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A Woman in Jerusalem Hardcover – 1 Aug 2006

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 237 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (1 Aug. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0151012261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0151012268
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.3 x 2.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,561,018 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Publisher's Weekly "Best Books of the Year" list.

"A moving, unsentimental reckoning with death and renewal."

New York Times Book  Review  "100 Notable Books of the Year."

"[An] astonishing new novel...Like sacred music, the deepest chords resound."

New York Times Book Review "100 Notable Books of the Year."

Publisher''s Weekly "Best Books of the Year" list.

"Compelling reading...[A Woman in Jerusalem] is a realistic tale of everyday life in Israel, gracefully told, that sometimes has a mythic quality; at other times it is playful."

"An elegantly structured, thoroughly accessible story, albeit one with rich philosophical layers...A WOMAN moves us with deep insights into the meaning of home, belonging and the fate of the stranger."

"The author beautifully renders a humanity that transcends culture and ritual, the distinctly personal engagement of a lonely man and the woman in his care, no obstacle too great in a quest for the fulfillment of a promise."

"Yehoshua is examining a deeper question: what does it mean to be human--humane--especially during troubled times? ''When Jerusalem is burning, does any of this matter?'' The answer for both the author and his main character seems to be: ''more than ever.''"

"What engages Mr. Yehoshua most here is the question of humanity...Yet his evocation of what it means to be human is drawn in the subtlest strokes...A sad, warm, funny book about Israel and being Jewish, and one that has deep lessons to impart--for other people as well as his own."

"A WOMAN IN JERUSALEM is a book about a mission and a memorial...But while the novel is always aware of the sorrows of modern Israel, it soars on wry, wise wings far above the battered landscape...The result is a small masterpiece, a compact, strange work of Chekhovian grace, grief, wit and compassion."

PRAISE FOR A WOMAN IN JERUSALEM"The force and deceptive simplicity of a masterpiece . . . embedded in this simple story are fundamental questions about identity, selfhood, belonging."CLAIRE MESSUD, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW"A sad, warm, funny book . . . that has deep lessons to impart."THE ECONOMIST
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PRAISE FOR A WOMAN IN JERUSALEM
"The force and deceptive simplicity of a masterpiece . . . embedded in this simple story are fundamental questions about identity, selfhood, belonging." CLAIRE MESSUD, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW
"A sad, warm, funny book . . . that has deep lessons to impart." THE ECONOMIST"

PRAISE FOR A WOMAN IN JERUSALEM

"The force and deceptive simplicity of a masterpiece . . . embedded in this simple story are fundamental questions about identity, selfhood, belonging."--CLAIRE MESSUD, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

"A sad, warm, funny book . . . that has deep lessons to impart."--THE ECONOMIST

"This mysterious, quiet meditation on Jerusalem is, I think, about something much greater [than Israel's "problems and identity."] The manager . . . trying to make some meaning of . . . pointless, violent death, as all the structures of his own life fall apart around him, is a figure much bigger and much sadder than even the horrific reality of Israel can suggest."
--Neil Gordon"BOOKFORUM" (06/01/2006)

"[T]he writing is beautifully exact and the moral issues delivered with an understated authority."

--Barbara Hoffert"Library Journal" (06/01/2006)

"This novel has about it the force and deceptive simplicity of a masterpiece: terse, eminently readable but resonantly dense."
--Claire Messud"New York Times Book Review" (08/13/2006) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A. B. Yehoshua was shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize 2005 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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