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Today’s review comes from Jelsie!!!!

A Table for One: under the light of Jerusalem

By Aharon Appelfeld

A haunting memoir. Appelfeld talks about how he found that he could only write in Jerusalem’s cafes, and becomes part of the cafe culture of the 1950s and 1960s. He reflects on the life of Holocaust survivors and how many do not want to talk about it. He is a survivor himself and finds that he benefits from being in the quiet company of other survivors. He talks about the importance of Judaism in his life, not that he’s particularly religious, just that he finds Judaism fascinating. Many Israelis are secular and don’t appreciate the beauty of the Yiddish writers and solace he finds in studying Judaic texts. There’s a lot to reflect on in this short book.
Last year I read and loved his novel The Man who never stopped sleeping.


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