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בואי הרוח by Haim Sabato
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Feb 11, 2009

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bookshelves: hebrew, israel, jewish
Recommended for: someone who wants to start reading in Hebrew

This was a perfect 3-star book -- didn't love it, didn't hate it. The Hebrew was pleasant and relatively quick and painless to read, for the most part. The story itself was not particularly gripping, but it was interesting for its historical value.

The narrator of this apparently autobiographical novel is a boy who emigrates from Egypt to Israel with his family in the early 1950s. He is unaware of the Holocaust and its ramifications until he befriends an adult, Yisrael Moshe Farkash, a Hungarian Holocaust survivor. Farkash describes his experiences to the narrator and finally entrusts him with the prayer book and gemara which stayed with him throughout his difficult passages -- as an orphan in the beginning of the war, apprenticed to an abusive baker, then during his brief experience in the camps, and finally during his harrowing illegal journey to Israel before the War of Independence. The book ends on a sweet, touching note.

Although the story itself wasn't anything amazing, it was interesting to get a feel for 1950s Israel and the motley crew of immigrants and Holocaust survivors who made up Jerusalem's population then. This book is also a good choice for someone who wants to begin reading in Hebrew and feels intimidated. The Hebrew is clear and simple, but the story can be appreciated by an adult.

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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
February 11, 2009 – Shelved
February 11, 2009 – Shelved as: hebrew
February 14, 2009 –
page 44
February 14, 2009 –
page 44
February 21, 2009 –
page 69
February 28, 2009 –
page 104
64.2% "Clear, simple Hebrew; pleasant if not particularly thrilling story. If you want to start reading in Hebrew, this is a good choice."
March 14, 2009 – Shelved as: israel
March 14, 2009 – Shelved as: jewish

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message 1: by Ruth (new)

Ruth Jalfon I think it's about time to try reading a book in hebrew - do you still have it and able to lend it to me?

message 2: by K (new) - rated it 3 stars

K Yes -- I will be glad to send it to you. I just need it until March 25 for our last Hebrew book club meeting. Please e-mail me your address, and bli neder, I will mail it to you after March 25. If I forget, please feel free to nag me.

message 3: by Ruth (new)

Ruth Jalfon no hurry

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