Returning Lost Loves

Returning Lost Loves

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RETURNING LOST LOVES is a kaleidoscope of a story set in and around Tel Aviv. Using a variety of perspectives, Kenaz skillfully takes the reader on a tour of life in Israel today, and does so with an eye-opening honesty and freshness. His shifting camera lens focuses on several protagonists: a beautiful young woman obsessively involved in a torrid affair with a rascal of a married man; a young soldier who has gone awol, thereby torturing his Zionist parents; an old Ashkenazi trying desperately to keep his apartment house free from lower-class, vulgar, Sephardic newcomers who are trying to make over the basement into an apartment for their daughter; a paralyzed elderly man dependent on, and more and more devoted to, his Filipino maid and her violent lover. Kenaz follows these people and their situations through dizzying shifts of attention, but always remains true to life with his own brand of distilled reality, not to mention his ever-present black sense of humor. The scenes accumulate in a curious satisfaction, finally ending in murder and revelation. Kenaz has written his most entertaining and modern novel yet, one that resonates with as much hard truth as hard beauty. "Returning Lost Loves is a subtle, dark novel about loneliness and obsessions, but at the same time it is a wonderful comedy about the paradoxes of love and the fierceness of jealousy." -- Amos Oz "Though he has interests in common with Malamud and Appelfeld, he creates a pathos powerfully his own." -- Philip Rothshow more

Product details

  • Paperback | 263 pages
  • 136.7 x 212.6 x 14.7mm | 353.33g
  • Steerforth Press
  • South Royalton, United States
  • English
  • 1586420135
  • 9781586420130
  • 1,870,330

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One thinks of "Grand Hotel", or perhaps Terence Rattigan's popular play "Separate Tables", while reading this entertaining Israeli novel, which joins in English translation its acclaimed author's earlier "Musical Moment "and "The Way to the Cats". The story's set in and near a Tel Aviv apartment complex, whose various inhabitants-including a shy virgin warily contemplating adultery, a wrathful conservative religious zealot, and a family shamed when its soldier son goes AWOL from the Israeli army, among others-are gradually shown to be "connected" in ways that illuminate both their individual priorities and their communal identity. Beautifully structured, and an eye-opening composite portrayal of a culture whose complexities we barely comprehend. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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85 ratings
3.63 out of 5 stars
5 22% (19)
4 33% (28)
3 34% (29)
2 7% (6)
1 4% (3)
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