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Someone to Run With

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The story of a lost dog, and the discovery of first love on the streets of Jerusalem are portrayed here with a gritty realism that is as fresh as it is compelling.

When awkward and painfully shy sixteen-year-old Assaf is asked to find the owner of a stray yellow lab, he begins a quest that will bring him into contact with street kids and criminals, and a talented young sing...more
Paperback, 343 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Picador (first published 1983)
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Mar 29, 2013 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: they put a rabbit on the moon
Recommended to Mariel by: and if you can believe
Assaf knew: when he stood like that, he was wearing the expression that once made Reli, his sister, say, "You got lucky with one thing, Assafi- with a face like that, you can only surprise people for the better."
(Do you ever wish someone would say something like that to you? Or even better to have that face.)

I made a sacrifice. I had to make a sacrifice. A quick decision to save myself on Saturday now (it was last week) and lose the perfect reading day from the spring of 2006 (I'm playing coo...more
Jan 14, 2011 Mariel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: let's get out of this country
Recommended to Mariel by: gold in the air of summer
I'm watching and hating August Rush on tv right now. Watching and really hating this schmaltzy and embarrassing exploitation of street kid musicians movie reminded me of how much I liked David Grossman's Someone to Run With when I read it in 2006. It's a great dogs are awesome, street adventure, finding someone you wanna run away with story. (After they save the tragically gifted and drug addicted street musician brother, that is. In my inner fantasy while reading it [the whole book played out i...more
Avevo letto molti elogi su Grossman, ma mai avrei immaginato che questo libro mi sarebbe potuto piacere così tanto. Lo stile di Grossman è semplice, essenziale, ma colpisce, arriva diritto al cuore, proprio come è successo con questa storia.
"Qualcuno con cui correre" è una storia di amore fraterno tra Tamar e Shay, di amicizia, di coraggio, di speranza, di crescita, di chi deve imparare a superare le proprie paure per crescere, diventare adulto.
E' un romanzo emozionante, profondo, vero e reale...more
Alexandre (Dalk)
Un libro delicato
"Delicato" è l'aggettivo giusto.
Delicati non sono la storia e gli avvenimenti. Piuttosto questi sono tristi, cruenti e pieni di angoscia.
Delicati non sono nemmeno i protagonisti. Umani e sensibili ma anche dannatamente veri e pieni di difetti. Riuscirai ad amarli e ad odiarli. In molte cose riuscirai anche a capirli e a rivedere parti del tuo carattere.
Delicato è il modo in cui l'autore descrive il tutto. Esemplare il modo in cui vengono esaminati i caratteri e descritta la s...more
Holy crap I love this book. Set in Jerusalem Israel in the late '90s [ish] Assaf is home alone for a while while his parents visit his sister in America. He gets hooked into the mystery of the story when he meets a stray yellow Labrador retriever. At the same time, on the other side of the city, Tamar is singing for her life on the streets of Jerusalem, trying to rescue her drug addicted friend from the seedy and seething underworld of Jerusalem. I have re-read this book multiple times. It somet...more
Sep 29, 2007 Alice rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I loved this book. Such an interesting premise. Far fetched, did someone say? I don't care. The main character is wonderful, and the Jerusalem scenes of the lives of street kids are gripping. Beautifully written. David Grossman, well known and regarded in Israel, wasn't familiar to me. He doesn't seem to be well known in the USA. Take a chance on this one! (I actually read this one twice -- once a year or two ago on the recommendation of my son, and now again as it was accepted as the subject of...more
Dec 05, 2007 barry rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adolescents, anyone wanting a literate, well-written adventure story
I really connect with David Grossman's work, both fiction and non-fiction-- Yellow Wind was groundbreaking and is still relevant in its treatment of the Israeli Palestinian situation. "Someone" is an adventure story, one that would be a wonderful book for a young adult. I loved it. Elements of fantasy and Dickensian characterizations keep things moving on several planes. At its heart is a coming-of-age story (from two protagonists, one male, one female) that, I believe, would be deeply resonant...more
"Qualche giorno fa in libreria afferro Qualcuno con cui correre: immagine di copertina allettante (la foto di Maria McGinley), sinossi convincente e autore che credevo andasse scoperto; lo compro, lo leggo e lo trovo banale. Ma si sa, la delusione è tanto più forte quanto più le aspettative sono alte. [...]"
Tutta la recensione qui:
"Quando gli sguardi di Tamar e di Assaf si incrociavano, lei si rendeva conto che i loro occhi vedevano esattamente la stessa cosa e nella loro mente forse si agitavano gli stessi pensieri. Allora provava un lieve sgomento come se, per un attimo, avesse sbirciato dentro di lui e ricordava, sorpresa, di avere sempre creduto che le mancasse quella parte di anima, quel mattoncino di Lego, che le avrebbe permesso di unirsi a un'altra persona. Ma ora quella convinzione andava forse riconsiderata."

Primo libro che leggo di Grossman, e devo dire che i molti commenti letti su di lui sono tutti giusti: quest'autore è un genio.

"Qualcuno con cui correre" racconta la storia di un ragazzo, Assaf e di una ragazza, Tamar.
Abitano entrambi a Gerusalemme e conducono due vite completamente differenti, fino a che Assaf non incontra una cagna straordinaria, Dinka, la dolcissima Dinka, la quale lo trasporterà in un viaggio per la città, alla ricerca di Tamar, la sua piccola padroncina.
Ed è proprio cos...more
Talia Carner
In his usual way, David Grossman weaves a marvelous tale of the lives of seemingly ordinary people and the extraordinary events that happen to them--or that they make happen.

In this wonderfully crafted novel, it's a teenage boy--the shy Assaf, somewhat of a loner who doesn't think much of his accomplishments as an amateur photographer, but who is also a devoted employee in his summer job as a municipality employee. So much so, that when he is assigned the task of finding the owner of a lost dog...more
Questo è uno di quei libri che avrei davvero, davvero voluto amare alla follia, uno di quei libri che sembrano scritti apposta per piacermi: trama interessante, uno scrittore che m'incuriosiva tantissimo e recensioni super positive.
Insomma, avevo altissime aspettative.
Purtroppo, come spesso capita con le cose per cui abbiamo troppe aspettative, questo libro ha finito per deludermi, nonostante lo consideri comunque un libro molto bello.
Più volte ho pensato di abbandonarlo, le prime 180-200 pagine...more
Sara Warner
I admit it. I get too restless to read sometimes. And the only thing that will calm me down is the right book. But that can be woefully hard to find. It's like a sleepless night. I toss and turn, trying to settle down with this and that book, trying not to let my impatience get the better of me, eventually giving up 20 or 30 pages into whatever is currently failing to catch my attention. I realize it isn't the fault of these books. It's just that when I'm in this state, not much will do it for m...more
Maria Grazia
"Someone to run with" manages to be both a profound study of the inner lives of two teenagers and a novel that has pace, bite and a well-sustained plot ... beautifully drawn ... an intensely gripping novel (Financial Times)
It is actually an incredibly beautiful book that manages to unite social realism (contemporary life in Israel) and dizzy teenage romance. It is full of feelings and emotions and drawn with intelligence, skill and sensitivity.
The story follows two Israeli teenagers - Assaf, a...more
Wow what a good story. I really liked this book, 4.5 stars. This is a story about two Israeli teenagers. Assaf's story begins when his boss, a civil servant, sends him out of the office with a stray dog to try to locate the dog's owner. Assaf is a shy teenage boy who is doing an internship in City Hall. A teenage girl named Tamar's story begins four weeks earlier. The dog is Tamar's, and before the two timelines converge Assaf, led by the dog, learns a lot about Tamar. Finding Tamar becomes more...more
It took me a while to really sit down with this book. It seemed distant and contrived, the encounters and conversations were taking so long it almost seemed like the writing from a century ago. But then the pace quickens and all of the threads come together into a spectacular story, believable or not. Each character becomes relevant and enhances the vividness of the main characters. In retrospect, I loved the idea of the dog and the leash dragging us through the plot. It seems like the only way...more
L'intera recensione sul mio blog! ;)

Dai mi è piaciuto, nonostante mi sia stato assegnato per la scuola...
Il finale però secondo me è stato troppo veloce. E troppo fiabesco forse.
I personaggi li ho trovati tutti molto interessanti, anche la storia è davvero originale!
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Jul 22, 2012 Debra rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Debra by: Almeta
Wow! I just loved this one. The writing was sublime and the characters very well-developed and what a wonderfully suspenseful and heart-breaking/warming plot. The dog steals every scene, of course! lol
I will definitely be reading more from this author.
P.V. LeForge
Odd, but every book I have read by Grossman--arguably the best Israeli writer--gets worse. Luckily, I read this one first, and it is excellent in every way. As perfect a read as I could ever want.
Il titolo originale di questo romanzo è Mishehu laruts ito (מישהו לרוץ איתו): è la prima cosa che ho controllato il 18 maggio 2013, dopo l’incontro con l’autore presso il Salone del Libro di Torino. Qui, David Grossman ha presentato il suo nuovo romanzo, Caduto fuori dal tempo, che non è propriamente un romanzo, ma finisco qui di discuterne perché non l’ho ancora letto e non amo parlare di ciò che non conosco.
Ho cercato subito la traduzione perché, alla fine dell’evento, Grossman ha letto un pez...more
Well written book, though you have to be an Israeli to really understand the nuances.
4.5 stars. Loved this story about a girl, a boy, a dog, and destiny!
Brilliant story, interesting characters - I could not stop!
Inna Reznik
Average book. Brilliant movie though.

This is a YA novel, set in Israel, and I can't really remember why I picked it up in the first place. I probably thought it was something special, because of the somewhat unusual setting. It turned out to be an unusual novel.

It's a touching story about Tamar, who quite literally wants to do to find her drug addicted brother and help him to get over his addiction. So much so, that she decides she must go and live on the streets and be a street performer, in order to be undercover eno...more
Votazione combattutissima tra le 3 e le 4 stellette per questo volume di David Grossman, che riassume e concilia in sè la seguente serie di ingredienti che usualmente mi rendono un libro indigesto:
-l'ambientazione mediorientale (Gerusalemme). Sarà che amo gli estremi ma le penne e i romanzi provenienti dal medioriente mi lasciano sempre piuttosto annoiata e perplessa. Temo non siano nelle mie corde. Qui invece tutto profuma di Israele, senza troppo colpo ferire sulla questione palestinese, che a...more
Brian Kelley
Insert the sound of a long exasperated disappoint groan.

It pains me when I read a brilliant book and yet cannot directly share it with my students because of some of its content and pockets of harsh language...a character calls the boys "f-able" [inserted dash is mine] among many other gristly uses of that most colorful of "f" words.

However, starting at the beginning I had so much hope...

The opening device, a stray dog, Dinka, leading sixteen year-old Assaf on a journey to find the dog's owner,...more
Di sicuro uno dei migliori libri che abbia mai letto. è una storia, molto avvincente di due ragazzi giovani ma nello stesso tempo maturi. è una bella anzi bellissima storia d'amore adolescenziale tra due ragazzi il cui destino porta a conoscersi nella maniera più strana difficile possibile ma nello stesso tempo gli permette di conoscersi profondamente prima di potersi conoscere (scusate il gioco di parole). l'idealizzazione trova conferma così Assaf che immagina la sua Tamar idealizzandola la in...more
Rachelle Urist
Loved this book. Could hardly put it down. David Grossman is an extraordinary writer. Will review this at length shortly. Just wanted to record its powerful impact.

Here's the review I wrote for the Washtenaw Jewish News.

David Grossman is often called “Israel’s muse.” His most recent book, the 2008 To the End of the Land, received glowing reviews. The literal translation of the Hebrew title, “Isha Borachat Mib’sora,” is: “A Woman Flees from a Message.” Ora, the woman of the title, walks the Israe...more
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Leading Israeli novelist David Grossman (b. 1954, Jerusalem) studied philosophy and drama at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and later worked as an editor and broadcaster at Israel Radio. Grossman has written seven novels, a play, a number of short stories and novellas, and a number of books for children and youth. He has also published several books of non-fiction, including int...more
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“again, her singing was her only absolute, the only thing that was completely her. a thousand classes hadn't given her this concrete insight: her voice was her place in the world, the home she leaves in the morning and returns to at night, in which she can be herself in her entirety and hope to be loved for all that she is and in spite of all she is.” 4 likes
“He played the opening bars again, opening a door for her, inviting her to join. She started quietly, almost voiceless, only a thin string of sound weaving herself into his tune, as if her voice were just another string on the guitar between his fingers. She had to be careful, so no one saw the changes on her face. But she didn't want to be careful; she couldn't be careful. He played and she sang to him, and inside her more and more blocks of ice began to melt, cracking and falling into the frozen sea between them. She sang of all the things that were happening to her and him, the world that collapsed over both of them, the things that might be in store, if only they dared to believe it was possible.” 2 likes
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