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by A B Yehoshua

Mr Mani is a profound and passionate epic, chronicling six generations of a Sephardi Jewish family from the mid-nineteeth century to the present. A B Yehoshua captures the reader's imagination through a series of five conver- sations, beginning with the present and delving back to the less-familiar past. Imaginatively constructed, the novel is a rich interweaving of history, psycho- analysis and poetry, with the city of Jerusalem - both spiritual and temporal - as the focal point of each episode, as the story moves back and forth between Europe and Jerusalem.
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ISBN: 1857991850
ISBN13: 978-1857991857
Category: History
Subcategory: World
Author: A B Yehoshua
Language: English
Publisher: Phoenix Publishing (March 14, 1994)
Pages: 384 pages
ePUB size: 1545 kb
FB2 size: 1752 kb
Rating: 4.9
Votes: 700
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Condition, price, and promptness all completely satisfactory. Since that covers everything, you are asking for too many words. Goodbye, goodbye. This is a foolish requirement on your part.
Excelent portrayal of jewish culture.
This celebrated Israeli author is practically a national treasure in Israel. His work is probably outstanding in the original Hebrew. However, in translation it is boring. I read only 150 pages of this book and then I put it down. Only three people in my book club finished it including the Israeli born woman who recommended it. Only two people liked it. I don't think that this author cares about the quality of the translation. Another Hebrew speaking person I know recommended The Liberated Bride by the same author. It was a runaway hit in Israel. However, the original which was over 900 pages bore little resemblance to the English translation of just over 300 pages. She told me that the translation was like reading a completely different and inferior book. This novel which goes back in time tracing the Mani family through its patriarchs was a tedious read. The sentence structure and vocabulary were excellent so I know that this author can write. I will not try to read this author again. I will not recommend him to anyone who cannot read it in the original Hebrew or perhaps, in an Arabic translation. Arabic and Hebrew come from the same root language much like English and German.
Item arrived promptly and in fair condition. There were foodstains on the cover and small stains on some of the internal pages. Nothing huge, but strange since I thought I had ordered a new copy, not one which was previously used.

The book itself is excellent!
Unlike most, if not all "experimental" novels, which rely on a technique for delivery their story, Mr. Mani never allows the technique to control the novel's story, even as it shapes and molds its contours. Perhaps this is one of the most powerful endorsements of Mr. Mani as a masterpiece of a novel. Rather than becoming a confining element, the experiment (which is confining in its scope and shape) gives the novel a massive reach and scale. For in this novel, A.B. Yehoshua has done nothing less than chart the course of modern Jewish history, both in Palestine, the State of Israel, and the Diaspora. But at the same time, while attaining this mighty reach, the novel is extremely intimate. The Mani family and their connection to Jerusalem is unforced and natural. Yehoshua is telling us something about the naturalization of Jews in the Holy Land. Simple categories of identity fail to capture all the nuance of this unique connection. In fact, all binary oppositions are melting into one shade of marvelous gray in this very masterfully written work.
In a nutshell, this book was: brilliant, original, and haunting. I couldn't put it down, but when I got to the end I wished I had not read it. The ending was more horrible than I could have imagined.

Each character is intense and unique; the historical details span centuries and the globe. In those ways, the book is quite a literary feat.

This book follows the genius and madness of the Mani line. It was both wonderful and shocking, giving much food for thought. Where did the madness originate? With each succeeding generation, is it passed on to it's innocent victim only to surface in a different form? What combination of genius and madness will be produced and which will prevail? What is cause and what is affect? Is this the story of mankind? Is this the story of sin and it's affects? When will it end and how?

Since I am not a sholar and probably don't appreciate greatness when I see it, I could only give this book 4 stars because it was a bit too radical for me. I found the ending too shocking, even though it tied the whole book together. Looking for an escape from the madness of real life in the imaginary world of literature, I was not pleased to find that this book only injected a fresh dose of it into my private world.

This book perhaps could be put in the category of contemporary or modern art. Even if you don't like the style or subject, it's great artistic value cannot be argued.
Told from the perspective of the people who encounter the Mani family throughout the generations this book is amazing. WHile it takes a few pages to get used to the fact that the Mani men will not be speaking for themselves, once that is accepted this book moves along making you think and feel for these people that you only encounter through the perspective of strangers. What's even better is that you see a character in one generation from one perspective and then in the next chapter the character is considerably younger and there is some one else's perspective. So the father about to commit suicide and who is the mission of the first narrator becomes a child Jew that is an inconvenience to the Nazi character with a conscience of the second chapter. Where most experimental literature is only experimental, this book shows that storytelling and style don't need to be mutually exclusive.
Very original way of writing. What might have been confusing becomes even more interesting. Telling the saga backwards and writing only one side of the conversation makes the book even better. The stories of the different Manies are all very good but keep getting better. The suicidal personality of the contemporary Mani is understood after you read the other four stories