Monday, November 10, 2008

Pnina Moed Kass. REAL TIME

Wow. What an emotional, moving book. REAL TIME brings together multiple points of view from people from very different backgrounds. You get an up close view of the struggles between the Israelis and the Palestinians. We have Thomas, who is a German teen on his way to volunteer in Jerusalem, as well as research his grandfather’s Nazi connections. Vera left her home in Odessa for a new life in Jerusalem, and she is also escaping a sad past. Also, we have Baruch Ben Tov, a Holocaust survivor, with his own disturbing past. Throw in a few other people such as a suicide bomber, the family members of terrorists, and a doctor who gets interrogated and searched on his way to work, and you have quite a recipe for a profound story. These characters are brought together by a tragedy. We get to see how it affects all the people involved. Sadly, this type of tragedy is all too common in this part of the world. I was amazed at the variety of cultures coming together. Some relating better than others. Some clash and kill, while others intermingle and actually appreciate one another. The novel reads quick, smooth and suspenseful. Even with all the points of view, it never got confusing. Each story was equally intriguing and unforgettable.
This is one that will stick with me for a long time, like LIFE AS WE KNEW IT still does to this day.
If the author has a website, I couldn’t locate it. But I found 2 interviews with her about the book, if you’re interested:(don’t read them until after reading the book – otherwise plot points are given away)