Books

Alice Hoffman's freak show

By Madeleine Kingsley, May 16, 2014

Lyrical and luminous, The Museum of Extraordinary Things is Alice Hoffman’s love story of, and for, bygone New York. Anyone who’s read her Masada novel, The Dovekeepers, already knows that Hoffman is no plain prose author, more a mistress of dreamscape and illusion.

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Loving lament for a bully

By Madeleine Kingsley, May 9, 2014

It is hard to imagine the musical tyrant known as Mr K lasting long as a teacher today. Any 21st-century Mr K, with stomping foot and furiously flailing baton, would surely be disciplined for reducing his first violins to tears and forcibly paring their fingernails with his pocket clippers.

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Pulitzer winner in prize form

By Stoddard Martin, May 9, 2014

Traditionally, poetry has given order to the wayward word. Rhyme, metre, regularity of stanza — all give shape to a story or lyrical idea. Prose might perambulate — its paragraphs of different sizes, its dialogue recording language as spoken, not the stuff of incantation.

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Loveless lives in heartless cities

By David Herman, May 2, 2014

David Vogel was born in the Russian Pale, a member of that extraordinary generation of Russian-Jewish writers, born in the 1890s, which included Isaac Babel and Boris Pasternak. In 1912, he moved to Vienna, where he taught Hebrew to make ends meet.

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Gemma Levine - portrait of a photographer

By Julia Weiner, May 2, 2014

Gemma Levine, many of whose portrait photographs have appeared in the Jewish Chronicle over the years, and who has produced several books, has now brought together a number of her best photographs in a memoir about her professional life.

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Across the Jewish, Muslim, Christian religious divide

By David Conway, April 25, 2014

The short answer to the question posed by the title of this absorbing book is that its very existence proves Jews, Muslims and Christians can.

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Avraham Stern's violent life and death

By Jenni Frazer, April 25, 2014

Most people with a passing knowledge of the history of the dying days of the British Mandate in Palestine will have heard of the Stern Gang, or Stern Group as it became more formally known.

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Pleading hearts and sanity inspectors

By David Herman, April 25, 2014

Lisa Appignanesi has written or edited more than 20 books. Her novels and her non-fiction are both marked by a preoccupation with passion and the mind, notably the darker areas of both.

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Maimonides - a philosopher for all time

By David Conway, April 25, 2014

In each of his three successive main works, Moses Maimonides made a major contribution to Jewish thought any one of which would have secured him a place in the annals of Jewish history.

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JW3 marks Yom Hashoah

April 25, 2014

JW3, the Jewish community centre in Finchley Road north London, is marking Yom Hashoah this weekend with a series of events the centrepiece of which is After Images, a discussion between three daughters of Holocaust survivors -- Lisa Appignanesi, Aloma Halter and Anita Peleg --- each of whom has a new book out relating to Holocaust memory.

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