A woman with three loves and a son with three fathers: a universal story of passion and personal destiny by the award-winning author of A Pigeon and a Boy.
When the mysterious Judith arrives in a small agricultural village in Palestine in the 1930s, she attracts attention of three men: Moshe, a widowed farmer; Globerman, a wealthy cattle dealer; and Jacob, who loses his wife—the most beautiful woman in the village—because of his obsession with Judith, who insists on living in a cowshed rather than settling down with any of her admirers. When she gives birth to Zayde, all three suitors consider him their son, and Zayde, who tragically loses Judith, imbibes their triple wisdom and their distinct versions of his origins. As Zayde pieces together the beguiling story of the singular woman who was his mother, Meir Shalev weaves a magical novel of the joys and secrets of village life, of an unconventional family, and the unexpected fruits of love.
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Zayde, the narrator, grows up in Israel's Jezreel Valley in the 1940s and '50s, confused but protected by a name that signifies ""grandfather."" His mother, Judith, reasons that if ""the Angel of Death comes and sees a little boy named Zayde (Grandfather), he understands right away that there's a...| Read Full Review of The Loves of Judith
All of these characters are revealed to the reader brilliant imagery: In a moment of tragic death Shalev writes, “But on that rainy day, on the fall of the overturned wagon in the wadi, time didn’t pay attention to … conjectures—it didn’t slow down and it didn’t speed up, it just passed by in its...Feb 13 1999 | Read Full Review of The Loves of Judith
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