Last Rain, The by Edeet Ravel

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At the end of The Last Rain, I remained bewildered and unconvinced by Ravel’s attempt to marry the freedom of the novelist with the authority of the historian.
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To six-year-old Dori, everything seems possible. To her family and their Peers—secular, left-leaning North American Jews—the young state of Israel seems to offer the same promise, as the starry-eyed kibbutz movement prepares the ground for their ideals of justice and cooperation to take root and flourish. They settle on Eldar in northern Galilee, determined to create a new utopia, but life on this remote hill, three kilometres from the Lebanese border, is far more complex than any of its inhabitants could have imagined.

The Last Rain tells the story of Eldar's emergence as a kibbutz through the eyes of Dori, as well as through documentary fragments that take the reader on a labyrinthine journey through the characters' collective past. With humour, sensitivity, and a deep love for the land, The Last Rain follows the coming of age not only of a young girl, but also of a country in the first fraught years of its existence.

 

About Edeet Ravel

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Edeet Ravel is the recipient of the Hugh MacLennan Prize for Look for Me and the Canadian Jewish Book Award for A Wall of Light, which was also shortlisted for the Giller Prize and the Canadian/Caribbean Commonwealth Prize. Ten Thousand Lovers was a finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award and the Koret Jewish Book Award. Her most recent novels are the critically acclaimed Your Sad Eyes and Unforgettable Mouth and The Last Rain. Edeet was born on a kibbutz in Israel and has a Ph.D. in Jewish Studies.
 
Published May 10, 2011 by Viking. 248 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Geraldine Sherman on Jun 10 2011

At the end of The Last Rain, I remained bewildered and unconvinced by Ravel’s attempt to marry the freedom of the novelist with the authority of the historian.

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