Wandering Star

Wandering Star

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by J. M. G. Le Clezio
     
 

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“This is Nobel-quality writing, an international author with a mature style telling a story to the peak of his capacity. The English language needs more of it.”—The Telegraph

From the winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature, Wandering Star is the story of two young women, one uprooted by the Holocaust and the other

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“This is Nobel-quality writing, an international author with a mature style telling a story to the peak of his capacity. The English language needs more of it.”—The Telegraph

From the winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize for Literature, Wandering Star is the story of two young women, one uprooted by the Holocaust and the other by the founding of the state of Israel.  Bearing witness to the boundless strength of the spirit, and based on his own experience as a child in World War II, J.M.G. Le Clézio chronicles the saga of a young girl, Esther, who, in a small mountain village north of Nice occupied by Italian forces, learns what it means to be Jewish in wartime Europe. A quiet young teenager, she suffers the loss of her beloved father and, with her mother, is forced to flee advancing German troops.

At war’s end, Esther and her mother make an arduous journey to Jerusalem, where their path crosses with a group of displaced refugees, including Nejma, a Palestinian girl whose story of life in the camps balances Esther’s own tale of suffering and survival. Esther and Nejma never meet again, but in their respective exiles, they are forever haunted by the memory of one another. Wandering Star is a powerful coming-of-age story and, as Le Figaro notes, truly “a luminous lesson in humanity.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781931896115
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Publication date:
10/15/2004
Series:
Lannan Translation Series
Pages:
340
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.93(d)

Meet the Author

J.M.G. Le Clézio is a distinguished French author with over thirty novels, essays, and story collections to his credit. He is the winner of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Wandering Star 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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We read this because Le Clezio had won the Nobel Prize. What a disappointment. The premise is promising - the relationship between an Israeli and an Arab.....but there's nothing there. There's no relationship. The story just rambles, the writing's not great, and the characters aren't real. It was unanimous in our book club - we just didn't get it.
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Henry_Berry More than 1 year ago
The 'wandering stars' are two young girls, each trying to escape from an oppressive, threatening condition. Esther is a Jewish girl who escapes from Nazi-occupied Europe to Israel. Nejma lives in a Palestinian refugee camp. The two girls' lives are not intertwined physically, but rather spiritually in how they both deal with similar feelings of fear, helplessness, and desire for a better life. Le Clezio, a French author of 20 novels, goes beyond politics, cultural differences, and historical moments to cast light on the universal feelings in experiences of suffering and the struggles, desires, and dreams growing out of such experiences.