By Miriam Shaviv, December 29, 2009
By Tamar Yellin
St Martin’s Press £8.99
Tales of the Ten Lost Tribes is an unsettling book. A meditation on rootlessness, without saying anything particularly profound on the subject, it nonetheless conveys such a pure sense of loneliness, of yearning for home and for belonging, that it left me with a profound sense of melancholy at the end.
While not quite Waiting for Godot — in which the main characters’ boredom with life is transferred to the audience — the emotional impact here, too, seems to be a significant part of the message.