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Book review: The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping by Aharon Appelfeld

February 9, 2017

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“With its universal themes of healing, recovery, creativity, and finding one’s vocation The Man Who Never Stopped Sleeping should engage the wide readership Appelfeld’s prose deserves. Readers may want to buy extra copies and donate them to VA hospitals.” — from my review in New York Journal of Books.

Book review: Recitation by Bae Suah

January 25, 2017

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“After two novellas translated into English (Nowhere to be Found, 2015 and A Greater Music, 2016, the latter reviewed in NYJB) South Korean post-modernist fiction writer Bae Suah and British translator Deborah Smith—who also translated A Greater Music and two novels by Han Kang (The Vegetarian and Human Acts)—return with an even more ambitious full […]

Book review: A Greater Music by Bae Suah

October 20, 2016

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“Bae’s prose alternates between detailed descriptions of everyday life and ruminative passages on music, ideas, and her character’s mental state. The late American poet William Matthews once described his taste in literature as a preference for prosy poetry and poetic prose. A Greater Music exemplifies the latter category; it requires and amply rewards rereading.” — […]

Book review: Two She-Bears by Meir Shalev

September 21, 2016

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“Is a proclivity to violence and vengeance a gender and/or regional trait? Are the minds of men more than women and/or rural folk more than city dwellers predisposed to violent acts of revenge? Or put another way, are violence and vengeance intrinsic components of the male psyche, and if so are men more likely to […]

Book review: The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir by Susan Daitch

July 19, 2016

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The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir by Susan Daitch Jul 19, 2016  ·  David Cooper‘s review bookshelves: international-settings, jewish, post-modern, historical-fiction, mysteries, cerebral-fiction “After reading The Lost Civilization of Suolucidir readers will want to start over again to see what details they may have missed the first time through, and yes, this richly crafted and handsomely […]

Books: Charles Bock and Jennifer S. Brown portray Manhattan in earlier eras

May 10, 2016

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My reviews of the two novels appear in New York Journal of Books. Read those reviews first, and then go to the next paragraph to read my additional remarks that appeared in an article in a different and now defunct publication comparing the two novels that were published the same week. At first glance two historical […]

Jewish books: Fishman and Tsabari explore home and displacement in new fiction

March 25, 2016

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In my examiner article (next paragraph) I write: “Two fiction books published this month explore what home means for two distinct waves of recent immigrants. Boris Fishman continues to relate the experiences of Russian speaking Jews who immigrated to America in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s in his second novel Don’t Let My Baby Do Rodeo, […]