Dinner at the Center of the Earth by Nathan Englander

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Read Dinner at the Center of the Earth Online Free - The best work yet from the Pulitzer finalist and best-selling author of For the Relief of Unbearable Urges--a political thriller that unfolds in the highly charged territory of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and pivots on the complex relationship between a secret prisoner and his guard.

A prisoner in a secret cell. The guard who has watched over him a dozen years. An American waitress in Paris. A young Palestinian man in Berlin who strikes up an odd friendship with a wealthy Canadian businessman. And The General, Israel's most controversial leader, who lies dying in a hospital, the only man who knows of the prisoner's existence.

From these vastly different lives Nathan Englander has woven a powerful, intensely suspenseful portrait of a nation riven by insoluble conflict, even as the lives of its citizens become fatefully and inextricably entwined--a political thriller of the highest order that interrogates the anguished, violent division between Israelis and Palestinians, and dramatizes the immense moral ambiguities haunting both sides. Who is right, who is wrong--who is the guard, who is truly the prisoner?

A tour de force from one of America's most acclaimed voices in contemporary fiction.

Title : Dinner at the Center of the Earth
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ISBN : 1524732737
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 254 pages


Trish rated it ★★★★★

September 03, 2017

Modern day Israel can sometimes feel like a recent bruise. It can hurt to brush up against it. Occasionally someone with experience in the region writes a new melody that is both beautiful and plaintive, and perhaps the saddest sound ever heard, a sound from the other side of a wall. Englander’s n...

Roman Clodia rated it ★★★☆☆

July 12, 2017

"Should we not, then, just meet in the middle?" "Yes," she says. "In the middle of our middle. In the centre of the earth." What a frustrating book this is! - frustrating because it could, and should, have been more coherent and integrated. Englander contemplates the complications of Israel in fi...

Jenny (Reading Envy) rated it ★★★★☆

September 29, 2017

This book is a collection of characters as puzzle pieces, surrounding a series of events in the Middle East. Fair warning: the reader needs to do some work to understand how the pieces fit. I liked the air of heightened reality but how it was also not written as a thriller. I received this as a re...

Bruce rated it ★★★☆☆

July 06, 2017

3.75, really, because Englander is incapable of writing anything mediocre. However, while I found myself turning the [digital] pages with interest, I never truly engaged with the book, at least not emotionally. Intellectually, though...

Nicola rated it ★★★☆☆

October 15, 2017

I really wanted to give this 4 stars but the final third really let it down. Review to come soon in The Big Issue.

Joe rated it ★★★★★

September 15, 2017

So, nu, how do we find peace in the Middle East? One answer, at least as Nathan Englander imagines it in this generally masterful novel, is Ariel Sharon’s. “The General,” as we meet him here, never backed down. With him it was always about killing a dozen of them for every one of ours. When the PL...

Sid rated it ★★★★☆

September 10, 2017

I very nearly gave up half way through this book, but I'm glad I didn’t. The first half is slow, mannered and rather uninteresting but it does become quite a gripping and thought-provoking read. This is really a book about the Israel-Palestine conflict and how it really affects some individuals in...

Boris rated it ★★★☆☆

September 23, 2017

The blurbocracy embraces this book as if it were the second coming of ... of ... Nathan Englander! It ain't. Think of this not as a novel, but as a series of interrelated short stories. Given Natan's career trajectory, it's becoming clear that he's a good short-story-teller, but not really a nove...

Dave rated it ★★★★☆

August 17, 2017

I have to admit I was expecting something entirely different going into this novel that delves into the war and peace process between the States of Israel and Palestine which turned out to be, at times, tongue in cheek funny. You have all of the ingredients here for a spy thriller with espionage a...

Greg rated it ★★★★☆

August 29, 2017

Deceptively complex. Smart. Entertaining. It takes a minute to find its rhythm, but when it does it's hard to put down.

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