The Instructions by Adam Levin

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It is a reaction in which our young narrator Gurion Maccabee would take a lot of pride. And that is the feat performed by the novel.
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Beginning with a chance encounter with the beautiful Eliza June Watermark and ending, four days and 900 pages later, with the Events of November 17, this is the story of Gurion Maccabee, age ten: a lover, a fighter, a scholar, and a truly spectacular talker. Ejected from three Jewish day schools for acts of violence and messianic tendencies, Gurion ends up in the Cage, a special lockdown program for the most hopeless cases of Aptakisic Junior High. Separated from his scholarly followers, Gurion becomes a leader of a very different sort, with righteous aims building to a revolution of troubling intensity.

The Instructions is an absolutely singular work of fiction by an important new talent. Adam Levin has shaped a world driven equally by moral fervor and slapstick comedy—a novel that is muscular and verbose, troubling and empathetic, monumental, breakneck, romantic, and unforgettable.
 

About Adam Levin

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Adam Levin is the author of The Instructions, the winner of the New York Public Library's Young Lions Award. His stories have appeared in Tin House, McSweeney's, and Esquire. Winner of the 2003 Summer Literary Seminars Fiction Contest and the 2004 Joyce Carol Oates Fiction Prize, he lives in Chicago, where he teaches Creative Writing at the School of the Art Institute.
 
Published October 18, 2011 by McSweeney's. 1057 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Humor & Entertainment, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kyle Buckley on Nov 19 2010

It is a reaction in which our young narrator Gurion Maccabee would take a lot of pride. And that is the feat performed by the novel.

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