The Blue Mountain is the first novel by one of Israel's most important and acclaimed contemporary writers and as with all his writing is a virtuoso example of Shalev's skill as a storyteller.
Published to outstanding reviews all over the world, its publication in Britain re-affirms his reputation as a major international writer. Set in a small rural village prior to the creation of the State of Israel, this funny and hugely imaginative book paints an extraordinary picture of a small community of Ukrainian immigrants as they succeed in pioneering a new life in a new land over three generations.
The Blue Mountain transcends its time and place by touching on issues of universal relevance whilst never failing to entertain and engage the reader.
As with Four Meals, the writing is lyrical and of exceptional quality and illustrates why Shalev has been steadily winning over an ever-increasing number of fans worldwide.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 15/04/2002
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9781841952420
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Review by SqueakyChu
In the early 1900's, three friends from czarist Russia arrive in Palestine to collectively fall in love with one woman. These four found the Feyge Levin Workingman's Circle and proceed to live out their idealistic lives as pioneers in a collective agricultural village located in the Jezreel Valley.Told with tenderness, humor, and just the right touch of fantasy, Meir Shalev describes the relationship between the founding fathers and the succeeding two generations as seen through the eyes of Baruch, an orphaned grandchild of one of the founding fathers.The characters are vivid and imaginative. The descriptions of nature are enchanting. This totally absorbing story is a metaphor for how the Zionist dream has played itself out among succeeding generations.
Review by tobiejonzarelli
The beginning was difficult to get through, not sure if it was because of the translation, but by the end, I really enjoyed the book.
Review by fourbears
I read this 4 or 5 years ago when a friend from Israel included it in a holiday exchange box our online bookgroup did. I loved it. One of the most genuine magical realism books. Everyone should read this book.