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Dora B: A Memoir of My Mother Hardcover – 6 Feb 2006

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  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC (6 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747580685
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747580683
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13.6 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,217,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A revelation of salty poetry and raw life, worked out in her radiant voice. It feels intimate and fragmentary, but at the same time big, with the vivid haunt of mythology.' Andrea Ashworth

About the Author

Josiane Behmoiras was born in Paris in 1953 and emigrated to Israel in 1961, where she later studied film and worked as a freelance documentary director for Israeli television. In 1985 she emigrated to Australia. She completed a Masters degree in creative writing at the University of Melbourne in 2004, the year her first short stories were published. Dora B is her first book.

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Format: Hardcover
This book made me weep. It touches many levels of human nature, not only the poignant love of a mother and daughter for each other through adversity but also the level of ordained society where those who do not display the behaviour of normality can be ostracised and discarded. In between the words of this book you feel a silent cry from Josiane for justice and understanding. Through her words you feel a traveller in Israel and a spectator. You can smell the fragrance of a country and live in a community where being different gave you hell instead of heaven. This is indeed a lesson to us all, the way that Josiane turns anger into love in this homage for her mother.
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By A Customer on 19 Mar. 2006
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In the recent debate about memoirists falsifying their own lives to sell books, this story stands out as an honest and painful recollection of a daughter's attempt to find some meaning in the strange life she lived with her mother.
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Behmoiras gives a new meaning to the memoir genre, transforming it into poetry. The heartbreaking narrative of her mentally ill mother, Dora, unfolds in a series of lyrical episodes. Her language melts on the tongue, evoking the smells and sights of freshly washed clothes and blue flower bushes.
Yet this sensual imagery is interwoven within a dark fairytale of the gradual but inevitable descent of Dora, who once lived in a ‘big house’ in Paris and studied English in Berlitz, into a Tel Aviv bag lady.
The story begins in France where Dora, a single mother, and her toddler daughter lead a sporadic life of wandering. A loving mother, Dora is also a restless soul driven by inner demons urging her not to overstay anywhere, even when she finds steady employment. Mother and daughter roam the Parisian streets and countryside roads meeting kind, comic or frightening strangers until eventually they are arrested for vagrancy.
The French authorities have an easy solution to their problem. They are Jewish? So let’s pay for their fare to the Promised Land.
‘We’ll have a wonderful life there, cherie,’ Dora reassures Josiane not knowing that their troubles have just begun…
In the Ma’abara, an Israeli migrant settlement of the sixties, life is tough. The poor economy, new country and language differences fire tensions between neighbours. As always, the weakest suffer most. Dora, a quirky woman who talks to microphones installed in the walls by her enemies, becomes the scapegoat.
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Behmoiras not only writes beautifully, she must have a beautiful soul to have been able to make such lemons into lemonade. A testiment not only to her mother, but to Behmoiras' own ability to truly value life's preciousness - without ever straying into preaching, sentiment or irony. This is an exquisitely written book that you will want to immediately share and I cannot recommend it highly enough.
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By Blue Bear VINE VOICE on 29 April 2006
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This is one of those books that really touches your hearts & you always remember it. I have read other books about people's lives that have stayed in my heart & my mind & this one is another .Highly recommneded.
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