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Author: David Grossman
ISBN13: 978-0307592972
Title: To the End of the Land
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Language: English
Category: Literary
Publisher: Knopf; First Edition edition (September 21, 2010)
Pages: 592

To the End of the Land by David Grossman

For some time now, David Grossman has been describing his writing as a means of survival, as a way of no longer feeling a victim in the "disaster zone" of the seemingly eternal conflict that is Israel-Palestine. At moments he has talked of the risk of dispassion, of being paralysed with fear and despair. In this novel, anyone is capable of being a monster, but it is the Israelis who suffer most.

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David Grossman wrote To The End Of The Land while his second eldest son was serving in the military. He wrote the novel as if doing so would protect him. It didn't save his life. I have been a big David Grossman fan since 2005. I used to give my brother copies of his books years ago.

David Grossman's son fought in the Gulf War and was eventually killed. Although this book was not written as a reaction to that loss it is made more poignant by that eventual tragedy. It is an absolutely stunning book and answers the Israeli question better than anything else I've ever read, heard or seen. Ora, has a close relationship with Avram who is captured and tortured by the Egyptians in 1967, many years later she has a son Ofer, who joins the Israeli army and is involved in the mistreatment of some Arabs he captures. This book, in its 576 pages goes someway to explaining that troubled history. The writing is so utterly real and beautiful, and it touched me so deeply that I’m sure it will always remain one of my favourite books. Leave a Reply Cancel reply. Your e-mail address will not be published.

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David Grossman has the ability to look inside a person and discover the unique essence of her humanity; his novels are about what it means to defend this essence against a world designed to extinguish it. To the End of the Land is his most powerful, unflinching story of this defense. Nicole Krauss, author of The History of Love. A courageous and powerful antiwar novel. Grossman’s most ambitious work to date. His imagination is secular, worldly, self-questioning and ironic. The Israel he imagines, beautifully and sorrowfully, is not going to be saved by any divine.

To the End of the Land (original Hebrew title "Isha Borachat Mi’bsora" – "A Woman Flees a Message") is a 2008 novel by Israeli writer David Grossman depicting the emotional strains that family members of soldiers experience when their loved ones are deployed into combat. Grossman began writing the novel in May 2003 when his oldest son Yonatan was serving in the Israeli Defense Forces and the book was largely complete by August 2006 when his younger son Uri was killed in the Second Lebanon War.

In the book we meet Ora, a middle-aged Israeli mother of two and a character so fully realized that it is difficult to resolve oneself to fact that she does not exist somewhere out there in the real world. Ora is consumed by fear that her youngest son, Ofer, an army conscript recalled to his battalion, will be killed in an upcoming offensive in the Occupied Territories. She dreads the knock at the door from the notifiers -– that grim, uniformed cadre that arrives with the most unwanted news from the front. In the early morning hours of Aug. 13, 2006, the doorbell rang at the Grossman’s suburban Jerusalem home. As Grossman told George Packer of the New Yorker, at that moment he thought: That’s it, our life is over. At the time of his son’s death, Grossman was nearing the final draft of To the End of the Land. The novel’s prescience is harrowing. Grossman’s personal tragedy should be secondary.

From one of Israel’s most acclaimed writers comes a novel of extraordinary power about family life—the greatest human drama—and the cost of war. Ora, a middle-aged Israeli mother, is on the verge of celebrating her son Ofer’s release from army service when he returns to the front for a major offensive. In a fit of preemptive grief and magical thinking, she sets out for a hike in the Galilee, leaving no forwarding information for the “notifiers” who might darken her door with the worst possible news. Recently estranged from her husband, Ilan, she drags along an unlikely companion: their former best friend and her former lover Avram, once a brilliant artistic spirit. Avram served in the army alongside Ilan when they were young, but their lives were forever changed one weekend when the two jokingly had Ora draw lots to see which of them would get the few days’ leave being offered by their commander—a chance act that sent Avram into Egpyt and the Yom Kippur War, where he was brutally tortured as POW. In the aftermath, a virtual hermit, he refused to keep in touch with the family and has never met the boy. Now, as Ora and Avram sleep out in the hills, ford rivers, and cross valleys, avoiding all news from the front, she gives him the gift of Ofer, word by word; she supplies the whole story of her motherhood, a retelling that keeps Ofer very much alive for Ora and for the reader, and opens Avram to human bonds undreamed of in his broken world. Their walk has a “war and peace” rhythm, as their conversation places the most hideous trials of war next to the joys and anguish of raising children. Never have we seen so clearly the reality and surreality of daily life in Israel, the currents of ambivalence about war within one household, and the burdens that fall on each generation anew. Grossman’s rich imagining of a family in love and crisis makes for one of the great antiwar novels of our time.
Reviews: 7
To End of the Land takes us on an extended backpack across the Israeli landscape. As we accompany Ora, her lifelong friend and sometimes lover, Avram, and a stray dog that adopts them, we breathe the air and tread the soil of their troubled homeland. There are some among us for whom a two week stroll through the wilderness--cut off from the world of current events, cell phones and the comforts of home-- would be the most wonderful of luxuries. And then there are those who would view this same adventure as nothing less than an interminable nightmare to be avoided at all cost. Likewise there are those who will find this novel, devoid of the comforts of plot and action, interminable and discomforting. And then there will be others, like myself, who will find it a delicious treat--a long slow suck to be savored from the first sentence to the last. To the End of the Land, to be sure, is a long, meandering tale in which strikingly little happens. Like a wilderness trek, destination for Grossman is beside the point--it's the journey itself, and what you notice, and what you think about, along the way, which is the objective. Emotions, the intricacies of interpersonal relationships and the minutiae of daily life are what interests Grossman, not happenings--or at least not happenings that aren't filtered first through the distorting lens of emotion.

For 650 pages Grossman meanders slowly through the inner life of his main character. As Ora hikes up and down, over, and around the mountains of northern Israel, we become entangled in her complex emotional life. Even more than Avram, who is privy only to her spoken words, we are her confidants as she contemplates her relationships with her sons and lovers. By the time we reach the end of the novel we know more about Ora, what she thinks about, and what she feels, than we do about even our most intimate associates. And yet, there is nothing extraordinary or even particularly compelling about her. Neurotic, annoying, malignantly insecure, self-centered, and bereft of insight and perspective, Ora's failings, obsessions and vulnerabilities are the substance of this psychological novel. Why should the inner life of this imperfect heroine interest us? For many it won't, but for me, it was precisely Ora's flaws that made her so interesting, so real, so Human, and in the end so appealing. For this reader at least, Human weakness is ever so much more interesting than its opposite.

To wander so deeply into the emotional wilderness of a female character, especially one as flawed as Ora, is dangerous terrain for a male author. With his preoccupation with emotional nuance and interpersonal detail, Grossman writes with a feminine sensibility that, depending on one's perspective, the reader will find either courageous or audacious. As a male reader, I am perhaps a suspect judge, but I felt that, after my walk with Ora, I not only understand her, but had new insights into the flesh and blood women in my own life.

While never polemical, To the End of the Land is without a question a political novel. Israeli politics are more than a backdrop; they are the novel's subject. Curiously, Grossman has chosen to show us Israel through the eyes of a character for whom politics is at best a peripheral concern. Ora certainly doesn't dwell much on geo-political questions except where they affect her directly. We never learn what her views are--most likely they are too nebulous to be put into words. Ora is not ignorant, she is all too aware of how political forces beyond her control have shaped her life. But for her it is all an intrusion; she would prefer to be left alone. As much as she is a woman, mother, wife and lover, Ora is an Israeli--and for Israelis escaping from politics is more or less impossible. Ora is as much a part of the land she is walking through as the stones she steps over. She can no more escape political realities than she can learn to fly. In a sense she is Israel. Her imperfections and her pain echo those of her country. Like Israel, Ora's troubles are largely of her own making. And like Israel, the degree to which we embrace her has to do with our willingness to forgive her her many mistakes. Ora senses the contradictions, suffers the guilt, and struggles to make sense of the tragedy playing out in her homeland, and yet she doesn't quite have the insight to put it all together into a coherent picture. This, too, echoes her more personal struggle to understand herself--she see the pieces but can't quite put them together. This artful weaving together of the political and the personal is perhaps the novel's greatest strength.

Like its main character, the novel has its imperfections. Where the novel is weakest is when it makes forays away from Ora's inner life into the minds of the other characters. The novel would feel less unbounded if told exclusively from Ora's perspective. We should only know what Ora knows and feel what Ora feels. At times, Grossman seems torn between wanting to follow this artistic constraint and his desire to show us things beyond Ora's periphery. He attempts to resolve this by having her know things that seem improbable. The long section when Ora relates the story of Ilan's attempted rescue of Avram feels contrived because it is unbelievable that she could relate this story with such detail having heard it only once over twenty years ago. In this section the author has strayed from Ora's inner life into Ilan's, and this lack of artistic discipline weakens the novel. I also think that, given the breadth of detail about Ora's relationship with her sons and their fathers, the lack of detail about her family of origin is wanting. I can't help but think that if I knew more about her past I might understand her better. It seems likely that during her long introspective trek she would have reflected on the dynamics of the home she grew up in. However, these flaws are minor, compared to the novel's strengths. What Grossman has pulled off is rare in contemporary literature: a novel that works on both a microcosmic, personal level and a macrocosmic, societal level. Its scope is much broader than much of contemporary literature and yet he does this without sacrificing the intimate. I appreciated its slow, meticulous cadence and highly recommend this worthy read.
This is an extraordinarily powerful novel about families, war, and what happens when families and war are inextricably intertwined. I can't really say that I "enjoyed" ithis novel, but I found it engrossing and compelling, and I continue to think about the issues it explores. it is often painful, sometimes distressing, and at times (especially when the heroine is on a real tear) claustrophobic -- I listened to the book, and at times I wanted to pull out the earbuds and get away from the world Grossman creates. But I kept listening. I really couldn't have stopped, I cared so much about the characters, and I wanted to find out what happened next -- or more accurately what would next be revealed. Ex post, I am very glad to have read the book, and will recommend it strongly to friends and relations. It does what literature is supposed to do: put the reader in someone else's skin. And it is also, for a non-Israeli reader, very illuminating about what it means to be Israeli. Things from the inside are often far more complicated than they look from outside, and I learned a lot about the inside from this novel.
An Israeli woman has flashbacks of her traumatic childhood during one of Israel's wars. Now her soldier son is about to see action in a new war. Her ex-husband and close friend also lived through the previous war and were affected in various ways, and we get to know their stories too. It's as if everyone in the country is suffering from their own PTSD; a sense of unease and dread pervades the atmosphere. The author brilliantly express the woman's inmost thoughts and fears. His writing style is lyrical and elegiac. Minor characters, such as a Palestinian taxi driver and a Hasidic caretaker of homeless people, are fully filled-out and portrayed sympathetically.
Brief summary and review, no spoilers.

A young Israeli soldier named Ofer has just finished his tour of duty, and his relieved mother Ora has planned a celebratory hiking tour in the Galilee. But when Ora finds out that Ofer has reenlisted, she panics and becomes convinced he will die. She then decides to start walking and take that journey to the Galilee because she believes that if she is not home with the notifiers arrive, she can insure that Ofer won't die. (The notifiers are the people who inform families that their loved ones have died.)

Ora goes on this journey with Avram, Ofer's broken-down reclusive father. Avram suffered horrible injury when he served with the army during the Yom Kippur War years earlier. He has never met his son. Although he is a shadow of his former self and reluctant to take this journey with Ora, he does so and Ora tells him all about their son and helps bring Avram back to the world. It is through this journey and Ora's narration that we find out about the history of these characters, and how war has impacted their lives.

Other important characters include Ora's estranged husband Ilan, with whom she had a child named Adam. Ora and Ilan and Avram were childhood friends, and we meet them all at the start of this book as they are convalescing at a hospital. We know early on that the three formed a love triangle, and by the end of the story we learn what happened.

There are many reasons to recommend this book. There are wonderful passages with clever and witty dialogue that make us smile, even in the midst of tragedy. We also become intimately aware of what life is like in modern-day Israel, and how the constant strife and tension cause suspicion and hatred among those who would otherwise be friends.

At the same time, this was not a quick read for me, by any means. In fact this was a very slow-go for me, and there were times when I put the book down I was not all that anxious to pick it up again. If you are looking for a quick page-turner, this is not it.

Still, recommended for the author's skill and ability to draw us into this world, and for writing a contemporary anti-war novel that will stay with you for a long time.