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.

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ISBN : 1524732737
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 254 pages


Trish rated it ★★★★★

October 20, 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...

Christy rated it ★★★★★

November 09, 2017

Quite a story to read during 10 days mostly in the West Bank and East Jerusalem helping Palestinians with their olive harvest and seeing and hearing the truth of their plight. The book mimics the crazed paranoia and equally crazed reality/surreality of the Israel-Palestine situation. I was told i...

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...

Bram rated it ★★★★☆

October 01, 2017

Great to see Englander eschewing the tempting pretentiousness of the 'literary' novel and going for a straight-up John Le Carré style thriller. Of course, it still is Nathan Engalnder so it's chock full of complex layers and beautiful writing but, damn, is it a fun ride! Coming from Australia, th...

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...

Daniel rated it ★★★★☆

November 17, 2017

I thought this was very fine. Perhaps the most Israeli novel I have ever read, combining a deep love of the country with real ambivalence for the things such love demands of its people. It's a bold narrative choice to write a number of chapters from the POV of Ariel Sharon... while he was in perm...

Maayan rated it ★★★★☆

February 18, 2018

The summer of 2014 that I spent in Israel is an indelible period in my life. This book, set in that exact window, took me back to it with a sense of intense familiarity- the resigned despair, deja vu, normality-amid-the-sirens, Liftah, the desert, the intensity of love when a war is happening. I...

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...

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.

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