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The Book of Intimate Grammar: A Novel

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Leading Israeli novelist David Grossman gives us the story of the greatest and most universal tragedy, the loss of the world of childhood. At twelve, Aron Kleinfeld is the ringleader among the boys in his Jerusalem neighborhood, their inspiration in dreaming up games and adventures. But as his friends begin to mature, Aron remains imprisoned for three long years in the bod ...more
ebook, 352 pages
Published October 4th 2002 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 1991)
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Mariel
Nov 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: you'll die by the tools you choose to build with
Recommended to Mariel by: i'm not about to toss it when its been through all these dream wars with me
Shelves: my-love-life
watching the timorous spurt, and in his bowels, an amazing void, an emptiness like nothing he can remember, the emptiness of somebody else. And oh, the unbearable sting of bliss at that moment, long as eternity, when he flowed and flowed; giving birth to himself, a small, beloved, stinking self; rid at last of the horrible anguish, the harsh dark secret, not his own, he had been forced to keep inside.

This was my second read of David Grossman's The Book of Intimate Grammar. The first was probably
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Stephen Gallup
May 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is opposite, in every way, from the Clancy book I read on the fly while in progress with this one. There could not be a clearer demonstration of the difference between two-dimensional stick figures and actual characters with depth and complexity.

On the other hand, the fact that Grossman has created living, breathing characters doesn't necessarily mean that getting on board the string of thoughts passing through their minds is a pleasant experience. I recognized the quality of the writ
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Shahar
Sep 22, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can not say that the book is not good. It Is written in a fascinating way and touching little nuances of life that i sometimes thought only I know.
But it was hard for me to read it - mainly because all the characters are on the verge of madness or insanity and could not connect to - or did not want to connect to - any character.
The Book is a reminder for me that although i have aged - i do not want to go back - especially not to the age of 14
Anibalector
Am mai spus-o și o repet: să scrii pentru copii sau despre copii este cel mai greu lucru din lume, fiindcă atât copiii, cât și copilăria sunt subiecte care pot scăpa ușor din mâna unui autor neexperimentat sau prea zelos. Când scrii pentru copii trebuie să ai o mână formată și să înțelegi că un copil nu are aceeași percepție asupra timpului și a lumii ca un om mare, așa că se poate plictisi repede și poate să dea cu cartea de pământ cât ai zice: copilărie! Iar când scrii despre copilărie e nevoi ...more
Celeste
May 03, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I gave it four stars because it is really well written, but I can't really say that I liked it. It is written in a stream of consciousness style from the perspective of a disturbed Israeli adolescent, and as a reader you really get caught up in his anxieties. I recognize and appreciate the literary talent it takes to do that, but every time I stopped reading I could feel the anxiety linger and that is just not a pleasant feeling.
Velvetink
There is a lot of Yiddish in the book - such as.....Im hayu samim et hamo'ach shelcha b'tarnegol, hu haya ratz yashar l'shochet tafsik lezyen = "If they had to put your brain in a chicken, it would run straight to the butcher". Quite a lot I am still trying to translate.

I was shocked at the ending, it takes you places mentally that you might not want to go.
Monteithdb
Beautifully written, but I had a hard time sticking with it. I think it was mostly a matter of timing. At a different time I probably would have enjoyed it more. I'm still planning to read more books by this author.
Avital
Jul 05, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: israeli
While reading it, I admired the writer's command of the language, and the literary use he made of it. I wonder how it works in other language than Hebrew.
Fragmentage
schwer, grotesk, melancholisch, herzzerreißend, zäh, wortreich, trist, genial, hoffnungslos - das sind die Adjektive, die mir nach der Lektüre dieses großen Romans in den Sinn kommen.
Krishna Avendaño
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leer a David Grossman es dialogar con uno de los mayores estilistas del lenguaje hoy en día, una experiencia que puede ser tan grata como extenuante. Autor que en sus mejores momentos es brillante pero que en los peores peca de decir de más. Sus obras son vastas, generosas, quizá demasiado, como un banquete de cinco estrellas en el que siguen llegando platos a la mesa a pesar de que los comensales están satisfechos, algo que incluso sucede en sus novelas juveniles (véase la excelente Chico zigza ...more
Raymond
Jun 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Diificile à suivre, trop tordu pour moi.
Eustachio
May 25, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romanzi, israeliani
Di citazioni di Grossman è tappezzata tutta la blogosfera. Non mi sono mai degnato di leggerle, certo, ma da un autore così acclamato ci si aspetta un certo grado di commercialità, no? Eh no, non è così.
Perché si comincia a scrivere una storia? Perché si ha una storia da raccontare, presumo. In questo caso la storia sembra non esserci per la metà del libro: c'è Aharon che non cresce, né fisicamente né caratterialmente, mentre le persone che ha attorno cambiano. Detto così sembra il Peter Pan deg
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T4ncr3d1
Jan 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: israeliani
"Ultimamente le parole dentro di lui erano diventate, nella sua solitudine, così interiori, come dire, doppiate in una grammatica così propria e tortuosa, come sarebbe stato possibile farle uscire fuori, alla luce."



Il secondo glorioso romanzo di Grossman.



Recensire questo romanzo non è facile, perché ho commesso l'errore (involontario) di partire dai suoi romanzi più recenti, e procedere poi a ritroso. Dopo aver letto i suoi ultimi capolavori è difficile mantenere una certa obiettività per questo
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Cărți și călătorii
Cartea asta este fascinantă și totuși mi-e foarte greu să scriu despre ea. E genul de carte pe care eu am citit-o cu creionul în mână, marcând nenumărate pasaje, pe care nu m-am grăbit deloc s-o termin, ci am savurat fiecare cuvânt, fiecare senzație, și pe care aș recomanda-o oricui are răbdarea și curiozitatea să descopere o lume interioară extrem de bogată, complexă, inteligentă și sensibilă și, mai ales, stilul extraordinar de frumos al unui autor pe care eu abia acum l-am descoperit.

Spun că
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Elisa
Sep 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Het was aanvankelijk wennen aan de stijl van dit boek: de soms ellenlange, gekapte zinnen zwiepen heen en weer tussen de gebeurtenissen en de gedachten van de verteller en maken het ritme haastig en gejaagd. Dat er bovendien heel wat wordt gesuggereerd maar niet uitgesproken zadelt de lezer op met een boel vragen en een zeker gevoel van onbehagen. Gaandeweg ontdek je dan waarover het boek eigenlijk gaat en hoe de stijl naadloos aansluit bij het onderwerp: het wanhopige en uitzichtloze gevecht va ...more
Semnebune
Apr 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Am mai spus-o și o repet: să scrii pentru copii sau despre copii este cel mai greu lucru din lume, fiindcă atât copiii, cât și copilăria sunt subiecte care pot scăpa ușor din mâna unui autor neexperimentat sau prea zelos. Când scrii pentru copii trebuie să ai o mână formată și să înțelegi că un copil nu are aceeași percepție asupra timpului și a lumii ca un om mare, așa că se poate plictisi repede și poate să dea cu cartea de pământ cât ai zice: copilărie! Iar când scrii despre copilărie e nevoi ...more
Thais
May 08, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ah, Grossman, Grossman, io ti adoro, ma di un libro come questo cosa posso dire?
Sarà che non sopporto i flussi di coscienza, sarà che non c'è una vera e propria storia, ma ci ho messo un'eternità a leggerlo e non mi è proprio andato giù. Ho fatto davvero fatica ad arrivare alla fine, ero tentata di abbandonare il piccolo Aharon ai suoi deliri ma non l'ho fatto solo perché speravo che in qualche modo ci sarebbe stata una conclusione, che poi però non è arrivata. Mi sono persa nelle sue fantastich
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Laurent
Jan 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great, well written masterpiece with amazingly detailed characters.

The main character in 'The book of Intimate Grammar' is a young boy; Aharon, who distances himself from growing up, making the transition to teen life and adulthood. As a reaction to the adult world he doesn't understand and doesn't want to be part off, he physically and psychically stops evolving eventually isolating himself from his friends and ending up being confronted unprepared with adult problems.

It's somewhat unsettling
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Michael Scott
TODO
+ universal coming-of-age story
+++ tragedy of a smart and skinny kid. today, we would be taking abusively about a nerd. back then, its the tragic lack of integration with the regular world
+ Jewish family facing modernism
+ Jewish neighborhood: the gossip, the trite, the sharing, the affair, the mensch-ism, and the gescheft
+/- the style is cursive and flowery, but also often old-fashioned. this matches the subject, but makes for a difficult read and imo does not match the kid's way of acting.
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Eric
Oct 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not "See Under Love," but not too far away. More narrowly imagined and executed, one can tire a bit of Aron, who refuses to become an adult. Then Grossman lays out a touching, perfect bit of prose/insight about every 12-yr-old (boy) who has ever lived. Took a while to get around to this, but glad it happened.
Carlotta68
Aug 30, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Mi sono ostinata a voler finire questo libro nella speranza della "rivelazione". Alcuni passaggi più scorrevoli ma in generale lento e talmente introspettivo da rasentare l'assurdo. Non lo consiglierei.
Alessandro Margheriti
Di quante seghe mentali è fatta la giovinezza di un ragazzino che non cresce (fisicamente e non), e forse neppure lo desidera?
Un libro estenuante che è tutto uno sproloquio, una matassa aggrovigliata di pensieri che si dibattono in tutte le direzioni senza condurre propriamente da qualche parte.
Sabrina
Un libro que debe maravillar por la cultura, sobretodo la interna. De cómo cada uno se inculca valores y los sigue. Pero es un libto complejo que requiere paciencia y una mejor edición al español.
Luna
Mar 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Grossman scrive con l'inchiostro dell'anima. Entra cos� in profondit� che alla fine uscirne � un sollievo, ma � problematico perch� ti insegna a leggerti dentro, ed a leggere dentro agli altri. Dopo, procuratevi un libro leggero e divertente, per riequilibrare e ritrovare un po' di leggerezza.
Jenny Holland
Feb 06, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An intense read--like one big long exhale. The kind of book you could read over and over because there's just too much to absorb the first time. Really liked it in many ways, though not sure I'll actually read it again. A little exhausting. Give it a go, though--a unique experience.
Izabela
3,5/5
Margherita Bruscolini
Appena iniziato e già credo di amarlo...
Susana P.
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Très belle fable sur un enfant qui ne parvient plus à grandir dans la Jérusalem des années 1960 et se replie dans son propre monde.
Hermien
I have read some good books by David Grossman, but I really struggled with this one. It started off interestingly enough but I had to force myself to finish it.
Efrat
Sep 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story of an adolescent boy's decent into some form of insanity is told in the most human and intimate way. You may feel your decent into the abyss.

Remarkably written.
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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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