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Death of a Monk (Hebrew Edition)

3.33 of 5 stars 3.33  ·  rating details  ·  39 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The plot occurs in Damascus, 1840. Aslan is a 15 years old religious, Jewish teen, one of the outwardly pampered sons of the Farhi family. Additionally, he is gay. Behind closed doors, he is abused and beaten by his siblings, mother and father; at school the other kids make fun of him, especially when he and Moussa, another delicate lad, are caught holding hands.

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Paperback, 250 pages
Published 2004
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Fiona Glass
Finding this book at all was something of a happy accident, since I’d never even heard of the author, let alone the title. This isn’t really surprising as Hilu is an Israeli writer and Death of a Monk was translated from Hebrew by an American scholar. Browsing the shelves of an Aladdin’s cave of a second-hand book shop in London’s Soho district, I thought the title looked intriguing and pulled the book out for a closer look. Straight away the blurb caught my eye, with various euphemisms for gay ...more
Stav
I listened to an audio version of this book, read by the author himself, he did a nice job.
He also did a nice job compiling the historical facts into a quite interesting book. however, I didn't quite fancy the fictional parts which seemed like taking it a bit too far and I found the main character too full with self hatred. all in all, I enjoyed the beginning and the closing and the writing was fine.
Yodit
I am not entirely sure how I feel or what I think about this book.The particular historical events of the Damascus blood libel in 1840 has been an interest of mine for years. I was excited and curious to read his interpretation in the form of historical friction. The historical events were woven into the fiction quite well. The beginning was well done, but at some point the author lost me. The characters were not believable. I kept stopping myself in a middle of an event the protagonist was imme ...more
Bob Finch
[soon: gotta think a bit more about this one!]
Khalid Yousif
So........
Mixing historical facts and events with excessive homosexuality... yeah! Not really.
Hermien
I like books that are based on historical events. In this book I particularly liked the beginning and the end.
Anne
Even though I finished this book, I'm not sure wether I liked it.
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