A Pigeon and a Boy

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A Pigeon and a Boy ❮Download❯ ➽ A Pigeon and a Boy Author Meir Shalev – Polishdarling.co.uk From the internationally acclaimed Israeli writer Meir Shalev comes a mesmerizing novel of two love stories, separated by half a century but connected by one enchanting act of devotion During the War From the internationally acclaimed and a PDF ✓ Israeli writer Meir Shalev comes a mesmerizing novel of two love stories, separated by half a century but connected by one enchanting act of devotion During theWar of Independence a time when pigeons are still used to deliver battlefield messages a gifted young pigeon handler is mortally wounded In the moments before his death, he dispatches one last pigeon The bird is carrying his extraordinary gift to the girl he has A Pigeon MOBI :ï loved since adolescence Intertwined with this story is the contemporary tale of Yair Mendelsohn, who has his own legacy from thewar Yair is a tour guide specializing in bird watching trips who, in middle age, falls in love again with a childhood girlfriend His growing passion for her, along with a gift from his mother on her deathbed, becomes the key to a life he thought no longer possible Unforgettable in both its particulars and its Pigeon and a eBook ↠ sweep, A Pigeon and a Boy is a tale of lovers then and now of how deeply we love, of what home is, and why we, like pigeons trained to fly in one direction only, must eventually return to it In a voice that is at once playful, wise, and altogether beguiling, Meir Shalev tells a story as universal as war and as intimate as a winged declaration of love From the Hardcover edition.


10 thoughts on “A Pigeon and a Boy

  1. Greta G Greta G says:

    A Pigeon and a Boy Ja ir is a tour guide in Israel, specialized in birdwatching tours During a tour, he meets an old American jew who served in the Palmach and fought during the 1948 War of Independence in the battle at the San Simon Monastery The man tells him the story of a boy who got killed during this fight, but who released a pigeon before he died The boy was a pigeon handler who kept and trained homing pigeons that belonged to the HaganahNot a single gun fired, no grenades explod A Pigeon and a Boy Ja ir is a tour guide in Israel, specialized in birdwatching tours During a tour, he meets an old American jew who served in the Palmach and fought during the 1948 War of Independence in the battle at the San Simon Monastery The man tells him the story of a boy who got killed during this fight, but who released a pigeon before he died The boy was a pigeon handler who kept and trained homing pigeons that belonged to the HaganahNot a single gun fired, no grenades exploded, and all the mouths stopped shouting It was so quiet that we heard the bird s wings beating the air For a single moment every eye and every finger was following that bird as she did what we all wanted to do make her way home And so begins the story of the boy and his pigeon a Belgian pigeon btw, a real champion The book alternates between two narratives, and jumps back and forth in time and between the different characters There s the story of the boy and his pigeons and girlfriend and there s the story of Ja ir and his wife and family Ja ir seems to be obsessed with his mother, who gives him money to buy a home for himself, although he s married Near the end of the book, these two storylines merge in an unexpected and rather spectacular way Meir Shalev s writing is engaging, and he uses much symbolism and many metaphors throughout the storytelling He is also a master in irony, a quality that I particularly like I liked the book, but I did not love it I thought there were far too many detailed descriptions, about the habits and handling of homing pigeons and also about home renovation This multitude of boring details distracted me several times from the otherwise intriguing story Child with a dove Marc Chagall


  2. ·Karen· ·Karen· says:

    Tedium set in Pages skipped over Around halfway in, the oft repeated insistence on certain similar physical characteristics between two of the protagonists led me to surmise quite correctly what the link between them would be There is a twist, which was not only unexpected but also utterly ludicrous Boring AND laughable I never did like pigeons much Other birds are available


  3. K K says:

    Forgive me for showing off a little I m actually reading this in the original Hebrew I know it was entirely unnecessary for me to point that out, but I m excited about my new quest to improve my Hebrew literacy Also, I wanted to let you know in advance that it will take me a long time to post my review Ok here s my review Reading this book was an interesting experience, on a variety of levels When you read in a foreign language and you find yourself criticizing the book, it s not alway Forgive me for showing off a little I m actually reading this in the original Hebrew I know it was entirely unnecessary for me to point that out, but I m excited about my new quest to improve my Hebrew literacy Also, I wanted to let you know in advance that it will take me a long time to post my review Ok here s my review Reading this book was an interesting experience, on a variety of levels When you read in a foreign language and you find yourself criticizing the book, it s not always clear whether it s a flaw in the book or whether there s something you re missing because of the language barrier For example, it took me a long time to get into this book was that because it was a slow starter, or because it was written in Hebrew Some of the characterization seemed superficial to me, and there were some minor holes in the plot again, was I just missing things because I skipped over some hard words passages I guess the only way to find out would be for me to read it in English, which I m actually curious to do when it comes out I think the translation is due to be published later this year.Basically, as I experienced it, the book had clear strengths and weaknesses The love story from the War of Independence was definitely poignant and gripping, even in a foreign language The motif of the doves was interesting and original, although I felt that some of the symbolism was a little heavy handed The message sent with the final dove was just plain weird bizarre, in my view, although definitely a creative plot twist I felt that Yair s relationships with his brother and with his ex wife could have been better developed, and that both of them should have been better fleshed out as characters I found them overly unsympathetic, and I think they could have been depicted in acomplex, multi faceted way It wasn t clear to me why Yair and Tirzah broke up the first time they dated Etc., etc Anyway, that s why I plan to at least skim it in English when it comes out so I can see how much of the above was simply a function of my limited Hebrew.I have to say and I apologize in advance I know this is probably too much information , this is the second full length novel I ve read in Hebrew and it feels so weird to read sex scenes in Hebrew First of all, while you can sort of skim them in English if you prefer, you don t have that option when you re reading in a foreign language you end up processing every word, which makes reading the scene a very different experience Also, it s lashon kodesh I found myself gasping, What whereas in English, I m basically immune Thirdly, at least based on the limited sample of two Israeli novels, Israeli novelists are quite earthy and graphic when it comes to these things By comparison, American sex scenes seem almost metaphysical Sorry I just had to share that


  4. Talia Carner Talia Carner says:

    A masterpiece of two woven stories, the love story between two pigeon handlers in the period prior to Israel s War of Independence framed and intersected by that of a tour guide specializing in bird watching who learns the details of the tale from one of his guests In this unlikely subject, the reader is treated to learning the habits and handling of homing pigeons that served as reliable means of communication during the British Mandate of the land of Israel until 1948 It is hard to do this s A masterpiece of two woven stories, the love story between two pigeon handlers in the period prior to Israel s War of Independence framed and intersected by that of a tour guide specializing in bird watching who learns the details of the tale from one of his guests In this unlikely subject, the reader is treated to learning the habits and handling of homing pigeons that served as reliable means of communication during the British Mandate of the land of Israel until 1948 It is hard to do this story justice with a synopsis or a review The power of the novel is in the crafting of the tale as it unfolds, with the main characters although beautifully detailed remaining nameless but for their functions as pigeon handlers Not so the tour guide, whose life is unraveling before it is put together again with a new love A great book selection for a book group, as it covers several interesting issues to discuss


  5. Deyanne Deyanne says:

    I don t quite know how to begin to describe my feelings after completing this book During the course if you will of reading it, I savored each page for the subtleties of the descriptions and the masterful capturing of emotions I read slowly I reflected I let the descriptions and the nuanced thinking seep in slowly to my being and my understanding Yes, I pondered my own meaning of home in every sense physical, spiritual and emotional I appreciated the thoughts that this book generated I don t quite know how to begin to describe my feelings after completing this book During the course if you will of reading it, I savored each page for the subtleties of the descriptions and the masterful capturing of emotions I read slowly I reflected I let the descriptions and the nuanced thinking seep in slowly to my being and my understanding Yes, I pondered my own meaning of home in every sense physical, spiritual and emotional I appreciated the thoughts that this book generated Interestingly, perhaps because of the methodical way I read, I eagerly returned to this book late each nightnot because of action, but rather because of the insights I might gain and the creative, new way of lyrical expression of some profound thoughts.I wanted to list this book as a favorite Up until about two thirds through the book I would have Elements just bounded out of my believable realm Strange how one pivotal event could shift my praise Why I questioned Did Meir Shalev really have to have that happen I closed the book with a sad sigh It was so close for meso close to being just incredible.There are descriptions and metaphors in this novel that are masterful Just a few I liked The greater light set and disappeared its luminescence faded, then extinguished First it lost its beingness, then its name Darkness neither fell nor rose It was not created all at once, like the light or the sea or the trees or man rather it took shape, spread, thickened, and was The exposed beams of the roof, which previously had stood blackened against the sky, were now swallowed up inside it The lesser light, that evening merely a narrow sickle, brightened in the west Exuberant stars shone Spiraling and naked, holding hands this too was part of Tiraleh s orchestration we watched them multiply and make a sieve of the dome of heaven From this the reader can grasp that neither earthquakes nor world wars are necessary to change the course of a person s life and create an uproar Sometimes it takes nothingthan a child s slingshot or a cat s claw or an opportunity that falls in the path of a hawk This was your house, breathing around you, expanding, teeming, contracting, enwrapping The ground, which here is not corseted with cement and straitjacketed with asphalt, shifts in a slow, never ending dance, while we the houses, the trees, the people, the animals are carried about in its arms, moving on its thin outer crust The women in this novel are strong however, it was the men in this novel that I either admired or pitied My favorite character was Meshulam Fried He was generous, kind, self made, thoughtful and a true friend The man I pitied was Dr Mendelsohn Though he was not a major character, I ached for him and and I was grateful that his personal story ended strong.This book leaves me with a feeling of gratitude I am grateful for my own physical home which my husband and I both worked diligently together to remodel and make our own I also am grateful for my personal body home which requires constant vigilance and care and finally my spiritual home which I yearn to daily feed and nurture.Indeed, I will be readingbooks written by Meir Shalev and I acknowledge my Goodreads friends for suggesting this Next time I read a book by this author I will make sure to have some fresh figs on hand to further enhance the power of place that Shalev is so gifted in creating


  6. Robin Robin says:

    I purchased this book in Israel in October 2018, when I visited my daughter The little bookshop had english books on one side and Hebrew books on the other and was right down the street from my hotel The story was beautiful and sad and also fascinating Each character s life was rich with emotion While the pigeons carried much of the story, I was enthralled by the house and Yair s desire for a place of his own, shaped by the women he loved.


  7. Tamara Silver Tamara Silver says:

    This book is about home About how your home housesthat your body, but also your soul Some of us live in the wrong home all of our lives and some of us are lucky to find the perfect fit It is also about undying, deep, aching, love And pigeons, yes, you will learn about carrier homing get it pigeons It has moments of beauty and jewels of phrases Here is one of my favorites The ground, which here is not corseted with cement and straitjacketed with asphalt, shifts in a slow, never This book is about home About how your home housesthat your body, but also your soul Some of us live in the wrong home all of our lives and some of us are lucky to find the perfect fit It is also about undying, deep, aching, love And pigeons, yes, you will learn about carrier homing get it pigeons It has moments of beauty and jewels of phrases Here is one of my favorites The ground, which here is not corseted with cement and straitjacketed with asphalt, shifts in a slow, never ending dance, while we the houses, the trees, the people, the animals are carried about in its arms, moving on its thin outer crust.And you learn why sometimes an email just won t do If you re not going to read this you can ask me Now, why didn t I give it 5 stars Because, unfortunately, it was a bit of a slow read For me, I was interested in what was going to happen but I was not gripped by it and could and did set the book down Also, for me there were so many references to streets and places that I sometimes got muddled up


  8. Sofia Sofia says:

    It is a beautifully written story about first love However, it is muchthan that It is a book about a home, not a house, but a home which takes on many different meanings in the story It is a home which pigeons know how to find and fly to which is incredible by itself, especially when coupled with images of Israel It is also a home for our first love which most people have in their heart and carry through life It is a home where we want to feel unconditionally loved and accepted It is It is a beautifully written story about first love However, it is muchthan that It is a book about a home, not a house, but a home which takes on many different meanings in the story It is a home which pigeons know how to find and fly to which is incredible by itself, especially when coupled with images of Israel It is also a home for our first love which most people have in their heart and carry through life It is a home where we want to feel unconditionally loved and accepted It is a home which our lifelong friends love to visit It is also about feeling at home in your country, which exists because of brave people who paid with their life for its freedom Essentially, it is a story about peace, or home, within and the disappointments people experience when this inner peace is lacking.I gave this book 4 stars and not 5 because I was disappointed with how the story ended I was just hoping for a happier ending However, analyzing the book a couple of weeks after finishing it, I think maybe there was point to the ending as well and the point is that happy endings, unfortunately, don t happen very often


  9. J.M. Hushour J.M. Hushour says:

    An uncharacteristic love story, as only Shalev can tell it Set partly during the Israeli war for independence, this is the story of two homing pigeon handlers in love It is also partly set in modern times, 50 years later, which is about a nebbish type who wanders in and out of his life looking for love and a home, despite being quite married and quite homeful He learns about the pigeon handler s story during his work as a tour guide ferrying around bird watchers.There s a lotto it than An uncharacteristic love story, as only Shalev can tell it Set partly during the Israeli war for independence, this is the story of two homing pigeon handlers in love It is also partly set in modern times, 50 years later, which is about a nebbish type who wanders in and out of his life looking for love and a home, despite being quite married and quite homeful He learns about the pigeon handler s story during his work as a tour guide ferrying around bird watchers.There s a lotto it than that, but I don t want to spoil anything The denouement is particularly astonishing and bizarre, but again, Meir Shalev excels at lingering around that boundary between the believable and unbelievable, unlike a pigeon, whose path you can always follow, in his novels, you re never quite sure what the hell lies around the next corner


  10. Lorri Lorri says:

    I just finished reading the incredible novel, A Pigeon and a Boy, by Meir Shalev I purchased this book last week, and put it on the top of my tall stack of books to read After reading the jacket, I decided it was a book I wanted to read, and must read, immediately The book didn t disappoint me in the least, in fact I was quite surprised, emotionally overwhelmed and amazed at the content and how it affected me.I am still wrapped in the emotional aftermath from reading this incredible story of I just finished reading the incredible novel, A Pigeon and a Boy, by Meir Shalev I purchased this book last week, and put it on the top of my tall stack of books to read After reading the jacket, I decided it was a book I wanted to read, and must read, immediately The book didn t disappoint me in the least, in fact I was quite surprised, emotionally overwhelmed and amazed at the content and how it affected me.I am still wrapped in the emotional aftermath from reading this incredible story of love and its power, enduring from the years before Israel s independence, and through the decades to follow I am reminded of the fragility of life This novel details so brilliantly what once was, what could have been, what is, and what the present and future can hold.The story line focuses on a destiny of sorts During the 1948 War of Independence homing pigeons were often used to deliver messages to the war front During one battle scene a pigeon handler dispatches one final pigeon, before his death, carrying one amazing message to the girl who awaits it on the receiving end, the girl he has loved since childhood.The novel is rich in characters, characters with depth, and rich in vivid details that one can not only visualize, but our senses can also inhale, touch, taste and feel We see the emotional waves and veins of life course through the years Another character is Yair Mendelsohn, who is a tour guide, who specializes in bird watching trips in modern day Israel He seems lost in time s continuum, stuck in another realm His dying mother leaves him an inheritance, with which she would like him to build a house, a home, leaving him a few specifics on what she would like him to include in the landscape and structure.Love from the past illuminates the pages of love in the present, co joining the story line with breathtaking scenarios.The novel is a metaphor for several things, including time and place, war, love and loss, family and what defines home Is home an illumination or place in the heart, is it a physical place, is it genetic memory surfacing, is it a place we can return to, renovate, build, or is it all of those, some of, or none of those things These are questions we are left to ponder after reading this exellent novel, written with insight and sensitivity to life and to nature, and a universal and extraordinary story, a novel that Meier Shalev has written so beautifully and masterfully, a novel on the wings of love, that touches the core of one s soul, one s heart.The heart wrenching novel will stay with me for a long time


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10 thoughts on “A Pigeon and a Boy

  1. Greta G Greta G says:

    A Pigeon and a Boy Ja ir is a tour guide in Israel, specialized in birdwatching tours During a tour, he meets an old American jew who served in the Palmach and fought during the 1948 War of Independence in the battle at the San Simon Monastery The man tells him the story of a boy who got killed during this fight, but who released a pigeon before he died The boy was a pigeon handler who kept and trained homing pigeons that belonged to the HaganahNot a single gun fired, no grenades explod A Pigeon and a Boy Ja ir is a tour guide in Israel, specialized in birdwatching tours During a tour, he meets an old American jew who served in the Palmach and fought during the 1948 War of Independence in the battle at the San Simon Monastery The man tells him the story of a boy who got killed during this fight, but who released a pigeon before he died The boy was a pigeon handler who kept and trained homing pigeons that belonged to the HaganahNot a single gun fired, no grenades exploded, and all the mouths stopped shouting It was so quiet that we heard the bird s wings beating the air For a single moment every eye and every finger was following that bird as she did what we all wanted to do make her way home And so begins the story of the boy and his pigeon a Belgian pigeon btw, a real champion The book alternates between two narratives, and jumps back and forth in time and between the different characters There s the story of the boy and his pigeons and girlfriend and there s the story of Ja ir and his wife and family Ja ir seems to be obsessed with his mother, who gives him money to buy a home for himself, although he s married Near the end of the book, these two storylines merge in an unexpected and rather spectacular way Meir Shalev s writing is engaging, and he uses much symbolism and many metaphors throughout the storytelling He is also a master in irony, a quality that I particularly like I liked the book, but I did not love it I thought there were far too many detailed descriptions, about the habits and handling of homing pigeons and also about home renovation This multitude of boring details distracted me several times from the otherwise intriguing story Child with a dove Marc Chagall


  2. ·Karen· ·Karen· says:

    Tedium set in Pages skipped over Around halfway in, the oft repeated insistence on certain similar physical characteristics between two of the protagonists led me to surmise quite correctly what the link between them would be There is a twist, which was not only unexpected but also utterly ludicrous Boring AND laughable I never did like pigeons much Other birds are available


  3. K K says:

    Forgive me for showing off a little I m actually reading this in the original Hebrew I know it was entirely unnecessary for me to point that out, but I m excited about my new quest to improve my Hebrew literacy Also, I wanted to let you know in advance that it will take me a long time to post my review Ok here s my review Reading this book was an interesting experience, on a variety of levels When you read in a foreign language and you find yourself criticizing the book, it s not alway Forgive me for showing off a little I m actually reading this in the original Hebrew I know it was entirely unnecessary for me to point that out, but I m excited about my new quest to improve my Hebrew literacy Also, I wanted to let you know in advance that it will take me a long time to post my review Ok here s my review Reading this book was an interesting experience, on a variety of levels When you read in a foreign language and you find yourself criticizing the book, it s not always clear whether it s a flaw in the book or whether there s something you re missing because of the language barrier For example, it took me a long time to get into this book was that because it was a slow starter, or because it was written in Hebrew Some of the characterization seemed superficial to me, and there were some minor holes in the plot again, was I just missing things because I skipped over some hard words passages I guess the only way to find out would be for me to read it in English, which I m actually curious to do when it comes out I think the translation is due to be published later this year.Basically, as I experienced it, the book had clear strengths and weaknesses The love story from the War of Independence was definitely poignant and gripping, even in a foreign language The motif of the doves was interesting and original, although I felt that some of the symbolism was a little heavy handed The message sent with the final dove was just plain weird bizarre, in my view, although definitely a creative plot twist I felt that Yair s relationships with his brother and with his ex wife could have been better developed, and that both of them should have been better fleshed out as characters I found them overly unsympathetic, and I think they could have been depicted in acomplex, multi faceted way It wasn t clear to me why Yair and Tirzah broke up the first time they dated Etc., etc Anyway, that s why I plan to at least skim it in English when it comes out so I can see how much of the above was simply a function of my limited Hebrew.I have to say and I apologize in advance I know this is probably too much information , this is the second full length novel I ve read in Hebrew and it feels so weird to read sex scenes in Hebrew First of all, while you can sort of skim them in English if you prefer, you don t have that option when you re reading in a foreign language you end up processing every word, which makes reading the scene a very different experience Also, it s lashon kodesh I found myself gasping, What whereas in English, I m basically immune Thirdly, at least based on the limited sample of two Israeli novels, Israeli novelists are quite earthy and graphic when it comes to these things By comparison, American sex scenes seem almost metaphysical Sorry I just had to share that


  4. Talia Carner Talia Carner says:

    A masterpiece of two woven stories, the love story between two pigeon handlers in the period prior to Israel s War of Independence framed and intersected by that of a tour guide specializing in bird watching who learns the details of the tale from one of his guests In this unlikely subject, the reader is treated to learning the habits and handling of homing pigeons that served as reliable means of communication during the British Mandate of the land of Israel until 1948 It is hard to do this s A masterpiece of two woven stories, the love story between two pigeon handlers in the period prior to Israel s War of Independence framed and intersected by that of a tour guide specializing in bird watching who learns the details of the tale from one of his guests In this unlikely subject, the reader is treated to learning the habits and handling of homing pigeons that served as reliable means of communication during the British Mandate of the land of Israel until 1948 It is hard to do this story justice with a synopsis or a review The power of the novel is in the crafting of the tale as it unfolds, with the main characters although beautifully detailed remaining nameless but for their functions as pigeon handlers Not so the tour guide, whose life is unraveling before it is put together again with a new love A great book selection for a book group, as it covers several interesting issues to discuss


  5. Deyanne Deyanne says:

    I don t quite know how to begin to describe my feelings after completing this book During the course if you will of reading it, I savored each page for the subtleties of the descriptions and the masterful capturing of emotions I read slowly I reflected I let the descriptions and the nuanced thinking seep in slowly to my being and my understanding Yes, I pondered my own meaning of home in every sense physical, spiritual and emotional I appreciated the thoughts that this book generated I don t quite know how to begin to describe my feelings after completing this book During the course if you will of reading it, I savored each page for the subtleties of the descriptions and the masterful capturing of emotions I read slowly I reflected I let the descriptions and the nuanced thinking seep in slowly to my being and my understanding Yes, I pondered my own meaning of home in every sense physical, spiritual and emotional I appreciated the thoughts that this book generated Interestingly, perhaps because of the methodical way I read, I eagerly returned to this book late each nightnot because of action, but rather because of the insights I might gain and the creative, new way of lyrical expression of some profound thoughts.I wanted to list this book as a favorite Up until about two thirds through the book I would have Elements just bounded out of my believable realm Strange how one pivotal event could shift my praise Why I questioned Did Meir Shalev really have to have that happen I closed the book with a sad sigh It was so close for meso close to being just incredible.There are descriptions and metaphors in this novel that are masterful Just a few I liked The greater light set and disappeared its luminescence faded, then extinguished First it lost its beingness, then its name Darkness neither fell nor rose It was not created all at once, like the light or the sea or the trees or man rather it took shape, spread, thickened, and was The exposed beams of the roof, which previously had stood blackened against the sky, were now swallowed up inside it The lesser light, that evening merely a narrow sickle, brightened in the west Exuberant stars shone Spiraling and naked, holding hands this too was part of Tiraleh s orchestration we watched them multiply and make a sieve of the dome of heaven From this the reader can grasp that neither earthquakes nor world wars are necessary to change the course of a person s life and create an uproar Sometimes it takes nothingthan a child s slingshot or a cat s claw or an opportunity that falls in the path of a hawk This was your house, breathing around you, expanding, teeming, contracting, enwrapping The ground, which here is not corseted with cement and straitjacketed with asphalt, shifts in a slow, never ending dance, while we the houses, the trees, the people, the animals are carried about in its arms, moving on its thin outer crust The women in this novel are strong however, it was the men in this novel that I either admired or pitied My favorite character was Meshulam Fried He was generous, kind, self made, thoughtful and a true friend The man I pitied was Dr Mendelsohn Though he was not a major character, I ached for him and and I was grateful that his personal story ended strong.This book leaves me with a feeling of gratitude I am grateful for my own physical home which my husband and I both worked diligently together to remodel and make our own I also am grateful for my personal body home which requires constant vigilance and care and finally my spiritual home which I yearn to daily feed and nurture.Indeed, I will be readingbooks written by Meir Shalev and I acknowledge my Goodreads friends for suggesting this Next time I read a book by this author I will make sure to have some fresh figs on hand to further enhance the power of place that Shalev is so gifted in creating


  6. Robin Robin says:

    I purchased this book in Israel in October 2018, when I visited my daughter The little bookshop had english books on one side and Hebrew books on the other and was right down the street from my hotel The story was beautiful and sad and also fascinating Each character s life was rich with emotion While the pigeons carried much of the story, I was enthralled by the house and Yair s desire for a place of his own, shaped by the women he loved.


  7. Tamara Silver Tamara Silver says:

    This book is about home About how your home housesthat your body, but also your soul Some of us live in the wrong home all of our lives and some of us are lucky to find the perfect fit It is also about undying, deep, aching, love And pigeons, yes, you will learn about carrier homing get it pigeons It has moments of beauty and jewels of phrases Here is one of my favorites The ground, which here is not corseted with cement and straitjacketed with asphalt, shifts in a slow, never This book is about home About how your home housesthat your body, but also your soul Some of us live in the wrong home all of our lives and some of us are lucky to find the perfect fit It is also about undying, deep, aching, love And pigeons, yes, you will learn about carrier homing get it pigeons It has moments of beauty and jewels of phrases Here is one of my favorites The ground, which here is not corseted with cement and straitjacketed with asphalt, shifts in a slow, never ending dance, while we the houses, the trees, the people, the animals are carried about in its arms, moving on its thin outer crust.And you learn why sometimes an email just won t do If you re not going to read this you can ask me Now, why didn t I give it 5 stars Because, unfortunately, it was a bit of a slow read For me, I was interested in what was going to happen but I was not gripped by it and could and did set the book down Also, for me there were so many references to streets and places that I sometimes got muddled up


  8. Sofia Sofia says:

    It is a beautifully written story about first love However, it is muchthan that It is a book about a home, not a house, but a home which takes on many different meanings in the story It is a home which pigeons know how to find and fly to which is incredible by itself, especially when coupled with images of Israel It is also a home for our first love which most people have in their heart and carry through life It is a home where we want to feel unconditionally loved and accepted It is It is a beautifully written story about first love However, it is muchthan that It is a book about a home, not a house, but a home which takes on many different meanings in the story It is a home which pigeons know how to find and fly to which is incredible by itself, especially when coupled with images of Israel It is also a home for our first love which most people have in their heart and carry through life It is a home where we want to feel unconditionally loved and accepted It is a home which our lifelong friends love to visit It is also about feeling at home in your country, which exists because of brave people who paid with their life for its freedom Essentially, it is a story about peace, or home, within and the disappointments people experience when this inner peace is lacking.I gave this book 4 stars and not 5 because I was disappointed with how the story ended I was just hoping for a happier ending However, analyzing the book a couple of weeks after finishing it, I think maybe there was point to the ending as well and the point is that happy endings, unfortunately, don t happen very often


  9. J.M. Hushour J.M. Hushour says:

    An uncharacteristic love story, as only Shalev can tell it Set partly during the Israeli war for independence, this is the story of two homing pigeon handlers in love It is also partly set in modern times, 50 years later, which is about a nebbish type who wanders in and out of his life looking for love and a home, despite being quite married and quite homeful He learns about the pigeon handler s story during his work as a tour guide ferrying around bird watchers.There s a lotto it than An uncharacteristic love story, as only Shalev can tell it Set partly during the Israeli war for independence, this is the story of two homing pigeon handlers in love It is also partly set in modern times, 50 years later, which is about a nebbish type who wanders in and out of his life looking for love and a home, despite being quite married and quite homeful He learns about the pigeon handler s story during his work as a tour guide ferrying around bird watchers.There s a lotto it than that, but I don t want to spoil anything The denouement is particularly astonishing and bizarre, but again, Meir Shalev excels at lingering around that boundary between the believable and unbelievable, unlike a pigeon, whose path you can always follow, in his novels, you re never quite sure what the hell lies around the next corner


  10. Lorri Lorri says:

    I just finished reading the incredible novel, A Pigeon and a Boy, by Meir Shalev I purchased this book last week, and put it on the top of my tall stack of books to read After reading the jacket, I decided it was a book I wanted to read, and must read, immediately The book didn t disappoint me in the least, in fact I was quite surprised, emotionally overwhelmed and amazed at the content and how it affected me.I am still wrapped in the emotional aftermath from reading this incredible story of I just finished reading the incredible novel, A Pigeon and a Boy, by Meir Shalev I purchased this book last week, and put it on the top of my tall stack of books to read After reading the jacket, I decided it was a book I wanted to read, and must read, immediately The book didn t disappoint me in the least, in fact I was quite surprised, emotionally overwhelmed and amazed at the content and how it affected me.I am still wrapped in the emotional aftermath from reading this incredible story of love and its power, enduring from the years before Israel s independence, and through the decades to follow I am reminded of the fragility of life This novel details so brilliantly what once was, what could have been, what is, and what the present and future can hold.The story line focuses on a destiny of sorts During the 1948 War of Independence homing pigeons were often used to deliver messages to the war front During one battle scene a pigeon handler dispatches one final pigeon, before his death, carrying one amazing message to the girl who awaits it on the receiving end, the girl he has loved since childhood.The novel is rich in characters, characters with depth, and rich in vivid details that one can not only visualize, but our senses can also inhale, touch, taste and feel We see the emotional waves and veins of life course through the years Another character is Yair Mendelsohn, who is a tour guide, who specializes in bird watching trips in modern day Israel He seems lost in time s continuum, stuck in another realm His dying mother leaves him an inheritance, with which she would like him to build a house, a home, leaving him a few specifics on what she would like him to include in the landscape and structure.Love from the past illuminates the pages of love in the present, co joining the story line with breathtaking scenarios.The novel is a metaphor for several things, including time and place, war, love and loss, family and what defines home Is home an illumination or place in the heart, is it a physical place, is it genetic memory surfacing, is it a place we can return to, renovate, build, or is it all of those, some of, or none of those things These are questions we are left to ponder after reading this exellent novel, written with insight and sensitivity to life and to nature, and a universal and extraordinary story, a novel that Meier Shalev has written so beautifully and masterfully, a novel on the wings of love, that touches the core of one s soul, one s heart.The heart wrenching novel will stay with me for a long time


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