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A man and a woman and a man : a novel
Savyon Liebrecht
Adult Fiction LIEBREC

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Chronicling a romantic fling initiated in a nursing home, of all places, this convincing if sometimes heavy-handed first novel by respected Israeli short-story writer Liebrecht takes readers on a trip into the adulterous psyche. Hamutal meets Saul when they are both visiting parents at a nursing home in Tel Aviv. Hamutal's mother, suffering from Alzheimer's disease, confuses her daughter with figures from her Holocaust past; Saul's dying father is a once-handsome man rendered pathetic by the difficulties of aging. Hamutal, feeling trapped by her family and her job as the editor of a psychology journal, begins a fling with Saul for the feeling of pure escape she derives from it. But what starts as diversion quickly spins out of control, as Hamutal finds herself increasingly attached to Saul. He seems to love her too, momentarily promising marriage, but he can't commit, because he will have to move back to Chicago, where his family awaits his return. Throughout, the author writes perceptively of Hamutal's feelings, such as the abandon with which she throws herself into her doomed affair and the inner release it provides her. However, more trite, melodramatic aspects of the scenario the cartoonishly documented wasting away of the lovers' parents, or Hamutal's exaggerated exasperation with her domestic situation overshadow its moments of understanding and subtlety. The translation is also stiff in places, obscuring the dialogue and disrupting the emotional flow of the tale. Although the situation Liebrecht describes is a universal one, and she approaches it with considerable emotional intelligence, the buttons she pushes to tell her story have been pushed too many times before. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Moorcock (The Cornelius Quartet), the Whitbred-nominated British author well known for his sf and fantasy novels, here ventures into the world of destructive, morally corrupt John Barbican Begg. When he reappears in the life of London paparazzo Dennis Dover, the out-of-work tabloid junkie sees that his friend has become not only richer but more powerful and avaricious; his plans to engulf and devour now extend beyond monies and land rights to Dover's beloved cousin Rosie. Begg's onslaught awakens Dover from his extended stupor and galvanizes him into action. Much of the pleasure of the novel results from Dover's recounting of his life as a rock musician turned journalist turned photographer through the latter part of the century, which is like a catalog of England's pop culture fads and fashions. Dover, who narrates the book, is a wonderful creationall wit, sarcasm, and opinion. Despite the topical references, most readers stateside should find it fascinating and highly entertaining. And despite the lack of traditional sf elements, the book is dense with activity and detail and presents a kaleidoscopic view of London, which will likely appeal to fans of Moorcock's previous popular works.Marc Kloszewski, Indiana Free Lib., PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Hamutal
Female
Age: Middle aged
Israeli
Visiting her dying mother in a nursing home.
Editor

Saul
Male
Age: Middle aged
Israeli
Living in Chicago; visiting his dying father in the same nursing home.



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