By Meir Shalev

From the across the world acclaimed Israeli author Meir Shalev comes a spell binding novel of 2 love tales, separated by way of part a century yet attached by way of one mesmerizing act of devotion.

During the 1948 conflict of Independence--a time whilst pigeons are nonetheless used to convey battlefield messages--a proficient younger pigeon handler is mortally wounded. within the moments earlier than his dying, he dispatches one final pigeon. The fowl is wearing his impressive reward to the lady he has enjoyed on the grounds that formative years. Intertwined with this tale is the modern story of Yair Mendelsohn, who has his personal legacy from the 1948 battle. Yair is a travel consultant focusing on bird-watching journeys who, in center age, falls in love back with a adolescence female friend. His turning out to be ardour for her, besides a present from his mom on her deathbed, turns into the most important to a lifestyles he notion not attainable.

Unforgettable in either its details and its sweep, A Pigeon and A Boy is a story of fanatics then and now--of how deeply we adore, of what house is, and why we, like pigeons educated to fly in a single course merely, needs to ultimately go back to it. In a voice that's instantaneously playful, clever, and altogether beguiling, Meir Shalev tells a narrative as common as battle and as intimate as a winged assertion of affection.

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Why did I break out crying? Why did such a feeling of desolation sweep over me? I'd learned a long time ago that tears were no route to Granny's heart. She would be more likely to stop them with a slap than a kiss. I stumbled to the door, careless of the cold December drizzle and the darkness that had now fallen, wanting only to go into Blackie's byre and lay my head down on her rough warm neck and cry there. But Granny barred my way. " The rough sympathy in her voice was so unexpected that I was shocked into silence.

Even I'm scared of you, most of the time. " She gave me a shrewd look. "Is that a dig at me? I suppose I've earned it. And it's what I would do, right now, if there'd been more in this whiskey bottle to give me the courage. But we'll bide our time on the buckle. The moment for it will come. " Chapter 5 Ebenezer Macbean lived for another six weeks. All that time I watched the comings and goings from the Macbean farm with dread, but as the weeks passed and nothing happened, I began to feel hopeful that Granny had been wrong and that he would live after all.

I held my breath, willing her to go on. She only heaved a sigh. "Your father came and took her. She died. He died. And here we are, you and me. Evil came to me, you see? All my life. Sorrow and death and evil. " I'm not an evil, I thought rebelliously. She read my mind, as she often seemed to do, and jabbed a dirty finger toward me. "You, Maggie, are no evil, but the hope of my life. And I wish good on you. Only good. But you're weak. If they harm you and insult you, you cry and run away. You must turn.

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