The Mount Zion Israel Book Club meets every other month to discuss books by Israeli authors, set in Israel. We read fiction by Amos Oz, David Grossman, etc, and non-fiction: biographies, memoirs of kibbutz life, life in the military; high-tech, water. The group seeks to understand the life and the land of Israel through its own literature. All are welcome. Questions, call/text Jonathan Eisenthal at 651-260-6263, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Upcoming Group Events
Israel Book Group
7 p.m. Monday November 4 at Mount Zion. We will be discussing A Simple Story, by Israel’s Nobel laureate in literature, S.Y. Agnon.
Set in the Jewish Eastern European life now vanished, A Simple Story is a story of love unrequited, marriage, melancholy and madness. Through these travails, the protagonists of the tale achieve a greater awakening.
“Agnon’s achievement is to have combined gentle mockery of the myriad characters he brings so engagingly to life with staunch championing of values and customs that were soon to be doomed. His scholarship and literary astuteness inform a story that is at once rich in biblical allusion and redolent of the society in which he was raised.”—Publisher’s Weekly.
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Past Group Events
Bring fruit or dessert to share if you wish. Bagels, lox and cream cheese will be provided.
Israel’s master novelist, David Grossman’s latest book is a tale told in the course of a comedian’s two-hour stand-up show, in which he experiences a life crisis and reveals intimate and surprising details of his life’s journey.
We are reading the science fiction novel Central Station by Lavie Tidhar. Winner of the World Fantasy Award, this story takes place in Tel Aviv several centuries in the future where the most prominent feature in the skyline is no longer Shalom Meir Tower, but Central Station, an hourglass shaped spaceport reaching hundreds of stories into the sky. From the book jacket: “When (Israeli) Boris Aaron Chong reluctantly returns to Central Station from Mars, he finds (Tel Aviv in) utter chaos. His ex-lover is raising a child who taps into minds with the touch of a finger. Boris’s father has a multi-generational mind-plague. His space-faring cousin is infatuated with a cyborg robotnik. And an erratic data vampire has followed Boris home…” Mount Zion Library has a copy of the book. Questions, email Jonathan Eisenthal at email@example.com
Israel Book Group — 7 p.m. Monday, September 9, at Mount Zion
We will be discussing the psychological thriller Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen-Goshen.
“Riveting…Propulsive…Waking Lions yokes a crime story to thorny ethical issues in ways reminiscent of Donna Tartt and Richard Price.” —Sam Sacks, Wall Street Journal.
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