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Falling Out of Time

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Following his magisterial To the End of the Land, the universally acclaimed Israeli author brings us an incandescent fable of parental grief––concise, elemental, a powerfully distilled experience of understanding and acceptance, and of art’s triumph over death.

In Falling Out of Time, David Grossman has created a genre-defying drama––part play, part prose, pure poetry––to t
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Hardcover, 208 pages
Published March 25th 2014 by Knopf (first published 2011)
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Luana
E’ solo che il cuore
mi si spezza,
tesoro mio,
al pensiero
che io…
che abbia potuto…
trovare
per tutto questo
parole.


Ricordo ancora il giorno dell’anno scorso in cui lessi l’articolo che annunciava il ritorno di David Grossman alla scrittura. Ho sentito penetrare a fondo, nella sfera del mio ego, la capacità di essere commossa da un evento a me così estraneo riguardante una persona che non ho mai conosciuto e che credo non conoscerò mai, il cui unico lato a me intelligibile sono le parole che scri
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Rebecca Foster
Like the two central characters here, Israeli author David Grossman lost his son, a soldier named Uri, during the Middle East conflict. In this multifaceted examination of bereavement, it seems that everyone has lost a child. The genre-bending mixture of poetry, absurdist dialogue, and an inverted fairy tale reflects the difficulty of ever capturing grief in language. Each story and each strategy is like a new way of approaching the unspeakable.

Though it can be read in one sitting, this is a nov
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☔Diane S.
A very differently structured book, this is the authors attempt to give voice to his grief, and to all parents whom have lost a child. An attempt to separate grief from memories, in some parents a way to forgive themselves and a wonderful ode to love and regret.

One can read the synopsis of the book, but that can not relate how powerful I found this little book. The words, the poetry, the commentary, so poignant, so raw. The outpouring of grief from all involved but also the hope that they can fi
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Romina
CADUTO FUORI DAL TEMPO
David Grossman


La bellezza straordinaria di quest’opera non è certo quella di un semplice romanzo. La parola che troviamo tra le pagine di questo capolavoro è quella della poesia.
Ci troviamo di fronte a personaggi diversi, ma con purtroppo qualcosa di comune: la perdita di un figlio, cosa più tragica che un genitore possa affrontare.
Questo capolavoro, è straordinario, un libro forte nella sua tragicità, ma che entra dentro al cuore in una maniera indelebile, e chi l’ha lett
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T4ncr3d1
"E' morto in agosto, e quando quel mese finisce io immancabilmente penso: come posso passare a settembre mentre lui rimane in agosto?"

Caduto fuori dal tempo è un romanzo in versi, o, per dirla con le parole del suo autore, una storia a più voci. Di certo sfida qualunque definizione e convenzione, travolgendo il lettore con una storia che non è una storia, perché non è un libro sul dolore - la perdita di un figlio - ma un dolore che si è fatto libro. E come nel dolore il tempo e lo spazio cessano
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Elyse
As some people know: David Grossman lost his son (during the War in Israel) --5 years ago.

His book "To The End of The Land" (an AMAZING BOOK --one of my all time favorites) -- was his last novel. --

This new release book "Falling Out of Time" is a small little book written for bereaved parents --offering comfort through poetry- and play.

I bought this book (along with "Beyond Tears" --living after losing a child) --to give to my close friend. Her son had been fighting Cancer for the past 10 month
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Judy


Death is always a part of life no matter one's age, but at my age one begins to lose more and more people to death. I lost my dad ten years ago this month and my mom five years ago in April. Just two days after I fell ill in May, my favorite uncle passed away at 93 years of age. Simultaneously my favorite aunt fell and broke her shoulder. She had just turned 96 and was deemed too elderly to withstand an operation. She died in hospice care a week later.

I am not writing of all this death as a plea
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Mkeirsbi
This has been a surprising, but wonderful read. Grossman wrote this book in order to come to terms with his son's death.

Now, how do you do this without losing yourself in pathos and drama? I was very sceptical about it prior to reading this book. Yet, the author delivers gracefully.

In stead of telling the story of the author, Grossman's voice falls apart in many characters and voices. The reader gets a multi-faceted tale of loss, mourning, grief and - because It's the only thing that keeps you
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Guenda Ferri
Questo è uno di quei libri che graffia. Soprattutto se pensiamo alla storia di Grossman, che ha perso un figlio qualche anno fa. In 'Caduto fuori dal tempo' lo scrittore intreccia, tramite l'uso della poesia, vite e storie che sono legate proprio dalla perdita di una figlia o di un figlio.
Il fatto che sia scritto per la maggior parte in poesia lo rende ancor più toccante, ancor più profondo. Probabilmente dovrò rileggerlo ancora molte volte per capirlo fino in fondo.
Alice Meloy
I'm not sure how many people will be attracted by this small book that deals with the somber subject of parents grieving for dead children. But the phrase "achingly beautiful" was never more apt than here. Originally written as a performance piece, the structure of the book is like an ancient Greek tragedy, the Town Chronicler acting as the Chorus, and individual characters speaking in short, truncated phrases that make the reader pause at the end of each line to digest what is being said/implie ...more
La Stamberga dei Lettori
Il libro, non definibile come romanzo, è, come spiega il titolo, una “Storia a più voci”. Il genere espressivo è assimilabile ad una rappresentazione teatrale su un palcoscenico scarno, dove i protagonisti, le “voci” appunto, confessano la loro storia, alternando prosa e versi. L’A. rivela che il libro stesso ha costruito la propria forma: dato l’argomento non era possibile seguire le normali regole di scrittura. I versi, la poesia salgono direttamente dall’intimo di ciascuno di noi e sono in gr ...more
Claudia Gualina
CADUTO FUORI DAL TEMPO – David Grossman

“Una volta un uomo di un paese lontano mi ha detto che nella sua lingua chi muore in guerra è chiamato “caduto”. E tu sei così: sei caduto fuori dal tempo, il tempo in cui mi trovo io ti scorre davanti.”

Grossman interrompe anni di silenzio, dopo la morte del figlio Uri, per parlare del suo dolore e cercare di esorcizzarlo. Un padre che deve seppellire un figlio è qualcosa che va contro natura, una sofferenza atroce, che ti investe di mille interrogativi a c
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Claudia
E anch’io, nella prigione
della mia stanza, sulla scrivania
del mio corpo maledetto, ho scritto
finalmente. Come dita
nella terra smossa
ho scritto
la storia –

Grossman, con questo racconto a più voci che sfuma quasi nella poesia, ci consegna una vero tesoro. Questo è un testo molto sofferto: in ogni segno di punteggiatura, in ogni lettera, in ogni parola vi è sofferenza; perché Grossman ci parla del più grande dolore di un padre: la morte del proprio figlio. Così, l’autore ci prende per mano attrave
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Jim
Writing about the death of a loved one is often therapeutic. It’s also very personal and when someone says (in all good faith) they “understand” our loss a part of us wants to snap back at them: “How could you possibly understand my loss?” And, of course, it’d be understandable if you thought that and I’m sure your friend would try to understand your anger if you couldn’t bite your tongue. Death is a very personal business and yet those who aren’t capable of expressing themselves on paper or dis ...more
Rick
An elegy to grief in the mixed form of poetry and drama, Falling Out of Time is at times wondrous, like a Chagallian hymn to loss as if written by the Dylan Thomas of Under Milkwood and at times like a support group on a field trip, wandering the night together and exchanging sorrow and sympathy. All of the characters in Falling Out of Time have lost children, as did the author, and are dealing with that most difficult of griefs. The characters include the Town Chronicler, the Duke, the Centaur ...more
LitReactor
The entire book is devoted to mourning lost children, so things get a bit deep and teary and oh god, can we maybe not talk about this anymore? I'm not a parent, but this book still hit me pretty hard at times; I honestly don't know how someone who has actually lost a child could get through this thing.

That being said, it's one of the most beautiful works of art I've ever read. As I mentioned, it's kind of a play, and all of these different characters intermingle and exist solely through referenc
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Ingrid
This is one of the most unique books I've read since, well, almost ever. Told completely in verse, this novel is more of a struggle with grief than a story. It starts with the Man, who soon is only known as The Walking Man who embarks on a journey to there. He walks in circles around his house, around the town and one by one, as each of the villagers are overcome by their own grief, they join him in the circular walk to there.

The characters each struggle with their grief in their own way. They
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Lorri
This poetic novel is an illumination of the grief process, and the process of accepting the loss of a child.

David Grossman is masterful with prose that vividly depicts those on a journey towards recognizing death's reality.

As much as we would want to be able to cross through the wall that separates the world we live in with the realm our loved one is now in, the novel illuminates that we can not be "there" and "here" at the same time.

Having lost his own son to the Israel-Lebanon War, this nove
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Holly
I tried to to read this today. Though it's not at all long the book's style proved difficult for me to comprehend/fully grasp, and my reading attempts couldn't evince the empathy and understanding the meditations required or deserved. My failing, this one. (Unreservedly recommend The Yellow Wind and The Book of Intimate Grammar; still intending to get to To the End of the Land.)
Andrea Paterson
Around the World: Israel (Translated from Hebrew)

I have never in my life read a book that so viscerally described the experience of grief. This play/poem/fable/myth is focused on the ritualized processing of grief after losing a child and it is beyond raw. It is about desperately trying to find words for an experience that defies speech and somehow, slowly, desperately, succeeding. While this is a book about losing a child I think it is retains its power when applied to other experiences of extr
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Sean Amore
Fantastic book/poem. I can honestly say it helped me embrace the genre of poetry and I can see this story being a craft of love. I want to read all of Grossman's stuff now - this was a solid introduction.
Jenny
This is an innovative little book written in the form of a prose poem or a play. It is a book about parents who are mourning for children who died in various ways. The English translation is very powerful, but I imagine that the book is more powerful in Hebrew where the language can echo words from the Kaddish.

This was shelved as fiction in my library, and Amos Oz's book A Tale of Love and Darkness is classified as non-fiction and shelved with the memoirs but that could easily be reversed. It i
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Francesco Martini
Probabilmente, anzi sicuramente non è il mio genere. Perché l'impressione che ho io è che non basti andare a capo a metà di una frase per farla suonare meglio.
Helen
I'd give this book a 4.5 if Goodreads would let me. The writing exemplifies what excellent experimental work does - it takes bits and pieces of seemingly unrelated conventions and connects them into something new and unique, while making the reader feel something close to poignancy and awe. As a lover of poetry, theatre, and the philosophical thoughtful stream of consciousness abstract bent, I found this work to be powerful and genius. It's accessible, but it still makes you wonder and hits your ...more
Antonella
Una poesia.
Un viaggio che ognuno di noi dovrà un giorno affrontare, per un genitore, un fratello, un figlio o un amico.
Il dolore è inevitabile.
Aseem Kaul
Lyrical and cathartic, David Grossman's Falling Out of Time is a work of almost Sophoclean beauty, a haunted whirlwind of voices that perfectly captures both the centripetal force of grief--the way it leaves us endlessly circling an absence we can neither make peace with nor escape--and the existential fragmentation it produces, so that we try on role after role trying to be our best mourning selves, ashamed of being unequal to our loss, or afraid that we might be.

This is not just the best book
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Stefano Ottolenghi
"È solo che il cuore
mi si spezza,
tesoro mio,
al pensiero
che io...
che abbia potuto...
trovare
per tutto questo
parole."
Riet
Dit is geen gewone roman, meer een proza gedicht. Hierin probeert de schrijver de dood van zijn zoon (5 jaar geleden) te verwerken en een plaats te geven. Dit doet hij door de stemmen van en aantal mensen en van hemzef te laten horen. Allen hebben op een of andere manier een kind verloren. Dit zou gemakkelijk in melodrama kunnen ontaarden,maar dat gebeurt niet. Op bijna poetische wijze vertolkt hij de verschillende stemmen. Het geheel is prachtig vorm gegeven en bij tijden hartverscheurend.
Ik k
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Andrea (Cozy Up With A Good Read)
This review and others can be found on Cozy Up With A Good Read

I chose this book to read because I wanted to try something new and out of my comfort zone, and the synopsis of this book really had me interested. I have to say that the time that I chose this book was a very difficult time for me, I had just lost my grandmother and I think reading a book about death and bereavement helped me in a way. Though what the characters in this book were going through was different, it still really speaks t
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Enan
‘Duke:
In August he died, and
when that month was over, I wondered:
How can I move
to September
while he remains
in August?’

A beautiful tale flooded with emotions, journey with Grossman as he takes you through the darkness of the human psyche associated with loss, despair and the desperate search for closure. With varying responses from anguish to regret, a common theme binding the characters is that every one of them is dealing with the loss of a child and the misery that follows.

Written in the fo
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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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