A Journey to the End of the Millennium

by Abraham B. Yehoshua

Other authorsN. R. M. De Lange
Book, 1999



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San Diego : Harcourt, c1999.


When Ben Attar, the Jewish merchant and tragic hero of A.B. Yehoshua's new novel, takes a second wife, he commits an act whose unforseen consequences will forever changes the course of his life. Yehoshua has always mined the human psyche and the complex ties that bind people one to another in his masterful novels. But here, in his most ambitious novel to date, Yehoshua seeks to explore the place where desire and morality meet. And by setting his novel in the Middle Ages, in the year 999, he has found the perfect setting in which to explore the most basic questions of human conduct, and how the formation of religious code and Jewish law emanate from the flesh as much as from the heart and mind.As we journey with Attar, who tragically turns his annual business voyage into a personal quest to validate the acquisition of a second wife, we enter a profound human drama whose themes resonate with our own time. Yehoshua has rendered this medieval world and its merchant trade with astonishing depth and in sensuous detail. Exploring the deepest questions about the nature of morality, character, codes of human conduct, and matters of the heart, "A Journey to the End of the Millennium" is a book of depth and wonder that charts the soul of a man in an age of questions.… (more)

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LibraryThing member fglass
It might be the translation, but it was a constant fight to remember where you are and with whom. The language itself felt very stiff and uncomfortable.

Why did I continue reading it when there were so many times I wanted to pick up something that flowed? The description of a culture and its time
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always draws me in. I did finish it, but I must admit I was so relieved to do so.
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LibraryThing member Kristelh
Historical fiction by Israeli author, A.B. Yehoshua, set in the year 999 and heading toward the end of the millennium. This is a story of a Jewish merchant who has taken on two wives. His partner's wife does not approve of bigamy and wants the partnership to end. Ben Attar makes this long voyage to
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convince this woman that having two wives is a good thing and blessed by God. The trip is fraught with many difficulties. I think the whole plot line sounded really interesting but it is told in such a way that it is a chore to read.
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