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4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  181 ratings  ·  15 reviews
Ella Miller is a 36-year-old archaeologist studying one of the largest volcanic blasts in history, the famous Thera eruption. She develops a novel theory that the devastating blast sparked the biblical ten plagues, which led to the liberation of the Israelites from Egypt. Like her research subject, Ella's life is undergoing tectonic shifts. Her marriage to her former mento ...more
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Published (first published 2005)
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Divortul Ellei aduce atat de multa durere tuturora, incat este imposibil sa spui daca a meritat. Precum moartea sau dezastrele naturale, pare sa spuna Shalev, divortul e o ruptura absoluta, noua viata nu este mai buna sau mai rea decat cea dinainte, pentru ca este prea diferita. Exista un licar de speranta in ultimile pagini din "Thera", ca Ella si Oded vor putea crea o noua familie mai rezistenta, dar Shalev lasa indoiala sa pluteasca asupra viitorului. " Nu este totul pierdut, nu inca" spune E ...more
Odusevila me Zeruya! Po meni dosad njezin najbolji roman. Savrsen prilaz medjuljudskih, obiteljskih odnosa i nasih uloga u njima.
Izvrsno! Ne ispusta se iz ruku.
This is one of the weirdest books I've ever read. If it weren't for my book club I would have never touched it or fought myself through more than 50 pages.

I hated it almost every second while reading and in the end, I still think those characters will haunt me for a long time.
I was annoyed by the writing style, by the characters that were so full of pity and anger and self-destructiveness. Sometimes I was only seconds away from banging my head on the wall - but maybe that's the intention of th
INTRODUCTION: "Thera" is a book that I picked up from the B&N bookshelves because of the title and cover without knowing anything about the author or subject, only to discover a blurb that was not quite what generally interests me. But I opened it at random and the moment I read the first sentence I was just hooked and I knew I had to read it "now". On finishing it, I was so impressed by its extraordinary voice that I had to talk about it as soon as possible...

A November 2010 translation fro
A few years ago, my litterature teacher made me aware of Amos Oz. I enjoy "A tale of love and darkness" so I give a try to a new Israelian writer: Zeruya Shalev. I had the chance to start by her last book published "Théra"... I said the chance because according to me it's the best novel she has written. I have read "Husband and wife" but I didn't appreciate as much as "Théra". Maybe the topic of the novel plays a huge part in my choice considering that it deals with the separation of a family, a ...more
The Book : An Online Review at The New Republic
The Greek island of Santorini, also known as Thera, is now a popular tourist destination. Some 3,600 years ago, however, it was the site of one of the worst natural disasters in human history, when a volcanic eruption virtually destroyed the island. The gigantic explosion led to the collapse of the Minoan civilization of nearby Crete and sent a layer of dust into the atmosphere whose traces can be found around the Earth. Read more..
A well written and emotionally intense read that is strongly recommended to anyone who enjoys strong psychological writing and especially to married people who wonder what life would be like were they divorced. Because of its emotional intensity clinically depressed people should probably skip it. Otherwise I basically endorse Adam Kirsch's review.
Ulrich Nauditt
Wie schon in "Mann und Frau" beschreibt Zeruya Shalev auf faszinierend intensive Weise die Auswirkungen einer Scheidung mit Kindern und den mühevollen Versuch, eine neue Familie zu gründen. Wer Ähnliches selbst erlebt hat, findet sich hier wieder und fühlt sich verstanden und getröstet, gerade weil nichts beschönigt wird. Shalevs Sprache ist wie immer faszinierend und toll übersetzt.
This Israeli novelist has written several books, all good, set in Israel and depicting the deep emotional struggles between men and women. I strongly recommend exploring her work.
Beatiful writing style but not as enjoyable as Love Life or Husband and Wife. Partially, I think, because of Ella, the main character being weak and self destructive.
Sjajan roman! Cijela priča ostavila mi je duboki trag. Zeruya izvrsno piše i dočarava upravo one osjećaje koje bi svaka osoba osjetila u takvoj situaciji.
Anna Maria Ballester Bohn
The prose made me feel like I was constantly catching my breath. Too much happening, the protagonist too voluble. But still, a good book
A somber, yet vibrantly verbose look at patchwork families.
Hilda Tudor
Brilliant, captivating writing! A must read!
Schwer verdauliches, erschreckend wahres und krass authentisches Buch über die Unmöglichkeiten und Möglichkeiten von Beziehungen und Familie. Ein sprachlicher und denkerischer Wahnsinn. Ist gut, tut gut, macht Mut und Unmut.
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Zeruya Shalev is a bestselling Israeli author.

She has an MA in Bible studies and works as a literary editor at Keshet publishing house. On January 29, 2004, when she was returning to her home in Rehavia, Jerusalem, after taking her child to kindergarten, a Palestinian suicide bomber blew up a city bus as she was passing by. It took her four months to recover from her injuries. Shalev is married to
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“ma adaptez peregrinarilor lui Ghily, peregrinarilor Maiei si peregrinarilor lui Yotam, acestea sunt triburile de nomazi ale epocii moderne, copii de divortati care isi pastoresc turmele de jucarii in orele amiezii dintr-o casa in alta, de la mama la tata si invers” 3 likes
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