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David Grossman - Someone to Run With

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Editado: Nov 15, 2009, 5:12pm

This book (a good read) is available (2 copies) now on Bookmooch.


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I just finished a book of essays by David Grossman called Writing in the Dark. In it, he speaks about how he views literature, how he writes in view of the "situation" in Israel, and the bleak outlook of the state of Israel as it exists today. It's a very depressing book, but I already knew what to expect of this book as this author lost a 21-year-old son in the Lebanon war. Ironically, he is one of Israel's most outspoken peaceniks.

Anyway, my plan is to read more of his books. I'm going to try again with See: Under Love as I never made it through that book the first time.

Nov 15, 2009, 4:30pm

Thanks! I just mooched the book!

Nov 15, 2009, 5:11pm

You're welcome. Enjoy!

I really liked that book. An Israeli friend of mine (closer to my daughter's age) called that book "amazing". I'll keep an eye out on BookMooch for any other Israeli fiction we might need to share. :)

Nov 15, 2009, 11:32pm

I looked on The Toby Press website for titles- they carry some interesting books.

Nov 15, 2009, 11:54pm

Yeah. Sometime I type Toby Press into BookMooch and come up with a winner. I think that's how I found the book by Sherri Mandell that had been on my wishlist for a long time.

Nov 18, 2009, 6:35pm

i have See UNder Love on my shelf (unread) but surely it is near the top of my "to read" list. I also noticed that a recent book by Paul Auster was dedicated to Grossman.

i would love to hear more about his ideas and writng. I, too, am discouraged about the state of affairs in Israel- the conflict with the palestinians seems never-ending.

Nov 18, 2009, 8:15pm

I'm curious to know what you think of See:Under Love when you read it. It's a book that you really have to work at. You'll see what I mean when you get to it.

Which of Paul Auster's books is dedicated to Grossman? I haven't read any of Auster's books yet, but they look like the kinds of books I'd enjoy.

Yeah. I remember when I used to follow Israeli news very, very closely. Now I only want to hear the good news from Israel. It's there; it's just that it's not as well publicized as the bad news. :(

Editado: Nov 30, 2009, 12:53pm

I believe Auster's current novel-Invisible- is dedicated to Grossman.

i think his Book Of Illusions is his best work.

Nov 30, 2009, 12:56pm

I have Book of Illusions! Think I'll go start looking for it. :)

Dez 1, 2009, 12:50pm

let me know what you think of it.

Dez 1, 2009, 10:00pm

Will do.

Jan 18, 2011, 1:59pm

If you liked Someone to Run With, I recommend his The Zig-Zag Kid. Those are probably his only "light" works. There is a lot of Israeli writing worth reading but "the situation" looms large in most of it. I recommend A.B. Yehoshua's A Woman in Jerusalem and Friendly Fire: A Duet, Amoz Oz's memoir A Tale of Love and Darkness, Meir Shalev's A Pigeon and A Boy, and Savvyon Liebrecht's A Good Place for the Night.

p.s. "Someone To Run With" has been made into a film.

Jan 18, 2011, 7:45pm

Great recommendations, ldjaffe...especially since I've already read each book you recommended except for A Woman in Jerusalem, but I just haven't gotten to that last book yet. I already own a copy of it, though! :)

Jan 18, 2011, 8:08pm

i loved Someone to Run With and his latest, To the End of the Land, though it was really different and much more overtly political. Both are wonderful books. I have See Under Love on my shelves somewhere, too.

Jan 19, 2011, 1:03pm

I have Grossman's The Smile of the Lamb on my shelves but haven't read it yet. One of these days . . .

Jan 21, 2011, 12:36pm

there is a great short story by Amoz Oz is last week's New Yorker(dated Jan 17): entitled The King of Norway.

Jan 21, 2011, 12:39pm

...and last month also in the NYer there was a wonderful profile on David Grossman-highly recommended.

Nov 24, 2011, 1:43pm

To the End of the Land by Grossman is powerful and mesmerizing. It is certainly worth reading.

Nov 24, 2011, 1:44pm

Whenwas it in the NYer?

Nov 25, 2011, 8:07am

September 27, 2010 edition of NYer.