By A. B. Yehoshua
Within the 12 months 999, while Ben Attar, a Moroccan Jewish service provider, takes a moment spouse, he commits an act whose unexpected results will without end adjust his relatives, his relationships, his business-his lifestyles. In an try and avoid clash and improve his company pursuits whilst, Ben Attar undertakes his annual trip to Europe with either his first spouse and his new spouse. The journey is the start of a profound human drama whose ethical conflicts of constancy and hope resonate with these of our time. Yehoshua renders the medieval international of Jewish and Christian tradition and exchange with outstanding intensity and sensuous aspect. in the course of the trials of a medieval service provider, the popular writer explores the private questions about the character of morality, personality, codes of human behavior, and concerns of the guts.
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For whatever reason, I started walking faster and faster, until I reached the main road out to Fort Richardson. By then I was running, sure in some vague way that someone was pursuing me. But when I finally allowed myself to glance back into Anchorage’s blackout dark, I couldn’t see anyone at all. WHAT I FEARED then is what Ronnie fears now, and has feared for some time: the unseen forces that hound you through the night. Old explorers who first witnessed this phenomenon struggled for words to describe it; eventually they settled on arctic hysteria.
Rather than striking fear in me, Father Pabich gave me a kind of fearlessness. As a stand-in for God, Father Pabich was of the roaring, Old Testament variety, but the cigarettes and swearing made me realize that, just like everything else, God operated under different rules in the Alaskan army. Which is a long way of saying that I went straight back downtown. qxd 10/20/03 3:06 PM Page 47 T HE C LOUD A TLAS 47 But after Father’s hype, downtown was actually something of a disappointment. Magicians: maybe I’d expected I’d walk down the street and be in the midst of a circus parade.
The baby. The wolf. qxd 10/20/03 3:06 PM Page 53 T HE C LOUD A TLAS 53 can’t be sure. Am I listening? Or dreaming? I feel a kind of fire in my legs, an urge to run myself. “He’s heard I’ve been acting as an angalkuq once more. Without him. After all these years. He heard I was working right here. This place. That’s how he found me. He’s coming now. I hear him. He’s coming now. Lou-is. ” First day, first hour of bomb disposal training, and a dozen of us enlisted were crammed into a makeshift classroom barracks at Aberdeen Proving Ground.
A Journey to the End of the Millennium by A. B. Yehoshua