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Arafat's Elephant: Stories epub ebook

by Jonathan Tel

Arafat's Elephant: Stories epub ebook

Author: Jonathan Tel
Category: Short Stories & Anthologies
Language: English
Publisher: Counterpoint (February 2002)
Pages: 186 pages
ISBN: 1582431833
ISBN13: 978-1582431833
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 785
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Arafat's Elephant: Storie. Told mainly from an Israeli perspective, the stories illuminate key moments in its short history, from the birth of Zionism in "Shaking Hands with Theodor Herzl" about Herzl's visit to Palestine to discuss the possibility of a Jewish homeland with the German Kaiser to the struggle for Independence in the cleverly deceptive "Alte-Zakhen," where nothing is as it seems to be.

A story about a bomb - Ibrahim Kuttab is innocent - Beautiful, strong and modest - I may be a ghost, but I'm not a slut - Alte Zakhen - The moving business - Hatikvah - Mr. Fig and Mr. Pineapple - Love and coffee - The chair at the edge. Pineapple - Love and coffee - The chair at the edge of the. Desert - Shabah - The camel-hair coat - Spleen; or, The goy's tale - Did Moshe Dayan have a glass eye? -. - Shake hands with Theodor Herzl - A tooth for a tooth - Arafat's elephant.

In this land, whoever tells the best story, wins. Excellent work, Mr. Tel! Published by Thriftbooks. com User, 14 years ago. The best part about these stories is that everyone seems to think that a certain one is the best. I personally preferred "A Tooth for a Tooth" and my brother liked "Mr. Pineapple".

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Arafat's Elephant book. So offers the narrator in one of Jonathan Tel's brilliant and insightful stories. Set in and around Jerusalem, now, in the past, and in the future, this remarkable collection introduces us to a wide range of complex characters: some extraordinary in their ordinariness; others lifted from the pages of history; still others with lives given significance simply because of whe So offers the narrator in one of Jonathan Tel's brilliant and insightful stories.

Arafat's Elephant: Stories. Not surprisingly, the most chilling tale of the collection, "The Red Button," is a about a suicide bomber about to carry out his mission

British author Jonathan Tel has beaten prize-winning writers from around the world to win the Sunday Times EFG short story award. He has published two story collections – Arafat’s Elephant and The Beijing of Possibilities – and a novel, Freud’s Alphabet

British author Jonathan Tel has beaten prize-winning writers from around the world to win the Sunday Times EFG short story award. Tel’s The Human Phonograph is set on a nuclear base in China, examining the relationship between a married couple who have not seen each other for seven years. He has published two story collections – Arafat’s Elephant and The Beijing of Possibilities – and a novel, Freud’s Alphabet.

So offers the narrator in one of Jonathan Tel's brilliant and insightful stories. Set in and around Jerusalem, now, in the past, and in the future, this remarkable collection introduces us to a wide range of complex characters: some extraordinary in their ordinariness; others lifted from the pages of history; still others with lives given significance simply because of where they are or who they're with at a single moment in time. We meet a young religious Jewish woman who loses herself in thought and wanders off en route to her arranged marriage, a would-be Islamic terrorist who offers assistance to American vacationers, an Internet millionaire doing his military service, a torturer who writes children's books, an elderly couple rediscovering their love in a coffee factory, and Moshe Dayan while he's having his glass eye fitted. These are stories that will give you pause, make you think, challenge your preconceptions. Stories that, while deceptively simple and hauntingly beautiful, form a rich and complex portrait of a conflicted land and the glorious variety of its inhabitants.
Reviews (4)
JoJogar
Israelis are so much the same and yet so different. In this delightful short story collection, the Israeli psyche shines through in a variety people in quite different circumstances. Using mostly scenes of contemporary Israeli life, the author provides a virtual kaleidioscopic display of just how colorful and enchanting Israelis can be.
Here are some of this book's choicest offerings. "Moving business" tells of a young Israeli paratrooper who disappears during a military operation in the Bekaa valley. "Hatikvah" is about the fleeting relationship of kibbutz volunteers Carmi of South Africa and Jota of Argentina. In "The Camel-Hair Coat", Yonathan learns during reserve duty that his old army buddy Yair has become an internet millionaire.
ARAFAT'S ELEPHANT would be particularly appealing to anyone who has lived for any time in Israel. It focuses on how the Israeli has a unique place in the world--easily identified by the social customs of his country. This collection of stories is a definite keeper!

Zovaithug
I found this book while perusing one afternoon in Borders ...
I read all of it in one day! I couldn't stop.
My favorite story was the one about Ibrahim Kuttab.
Somehow I found certain similitaries to Gabriel Garcia Marquez "Doce Cuentos Peregrinos" Both books contain tragic & melancholic stories.
Kudos to Mr. Tel.

Minha
The best part about these stories is that everyone seems to think that a certain one is the best. The official review likes "A Story about a Bomb". I personally preferred "A Tooth for a Tooth" and my brother liked "Mr. Fig and Mr. Pineapple". They're all really great and I may have to buy more than one copy.

Onoxyleili
I loved this collection of short stories. I bought because it peaked my interest on Israel. Especially with the recent focus on Israel this book gives the Israelis more of a human quality then you see on the news. A must read for everyone! It make you look at Israelis and the human experience in totally different way. On the other hand, it reminded me of Roald Dahl and his hilarious, twisted, but true to life stories. My favorite is the one about the grandmothers, the most twisted one, but the greatest one too.

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