፩ Purpose of text ┥ The Lion Seeker: A Novel ᛖ Kindle Ebook Author Kenneth Bonert ᡙ

፩ Purpose of text ┥ The Lion Seeker: A Novel ᛖ Kindle Ebook Author Kenneth Bonert ᡙ Rooted in Bonerts personal experience growing up in a Lithuanian Jewish immigrant family in South Africa before WWII, this novel will grab readers everywhere with the story of the struggling refugees in a new country, the horror they escaped from, and the guilt about those left behind, with secrets not revealed until the very end Isaac turns 20 in 1938, starts work as an apprentice panel beater auto body restorer in Johannesburg though he would like to get rich quick and has a hidden relationship with a gentile girl Always, his parents are haunted by the anti Semitic pogroms they escaped, and then, with the news of the Nazi massacres, Isaac tries to help his mother collect money to bring her sisters to safety But who is stealing the money Why wont his rich uncle help In a narrative laced with Yiddish idiom, the immigrant family struggle comes across as universal, whether concerning radicals or the ultra Orthodox, and so is the blindness to those oppressed in the new country in Africa, a Jew is a White man A great choice for book group discussion Hazel RochmanWhat a rare and splendid achievement this novel isemotionally gripping, intellectually challenging, deftly plotted, skillfully composed, and vibrantly alive with the images and sounds and textures and human flurry of another time and place I was dazzled And I was moved.Tim OBrien Isaac s is a story of fighting and deciding what s worth fighting for, of cultivating a strength that doesn t erase empathy.The pages turn quickly, with suspenseful prose and colorful vernacular dialogue that could easily be used in a blockbuster film.Publishers Weekly The Lion Seeker will grab readers everywhere with the story of the struggling refugees in a new country, the horror they escaped from, and the guilt about those left behind, with secrets not revealed until the very end The immigrant family struggle comes across as universal, whether concerning radicals or the ultra Orthodox.A great choice for book group discussion.BooklistSouth African born Canadian writer Bonert serves up a latter day Exodus in this debut novel.Kirkus ReviewsKenneth Bonerts raw and ambitious novel of working class Jewish life in South Africa in the 1930s and 40s an ambitious and unruly novel.Moment Magazine Here is the South African novel I ve been waiting for Kenneth Bonert tells it true, not safe His protagonist is worthy of Isaac Bashevis Singer, and the South Africa he gives us vivid, raw, dangerous, shot through with moral complexity.Lynn Freed, author ofHouse of Women and The Servants QuartersThe Lion Seeker is a powerful and thoroughly engrossing novel, grand in scope, richly imagined, full of dramatic incident, and crafted in a prose that is by turns roughhewn and lyrical To read it is to be reminded how great a great novel can be.David Bezmozgis, author of The Free World and Natasha And Other StoriesA remarkably assured debut, The Lion Seeker is a riveting, lyrical, and profound journey towards the intersection of private lives and public destinies Kenneth Bonert has all the makings of a major novelist.Charles Foran, author of Mordecai The Life and TimesThe Lion Seeker is no holds barred, bare knuckle fight raw A historical novel that feels desperately current a Rosenburg and Juliet love story shorn of all sentiment a stock taking of human brutality and its flip side, our capacity to reach beyond our limitations and be better, all rendered in prose so expert, so fine honed that it belies the adjective debut It joins classics like J.M Coetzees Disgrace and Rian Malans My Traitors Heart in the canon, and renders the South African experience universal A first round knock out for Kenneth Bonert.Richard Poplak, author of Ja No Man Growing Up White in Apartheid Era South Africa This powerful novel begins with a mystery that propels its characters through their difficult lives in prewar South Africa and haunts their actions until a dramatic and searing climax based on the Holocaust in Lithuania The Lion Seeker is vivid and illuminating, astonishing in its range and toughness, and simultaneously an expression of love and regret for all that has been lost.Antanas Sileika, author of Underground and Woman in Bronze and Director of the Humber School for WritersPraise from abroad for The Lion Seeker An emotional tour de force that plumbs the depths of human hope, fear, guilt, and rage, and bears all the hallmarks of a masterwork.Ballast Canada A titanic novel An epic, a vast story about a rarefied subject the community of Ashkenazi Jews who emigrated to South Africa before World War II Mazel tov, Kenneth Bonert, you have written a blockbuster of a book.Toronto Star Canada Bonert s prose is sharp and masterful, clipping along at a breathless pace while still managing to wow us with imagery, clever turns of phrase and believable dialogue peppered with several languages.Globe and Mail Canada The Lion Seeker is astonishingly mature, admirably incautious It moves with the sleight of hand of the born artist, ramping up for naked tugs at the heart It s visually and thematically sweeping, rich with diverse personalities, packed with tender waves and roiling crests of love, loss, hope, hatred It casts its bit players even a final act dog as deftly as its stars This novel, quite apart from what it might become, remains completely and thrillingly itself.National Post Canada If not for the setting South Africa in the 1930s and 40s the novel s hapless protagonist could have been plucked from the doom laden pages of Thomas Hardy The Lion Seeker, like its 19th century literary forebears, is larded with enough plot twists, reversals of fortune, and revelations of family secrets to keep many readers engrossed.Quill Quire Canada The Lion Seeker: A Novel

  • 2.4
  • 1989
  • Hardcover
  • The Lion Seeker: A Novel

  • Kenneth Bonert
  • English
  • 24 November 2017
  • 578 pages

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