TO THE END OF THE LAND BY DAVID GROSSMAN

Source – Library

David Grossman is a israeli writer ,he served in the israeli army in the 70’s then went on to study philosophy ,he is known as a peace activist having previous being sack from national radio for refusing to downplay the declaration of the Palestine state .he has won numerous award the most famous being the Bialik prize for Hebrew literature .

To the end of the land is the story of Ora and Offer ,mother and son in modern-day Israeli Ora is doing his national service which is drawing to an end much to Ora’s thankfulness .Offer doesn’t return to his mother ,he wants to join a large offensive that is just being mounted .This shocks Ora who panics that the “Notifers” will appear at her door ,she had planned a trip to Galilee across the country with Offer on his release from the army ,she is single he husband and other son having left her she contacts her husband best friend Avram and as it transpires Offer real father to join her on this pilgrimage to avoid what she fears will be Offers death ,as they set off she starts to tell Avram  bit by bit and writing down Offers life as if the act is a way of keeping her son alive so we hear Offers life unfold through his loving mothers eyes ,as Avram tries to support the women he was once so close to .

Where was I

He fell .

oh she groans in painful surprise,the air slashed out of her in one sweep .Don’t say that .

I wasn’t thinking .I’m sorry Ora

No it’s okay .You should know that when I talk about him with you ,He’s alright .He is protected

How ?

I don’t know .Thats what I feel .He is preserved .

Yes

Does that sound crazy ?

No

should I tell you more ?

Yes

tell me more ,about him

about Offer

This is were we find what talking about Offer means to Ora .

Right now here is the most important bit about this book ,after the first draft Grossman lost his own son in an attack whilst he was serving his national service  ,so the emotions in this book are very realistic ,as he was struggling with his own grief .It deals with parental love ,war and the bond between old lovers .Ora is in some ways Grossman and Ora in some ways is his son .If you want a story that touches your heart this is it ,especially when you know the story of Grossman own son .This of all the Israeli books dealing with the Palestinian conflict and its effects on everyday life in Israeli.

The book was translated by Jessica Cohen a well known translkator from Hebrew .

13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. farmlanebooks
    Oct 29, 2010 @ 11:33:07

    I haven’t read any David Grossman yet, but I bought See Under: Love earlier this week. To The End of The Land sounds great too. I look forward to trying him.

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  2. amymckie
    Oct 29, 2010 @ 19:09:46

    Sounds really interesting Stu.

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  3. The Book Whisperer
    Oct 29, 2010 @ 20:38:03

    I have been really interested to read this myself, Stu, having lived in Israel for 2 years I love to read about the country. I have seen some really good press on this book so I think I will pick it up at some point. Thanks for the review.

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  4. Jo Teh
    Oct 29, 2010 @ 22:47:07

    I wanted to read something by David Grossman for a long time, this one sounds so dear and personal to the author himself, perhaps it is better if I start here.thanks for introducing it Stu!

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  5. Lynne
    Oct 30, 2010 @ 15:32:39

    This book is high up on my stack of the ones that must be read soon. It looks both heartbreaking and thoughtful.

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