The Far Euphrates

The Far Euphrates

by Aryeh Lev Stollman

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In translucent prose, Aryeh Lev Stollman has created a stunning portrait of the coming of age of a young man's soul. Through the story of a lonely boy, The Far Euphrates questions how we can find meaning in a post-Holocaust world; how we define the notions of home and family; where the boundaries lie between sanity, madness, and transcendence; and what our responsibilities are to ourselves and to one another. Infused with a rich mystical and scientific understanding, it poignantly addresses the insatiable human longing to know and reclaim our origins, the mythic far Euphrates of Eden, to which we can never return.

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ISBN-13: 9781573226974
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
Publication date: 10/01/1998
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.64(w) x 8.24(h) x 0.61(d)

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The Far Euphrates 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
bnbookgirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
this book started out rather slow, but i am glad i continued with it. You want to get into the mind of Alexander and he comes into himself. The references to the Holocaust and its effects on beliefs. Stollman tells a great story with a message that will linger and really make you think.
Bookish59 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stollman's soft musical voice belies the monstrous, inhuman truth lying below the surface. The novel describes the lives of 2 Jewish families in post-WWII Canada; the rabbi of the local congregation, his wife and son, Alexander, and the other, the cantor and his wife. The cantor and his wife are like a second set of parents to Alexander. How do people live normally with a horrendous truth? How far can one go to protect a child from the truth? Is it better for the truth to be released? Stollman handles language magically to create a word melody filled with the love, agony, psychology and spiritualism inherent in Jewish life. Excellent and amazing!
kattepusen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I initially picked up this book (at the Salvation Army used books section) because on the back cover it had the following evaluation by Rebecca Goldstein (one of my favorite American authors): "The Far Euphrates is a beautiful book. Its radiance is not of the sun but of the moon:delicate, mournful, mysterious". And after having read the book in one sitting, I vehemently agree! I very much enjoyed it, and I felt a somewhat sweet and "fragile" connection to the characters. The main character, Alexander - or Aryeh, is the only son of a Rabbi (educated as a physicist) and a worried and embittered wife. The rest of the world is mainly composed of the Cantor and his wife Berniece, as well as the colorful and tragic figure of Hannalore - the cantor's twin ("sister"). There is also Marla, a very freaky yet strong and captivating presence in Alexander's life. We follow Alexander's narrative as he balances between sanity and mental turmoil, which is described so gently, yet vividly. I really like this "Jewish" book. I had never read much Jewish litterature before; however, after my discovery of Rebecca Goldstein and now Aryeh Lev Stollman, I find myself being drawn towards these unique writings...
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carlosmock More than 1 year ago
In almost poetic prose, Aryeh Lev Stollman has created a stunning portrait of the coming of age of a young man's soul. Through the story of a lonely gay boy, The Far Euphrates questions how we can find meaning in a post Holocaust world: how we define the notion of home in our modern time--where the boundaries lie between sanity, madness, and transcendence. We must address our responsibilities to ourselves and to one another. The book aims to address the insatiable human longing to know and reclaim our origins, the mythic far Euphrates of Eden, to which we can never return. The book is an easy, wonderful and beautiful read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
very well written book. creative, raw and intense with great visuallization.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the first book that I had ever read involving a second generation American and his parents' and family's coming to terms with the Holocaust. The story in endearing in that it takes place in a small town in Canada almost a generation ago.