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Sacrifice of Isaac

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Luke Benami thought his father, Yossef, was the great man the world said he was: professor, general, Israeli national hero. Luke also thought his brother, Danni, was the prodigal son his family said he was: army deserter, political exile, criminal. But when his father's sudden death compels Luke to return to Israel, he is forced to begin a dangerous investigation into the ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 27th 2003 by Penguin Books (first published July 4th 1995)
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The story the author tells is a fascinating one, a blend of suspense, mystery, Holocaust scholarship, the history of Israel and family tensions. The mystery that is ultimately unravelled ties into the Abraham/Isaac story which provides the title of the book; I suspect that this novel would make a very worthwhile book group selection.

However, the book has some very real flaws. To begin with, it strains credulity that the two principal characters--brothers about 10 years apart in age (one of whom
It was probably me because there's been a lot going on lately and I was unable to take the time to read straight through. It took close to three weeks of reading off and on and I found it a struggle to finish. It is certainly a well written mystery, but the characters are not connected well enough to follow. I loved Gordon's THE COMPANY YOU KEEP and couldn't wait to read another of his books, but found this one disappointing. Like I said, maybe it was just me.
Sue Tincher
I wasn't real keen on this book about a man uncovering his father's nefarious role in WWII--the characters didn't speak to me, and I was left without a clear understanding of what exactly happened.
A young American Jew chases all over western Europe trying to find his estranged brother following their father's death. Intriguing story written by a sophisticated if verbose author.
This started out great guns, but fell flat for me about 2/3 of the way through. I now see some other reviewers had the same issue.
Carolyn Feltus-atkinson
Unnecessarily confusing and slow. I often didn't know who was narrating. I didn't finish it.
One of my all time favourites. I have read this book three times and keep getting more from it.
Convoluted narrative strategies ruin what could have been an excellent novel...
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