It will make you sick in the end. To help with his research, he asks Samahar to translate texts from modern Arabic that a Jewish scholar slain in a terrorist attack had collected. Reality, Tedeschi retorts, is what he creates on his computer. Susan Miron is a harpist. Home The Liberated Author. Home Share Search.
Email Facebook Twitter. Give Advertise Subscribe. The Liberated Bride is a feat of masterly storytelling from one of the world's great novelists. His wife Hagit is tolerant of almost everything but her husband's faults and prevarications. Rivlin's obsession with his eldest son's failed marriage proves to be one such problem.
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Why did his bride leave him, though to all appearances they had been at peace together? While his wife warns him that the truth is always relative and often painful besides, Rivlin's search leads to a number of improbable escapades. In this comedy of manners, at once deeply serious and highly entertaining, Yehoshua richly portrays disparate sectors of Israeli life - Jewish and Arab, urban and rural, religious and secular, middle-class and lower-class, educated and uneducated.
And characters with a very human desire for, and fear of, the truth in politics and in life. He lives in Haifa. Yehoshua, who is 70 and a dove, has written a novel that incarnates the message to extraordinary literary effect. Rating details. Book ratings by Goodreads. Goodreads is the world's largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. There are several brides who might be the one in the title, there are several women who ask the professor to take them either under his protection, take them away from their husbands, or otherwise take them, and it is unclear how or whether he follows through for any of them.
The husbands we meet in this book seem overwhelmingly to be sick, pretending to be sick, heartsick, or dead. Wives seem to be pregnant, recently pregnant, imagining themselves to be pregnant, or too old to become pregnant. A student is in love with her teacher. Her cousin is in love with her. The teacher's son is in love with his ex-wife. The teacher, fortunately, is in live with his own wife.
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Poetry is translated, drama transformed, disguises donned and removed, roles taken on and tossed away. Theories of social and historical influence do little to amend current social situations, nobody seems to believe much or to understand either the people who share the small country or the dwellings therein.
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If this seems confusing, it can be. That may be the point. I kept a list of characters and their relationship to one another, which helped. Dec 20, Carolyn rated it liked it Shelves: fiction.
Another loaner from Dad. This is one of those "middle aged man, steeped in academia, disgruntled with his life, some things go wrong, some things tempt him, the week seems to spiral downward He is described online as "an Israeli Faulkner" and you will find that there are stories within stories in this book. Father-son relationships, husband-wife relationships, Israeli-Arab re Another loaner from Dad.
Father-son relationships, husband-wife relationships, Israeli-Arab relationships. Many tensions at play. I thought it was a pretty good book. But I was disappointed in the ending Dad, I know you're not reading this, but I agree with you. It just. Kind of. Not much resolution. And several things that happen near the end that presumably based on the events that came before them would have caused at least some kind of uproar just seem to fizzle.
Maybe he got tired of telling this story? I don't know. I enjoyed a lot of it, until that point.
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I will definitely be checking out more of his stuff. Dec 03, Jeffrey rated it it was ok Recommended to Jeffrey by: Sam? Shelves: general-reading , israel-middle-east. I am afraid that I really don't know what to make of this book.
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I have previously enjoyed A. Yehoshua, especially A Journey to the End of the Millenium which I found very sensuous and beautiful in translation. The Liberated Bride, in contrast, seems a bit stilted, with descriptive phrases often repeated. The main character is an Orientalist in the Hebrew University in Haifa. He reminds me of Larry David.
His single minded pursuit of his interests alienates his wife and his son and amuses or ho I am afraid that I really don't know what to make of this book. His single minded pursuit of his interests alienates his wife and his son and amuses or horrifies others that he meets along the way. And I really can't stand Larry David for just that reason.
His lack of sensitivity to others makes me cringe The intradepartmental squabbles concerning orientalism may interest academics but it left me waiting for the next bit of action. Can't really recommend this one. Try another of Yehoshua's books. Insight into the mind of a Israeli liberal family Without knowing enough about the academic battles over Orientalism to know how the book relate Insight into the mind of a Israeli liberal family Without knowing enough about the academic battles over Orientalism to know how the book relates to them, it's hard to know how to read the message.
Is the author making fun of Orientalists or defending them? Either way, it's a portrait of colonial domination. The Israeli characters are totally familiar. And the Palestinian characters are totally familiar as the caricatures they become in Israeli conversation. Aug 23, Deborah rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Mark, Dottie. Rivlin is not necessarily a likable man. Middle-aged, a professor of "Orientalism" at a University in Haifa, he is self-involved, set in his ways, cranky and obsessed with discovering the "truth" about the break-up, after just a year, of his son's marriage.
This obsession leads him to stalk his former in-laws grilling his ex daughter-in-law while she is sitting shiva for her father , trying to discover the truth. It's a testament to Yehoshua's storytelling with kudos to translator Hillel Halki Rivlin is not necessarily a likable man. It's a testament to Yehoshua's storytelling with kudos to translator Hillel Halkin that the readers cares about Rivlin and all the other eccentric characters in this novel.
A sub-plot provides a unique view into the lives of Israeli arabs. Jan 06, Alexrebuck rated it really liked it. It took me time to get into the book. I'd wanted to read it for a long time there were many things I enjoyed about the book. The descriptive narrative was very rich. The excepts of Arabic poetry breath takingly beautiful. It posed many moral questions that left me uncomfortable. It came me no answers. It seemed to me that the core of this book was about a moral position. I also didn't warm to Prof Rivlin he was self obsessed I wonder if the writer is commenting on Israeli society being self obse It took me time to get into the book.
I also didn't warm to Prof Rivlin he was self obsessed I wonder if the writer is commenting on Israeli society being self obsessed with itself? I think this is a book that will take time for me to fully understand the messages. Apr 21, Sandra rated it really liked it Shelves: fiction. Yehoshua wrote this book after the first Intifada, but before the second. Because I do not clearly understand Israel, the Palestinian Conflicts, the Arabs, I had some problems following the politics.
This book left me, a non-Jew, with many questions. But on a purely entertainment level I enjoyed the book, especially the historian-husband-father, Rivlin, and his bumbling ways. Somehow the weaving of all the plots came together in the end. But finish I did. I believe this is the first book I have read by an Israeli author, and hope to read more of this author.
Feb 27, Rachael rated it really liked it Shelves: read A funny book that I can't quite get my brain around. Parts of it definitely a 4 others more of a 3. There was much to love about this book--the characters were all strong and memorable as well as the story that carried them forward. I found myself laughing out-loud at Rivlin's obsessive quest to find out what happened to his son's failed marriage. His journey's were also entertaining. The story would fall apart for me when it got into the more politic A funny book that I can't quite get my brain around. The story would fall apart for me when it got into the more political aspects of Israeli-Arab relationships.
I'm a fiction girl and I just found myself skimming through these parts. Sep 05, Lacy rated it liked it Shelves: freebooksfromharpo. The most interesting part of this book is the fact that it's written from the perspective of contemporary daily life in Israel.
Reading the Jewish professor's fascination with Arabs is really surprising and fascinating to me. It really opened my eyes to the dynamic between these two cultures that I usually only hear about fighting bitterly. Several times I wondered about the comparison of Jews and Arabs as depicted in this book and the racial tensions between them and racial tension in the Sta The most interesting part of this book is the fact that it's written from the perspective of contemporary daily life in Israel.
Several times I wondered about the comparison of Jews and Arabs as depicted in this book and the racial tensions between them and racial tension in the States. It's pretty interesting. The story, by the way, is pretty lousy.