The Book of Intimate Grammar (review)

The Book of Intimate Grammar (review) Book Reviews remembered that emotionalism in the service of hate, love, and the indescribable is the stuff of poetry. Werner Israel Halpern, M.D. Rochester, New York The Book of Intimate Grammar, by David Grossman, translated by Betsy Rosenberg. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1994. 343 pp. $22.00. In the tradition of leading Israeli writers, David Grossman continues to address issues at the heart of Israeli experience: in The Smile of the Lamb, an Israeli soldier is captivated by the fertile imagination of an old bizarre Arab; in the monumental See Under Love (see my review in World . Literature Today, Vol. 64, No.1 [Winter 1990)), we have a narrative about the problem of facing the Holocaust. With each new book, Grossman continues to grow as a writer, expanding his experiential and narrative territories. Using a variety of narrative techniques and employing numerous points of view, he challenges the conventional esthetic and political horizons of expectation. His characters are either children or blessed adults afflicted with inquisitive childish traits. This basic component of his fiction allows for unbridled imagination to enter. Taking daring steps,' and succeeding, he applies fantasy and the fantastic to the painful issues in contemporary http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies Purdue University Press

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Book Reviews remembered that emotionalism in the service of hate, love, and the indescribable is the stuff of poetry. Werner Israel Halpern, M.D. Rochester, New York The Book of Intimate Grammar, by David Grossman, translated by Betsy Rosenberg. New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1994. 343 pp. $22.00. In the tradition of leading Israeli writers, David Grossman continues to address issues at the heart of Israeli experience: in The Smile of the Lamb, an Israeli soldier is captivated by the fertile imagination of an old bizarre Arab; in the monumental See Under Love (see my review in World . Literature Today, Vol. 64, No.1 [Winter 1990)), we have a narrative about the problem of facing the Holocaust. With each new book, Grossman continues to grow as a writer, expanding his experiential and narrative territories. Using a variety of narrative techniques and employing numerous points of view, he challenges the conventional esthetic and political horizons of expectation. His characters are either children or blessed adults afflicted with inquisitive childish traits. This basic component of his fiction allows for unbridled imagination to enter. Taking daring steps,' and succeeding, he applies fantasy and the fantastic to the painful issues in contemporary

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Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish StudiesPurdue University Press

Published: Oct 3, 1996

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