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The Resource The extra, A.B. Yehoshua ; translated from the Hebrew by Stuart Schoffman

The extra, A.B. Yehoshua ; translated from the Hebrew by Stuart Schoffman

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A.B. Yehoshua ; translated from the Hebrew by Stuart Schoffman
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"From the internationally acclaimed author of A Woman in Jerusalem, a novel about a musician who returns home and finds the rhythm of her life interrupted and forever changed Noga, 42, a divorcee from Jerusalem, is a harpist with an orchestra in the Netherlands. When her father dies suddenly, she is summoned home by her brother to help make decisions in urgent family and personal matters, among them whether to keep a rent-controlled apartment even as they are placing their reluctant mother in an assisted-living facility, and facing her former husband -- with whom she would have no children -- who still loves her passionately despite being remarried with two children. During her imposed three-month residence in Jerusalem, Noga's brother finds her work playing an extra in movies, television, and opera. These new identities undermine the firm boundaries of behavior heretofore protected by the music she plays and Noga, always an extra in someone els's story, takes charge of the plot. Yehoshua at his liveliest storytelling best, a bravura performance."--
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  • After her father dies, Noga is summoned back to her Jerusalem home to help her family. For three months she will live in the family apartment, which is rent-controlled but overseen by an overzealous landlord, so her mother can stay in a retirement home on a trial basis. For Noga, 42, divorced, and childless, the task seems simple, but she must sacrifice three months in her role as lead harpist in a Netherlands orchestra, and her days are dull. Her brother finds her a position as a TV extra, but Noga’s real challenge comes from facing the past she left behind. While wrestling with uncomfortable social situations involving the Orthodox Jewish family who lives upstairs, and dealing with her ex-husband, who still harbors strong feelings for the wife who refused to give him children, she must reexamine decisions made long ago and reconsider the person she has become. Though Israeli writer Yehoshua’s latest (The Retrospective, 2013) is hampered by stilted dialogue and unexplored relationships, this story of family relationships and personal choices offers an insightful look at redemption and acceptance. -- Ophoff, Cortney (Reviewed 6/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 19, p39)
  • In Yehoshua's (The Retrospective) latest novel, a woman leaves her comfort zone and returns to her childhood home, where she slowly begins peeling back the layers of experiences and relationships that have kept her from taking charge of her own story. Noga, a harpist in an orchestra, has lived in the Netherlands for years, but when her father's death leaves her mother alone in their Jerusalem apartment, her brother asks her to return to Israel to look after the rent-controlled unit while his mother tries out an assisted living facility in Tel Aviv. Noga agrees, temporarily leaving her adult life behind to work as an extra in Israeli movies, television, and operas and to wander the city, where she reconnects with her ex-husband and meets a varied cast of characters that makes up the backdrop of her story. The novel is beautifully written and Noga is a relatable heroine, but the slow pacing obscures the emotional stakes as Noga contemplates her future, her past, and her choices in life. Her interactions with others can feel wooden and falsely intimate, but the novel shines when Noga is given time and space alone with her thoughts and larger themes of family, love, music, and creativity, all depicted with Yehoshua's clarion style. (June)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 07/04/2016) (Publishers Weekly, vol 263, issue 27, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ In his latest work, award-winning Israeli novelist Yehoshua (A Woman in Jerusalem) gives moral force, even grandeur, to the inevitable push-pull of one family's life. At 42, Noga has long since left Israel and a besotted husband behind her and plays harp with an orchestra in the Netherlands. Then she gets an email from her dutiful if somewhat self-righteous younger brother, Honi, who insists that she return home to help with their widowed mother, whom Honi hopes will move into an assisted-living facility near him in Tel Aviv. As their mother reluctantly tries out the facility, Noga is needed to house-sit the family's longtime apartment in Jerusalem, lest it be snatched away by the rent-hungry landlord. Meanwhile, to keep Noga busy and in funds, Honi has arranged for her to work as a film extra, which doesn't so much let her try on different lives as step back momentarily from her own. Strong-willed, even irascible, Noga has spent considerable time justifying her life decisions to those around her, and the whole crazy experiment in Israel finally frees her through quiet self-affirmation. --Barbara Hoffert (Reviewed 04/15/2016) (Library Journal, vol 141, issue 7, p85)
  • /* Starred Review */ Noga, an Israeli harpist based in the Dutch city of Arnhem, confronts hidden truths about herself during a visit to Jerusalem following the death of her loving father. The 42-year-old Noga has agreed to stay for three months in her family's old apartment in an increasingly Orthodox section of Jerusalem while her mother tries out a retirement home in Tel Aviv. Noga's younger brother, Honi, a media producer, devised the plan. To keep Noga busy, he sets her up as an extra in various productions, among them an outdoor staging of the opera Carmen. The drama onstage is nearly met by the drama off it when Noga's ex-husband, Uriah, shows up. Though he's remarried and the father of two, he's still furious at her for her refusal to have children. Judging from her hilarious efforts to prevent the Hasidic kids from the apartment upstairs from brazenly sneaking into her mother's place to watch TV, she may not be cut out for motherhood. Noga reserves her greatest love for music; nothing thrills her more than joining her orchestra in an upcoming performance of Mozart's "Concerto for Flute and Harp." But as hinted at by her father's advice to always keep an eye out for Venus, from which her Hebrew name derives, the universe has its own designs on her. The ease with which Yehoshua captures the inner life of his quirky heroine in all its lush undertones and self-enforced solitude is special. For the great author of Five Seasons (1988) and The Liberated Bride (2003), this is a comparatively short book. But its terse, offhand narrative is rich in reflection and personal truth. Yehoshua's masterful portrayal of a female musician at a pivotal moment in her life is deep, unpredictable, and, in the end, surprisingly suspenseful.(Kirkus Reviews, April 1, 2016)
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Yehoshua, Abraham B
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892.4/36
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The extra, A.B. Yehoshua ; translated from the Hebrew by Stuart Schoffman
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Originally published as: Nitzevet
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First U.S. edition.
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249 pages
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9780544609709
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2015043035
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Label
The extra, A.B. Yehoshua ; translated from the Hebrew by Stuart Schoffman
Publication
Copyright
Note
Originally published as: Nitzevet
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
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  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1591838
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
249 pages
Isbn
9780544609709
Lccn
2015043035
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
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  • (Sirsi) i9780544609709
  • (OCoLC)913923837

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