To the End of the Land

To the End of the Land

by David Grossman
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To the End of the Land by David Grossman

In this stunning, bestselling novel—and an NBCC Award finalist—David Grossman tells the powerful story of a mother’s love for her son. Just before his release from service in the Israeli army, Ora’s son Ofer is sent back to the front for a major offensive. In a fit of preemptive grief and magical thinking, so that no bad news can reach her, Ora sets out on an epic hike in the Galilee. She is joined by an unlikely companion—Avram, a former friend and lover with a troubled past—and as they sleep out in the hills, Ora begins to conjure her son. Ofer’s story, as told by Ora, becomes a surprising balm both for her and for Avram—and a mother’s haunting meditation on war and family.

ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR: The Christian Science Monitor, The Economist, The New Republic, The New Yorker, The Washington Post, and The Pittsburgh Post Gazette
 
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780099546740
Publisher: Knopf Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/28/2011

About the Author

David Grossman was born in Jerusalem. He is the author of numerous works of fiction, nonfiction, and children's literature. His work has appeared in The New Yorker and has been translated into more than forty languages. He is the recipient of many prizes, including the French Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, the Buxtehuder Bulle in Germany, Rome's Premio per la Pace e l'Azione Umanitaria, the Premio Ischia—international award for journalism, Israel's Emet Prize, and the Albatross Prize given by the Günter Grass Foundation.

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To the End of the Land 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 113 reviews.
SHASTALOVE More than 1 year ago
Ora is having a mid-life crisis. Her husband has left her and her oldest son has called her an "unnatural mother" and her youngest son has chosen to return to military duty. She runs away from it all. She leaves her home to hike the Galilee. With her she takes an old family friend and former lover, Avram, who is traumatized from his time as a POW to the Egyptians where he was tortured. His once brilliant mind is no more. Other important characters are Ora's estranged husband Ilan, with whom she had a child named Adam. Ora and Ilan and Avram were childhood friends. There is clever and witty dialogue that makes us smile, even in the midst of tragedy. There is a peek into what life is like in modern-day Israel, the strife and tension, suspicion and hatred. Cleverly done!
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This book is very well written, but reading it is a SLOG! I can't remember when such a good story --itself a major downer-- has seemed like such a chore. I think it's too long by at least half. And now I feel guilty for saying so. -- catwak
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
David Grossman is a great writer. His work is moving and dramatic. You have to be willing to stay with him and let the mood, time, and place get to you. The translation is also wonderful. Through his fiction you learn about the people, the history, and the emotions of Israel. It isn't an easy place, and so it isn't an easy read. It is complex, riveting, and sometimes, painful, to read.
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theksb More than 1 year ago
This is an excellent, thought-provoking book. I read it last year and bought a copy for a family member. Have recommended it to any thoughtful reading friends I have. The story is compelling, and the subtext remains with you for a long time.
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