S.Yizhar; Nicholas De Lange, trans; Dan Miron, fwd.
  • Review
By – March 30, 2012

S.Yizhar’s final nov­el reveals a boy’s loss of inno­cence grow­ing up in a farm­ing com­mu­ni­ty in Pales­tine and then in the young city of Tel Aviv. Told from the ret­ro­spec­tive view­point of the nar­ra­tor in 1991, events from the character’s past in the ear­ly 1900’s – 1930 unfold. Through stream of con­scious­ness, S. Yizhar explores the hard­ships and frus­tra­tions the boy expe­ri­ences as the child of a pio­neer. The nov­el is also the tale of men and women who devot­ed their lives to cre­ate a new land in times of hard­ship. S.Yizhar died in 2006 at the age of 90

A rec­om­men­da­tion: Read the intro­duc­tion by Dan Miron, who has insight into S.Yizhar’s work. 

A glos­sary would have been use­ful to briefly explain the allu­sions to news­pa­pers and oth­er writ­ten work.

Sher­ry Smither has been teach­ing senior high school stu­dents to appre­ci­ate lit­er­a­ture and to hone their writ­ing skills. She also teach­es learn­ing dis­abled stu­dents learn­ing strate­gies. As a free­lance writer, she focus­es on peo­ple of inter­est in the Jew­ish com­mu­ni­ty and beyond. She serves on the Board of Edu­ca­tion at her syn­a­gogue, Adath Israel Con­gre­ga­tion. Sher­ry lives in Toron­to, Ontario, Cana­da with her hus­band and three children.

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