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ISBN: 1615735321
Author: Allen Lewis Rickman,Joseph Skibell
Language: English
Publisher: HighBridge Audio; Unabridged edition (September 7, 2010)
Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Literature
Rating: 4.1
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A blessing on the moon. Also by Joseph Skibell. Published by. Algonquin books of chapel hill. Published simultaneously in Canada by Thomas Allen & Son Limited.

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Written by Joseph Skibell. Narrated by Allen Lewis Rickman. At the center of A Blessing on the Moon is Chaim Skibelski. Death is merely the beginning of Chaim’s troubles. In the opening pages, he is shot along with the other Jews of his small Polish village. But instead of resting peacefully in the World to Come, Chaim, for reasons unclear to him, is left to wander the earth, accompanied by his rabbi, who has taken the form of a talking crow. Chaim’s afterlife journey is filled with extraordinary encounters whose consequences are far greater than he realizes. 6 2 5 Author: Joseph Skibell Narrator: Allen Lewis Rickman. Read and listen to as many books as you like! Download books offline, listen to several books simultaneously, switch to kids mode, or try out a book that you never thought you would. Death is merely the beginning of Chaim's troubles. Discover the best book experience you'd ever have.

Joseph Skibell’s magical tale about the Holocaust-a fable inspired by fact-received unanimous nationwide acclaim when first published in 1997.

A Blessing on the Moon book. Joseph Skibell’s magical tale about the Holocaust-a fable inspired by fact-received unanimous nationwide acclaim when first published in 1997

A Blessing on the Moon book. Joseph Skibell’s magical tale about the Holocaust-a fable inspired by fact-received unanimous nationwide acclaim when first published in 1997. But instead of resting Joseph Skibell’s magical tale about the Holocaust-a fable inspired by fact-received unanimous nationwide acclaim when first published in 1997.

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Joseph Skibell is the author of two previous novels, A Blessing on the Moon and The English Disease. He has received a Halls Fiction Fellowship, a Michener Fellowship, and a National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellowship, among other awards. He teaches at Emory University and is the director of the Richard Ellmann Lectures in Modern Literature.

At the center of A Blessing on the Moon is Chaim Skibelski. Death is merely the beginning of Chaim's troubles. In the opening pages, he is shot along with the other Jews of his small Polish village. But instead of resting peacefully in the World to Come, Chaim, for reasons unclear to him, is left to wander the earth, accompanied by his rabbi, who has taken the form of a talking crow. Chaim's afterlife journey is filled with extraordinary encounters whose consequences are far greater than he realizes. Not since Art Spiegelman's Maus has a work so powerfully evoked one of the darkest moments of the twentieth century with such daring originality.

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Kiaile
A skein of gossamer wound around one of the heaviest facts of history, this book from fourteen years ago still has the power to amaze. The fact is the Holocaust. The gossamer is woven of at least two separate strands: the idea that someone can climb out of a mass grave and move as a ghost through space and time, and an old Yiddish folk tale about two Hasidic men who ascend to the moon in a boat which they fill with so much silver that they drag the moon itself down to earth with its weight. It is a strikingly original work of fantasy, and I believe quite unique for a Holocaust story. I am less certain that it holds together or that the gossamer, however finely spun, is enough to contain the dead weight of that central fact.

The opening, certainly, is brilliant. Believing that the bullets have merely bruised him, the protagonist Chaim Skibelski clambers out of the death pit and runs with glee back to his former home, only to find it occupied by a Polish Catholic family making free with his former property. Nonetheless, he moves into an empty bedroom, accompanied by his short, black-coated Rebbe, who has been turned into a crow. This entire opening section, "From the Book of Mayseh" (which I think refers to a kind of fairy tale parable), is quite absorbing, largely because Skibell avoids crude moral polarization; one of its loveliest qualities is the relationship that develops between Chaim and Ola, the tubercular daughter who is the only member of the Christian family able to see him.

In the second section, "The Color of Poison Berries," Chaim is no longer alone, but journeys southward with others of the resurrected dead. This is more episodic, and almost loses the narrative thread until the throng believe they have reached "The World to Come," and the story attains a peak of radiant but temporary joy. The final section, "The Smaller to Rule by Night," moves forward many decades, and concerns Chaim's role in helping the two old Hasids restore the moon to its proper place in the heavens. It too has lovely qualities, but none so beautiful as the last pages of all, where Skibell shows that time can bend backward as well as leaping forwards.

Most Holocaust novels begin much earlier, but this starts at the moment of death. It is a highly original approach, equaled only (though in a very different register) by Martin Amis' TIME'S ARROW, which actually runs time backwards. I have also encountered a similar use of folk tales in Dara Horn's rather later book, THE WORLD TO COME, but they were only one ingredient in a mostly realistic modern story. The danger that Skibell runs by peopling his story with flying rabbis and the walking dead is that he loses contact with the hard fact of the Holocaust itself. There was really only one sustained passage in the book where it truly touched the horror of the death camps, but that hit me when I least expected it.

It occurs to me, though, that this is not a Holocaust book so much as an allegory of survival. What does it mean to be an observant Jew of a later generation, coming to terms with loss, death, and enmity, and the inscrutable ways of a God who one is taught has a purpose for everything? If such horror cannot be explained by reason, turn to fable. And if that fable is neither linear nor entirely sufficient, then no more is life, when you think you have put something behind you only to have it hit you again harder from left field.
Conjukus
Wonderful!
Arador
One of the unique joys of a voracious reader is chancing upon a book that is so richly imagined it grabs you by the hand and takes you along on an incredible journey. Such is the power of the remarkable A Blessing On The Moon.

Not since D. M. Thomas's amazing The White Hotel have I read a book that uses, as its launching pad, one of the darkest moments of the twentieth century - indeed, of any century - so originally and audaciously. Written in a sort of realist surrealism style, the novel successfully combines fantasy and realism to create an astounding reading experience.

The protagonist is a dead Jewish man - Chaim Skibelski, which just happens to be the same name as the author's great-grandfather, according to the dedication. We learn from the first page that Chaim has been rounded up with other Jews, taken to the forest, and shot. He is dead...but he continues to exist, paradoxically able to think, feel, and experience the life around him.

In the course of the book, he will chance upon his Rebbe, transformed into a talking crow, his two deceased wives (one died in childbirth), his many children and grandchildren, his old friends and neighbors. He will meet up with a young dying girl named Ola, who now inhabits his old house with his family and deplores that her father was complicit. He will debate man's obligation to his fellow man with the decapitated head of a German solider. And he will cross the river to the elegant Hotel Amforta, where nefarious things are happening despite the luxuries offered to the ragtag group of Jews who arrive there.

Most of all, he will eventually become a part of a mission to restore the moon, which has fallen, to its rightful place in the sky. This is based on a tale of two pious Jews, who find a boat that takes them to the moon. They discover pots of silver there but when they load the boat, they have piled so much onto their frail craft, that their tethered boat sinks, pulling the moon out of the sky and leaving the earth in darkness. Chaim reflects on the mottled, "Forever now, the moon will appear this way, no longer the smooth and gleaming pearl I remember from my youth."

"A German head talking, a little Polish girl's bedtime tale, or was it one of the Rebbe's cryptic allegories, the sort of story he relished telling after the Third Meal, the sun sinking, with its light, from the sky." This is a story of the pilgrimage to The World To Come, and what a story it is! It's haunting, unforgettable, and a must-read.
Malodora
With perhaps thousands of new books published each year, it's a guarantee that many very worthy books are going to be overlooked by both reviewers and readers. This is one of those books.

We have what could be a fable, a folk tale, a dream, an allegory, or just about anything the reader wishes it to be. The protagonist is an elderly Jewish man who is executed by the Nazis, but climbs up out of the grave and can walk, talk and feel, even though he is dead. His rabbi has turned into a crow and leads him around, and gives him instructions. Soon enough, the entire population of his town, all dead, rise from their graves and accompany him on his journye. But where is he going, and why is he one of the walking dead?

You must read this book to appreciate the beauty of the writing, and the heartfelt feelings that the author puts into almost every page. It's difficult to describe the plot beyond what I have said above, but I can only say, read this overlooked treasure and see for yourself why I feel it is one of the best books published in the past several years.
I_LOVE_228
The hero of the story gets shot dead by Nazis- but instead of going immediately into some sort of afterlife, he wanders around Poland- first, his house and neighborhood, then the adjoining countryside. Eventually, he discovers that other murdered Jews from his town, including most of his family, are also in this in-between state. The town's Jews then wander around until they find someplace that they think is Paradise. But then the book gets even stranger (without giving away the ending!). I generally found this book to be entertaining and a quick read; your tastes may of course vary.

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