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FREE DOWNLOAD Ø Homesick ⚾ This heart warming, charming and clever first novel dips into the lives of each of the inhabitants of a village in IsraelIt isand Noa and Amir, a student couple, have decided to move in together Noa is studying photography in Jerusalem and Amir is a psychology student in Tel Aviv They choose a small apartment in a village in the hills, midway between the two cities Originally called El Kastel, the village was emptied of its Arab inhabitants inand is now the home of Jewish immigrants from Kurdistan Not far from the apartment lives a family grieving for their eldest son who was killed in Lebanon The younger brother left behind, Yotam, forgotten by his parents, turns to Amir for support Further down the street, Saddiq watches the house while he works at a building site He knows that this house is the one from which his family was driven by the Jews when he was a boy, and to which his mother still has a rusty key Despite friendships that develop and lives that become entwined, tensions among this melting pot of characters seem to be rising to the surfaceThis enchanting and irresistible novel offers us windows into the characters lives Each comes from somewhere different but we gradually see that there s much about them that s the same Homesick is a beautiful and moving story about history, love, family and the true meaning of home I didn t know what to expect from this book when I first started it Mainly because of a I m not a huge fan of romances and that worried me about this book, but b I m a Brazilian Jewish and it was the first time I ve read a novel placed in Israel Right of the bat, what I can say is that this isn t a ordinary romance as there s so many layers to it becoming an adult, understanding what is like to love someone and trying to share your life with that person, living in a country that is at war I didn t know what to expect from this book when I first started it Mainly because of a I m not a huge fan of romances and that worried me about this book, but b I m a Brazilian Jewish and it was the first time I ve read a novel placed in Israel Right of the bat, what I can say is that this isn t a ordinary romance as there s so many layers to it becoming an adult, understanding what is like to love someone and trying to share your life with that person, living in a country that is at war, and so muchit s hard to list I don t usually like romances because they re so far from reality a perfect couple, a fight, they make up and they re happily ever after All the same script Not in this one Homesick really shows humans, human relations, and presents the reality without clear criticism instead, it focus on portraiting the feelings of the characters, their backgrounds, and I really wasn t able to really judge anyone Instead, I was just able to understand were they re all coming from and rooting that, somehow, they d find a way to overcoming their differences Besides Noa and Amir s story, what fascinated me the most was the contrast between Saddiq s and Yotam s families story two sides of the same problem How both jewish and arabs both lose in insisting on bringing ourselves apart instead of closer I also like the contrast between Noa and Amir s relationship and Sima and Moshe s How there s almost a cultural difference between two neighbours that also stroke me as an example of Israel itself, that bring tradition and innovation together One thing that actually moved me to the point of tears was the longing that goes through all the book When Noa s looking for someone that would say that he d been longing for something during his whole life, but would not know what that was, I thought that maybe she d be talking about me Finally, it was really comforting to read it and recognize a few places I ve visited when I went to Isreal and also to read for the first time the name of my father in a book or anywhere, really It actually felt a bit like homecoming Being in a crappy mood made me a little cynical at times while reading Homesick I ll be discussing this book with my temple Jewish book club soon Jumping right in Here s some dialogue then I ll share the cynic siderather snotty side of me Do you love me, Amir YesWhy What do you mean, why I mean, what do you love about me Lots of things.For example For example, the way you want I really love the way you walk.The way I walk Yes, quickly, like you re in a hurry to get where you Being in a crappy mood made me a little cynical at times while reading Homesick I ll be discussing this book with my temple Jewish book club soon Jumping right in Here s some dialogue then I ll share the cynic siderather snotty side of me Do you love me, Amir YesWhy What do you mean, why I mean, what do you love about me Lots of things.For example For example, the way you want I really love the way you walk.The way I walk Yes, quickly, like you re in a hurry to get where you re going ME WHAT THE F k.what happens if the girl can t walk any longer What a stupid answer what s wrong with you buster MORE OF MY SNOTTY THINKING I don t want to read about a group of men and women who are searching for inner peace who have experienced loss and or hardshipsMy heart wasn t into this story but it was MY MOOD.I didn t care enough about the character s psyche Amir and Noa are young students Amir studying psychology Noa studying photography They moved into an apartment house together between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem Sima and Moshe also live in the building with their two small children Moshe s parents Avram and Gina also live in the building Next door is Yotam.a young boy whose parents recently loss their son Gidi to the war in Lebanon Saddiq is a Palestinian construction worker who lived in that house many years ago He s keeping a close eye on the house where his family use to live This story is a contemporary comic tragedy story It a captivating saga looking at the intimate lives of people in Israel today Everyone has problems but none of these problems make the 6 o clock news It s good.but I was still a little too crappy to appreciate it fully 3.5 The original Hebrew title of this book, arbaa batim ve gaagua four homes and longing , is a far better description of its story One home belongs to Noa, a photography student, and Amir, her boyfriend studying psychology, who have decided to move in together and found an apartment to rent The second home is that of their landlords, Moshe and Sima, a married couple not much older than Noa and Amir who have two young children In the third home, a boy named Yotam has just lost his beloved older The original Hebrew title of this book, arbaa batim ve gaagua four homes and longing , is a far better description of its story One home belongs to Noa, a photography student, and Amir, her boyfriend studying psychology, who have decided to move in together and found an apartment to rent The second home is that of their landlords, Moshe and Sima, a married couple not much older than Noa and Amir who have two young children In the third home, a boy named Yotam has just lost his beloved older brother in the army and is being emotionally neglected by his grieving parents And finally, Saddiq, an Arab worker doing construction on a neighboring house, realizes that one of the homes in the neighborhood belonged to his family before the Independence War, and Saddiq is determined to enter the house to reclaim a hidden possession of his mother s.The viewpoint shifts continually between these individuals as we watch Noa and Amir endure individual tensions in their chosen fields of study as well as communication difficulties in their relationship Sima and Moshe begin to question their chosen lifestyle and their bond Yotam makes increasingly desperate attempts to regain his bereaved parents attention and Saddiq strives to enter the house legally and non violently but the consequences prove drastic Although I m not usually a fan of shifting viewpoints, I was able to get into the story without too much difficulty I found Noa and Amir s difficulties a bit difficult to understand at times, and it seemed to me that some of Amir s angst might have been remediated earlier and less dramatically On a pickier note, I was also a bit surprised at Eshkol Nevo s ignorance when it came to basic Orthodox rituals Eshkol, you live here in Israel how hard could it be to find an Orthodox fact checker to avoid such blatant and distracting mistakes Despite all these gripes, I found myself caught up in these three dimensional characters and in seeing where life would take them Eshkol created interesting personalities and situations while keeping the story grounded in day to day details and realistic events I also felt that the atmosphere and culture of Israel was evoked beautifully.It s not a perfect book, but it was certainly a good read So the first question that came to my actually Anthony s mind when I started reading this book was, WTF, did my grandmother ghost write this thing There are several reasons to believe that she did a she is a relatively successful writer mainly of children s books in Israel, b she recommended this book to me, bought me a copy four years ago and proceeded to ask me several times whether I d read it yet, c for no particular reason, the author points out that one of the characters works So the first question that came to my actually Anthony s mind when I started reading this book was, WTF, did my grandmother ghost write this thing There are several reasons to believe that she did a she is a relatively successful writer mainly of children s books in Israel, b she recommended this book to me, bought me a copy four years ago and proceeded to ask me several times whether I d read it yet, c for no particular reason, the author points out that one of the characters works in Ramat Hen, which is the neighborhood where my parents live in Ramat Gan and who the hell has heard of that neighborhood and d there is a couple in the book named Moshe and Sima, and those are her PARENTS names And OK, I ll admit that Moshe is a super common name in Israel, but Sima isn t, and Moshe AND Sima Together On second thought, she probably didn t write this, because there are quite a few really mild sex scenes here, and not once does anyone mention feeling anyone else s erection through their pants And that is one of her trademarks I know, ew.So assuming that Eshkol Nevo is a real person and the actual author of this book, I ll just say that though this wasn t the deepest or best written piece of literature I ve picked up in the past year, it was definitely an enjoyable read probably a lotenjoyable than most of the deeper and better books out there Also, it s in divided into teeny tiny little pieces, with alternating points of view I m on the fence about whether I liked this or not , so it s perfect for the subway The story is set in the mid 90s, when both Kurt Cobain and Itzhak Rabin died It s about two couples who share a wall in a duplex in an Israeli neighborhood called the Kastel described in the book as a town midway between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem The structure invites some potentially disastrous racial stereotyping on one side we have Amir and Noa, white bourgeois university students, she s studying photography at the Bezalel art school and he s studying psychology at Tel Aviv University and on the other side are the Kurdish Moshe and Sima, he s a bus driver, she s curvy and outspoken and takes care of the kids and cooks a lot But it seems that Nevo makes a serious effort to consider each character as a human being and to present them all in three dimensions The book is full of middle school type revelations You know, you can really tell a lot about a person by the kind of music they listen to , but I thought that was kind of sweet For Israelis, I think the book was very Israeli in that reassuring in Israel you can define pretty much anyone in two words kind of way, meaning that you don t have to work too hard to feel like you understand where the different characters are coming from The one thing that drove me up the wall was that some of the passages for no apparent reason were written in rhyme I really, really hope that the English translator decided to forgo that particular stylistic flourish