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To the End of the Land

David Grossman

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. From the Hardcover edition.

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. From the Hardcover edition.
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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

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. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Arthur Morey

Length:

26h 26m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

00:13


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:55


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

05:07


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

05:46


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:02


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

06:03


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

06:12


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:36


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

07:34


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

07:19


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

06:51


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

07:19


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

07:38


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

06:13


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

04:47


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

06:50


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

05:46


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

05:45


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

05:34


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

07:59


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

06:38


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

07:27


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

08:15


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:35


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:46


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

06:49


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

07:05


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

07:20


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

06:53


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

06:46


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

08:41


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

06:26


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:51


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

05:46


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

05:44


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:50


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

05:21


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

06:01


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

06:17


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

06:55


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

06:26


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

06:14


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

07:39


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

06:48


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

06:16


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

05:59


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

06:20


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

05:21


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

05:30


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

05:48


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

06:06


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

05:26


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

06:23


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

06:04


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

07:00


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

07:17


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

07:17


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:38


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

07:59


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:54


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

05:30


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

05:58


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

05:37


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

06:47


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

06:24


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

07:28


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

05:51


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

05:58


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:44


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

05:52


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

05:44


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

06:17


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:51


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

05:10


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

05:22


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

06:43


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

07:27


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:38


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

07:34


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

06:00


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

05:04


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:54


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

09:03


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

07:20


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

06:57


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

05:49


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

06:05


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

05:16


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

05:25


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

05:26


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

05:37


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

05:07


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

05:42


Chapter 94
Chapter 94

07:54


Chapter 95
Chapter 95

04:45


Chapter 96
Chapter 96

05:59


Chapter 97
Chapter 97

07:08


Chapter 98
Chapter 98

06:57


Chapter 99
Chapter 99

05:32


Chapter 100
Chapter 100

07:07


Chapter 101
Chapter 101

06:45


Chapter 102
Chapter 102

06:59


Chapter 103
Chapter 103

06:11


Chapter 104
Chapter 104

06:13


Chapter 105
Chapter 105

05:58


Chapter 106
Chapter 106

05:45


Chapter 107
Chapter 107

06:44


Chapter 108
Chapter 108

06:30


Chapter 109
Chapter 109

05:59


Chapter 110
Chapter 110

06:56


Chapter 111
Chapter 111

05:01


Chapter 112
Chapter 112

06:26


Chapter 113
Chapter 113

07:29


Chapter 114
Chapter 114

07:01


Chapter 115
Chapter 115

09:24


Chapter 116
Chapter 116

06:04


Chapter 117
Chapter 117

05:45


Chapter 118
Chapter 118

05:33


Chapter 119
Chapter 119

06:05


Chapter 120
Chapter 120

06:00


Chapter 121
Chapter 121

06:31


Chapter 122
Chapter 122

06:37


Chapter 123
Chapter 123

03:44


Chapter 124
Chapter 124

05:30


Chapter 125
Chapter 125

05:10


Chapter 126
Chapter 126

05:11


Chapter 127
Chapter 127

04:47


Chapter 128
Chapter 128

09:23


Chapter 129
Chapter 129

05:08


Chapter 130
Chapter 130

05:32


Chapter 131
Chapter 131

06:01


Chapter 132
Chapter 132

04:51


Chapter 133
Chapter 133

08:45


Chapter 134
Chapter 134

06:56


Chapter 135
Chapter 135

06:13


Chapter 136
Chapter 136

04:27


Chapter 137
Chapter 137

07:04


Chapter 138
Chapter 138

05:32


Chapter 139
Chapter 139

06:47


Chapter 140
Chapter 140

05:50


Chapter 141
Chapter 141

06:14


Chapter 142
Chapter 142

06:32


Chapter 143
Chapter 143

05:38


Chapter 144
Chapter 144

06:10


Chapter 145
Chapter 145

05:03


Chapter 146
Chapter 146

07:15


Chapter 147
Chapter 147

08:34


Chapter 148
Chapter 148

06:27


Chapter 149
Chapter 149

06:08


Chapter 150
Chapter 150

05:03


Chapter 151
Chapter 151

08:53


Chapter 152
Chapter 152

07:50


Chapter 153
Chapter 153

07:32


Chapter 154
Chapter 154

06:11


Chapter 155
Chapter 155

05:45


Chapter 156
Chapter 156

05:56


Chapter 157
Chapter 157

08:25


Chapter 158
Chapter 158

08:05


Chapter 159
Chapter 159

07:18


Chapter 160
Chapter 160

04:46


Chapter 161
Chapter 161

05:52


Chapter 162
Chapter 162

06:01


Chapter 163
Chapter 163

06:05


Chapter 164
Chapter 164

04:55


Chapter 165
Chapter 165

06:46


Chapter 166
Chapter 166

05:17


Chapter 167
Chapter 167

05:28


Chapter 168
Chapter 168

09:36


Chapter 169
Chapter 169

06:06


Chapter 170
Chapter 170

09:21


Chapter 171
Chapter 171

03:35


Chapter 172
Chapter 172

07:43


Chapter 173
Chapter 173

07:37


Chapter 174
Chapter 174

06:17


Chapter 175
Chapter 175

07:50


Chapter 176
Chapter 176

07:22


Chapter 177
Chapter 177

06:14


Chapter 178
Chapter 178

05:33


Chapter 179
Chapter 179

06:40


Chapter 180
Chapter 180

05:26


Chapter 181
Chapter 181

08:30


Chapter 182
Chapter 182

05:35


Chapter 183
Chapter 183

05:39


Chapter 184
Chapter 184

07:03


Chapter 185
Chapter 185

06:27


Chapter 186
Chapter 186

07:03


Chapter 187
Chapter 187

07:16


Chapter 188
Chapter 188

07:19


Chapter 189
Chapter 189

07:27


Chapter 190
Chapter 190

05:46


Chapter 191
Chapter 191

06:01


Chapter 192
Chapter 192

06:20


Chapter 193
Chapter 193

05:24


Chapter 194
Chapter 194

04:42


Chapter 195
Chapter 195

05:46


Chapter 196
Chapter 196

06:42


Chapter 197
Chapter 197

06:29


Chapter 198
Chapter 198

07:10


Chapter 199
Chapter 199

05:51

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