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Meir Shalev - Four Meals

Meir Shalev - Four Meals

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Four Meals is the extraordinary story of Zayde, his enigmatic mother Judith, and her three lovers.
When Judith arrives in a small, rural village in Palestine in the early 1930s, three men compete for her attention: Globerman, the cunning, coarse cattle-dealer who loves women, money and flesh; Jacob, owner of hundreds of canaries and host to the four meals which lend the book its narrative structure; and Moshe, a widowed farmer obsessed with his dead wife and his lost braid of hair which his mother cut off in childhood.
During the four meals, which take place intermittently over several decades, Zayde slowly comes to understand why these three men consider him their son and why all three participate in raising him. A virtuoso performance of spell-binding story-telling, Shalev's third novel is a deeply satisfying read - sensuous, hilarious, compassionate and profound.

"Told in a euphonic voice and employing the magic conventions of a fairy- tale, this is a heart-warming narrative agleam with moments of plangent sadness, rueful humor and compassionate insight." - Publishers Weekly
"...the powerful natural style of Isaac Bashevis Singer and the natural gift for story-telling of Gabriel Garcia Marquez." - L'Espresso, Italy

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