Your Sad Eyes and Unforgettable Mouth
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Your Sad Eyes and Unforgettable Mouth

3.49 of 5 stars 3.49  ·  rating details  ·  111 ratings  ·  17 reviews
From Edeet Ravel, internationally acclaimed author of the Tel Aviv Trilogy, comes a deeply personal novel about an unexpected friendship. Maya and Rosie meet one day at the local dry cleaner's and their instant friendship blossoms into an inseparable bond. Both are children of holocaust survivors, but where Maya refuses to become entangled in the past, Rosie is inexorably...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published 2009 by Penguin Canada (first published September 9th 2008)
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Carolyn Gerk
At moments during this novel, I felt that I had read it before. I often find myself caught up in books that follow our tortured female heroine through the paths of a coming of age story, packed with beautiful prose and language, rich imagery, angst ridden plot twists and broken people; side characters whose lives are rife with the arts, literature, music, painting. You Sad Eyes hosts all of these things , and at times, I thought, gosh, I am reading the same thing, over and over.
However, though...more
I'm a huge fan of Edeet ravel because she tackles what seem like old stories from a fresh perspective. IN this case, this is the coming of age story of two friends in 1960s Montreal. ther's all the travails of boys, parents, friends, swimming pools. theres' the added pinch here that the friends and all their friends are the children of Holocaust survivors. How their famileis cope with (or don't) talk about (or dont') what ahppenend "over there" is the real heart of this story. I found it really...more
Shonna Froebel
This book was recommended to me back in January and I finally got around to reading it. I really enjoyed it. The novel is very character-driven, centering around Maya, daughter of a Holocaust survivor. Maya's father died before she was born and she lives with her mother and grandmother. She is a bit of a misfit and feels it until one summer when she attends an unorthodox summer camp. The following summer she meets and becomes friends with Rosie, another daughter of Holocaust survivors and embark...more
Jan 16, 2011 Jamie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a well-rounded vocabulary
It's hard to explain how I feel about this book. In some ways, it seemed to drag on at times, and I felt that the ending seemed rushed and didn't really do justice to the rest of the story. However, what was good was really good. The author's style of prose drew the characters' descriptions perfectly without the tediousness of over-description that seems so common in fiction these days. I especially enjoyed the particular view of certain friendships as inconstant, yet definitive things. Actually...more
Aug 23, 2014 Valerie added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all women
ravel is my favorite Canadian author.
I love Edeet Ravel's style. Her prose is like a veil being pulled back, but only enough to catch glimpses of what is going on. Then you get to surmise the rest. Her characters are beautifully realized and the story is heart-wrenching. An interesting look at how the past affects us all, even when it isn't our own past, especially when it's our own past. Plot-wise, not much "happens", per se, but it doesn't need to. A worthy book.
If the truest humour comes from pain, this book is laugh-out-loud funny, while at the same time so sad it makes you feel like you've swallowed stone. Wonderful, lovable, damaged characters. Addressing the unanswerable question -- how to go on after something like the Holocaust, something so comprehensively negating and destructive? And the only answer is, you do go on, however broken and isolated you might be. Beautiful.
The title, cover photo, and for that matter, jacket description threw me off: I was expecting an angst-ridden novel with the plot secondary to the language. The writing is good, but this is more of an adolescent coming of age story, with lots of funny bits (and sad bits too). In my view, the only problem is the novel ended too soon, with some major gaps in the storyline.
Fiona Robinson
This is a good book, a very interesting perspective and a protagonist that it is easy to feel for. A few plot twists and developments that seemed a little unlikely, or not as good as the rest of it, but overall very good. I enjoyed the fact that it is set in Montreal, but that was not really central to the story.
This first person narrative embarks inot the crucial year of young love, rebellion and identity.
It explores the lives of young people in the face of their parents struggle to rebuild theri lives fallowing the trauma they experienced "over there".
I was disappointed by this book, mainly since I loved the Tel Aviv trilogy by the same author. The characters had a lot of promise, but I felt like I just never really connected with any of them.
Beautifully written. Awesome and sad story.
Ravel's characters perfectly display how the trauma of war and genocide are passed along from one generation to the next.
Amazing, beautiful, fascinating...I'll write more later.
well written, new perspective. recommend!
Holy moly, this is a beautiful book.
Maree Cox-Baker
Really enjoyed this book.
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I spent my first seven years on Sasa, an Israeli kibbutz, and the next ten in Montreal. I returned to Jerusalem in 1973 to study at Hebrew University. I wrote continually as I accumulated degrees (a BA and MA in English, followed by an MA in Creative Writing and a PhD in Biblical Exegesis at McGill) and then taught, but I did not send out my work until I was in my forties; I had completed ten or s...more
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