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A Decent Read
"Real Time" by Pnina Moed Kass takes place in present day Israel. The storyline it presents confronts mature themes including war, violence, hatred, and coming to terms with one's troubled past. The story is told from several different points of view in first person in real time, literally, as the story is unfolding. All the different viewpoints could make for a rather challenging read to younger readers. They also make for a slow-moving first eighty pages or so because it takes a little while for the reader to orient themselves to all the different characters and their backgrounds. Once the reader gains their bearings and the book progresses further into the plot, it moves along much quicker and is much more satisfying.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The book has kind of a philosophical approach when it comes to discussing the themes of war, violence, etc. It also contains a few graphic depictions of violence.
I would not recommend this novel to reluctant young readers because of the difficulties experienced when beginning to read the novel and getting acquainted with all of the character. Also, it doesn't move too quickly in the beginning and doesn't provide the kind of stimulation that might be necessary to hold the attention of more reluctant readers.
I would, however, recommend it to eager young adult readers. But I would strongly suggest providing a history lesson along with the book (as it relates to the violent interaction between Palestinians and Israelites). Furthermore, relating it to other current events taking place in Israel or the Middle East would give the readers some experience in the kind of real-life atrocities that inspired this literature. Finally, it is of the utmost importance that with these lessons a section on morality/ethics/virtue be provided.
Posted February 8, 2010
Maybe I just don't know enough about history...
When I first picked up Real Time, I thought this book was going to be exclusively about Jewish communities and the Nazi's that invaded them (which was definitely not the gist of what the book was about at all). I honestly didn't even give the back of the novel a chance before I dived in, which was a bad idea because I was immediately confused about several things; When the heck is this all taking place? Who are all of these characters, and what do they have to do with the first one I was introduced to? I guess that's the downfall of writing in first-person though, because a character can simply leave important details out that would help while one is actually reading the book. It also wasn't about the kind of Nazi story I was expecting to read about, instead taking place in Jerusalem and the Middle East.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
In all, I thought the writing was decent; easy for a younger student to read and understand. The situations that the characters were put through were intense and realistic, giving me insight to several different takes on what happened instead of one exclusive experience. This is nice, I think, because it's then hard to pick a single side and stick with it. It gives kids choices and options, so they can choose their own opinion and go with it instead of having it done for them.
For someone who is interested in Nazis and the Middle East, this may be a good book for you. However, it is certainly not the best thing I've ever read. The varying between POV gets confusing, there are parts where the author is suddenly switching to scripted writing (not often, but it still bothered me), and it could use a bit more explanation IN the book about these events, as well as other little details that would otherwise make it a great read. The story itself is intriguing, just not for my personal taste.
Posted February 8, 2010
Real Time by Pnina Moed Kass
Real Time was decent, overall. It did not necessarily pull me in from page one. I did enjoy it however; it was not until about eighty pages in until it actually began to intrigue me. There were only a few characters I felt that were really developed, however, those characters were what compelled me to turn the page. The beginning of the novel was confusing. It was hard to keep all the names and locations straight, especially when a character's perspective is only given once or twice. I felt that the story might have been easier to read, had it only followed a few of those characters perspectives. That would have been much more efficient rather than trying to remember insignificant characters. The book did read a little slow, however, it began to pick up in the end. The historical content behind the novel was interesting, but I felt it could have been more in depth. I feel for Young Adult Literature, this novel would not be the best at grabbing their attention, unless one has a specific interest in Isreal or the historical issues Real Time covers. For an excessive reader, it is worth a read, a reluctant reader on the other hand, I would not bother.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.