A Pigeon and A Boy

A Pigeon and A Boy

Book - 2007
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From the internationally acclaimed Israeli writer Meir Shalev comes a mesmerizing novel of two love stories, separated by half a century but connected by one enchanting act of devotion. During the 1948 War of Independence--a time when pigeons are still used to deliver battlefield messages--a gifted young pigeon handler is mortally wounded. In the moments before his death, he dispatches one last pigeon. The bird is carrying his extraordinary gift to the girl he has loved since adolescence. Intertwined with this story is the contemporary tale of Yair Mendelsohn, who has his own legacy from the 1948 war. Yair is a tour guide specializing in bird-watching trips who, in middle age, falls in love again with a childhood girlfriend. His growing passion for her, along with a gift from his mother on her deathbed, becomes the key to a life he thought no longer possible.  Unforgettable in both its particulars and its sweep,A Pigeon and A Boyis a tale of lovers then and now--of how deeply we love, of what home is, and why we, like pigeons trained to fly in one direction only, must eventually return to it.  In a voice that is at once playful, wise, and altogether beguiling, Meir Shalev tells a story as universal as war and as intimate as a winged declaration of love. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: New York : Schocken Books, c2007
ISBN: 9780805242515
0805242511
9780805212143
Branch Call Number: F SHA
Additional Contributors: Fallenberg, Evan

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Liber_vermis
Dec 27, 2011

Sexual Content: A "coming of age" story with descriptions of male and female nudity, physical exploration, and sexual intercourse. A surprise ending with the incredible in-vitro fertilization and conception of the main character.

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Dec 27, 2011

Violence: A few graphic war descriptions of soldier's deaths. The main character bludgeons a pigeon to death, decapitates, roasts and eats the fowl.

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Aug 14, 2011

An interview of the author, Meir Shalev, by Eleanor Wachtel, the host of the CBC Radio program "Writers & Company" was originally aired on December 6, 2009 and re-broadcast on August 14, 2011. The interview centres on the author's latest book "A Pigeon and a Boy" and his experiences growing up in rural Israel. The interview may be heard by going to the CBC web site at http://www.cbc.ca/writersandcompany/ and following the links. After this enthusiastic interview, I read the first 35 pages or so ... and then quit from confusion from the writing style. Six months later, I resumed reading. The challenge is the author's continuous use of flashback and return to the present - not infrequently in the same paragraph! This is a multi-generational story about male-female relationships in which pigeons play cameo appearances. While the story emerges from the "War of Independence", Arabs and Palestinians are totally invisible (even in the battle scenes). It is a quietly pacifist saga. This book will be wonderful fodder for book clubs and students of psychology.

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Dec 27, 2011

Liber_vermis thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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