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A Woman in Jerusalem by A.B. Yehoshua
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Sep 08, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: books-on-religion, books-on-the-mid-east, social-issues
Recommended to Hotavio by: college class
Read in September, 2008

A journey to save a company's reputation ensues when one of it's employees is killed in a suicide bombing in Jerusalem, but sits unidentified for over a week. A human resources manager is assigned the task of atoning for an over sight on behalf of the company for failing to notice her absentia during this time. What begins as an unrewarding assignment, develops in to personal curiosity, love, and a selfless mission.
I enjoyed the book for its depiction of present Jerusalem and about it's ultimate answer to the age old question, "WHO DOES Jerusalem really belong to?" The main character could be said to be our post humous woman, who remains the only actual name throughout the story. The book also pokes at the nagging question of what exactly is love, as the main character begins to fall for a woman that he didn't even and could never know, all the while love in a traditional sense has evaded him via a nasty divorce. His reflections are pronounced in his actions, but also verbalized in a meandering philosophical conversation.
All-in-all, a relatively short book that touches some deep issues involving the way people inter-relate.

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