“One Night, Markovitch” by Ayelet Gundar-Goshan (Israel)
Readers enjoyed this book describing it as an intriguing and refreshing read. They found it easy to get into and sympathised with most of the characters. They liked how the two protagonists develop from caricatures to individuals with depth and substance. Readers agreed that the story was both funny and annoying at the beginning due its exaggerated descriptions and repetitive scenes. They said it also felt a bit surreal at times with the smell of oranges and peaches permeating both the homes and bodies of some of the characters! As the story unfolds and becomes darker, they appreciated the individual struggles of the different characters and felt that some of them represented elements of their country. Readers liked the historical context and found it interesting to learn about some of the events involved in the creation of Israel. Overall, it averaged an 8.2 out of 10.
In the late 1930s, two men – Yaacov Markovitch, perennially unlucky in love, and Zeev Feinberg, virile owner of a lustrous moustache – are crossing the sea to marry women they have never met. They will rescue them from a Europe on the brink of catastrophe, bring them to the Jewish homeland and go their separate ways. But when Markovitch is paired with the beautiful Bella he vows to make… Read more