The One Facing Us Kindle ä The One PDF/EPUB ²

The One Facing Us Kindle ä The One PDF/EPUB ²

The One Facing Us ❴Reading❵ ➼ The One Facing Us Author Ronit Matalon – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Esther, seventeen years old, wild and rebellious, is sent from Israel to Cameroon to stay with her hardheaded uncle Sicourelle, who is charged with straightening her out But Esther resists her uncle s Esther, seventeen years old, wild and rebellious, is sent from Israel to Cameroon to stay with her hardheaded uncle Sicourelle, who is charged with straightening her out But Esther resists her uncle s The One PDF/EPUB ² plans for her future which include marriage to a cousin and in the privileged indolence of postcolonial Africa, she looks to the past instead Using sepia portraits and scraps of letters, Esther pieces together the history of her family, a once grand Egyptian Jewish clan, and its displacement from Cairo in the s to Israel, West Africa, and New York As the worn photographs yield their secrets, Esther uncovers a rich tale of wives and ex wives revolving mistresses and crushing marriages intrigues and disappointments poignant contrasts between the living past and the dead present In sensuous, inventive prose, Matalon penetrates the mysteries of cultural exile and family life to produce a first novel that is mature, authentic, and deeply moving.


10 thoughts on “The One Facing Us

  1. Kristine Brancolini Kristine Brancolini says:

    We re discussing The One Facing Us tomorrow in my Jewish Book Group I m anxious to hear everyone s reaction to the book It s not likely to be wildly popular Too quirky No real plot But I loved it Matalon uses family snapshots of her own family to create a fictional portrait of a family that probably shares many characteristics The Sicourelle family is originally from Egypt, but most of the family emigrates to Israel, while one uncle moves to Cameroon, where he marries a French widow with We re discussing The One Facing Us tomorrow in my Jewish Book Group I m anxious to hear everyone s reaction to the book It s not likely to be wildly popular Too quirky No real plot But I loved it Matalon uses family snapshots of her own family to create a fictional portrait of a family that probably shares many characteristics The Sicourelle family is originally from Egypt, but most of the family emigrates to Israel, while one uncle moves to Cameroon, where he marries a French widow with a young son The book swirls around 16 year old Esther s visit to her Uncle Sicourelle in Cameroon in 1976 This becomes the pivot point for moving backward and foreward in time filling in the story of both sides of Esther s family The photographs snapshots, really, not studio portraits begin each chapter and photos of real people guide us on this odyssey All of these characters are Jewish, but they are non observant They have been influenced by attending Christian schools and living among Muslims most of their lives Esther s father Robert is Egyptian first and Jewish second While living in Israel, as a Sephardic Jew, he identifiesclosely with the Arabs than with the ruling elite, who are Ashkenazi Jews I found the book to be utterly fascinating, unlike any other I have ever read


  2. Lauren Lauren says:

    Excellent An unconventionally told story of roots and family about a Jewish family from Cairo who emigrate, first to Israel in the 1940s and then on to France, New York, and Africa Their story is told through a series of meditations on family snapshots It s quite provocative in it s way, almost a reverse diaspora where Egypt is the homeland and Israel is the place of exile.


  3. Netta Netta says:

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  4. Jonele Jonele says:

    The author uses photographs to tell the story so it feels like a cross between an autobiography and a novel It had a strange chapter that didn t seem to fit in with the book I read it twice and not only did I not understand it, but it seemed to have nothing to do with the main idea, which is Esther being kept forcibly by her uncle to marry her cousin This really neededcharacter development to help understand, not only the story, but the motivations of the characters Instead it seemed The author uses photographs to tell the story so it feels like a cross between an autobiography and a novel It had a strange chapter that didn t seem to fit in with the book I read it twice and not only did I not understand it, but it seemed to have nothing to do with the main idea, which is Esther being kept forcibly by her uncle to marry her cousin This really neededcharacter development to help understand, not only the story, but the motivations of the characters Instead it seemed, though interesting, choppy at best, downright confusing at worst


  5. Mikko Peralta Mikko Peralta says:

    It was a very slow and dragging read, with nothing much happening until the very end The idea of telling a story through photographs is something that I like This however, reminds me of telling a story through recipes Esquivel And it is not a good thing.


  6. Ilana Diamant Ilana Diamant says:

    unreadable


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