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3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  204 ratings  ·  20 reviews

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A fevered storyteller and a captive audience revisit the past in both of David Grossman's novellas, trying to make sense of a betrayal that neither one can put to rest. In Frenzy, a reserved and respectable man draws his sister-in-law into a paranoid conviction---that his wife is having an affair. In the title novella, a successf
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published July 11th 2006 by Picador (first published 2002)
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Mariel
Jan 31, 2013 Mariel rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: smother me in wild discovery
Recommended to Mariel by: sometimes I'd rather burn than let you help me
I wrote the tourist stories and collected them into a book. I tried to dabble with cinema a little, and journalism, and I discovered my limitations, and mainly I learned that there was a price to pay for that childhood (it turns out there's no such thing as a free starvation), and that in the meantime the world had filled up with other children who hadn't wasted all their strength on just surviving but had simply grown and opened and deepened, and that only in her innocent eyes could I still be
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Tancredi
"Lei mi interrompe dopo la terza frase: ieri ho visto un programma alla televisione e ho pensato a te.
Poso i fogli, non riesco a credere che mi interrompa in questo modo. Mi sono svegliata alle tre di notte, dice, e non avevo niente da fare. Il suo viso gonfio si muove a fatica sul cuscino. Era un programma su certi pazzi in America che salvano gli uccelli andati a sbattere contro un grattacielo.
Resto in attesa. Il nesso non mi è chiaro."

Non senza ragione Grossman è considerato uno dei migliori

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Callie S.
Allusivo e prezioso, come molti esponenti della letteratura israeliana (al tempo stesso ben caratterizzato e distinto dalla prosa eccellente di Amos Oz), Grossman realizza quel delicato miracolo che riesce solo agli autentici scrittori - e non ai pennivendoli di moda: scrive in un genere non suo, dipingendo nevrosi e debolezze, mancanze e virtù, estasi e caduta di una femminilità evocata e vissuta attraverso le esperienze dei sensi; una comprensione non distinta dalla percezione, attraverso la q ...more
Simon
Here is a terrific Hebrew book contains 2 novellas. Grossman's exquisite ability to handle emotional feelings especially lust, jealousy, loneliness, regret, frustration, revulsion and desperation are praiseworthy.

In "Frenzy" , we can see the total lack of harmony between a couple, their silent communication, complicated thought process and understanding of their misgivings. The reader himself feel persistent throb of pain throughout "Frenzy".

The second novella, "Her Body Knows" is an astonishin
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Cynthia Haggard
“Frenzy” is one of two novellas (the other one is titled “Her Body Knows”) published together in one volume, titled HER BODY KNOWS, by David Grossman.

Shaul, the main point-of-view character in David Grosmann’s “Frenzy”, is a respectable academic, who is widely admired and gives interviews on television about such things as budget cuts to science education (17). Behind his calm exterior however, lies a stew of jealousy and torment. For Shaul believes that his wife visits her lover every day, driv
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Veronica
David Grossman, conosciuto soprattutto per “Che tu sia per me il coltello” e per il deludente “Qualcuno con cui correre”, è l'autore, di origine israeliana, dei due racconti lunghi che hanno entrambi il medesimo titolo dell'opera che li contiene: "Col corpo capisco".
Shaul si rivolge alla cognata Esti per un aiuto: ha bisogno di fare un viaggio e vuole che lei lo accompagni. Cosa vuole da lei quest’uomo per cui ha sempre provato antipatia? Sono quasi due estranei, eppure dal silenzio e dall’abiss
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Hermien
Not particularly easy to read but two interesting psychological stories.
Grier
I gave up. Dont know what I was missing but I thought it was horrible.
Charlotte
I’d never read Grossman before, but had recently read a glowing review of his latest semi-autographical novel that made me desperate to read something of his. He began his career as journalist who was fired from a prominent Israeli newspaper after writing a piece that was too sympathetic to Palestinians, and now he takes his place with Amos Oz as one of the foremost Israeli writers. Her Body Knows is part of his earlier work.



The book contains two novellas, both about the internal machinations of
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Lia
Follia

Shaul non parla che dal silenzio di un auto, quel silenzio che incrollabile custodisce da tempo. Esti, la moglie di suo fratello Miha, al volante, impossibilitata com’è a corrispondere cautamente al proprio malumore, non sa ancora decidere quale sia la natura profonda di questo atteggiamento; esso infatti si pone in rotta di collisione con la sua più tenace convinzione di un disciplinato distacco: il problema è tutto inscritto nel tipo di distanza, sempre uguale e misurabile, che entrambi
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Hobbes
Se trata de dos novelas pequeñas: Delirio y La memoria de la piel. En la primera, un esposo atormentado le cuenta a su cuñada las "infidelidades" de su esposa durante un viaje que ambos hacen para descubrirla con su amante. A lo largo de esa jornada Grossman nos deja ver hasta donde puede llegar el delirio de una persona dominada por los celos imaginando y contando con todo detalle lo que su esposa hace todos los días con su amante; y también lo que esas confidencias provocan en la persona que l ...more
Chiara
Il tradimento come non l'avevo mai visto.
Louise Silk
It's a thrill to discover an author I am not familiar. Thanks GoodReads for introducing me to David Grossman.

These are two fascinating stories in one volume. I didn't give the book five stars because it is challenging to follow all of the thoughts as the author moves back and forth between the characters- although it was clearly the best way to allow the stories to unfold and be revealed in an interesting thought provoking manner.

Interesting topic, great work!
Eliza T. Williamson
The novella "Frenzy" contains more amazing, head spinning metaphors and similes than I have ever encountered. Grossman truly inhabits the mind of a man who is obsessed by his wifes infidelity...or is it the possibility of her being unfaithful? At times the story was tough to follow and that was due to dreamlike flashbacks which I still don't completely understand. Overall a curious, physically provocative and suspensful read.
Theresa

Rhapsodic writing. A story of the human heart: to love, to be loved, to find a home. And we can't always choose who it will be; there needs to be an acceptance. For some, this is hard, But when it is found, it is all.
Irene Van dantzig
Dit is een buitengewoon, heel erg goed geschreven verhaal. Prachtig, 5 sterren.
Leka
Se fossi Cleopatra, questo libro sarebbe l'aspide da nascondermi in seno.
Ovvio che non sono Cleopatra e che i libri non hanno denti.
Ma il risultato è lo stesso.
Rafael
Los celos producen su realidad, como si fuera la ficción en la vida la realidad
Cristina
...dammi una lametta che mi taglio le vene...cantava la Rettore...
Michael Orbach
The Plot Bus got stuck at the station.
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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
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“More than anything, more than anything she had with him, she missed the language they had invented, the likes of which she had never had nor would again. The thoughts and ideas he had birthed in her, his golden touch, and the words that erupted from her and became sparks of light to him.” 6 likes
“and I discovered my limitations, and mainly I learned that there was a price to pay for that childhood (it turns out there’s no such thing as a free starvation), and that in the meantime the world had filled up with other children who hadn’t wasted all their strength on just surviving but had simply grown and opened and deepened, and that only in her innocent eyes could I still be considered worth anything.” 3 likes
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