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In the Heart of the Seas

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A reissue of this story about the journey of a group of Hasidic Jews to the Land of Israel in the 19th century. It combines elements of the supernatural and mystic with the story of their physical and spiritual adventures.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published September 13th 1987 by Schocken (first published 1934)
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K.D. Absolutely
Jan 05, 2013 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006-2012)
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Shmuel Yosef Agnon (1888-1970) won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1966 "for his profoundly characteristic narrative art with motifs from the life of the Jewish people."

The book is basically about a group of Jewish men (rabbis mostly) from Poland who decides to go to a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. This book was first published in 1947 so I guess the setting is sometime that period when Holocaust was on-going in Europe. However, there is no mention of Holocaust, Hitler or anything about them but th
Jan 02, 2013 Arukiyomi rated it liked it
Shelves: 1001-books
Here’s a strange book. I spent most of this picaresque account of a group of Jewish friends attempting to reach Jerusalem on a pilgrimage from the Ukraine trying to figure out why it’s on the 1001 books list.

Unfortunately, reading the entry in the 1001 Books book didn’t really enlighten me much. I’m aware, from the cover of the book, that Agnon was a Nobel Prize-Winner. I thus thought that perhaps it is the legacy of this book which makes its importance. It’s certainly not the plot, characters,
May 29, 2011 Vasha7 added it
This is a story about a party of men and women who, during the early 19th century, set out from Buczacz in Poland (the author's home town) to go to Jerusalem. The itinerary they follow is real, but everything is related in a style, somewhere between folktale and scripture, that makes it sound like an allegory. There are lots of prayers, parables, and miracles; nothing is mentioned by chance; the party finds few physical hindrances (in fact they're welcomed wherever they go) but overcome spiritua ...more
Lidia Pasin
Questo è un testo breve che si potrebbe facilmente leggere in un paio d'ore sospinti dal susseguirsi di immagini, quadri quasi, che ci restituiscono il viaggio di un gruppo di ebrei ashkenaziti attraverso l'Europa orientale verso Gerusalemme. Carri, villaggi, locande, briganti, la campagna moldava, Iasi, Istanbul, il Mar Nero, marinai, capitani di navi, traghettatori arabi, mercanti, imperatori e sultani, rabbi, fanno la loro comparsa in questa storia che è narrata come fosse una leggenda, con l ...more
Jun 10, 2015 Stantom rated it it was amazing
This is a mystical tale from a master of Jewish scripture, I read it in one sitting, I will return and re read it with deep interest. At one level it is a travel pilgrimage to Jerusalem by a group of Rabbis, at another level it is the journey of the wandering Jews, in exile, to the new Israel, yet another level, at is the spiritual alchemy of the soul to the Kingdom of God. As a Christian I have studied some scripture, which helps appreciate this treasure of a story.
(Title should actually show: In the Heart of the Seas.)
Interesting book by Nobel Prize winner, Shmuel Yosef Agnon. Mr. Agnon deals with the clash between traditionalism in the Jewish faith and modern dealings in the faith and the conflict with traditional members of the Jewish faith and society as a whole. Parablistic story of a group of Russian Jews leave all of their earthly possessions behind as they journey to Israel...the Promised partake of the higher things. Some extremely inter
Philip Lane
Dec 17, 2012 Philip Lane rated it really liked it
A short and sweet story about a group of zionists who make their way from Poland to Israel before Israel existed. It gives a clear insight into the mentality and fervent belief that drives this group to travel into the unknown and to brave the storms and adventures of such a long journey. The language is stylised and formal as befits such a religious group and it feels like an excellent charcoal sketch than a full colour oil painting but it is very effective and well written. A book that shows a ...more
Dec 08, 2013 Paola rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Un viaggio un po' particolare quello che ho scoperto in questo libricino. Attirata dal titolo, mi son ritrovata a navigare su una nave un po' speciale e visitato luoghi lontani nel tempo e nello spazio e ho fatto conoscenza di Hanania, colui che ha «girato mezzo mondo e superato tante prove».
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aka Shmuel Yosef Agnon or Shai Agnon

Awarded the 1966 Nobel Prize in Literature "for his profoundly characteristic narrative art with motifs from the life of the Jewish people." (Award shared with Nelly Sachs.) He died in Jerusalem, Israel.
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