Russell Hoban's first novel for adults, The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz (1973) was widely acclaimed by critics and earned comparisons to Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. Both a humorous and light-hearted fantasy and an insightful meditation on the sometimes difficult relationships between fathers and sons, it is a perfect introduction to the work of this brilliant writer.
'A piece of invention as original as any of Tolkien's or C.S. Lewis's.' - New Statesman
'Magic at work ... Funny as well as beautiful.' - Irish Times
'Mr. Hoban is unclassifiable, thank goodness. His narrative is so minutely and compellingly realistic that after a time you cease to notice that he has stood reality on its head.' - Sunday Times
'Of outstanding quality ... unusually vivid imagination ... immensely striking use of words.' - Auberon Waugh, The Spectator
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin Boaz by Russell HobanThe book jacket of my edition (Jonathan Cape 1973) states this is Hoban¿s ¿First adult novel.¿ Fans of ¿The Mouse and His Child¿ may dispute that. I have always called Mouse ¿A book for children and intelligent adults.¿ But let¿s not split hairs.Like ¿Mouse¿ this book requires intelligent adults. Hoban set the bar very high by naming father and son with mirror names. Although I have read it many times I still must stay alert ( p.147 actually used wrong name!) Each rereading, however, increases my appreciation of its beauty. Rather than try to give a synopsis I urge adventurous readers to find the book, and follow the trail(s) that lead to London¿s embankment where a constable, a young woman, a telephone booth, a father and son AND a lion (?) collide.
Rather baffling. Hoban seems to write each book in a different genre, and here he does symbolic not-quite-magic realism in a form which falls somewhere between Eastern Europe and the Latin America of Marquez or Borges. I couldn't get a grip on it.MB 26-iii-2011