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The Blue Mountain by Meir Shalev
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it was amazing

Israeli magical realism. Now, I love me some magical realism, and this book is one of the finest examples I've come across in a long, long time. As a new resident of Israel - and one without previous ties to the country - I really didn't know that much about the early history of the state. The book is set in a moshav (the less famous type of Israeli farming commune), and introduces the history without the historical events...you get a feel for the period without the usual event-dropping that comes up a lot in historical fiction. There is a bit of name-dropping, but Israel is a small country...it's realistic that they would be interacting with the founding fathers of the state.

But Shalev isn't interested in the history of the period as much as the spirit. And he's read his Garcia Marquez - the feel of the book is very reminiscent of 100 Years of Solitude or Love in the Time of Cholera, but without being derivative. Heartily recommended, although I'm not sure how easy it is to find outside of Israel. I'm always glad to loan out my copy, though :)
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January 31, 2011 – Started Reading
January 31, 2011 – Shelved
February 4, 2011 – Finished Reading

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Karlien Just bought the book and your review made me decide to take it to my book club today. Hope it interests my group!


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