Monday, August 4, 2014

A Favorite Son, a literary feast

I am so grateful for this great review for A Favorite Son:

5.0 out of 5 stars A Favorite Son, a literary feast.August 3, 2014
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This review is from: A Favorite Son (Kindle Edition)
"Sell me your birthright," I say, as loudly as I can. "We are twins, after all. First son, second son -- same difference, right? It's a split second either way. What does it matter? Sell me the damned thing and you get to eat." So speaks Jacob to Esau, the twin sons born late to Rebecca and Isaac. That competition fuels this Biblical story of young men at odds and in competition over inheritance and their father's deathbed blessing.

Like the Biblical tale from which it is drawn, "A Favorite Son" has much to teach us. So you think you know this story, have already gleaned from it all it has to offer? Think again. Uvi Poznansky's Biblical tales are always surprising, always lyrical, yet always modern and fresh.

Morality tales updated for the 21st century? Why bother? Because we need those lessons, those insights, more than ever. But don't read A Favorite Son for the meditation upon truths of human nature -- which it does offer, and rich ones at that.

Read it for what Uvi brings to her tales of bible times: a unique and special flavor, hers alone. Zola is credited with saying, "Art is life seen through a temperament." Whether or not Zola was the first to say this, the definition of art is the best we have. And by that definition, Uvi creates art in "A Favorite Son," but art never distanced from the reader; literary fiction for our times.

Read all of Uvi's tales of the Old Testament and learn something about your own history, your own emotions, your own culture while you're enjoying the sumptuous feast laid before you. Did I say feast? Well, there is a certain meal in this particular tale, which nourishes the story and the reader in surprising ways...

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