A Pigeon and a Boy
During the 1948 War of 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, h...more
Ok -- here's my review. Reading this book was an interesting experience, on a variety of levels. When you read in a foreign language and you find yourself criticizing the book, it's not alway...more
I got to like some of the characters a great deal, especially Meshulam who provided a comic touch in his way. Although birds, Israel, and the 1948 war are featured, one does not need to have any...more
All his books show a deep love and connection with Israel, and I mean the good old idealistic Israel, not the Big Bowl of Crazy it has become. He knows how to write people, and his women especially are very well written.
Like all his books, this one takes a few pages before it draws you in, but once it does it is a very interesting...more
The book is about the meaning of home to homing pigeons, people, and Israel. It is full of fascinating details about the use of homing pigeons, especially in the war against the British that led to the...more
Meir Shalev is one of Israel's most celebrated novelists. Although less well known in the United States, the critically acclaimed A Pigeon and a Boy, which won Israel's prestigious Brenner Prize, should introduce Shalev to a much wider audience. Intertwining two love stories with Israel's fight for independence, the novel offers a compelling portrait of Israel's period before statehood to the present day. With homing pigeons as a recurring motif, Shalev explores themes of home, memory, and survi...more
In this unlikely subject, the reader is treated to learning the habits and handling of homing pigeons that served as reliable means of communication during the British Mandate of the land of Israel until 1948.
It is hard to do this s...more
A Pigeon and a Boy gives readers a look at regular life in Israel during its War of Independence and at regular life in Israel now. The novel starts in the present-day and then flashes back to before the main character, Yair, was born. It tells the story of how his parents met and the miracle of his birth.
Then the story flashes forward again to the pr...more
The book would have been better if condensed. I got lost in the needless...more
Many of the side characters are adorable: t...more
En weer een boek waarin een huis soort van hoofdpersoon is. Het huis is van Ja’ier Mendelson. Omdat het huis waarin hij met zijn rijke vrouw woont niet zijn huis is, gaat op aanraden van zijn moeder op zoek naar een eigen plek. Een huis waarnaar je graag terugkeert...more
«Una historia sobre la búsqueda del amor perdido.»
The New York Times
«Shalev demuestra que las almas también pueden curarse y revivir.»
«Una inteligente sinfonía sobre la patria, el hogar y la identidad.»
«Brillante… universal en su alcance y en la revisión del anhelo humano de crear un hogar.»
The Jerusalem Pos...more
During the 1948 War of 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 bird is carrying his extraordinary gift to the girl he has loved since adolescence. Intertwined with this story is the contemporary tale of Yair Mendelsohn, who has his own legacy from the 1948 war. Yair is a tour guide specializing in bird...more
I just finished reading the incredible novel, A Pigeon and a Boy, by Meir Shalev. I purchased this book last week, and put it on the top of my tall stack of books to read. After reading the jacket, I decided it was a book I wanted to read, and must read, immediately. The book didn’t disappoint me in the least, in fact I was quite surprised, emotionally overwhelmed and amazed at the content and how it affected me.
I am still wrapped in the emotional aftermath from reading this incredible story of...more