To the End of the Land is timely not only in light of Israel's ongoing conflicts; unfortunately, it will be timely as long as mothers send their sons off to war. The story focuses on Ora, a middle-aged Israeli, who reacts to her son's voluntary re-enlistment by taking an extended backpack trip to avoid news of the war. As Ora hikes the countryside she ruminates on her life and her relationships with her two sons and her former husband. Along with her, initially against his will, is Avram, a physically and emotionally scarred man who has impacted almost every aspect of Ora's life and family.
David Grossman's writing is rich and detailed, nearly every sentence so vivid that one feels exactly what his characters are experiencing. "She shut the door and followed him into a smell that was an entity unto itself, as if she were entering the folds of a thick blanket," he writes. "It ...
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