Falling Out of Time

Falling Out of Time

Book - 2014 | First United States edition
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In this book, the Israeli author has created a genre-defying drama, part play, part prose, pure poetry, to tell the story of bereaved parents setting out to reach their lost children. It begins in a small village in Israel, where a man announces to his wife that he is leaving, embarking on a journey in to an undefined place where he hopes to find and to speak to their dead son. The man, called simply Walking Man, paces in ever-widening circles around the town. One after another, all manner of townsfolk fall into step with him (the Net-Mender, the Midwife, the Elderly Math Teacher, even the Duke), each enduring his or her own loss. The walkers raise questions of grief and bereavement: Can death be overcome by an intensity of speech or memory? Is it possible, even for a fleeting moment, to call to the dead and free them from their death? The answer to such questions is a hymn to these characters, who ultimately find solace and hope in their communal act of breaching death's hermetic separateness.
Announcing I have to go, a grief-stricken Israeli villager takes leave of his bewildered wife, embarking on a journey to there -- an impossibly undefined place where he hopes to find and to speak with his dead son. As he sets out walking, in ever-widening circles around his village, the Walking Man becomes a Pied Piper of Bereavement.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2014
Edition: First United States edition
ISBN: 9780385350136
Branch Call Number: x
Characteristics: 193 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Cohen, Jessica (Translator),- Translator


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ChristchurchLib May 18, 2014

"Announcing that he must embark on a journey in search of his dead son, a man walks in ever-widening circles around his town and beyond, picking up similarly bereaved companions with whom he explores questions about the potential for overcoming death and reconnecting with lost loved ones. By the award-winning author of To the End of the Land." Fiction A to Z May 2014 newsletter http://www.libraryaware.com/996/NewsletterIssues/ViewIssue/96117fb3-f773-4ebe-a30e-0933ee1fb11f?postId=88caf547-9d7c-4692-932a-8cbe7ef5fe90

Mar 27, 2014

Unusual format failed to convey any mood, in my opinion.


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