Saturday, March 14, 2015
What would you do if you were faced with a task that went completely against the values on which you were raised? What would you do if refusal to carry it out would doom your professional career, but doing it might distance your wife, and could even tear your family away from you?
And what would you do if your husband was drawn into a swirling action that went completely against your children?
"You don't break up a home. It's that simple: A home is not something that you take apart, period. Once you get married, your married for life. From then on, you just keep climbing the ladder until you reach the top. There's no opportunity to stand still and look down, nor to look around to see whether or not it suits you. End of story"
It is these words- spoken so authoritatively by Colonel Udi Am-Shalom- That the novel Disengagements- Final Call For Happiness begins. He makes this statement, however, before his sensitive wife Yael meets an experienced older man, a master artist of love and courtship, and before he himself has to evacuate a family from a Jewish settlement in the Gaza strip in the line of duty, on government orders. After these two life changing does Udi grasp how lonely and isolated he really is, and how deeply he yearns for the most basic bond, the one between husband and wife.
This contemporary novel follows the unfolding events leading to the withdrawal of the Gaza strip, and their impact on the life of one typical Israeli family. Although this withdrawal is geographically far from them, it penetrates the deepest cracks in the walls of their home. Constantly flowing from the personal into the national it depicts the acute pain that disengagements entail, and the agony that issues when something whole is unraveled. The national turmoil serves as a backdrop to the gradual crumbling of the Am-Shalom family, and to the reconstruction efforts aimed at bringing new hope and meaning.
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Disengagements is not in any way an easy read but interesting all the same. It's about a family who in many aspects gives up on each other and then ultimately finds a way to make it work again.
As you read, you are seeing things through the eyes of each different family member, including the children. One of those children having physical issues and struggles to say what he means. The father always giving him a hard time about the issues and degrading the child for not being "normal".
The father, being in the military, struggling between his job and his moral upbringing. He tried to make his wife understand why he does what he does. It's not about the family, it's about the job.
The wife struggles to understand it all. Why her husband does what he does and trying to defend her children. She, I feel, is the brick in this entire family.
This read really gets to you emotionally and is easy to relate to as a struggling family. How they brought it all back together in the end and made it work, is the best part! It shows the strength and courage this family has and how a bond between husband and wife can make all the difference.
If you are looking for a great realistic read, then this is a good one. Be prepared for a lot of emotions and a roller coaster of events. Recommend for anyone!
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