This book offers what I think is a relatively rare opportunity for a reader to empathise with characters (whose political/religious views they may disagree with) without necessarily liking them (or being converted to their way of thinking). The Hilltop. This was a complex story from different persons points of view. The hilltop of the title is a small rocky outcrop where almost by accident rather than a design a small settlement has taken root. Life on the settlement can be boring and petty but it is fueled by a sense of mission. Please try again. . "Settlement" is an odd word to use because their lives aren't all that settled. Well-written. The Hilltop is Gavron's latest and most impressive attempt to map the Israeli society. Yes, I can see that label, and in many ways it fits. Let us know what’s wrong with this preview of, Published Here's what I liked about the book: I could open it up at bedtime, read a few short chapters, go to sleep, then want to do the same the next night. This book provides real insight into the views and values of the Jewish settlers in the occupied territories. Et enfin le roman de deux frères inoubliables typiques de la jeunesse formée par le kibboutz et l'armée. It was so one-sided I began to cringe when I got towards the end. . It was so one-sided I began to cringe when I got towards the end. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. An essential read for those wishing to know the personal side of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Reviewed in the United States on May 20, 2016. It is beautifully written with completely believable characters. The Hilltop: A Novel, by Assaf Gavron, has been called the “Great Israeli Novel” which I suppose means, that in a serious sense, it captures the various currents of the current Israeli experience in novel form, in one stream. Enjoyable and potentially controversial (it’s about a West Bank settlement, right), though it will no doubt enrage a section of readers as it’s very nihilistic and doesn’t take any particular stand on them thar hilltops. The Hilltop is a thick book and at times I thought it could have been cut down but because there are so many characters and entwined stories, I still found it interesting to keep reading. His perspective is a must-read for every seriously curious reader., It is no exaggeration to say that Assaf Gavron is the most exciting, inventive, and though-provoking Israeli novelist of our generation. I felt, after reading this, I understood the thinking of the current Government of Israel, and realised the hopelessness of there ever being any peaceful solution to the dispute between Palestinians and Israelis. His perspective is a must-read for every seriously curious reader.' Che diavolo! The Hilltop: A Novel, by Assaf Gavron, has been called the “Great Israeli Novel” which I suppose means, that in a serious sense, it captures the various currents of the current Israeli experience in novel form, in one stream. Please try again. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required. The characters are complex- there is no hero. His perspective is a must-read for every seriously curious reader." You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 7, 2016. C'est ce que ce livre illustre: l'absurdité des confrontations d'aujourd'hui, alors que l'Histoire est longue et retient peu des individus qui l'ont faite. The real bad guys are the government intent on shutting the settlement down. Is that what the give the Bernstein prize for? The hilltop : a novel by Gavron, Assaf. Tea, friends, family sustain them in a harsh land. It is not an organic display of people living their lives, but more a showcase. The Hilltop: A Novel, by Assaf Gavron, has been called the “Great Israeli Novel” which I suppose means, that in a serious sense, it captures the various currents of the current Israeli experience in novel form, in one stream. This book helps to bring some understanding to the viewpoints of the settlers, the Arabs, and the Israeli government, specifically the IDF. This book helps to bring some understanding to the viewpoints of the settlers, the Arabs, and the Israeli government, specifically the IDF. But the characters are all sympathetic, even if rogues, and some are more innocent than others. Roni, the elder brother, has left to New York to make his big score in Wall Street, but eventually lands up penniless and living in the la. It had much humor, explained the complexity of human experiences, gave a picture of the diversity of opinion and experience of the settle movement and the countries dilemma about it in Israel. In the center of the plot is a complex relationship between two brothers. This shopping feature will continue to load items when the Enter key is pressed. There was an error retrieving your Wish Lists. I didn't want this one to end, but I could read it in manageable chunks. Etgar Keret "It is no exaggeration to say that Assaf Gavron is the most exciting, inventive, and though-provoking Israeli novelist of our generation. --Etgar Keret, author of The Nimrod Flipout and Suddenly, a Knock at the Door Yes, I can see that label, and in many ways it fits. Bring your club to Amazon Book Clubs, start a new book club and invite your friends to join, or find a club that’s right for you for free. The Hilltop is Gavron's latest and most impressive attempt to map the Israeli society. (Etgar Keret, author of The Nimrod Flipout and Suddenly, a Knock at the Door) Read more. Be the first to ask a question about The Hilltop. from the Hebrew by Steven Cohen. His perspective is a must-read for every seriously curious reader." Confusion mixed with cunning saves the illegal settlement for extinction. — Etgar Keret, author of The Nimrod Flipout and Suddenly, a Knock at the Door Great book with interesting insight into Palestine-Israel conflict as seen in the daily life of an illegal settlement. Fabulous writer and a great novel. His perspective is a must-read for every seriously curious reader." Unable to add item to List. Start reading, you won't put it down. A disappointment in that it didn't explore the real complexities and chose to just show one side. Mordantly funny and deeply moving, this award-winning novel about life in a West Bank settlement has been hailed as “brilliant” (, To the End of the Land (Vintage International), A Horse Walks Into a Bar: A novel (Vintage International), Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times, "Brilliantly attuned to the madhouse complexities of the current settlement crisis. The Hilltop is Gavron's latest and most impressive attempt to map the Israeli society. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It's not often that a novel changes my outlook, changes my view of a small piece of the world, but this one did. I was really expecting this book to give a measured view of the settlement situation in Israel. His books gives us insight into the Israeli culture and mindset in a way that is humorous and balanced. Godersi la vita è permesso».”, International Dublin Literary Award Longlist 2016, I am reading " the Hilltop" and enjoying it alot, A Debut Novelist's 2020 Reading that Mirrors Our Timeline. “The Hilltop” is a story about a fictional settlement, “Ma'ale Hermesh Gimel”, located in Gush Etzion, which is to the south of Jerusalem. Ma’aleh Hermesh C holds an ambiguous position on contested land and having become established, none of the authorities involved quite knows what to do about it. This book has given me a very different view of Jews who establish and live in outpost settlements. The Hilltop Assaf Gavron, trans. Nobody’s bulldozing anyone’s olive groves (yet). A cosa serve?».”, “«Anch’io la vedevo così un tempo,» rispose Roni «ora basta, abbiamo uno Stato, funziona bene. Yes, I can see that label, and in many ways it fits. The Hilltop: A Novel, by Assaf Gavron, has been called the “Great Israeli Novel” which I suppose means, that in a serious sense, it captures the various currents of the current Israeli experience in novel form, in one stream. The Hilltop is an engaging novel about a complex issue in Israel today, the settlements. The animosity of the settlers to the Palestinians and the suspicion of the Palestinians of the Jewish settlers and the Jewish state is well illustrated in a gift giving act at Purim that goes badly wrong, or right, depending on whose viewpoint one takes. Gavron also has an excellent handle of the baroque bureaucracies of the Israel government, Reviewed in the United States on April 13, 2015. Drags on a bit at the end, and you do need some insight into the local behaviours and cultures to fully appreciate. I loved this book.' A clear look at how socially complex life in a tiny West Bank settlement can be, Reviewed in the United States on March 21, 2017. . But instead it was an unabashed homage to the settlers showing their joy in hard work and worship of God. The younger among the two, Gabi, has started to practice Judaism and has moved to the isolated Ma'ale Hermesh Gimel to fight the demons of his past. Something went wrong. Assaf Gavron is the author of seven books, and his fiction has been translated into ten languages. Refresh and try again. “The Hilltop: A Novel,” by Assaf Gavron (translated from the Hebrew by Steven Cohen), Scribner, 464 pages, $26 In April 1982, as part of a comprehensive peace agreement between Israel and Egypt, the desert town of Yamit, at the northeast corner of the Sinai Peninsula, was vacated and returned to Egyptian control. Its a fast and compelling read and i learned something in the process. - Reza Aslan, bestselling Iranian-American author of No god but God ‘The Hilltop is a very funny novel. Prime members enjoy FREE Delivery and exclusive access to music, movies, TV shows, original audio series, and Kindle books. The Hilltop is Gavron's latest and most impressive attempt to map the Israeli society. by Scribner. This book offers what I think is a relatively rare opportunity for a reader to empathise with characters (whose political/religious views they may disagree with) without necessarily liking them (or being converted to their way of thinking). Non bisogna più realizzare il sogno sionista. His perspective is a must-read for every seriously curious reader." Basta. But instead it was an unabashed homage to the settlers showing their joy in hard work and worship of God. It is both critical and yet sympathetic. – Etgar Keret, author of The Nimrod Flipout and Suddenly, a Knock at the Door On dit que si l'on interroge dix Juifs on obtient onze opinions différentes. Cosa c’è, dobbiamo andare in cerca di ideali e obiettivi più grandi solo perché i vecchi del kibbutz hanno costruito uno Stato? The Palestinians barely are present in the novel (except as rock throwers or neighbors with an olive orchard). Guardatevi intorno, è tutto ok, è tutto tranquillo. The craziness and convolutions of the system for obtaining permits and registrations, allowances and approvals, is very funny (it's the DMV on steroids) and puts a human face on the very human desire for a place of one's own, on one's own terms, and the unique, sometimes comic, but always enlightening, way of making it happen in the Middle East. Nobody is getting lynched. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 24, 2015, Fantastic insight into the realities of the 'settlers' in Israel and their complex lives, Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 15, 2016, Interesting insight into life in a kibbutz, decepcionante, tinha potencial, mas foi muito aquém das resenhas internacionais. The problem is the novel is very programmatic in its attempts to show all the sides of the Israeli experience. This is in fact a rather child-like, ironic, non-violent world – which reminded me a bit of a children’s play set (all the way down to the map at the front). The issue of settlements in Israel is complex and few of us who haven't lived there can really understand it. There was a problem loading your book clubs. You can say all you want about it but Assaf can write. The Hilltop is a 2013 Israeli novel by Assaf Gavron.The novel was "an Israeli best-seller and prize-winner." Engaging, informative, thought-provoking and very well-written, Gavron’s examination of an illegal Israeli settlement is a powerful and compelling portrait of Israel today, and the conflicts and contradictions that the country has to deal with on a daily basis. Rich with humor and insight, Assaf Gavron’s novel is the first fiction to grapple with one of the most charged geo-political issues of our time, and he has written a masterpiece. Nobody’s bulldozing anyone’s olive groves (yet). The Hilltop is Gavron's fifth novel and has received considerable acclaim in Israel. The Hilltop is Gavron's latest and most impressive attempt to map the Israeli society. A disappointment in that it didn't explore t. I was really expecting this book to give a measured view of the settlement situation in Israel. The Arab characters and their lives, their intersection with the settlers are as human and finely drawn and as understandable as the settlers. I really enjoyed this book. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. (Etgar Keret, author of The Nimrod Flipout and Suddenly, a Knock at the Door ) Oh, there’s a stone through a car windscreen, but that’s about it. Accordingly, The Hilltop embraces all the archetypal settings of Israeli life—the kibbutz, the nightlife of Tel Aviv, even the obligatory stint living among other Israelis in New York. The story builds, with lots of looking back, to the climax which turns out to be totally cathartic. Mordantly funny and deeply moving, this award-winning novel about life in a West Bank settlement has been hailed as “brilliant” (The New York Times Book Review) and “The Great Israeli Novel [in which] Gavron stakes his claim to be Israel’s Jonathan Franzen” (Tablet).On a rocky hilltop stands Ma’aleh Hermesh C, a fledgling outpost of Jewish settlers in the West Bank. Gavron is highly regarded for his translations into Hebrew of the work of novelists including Philip Roth, J.D. Slowly and incrementally, like those settlers on that craggy West Bank hilltop, Gavron's story gains a foothold in our hearts and minds and stubbornly refuses to leave.' confesso que eu achei que esse livro ia dar uma enorme polêmica, mas ele bem raso se o objetivo foi mostrar os assentamentos como um lugar de gente no fim das contas tentando levar a vida. Gavron's novel explains and entertains at the same time. Please try again. (Etgar Keret, author of The Nimrod Flipout and Suddenly, a Knock at the Door) Start by marking “The Hilltop” as Want to Read: Error rating book. The satire, humour and overall neutral, almost nihilistic, narrative (with a focus on descriptions of complex, multifaceted characters rather than on judgmental analysis) seems to have offended some readers on both sides of the debate on Israeli politics, but. The characters in this novel - the settlers, their Arab neighbors, the military, government officials, Americans passing through, are all just doing their best, they are human, understandable. "The Hilltop" weaves the stories of a handful of Israeli settlers in a small West Bank settlement. He seems to find flaws and beauty in all sectors of Israeli society. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. “The Hilltop” is a story about a fictional settlement, “Ma'ale Hermesh Gimel”, located in Gush Etzion, which is to the south of Jerusalem. It was well written and had marvelous descriptions of different persons' experiences of difficult moments in life. I have to say. Yes, I can see that label, and in many ways it fits. “«Che ne so, per ora kibbutz. Story of two men, switching back and forth from their youth to the present day describing their lives on the kibbutz growing up, when and how they moved to the U.S. and their transformations and moving back to Israel and what brought them to the settlements. In the media, settlers are sometimes portrayed as rigid religious fanatics, but the author managed to paint a nuanced and somewhat sympathetic picture of them. The book focuses on ordinary people, trying to live ordinary lives in a not so ordinary, highly politicised setting – which proves to be the perfect ground for humourous farcical scenes that in many cases challenge certain stereotypes, and in other cases seem to enforce them in a not so politically-correct way. The Hilltop by Assaf Gavron, 9781780747194, available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide. He has won the Israeli Prime Minister’s Creative Award for Authors, the Book fur die Stadt award in Germany, and the Prix Courrier International award in France. Its residents were apoplectic. People are complicated. This is in fact a rather child-like, ironic, non-violent world – which reminded me a bit of a children’s play set (all the way down to the map at the front). October 7th 2014 Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. His perspective is a must-read for every seriously curious reader." Mordantly funny and deeply moving, this award-winning novel about life in a West Bank settlement has been hailed as “brilliant” (The New York Times Book Review) and “The Great Israeli Novel [in which] Gavron stakes his claim to be Israel’s Jonathan Franzen” (Tablet).On a rocky hilltop stands Ma’aleh Hermesh C, a fledgling outpost of Jewish settlers in the West Bank. The Hilltop is Gavron's latest and most impressive attempt to map the Israeli society. Roni, the elder brother, has left to New York to make his big score in Wall Street, but eventually lands up penniless and living in the last place he ever thought possible - Ma'ale Hermesh Gimel with his radical younger brother. Lì tutti pensavano che bisognasse agire, combattere, conquistare. Writing with crisp insight and dry humor, Israeli author Gavron (Almost Dead, 2010, etc.) The Hilltop is set in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank. * Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung * … Mateo Askaripour is a Brooklyn-based writer whose debut novel, Black Buck—which Colson Whitehead calls a “mesmerizing novel, executing a high... To see what your friends thought of this book. The Hilltop is an engaging novel about a complex issue in Israel today, the settlements. Gavron turns a complex issue into an entertaining story, Reviewed in the United States on July 11, 2015. The obviousness of this reach mars the book. Engaging, informative, thought-provoking and very well-written, Gavron’s examination of an illegal Israeli settlement is a powerful and compelling portrait of Israel today, and the conflicts and contradictions that the country has to deal with on a daily basis. ... Assaf Gavron’s novel with a certain wariness. The settlers lives are hard, they work hard and have very little in the way of material comforts. Non guardo troppo lontano. Publication date 2014 Topics Arab-Israeli conflict, Land settlement, Jews, Arab-Israeli conflict, Jews, Land settlement, Roman, Neuhebräisch Collection inlibrary; printdisabled; internetarchivebooks; americana Digitizing sponsor Internet Archive On a rocky hilltop stands Ma’aleh Hermesh C, a fledgling outpost of Jewish settlers in the West Bank. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Nobody is getting lynched. His perspective is a must-read for every seriously curious reader." 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