters and sharp dialogue... By working stories in the past and present against each other, Shalev brings into questions the validity, and the reliability, of memory.
-- The New York Times Book Review
In homing pigeons, Shalev has found a motif that is replete with symbolism and scriptural allusion that he uses expertly, with maximum layered effect.
-- Ottawa Citizen
Brilliant... Universal in its scope and examination of human longing for a sense of roosting.
-- The Jerusalem Post
An exquisite creation, a work of quiet language tat needs no shouting to attain its impact.
-- Chicago Jewish Star
Stunning... This gem of a story about the power of love, which won Israel's Brenner Prize, brims with luminous originality.
-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Author:
Meir Shalev

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Short Description

From internationally acclaimed writer Shalev comes a mesmerizing novel of twolove stories, separated by half a century but connected by one enchanting actof devotion.

Review:

Shalev creates a world that has the richness of invention and the obsessiveness of dreams.
-- The New York Times Book Review
Shalev has deftly layered Yair's story in such a manner that a refreshingly nuanced picture of Israel emerges.
-- The Miami Herald
Vivid characters and sharp dialogue... By working stories in the past and present against each other, Shalev brings into questions the validity, and the reliability, of memory.
-- The New York Times Book Review
In homing pigeons, Shalev has found a motif that is replete with symbolism and scriptural allusion that he uses expertly, with maximum layered effect.
-- Ottawa Citizen
Brilliant... Universal in its scope and examination of human longing for a sense of roosting.
-- The Jerusalem Post
An exquisite creation, a work of quiet language tat needs no shouting to attain its impact.
-- Chicago Jewish Star
Stunning... This gem of a story about the power of love, which won Israel's Brenner Prize, brims with luminous originality.
-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Long description

During the 1948 War if Independence - a time when pigeons are still used to deliver battlefield messages - a gifted young pigeon handler is mortally wounded. In the moments before his death, he dispatches one last pigeon. The birs is carrying his extraordinary gift to the girl he has loved since adolescence. Intertwined with this story is the contemporary tale of Yair Mendelson, who has his own legacy from the 1948 war. Yair is a tour guide specializing in bird-watching trips who, in middle age, falls in love again with a childhood girlfriend. His growing passion for her, along with a gift from his mother on her deathbed, becomes the key to a life he thought no longer possible.

Unforgettable in both its particulars and its sweep, A Pigeon And A Boy is a tale of lovers then and now - of how deeply we love, of what home is, and why we, like pigeons trained to fly in one direction only, must eventually return to it. In a voice that is at once playful, wise and altogether beguiling, Meir Shalev tells a story as universal as war and as intimate as a winged declaration of love.

Product details

Author:
Meir Shalev
Format:
Paperback
Publisher:
Schocken Books Inc
ISBN:
9780805212143
Audience:
General
Pages:
320
Width (mm):
132
Length (mm):
204

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