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by Lilian Nattel

Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Lilian Nattel
ISBN: 0684853043
ISBN13: 978-0684853048
Language: English
Publisher: Scribner; 1st Scribner Paperback Fiction Ed edition (October 28, 1999)
Pages: 414
Fb2 eBook: 1101 kb
ePub eBook: 1937 kb
Digital formats: mbr rtf azw lit

The River Midnight has been added to your Cart. In her stunning debut novel, Lilian Nattel brilliantly brings to life the richness of shtetl culture through the story of an imagined village: Blaszka, Poland.

The River Midnight has been added to your Cart. Myth meets history and characters come to life through the stories of women's lives and prayers, their secrets, and the intimate details of everyday life.

It was an ordinary-looking one, wrinkled and red with a cap like a mushroom. But it did not behave in an ordinary way. Of course he knew the prayers by heart, he didn’t need the book

The River Midnight book.

The River Midnight book. When they were young, four friends were known as the vilda In her stunning debut novel, Lilian Nattel brilliantly brings to life the richness of shtetl culture through the story of an imagined village: Blaszka, Poland.

Lilian Nattel's latest book is Girl at the Edge of Sky, a historical novel about real life heroine Lily Litvyak, who was . Ever since the publication of The River Midnight, which was the first of her national bestsellers, she's written full time.

Lilian Nattel's latest book is Girl at the Edge of Sky, a historical novel about real life heroine Lily Litvyak, who was a WW2 fighter pilot  .

In this magnificent novel of magic and mystery, Lilian Nattel has resurrected a vanished world that explores the tensions between men and women, and celebrates the wordless bonds of friendship in a way that is simply unparalleled.

In her stunning debut novel, Lilian Nattel brilliantly brings to life the richness of shtetl culture through the story of an imagined village: Blaszka, Poland

Like the mythical Polish shtetl of Blaszka in which it is set, The River Midnight is boisterous, tangled with secrets, and startlingly generous.

By Nattel, Lilian; D'Souza, Irene. Nattel, the Canadian born daughter of Holocaust survivors, has created a haunting and eloquent tale of traditional shtetl life in the fictional Polish village of Blaszka

By Nattel, Lilian; D'Souza, Irene. Magazine article Herizons. By Nattel, Lilian; D'Souza, Irene. Nattel, the Canadian born daughter of Holocaust survivors, has created a haunting and eloquent tale of traditional shtetl life in the fictional Polish village of Blaszka. The story is at once a historical treatise of Jewish village life and a lively documentation of the folklore and superstitions of a way of life now eradicated. To capture the feelings and the perspectives of each of her characters, Nattel focuses on how different protagonists view the same events.

Lilian Nattel won the Martin and Beatrice Fisher Jewish Book Award for her internationally acclaimed first novel, The River Midnight . She lives in Toronto with her family. Megan Harlan Entertainment Weekly Nattel's emotional, panoramic narrative proves extraordinary. The River Midnight is not simply remarkable as a historical text. Nattel's flair for the telling detail is just one treasure in her bag of writer's tricks.

In her stunning debut novel, Lilian Nattel brilliantly brings to life the richness of shtetl culture through the story of an imagined village: Blaszka, Poland. Myth meets history and characters come to life through the stories of women's lives and prayers, their secrets, and the intimate details of everyday life. When they were young, four friends were known as the vilda bayas, the wild creatures. But their adult lives have taken them in different directions, and they've grown apart. One woman, Misha, is now the local midwife. In a world where strict rules govern most activities, Misha, an unmarried, independent spirit becomes the wayward heart of Blaszka and the keeper of town secrets. But when Misha becomes pregnant and refuses to divulge the identity of her baby's father, hers becomes the biggest secret of all, and the village must decide how they will react to Misha's scandalous ways. Nattel's magical novel explores the tension between men and women, and celebrates the wordless and kinetic bond of friendship.
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Sardleem
The River Midnight takes a unique approach to telling a story. It is the history of approximately a year in the life of a Jewish shetl in Poland in approximately the year 1895. We go through the year over and over, each time from the viewpoint of a different person. It is enlightening to see in this way not only how each of them views the same events the same or differently depending on their point of view, but how some events are known only to one person or a few people but not to most of the others.

The fictional town of Blaszka on the fictional Pólnocna River is a small market town of about fifty fairly religious but not fanatical Jewish families and a few Polish tenant farmers. Some years before they were the object of a pogram in which the wealthier part of town on the far side of the river was burned out and most of its residents either killed or exiled to other parts of the country. The people of the town, even though they are mostly not farmers, live close to the land and to nature. They also appear to live close to the spirit world, for most of the characters in the book are occasionally visited by one or more other characters who appear to be spirits of one kind or another. Some are the ghosts of departed relatives – Faygela, the baker’s wife, sees her father’s ghost from time to time, and Hanna-Leah, the butcher’s wife dreams of her grandmother – while others appear to be regular people… most of the time.

There were once four girls who were best friends, but now they are grown up and have somewhat drifted apart. Faygela and Hanna-Leah are two of them, and Misha the midwife is a third. The last one, Zisa-Sara married and went to America where she died leaving two children. We hear Hanna-Leah’s story, and Faygela’s and Misha’s. But Zisa-Sara is not there, so it is left to her aunt, Alta-Fruma, and her daughter Emma to tell their stories in her place. We also hear the stories of several of the men, including a thief and occasional peddler from the nearby city of Plotsk who appears to have raped Misha, the midwife. But there are several sides to all these stories, and to all these people.
Pad
I have read this book 4 times. I love how the author tells the story from the perspective of several characters, none of whom know the whole story, and in the end, the story is made clear by the main character. I also love how she brings each chapter to a close by peeking into the present/future. A surprising and riveting story.
Peles
...and they've all thanked me. It's an easy book to love. Set in 19th century Poland in a Jewish shtetl, it's the interwoven stories of a group of women who were born and raised in the tight-knit village and have now grown into women, many with children of their own.
The central figure of the story, and of the village, is the local midwife and healer. Being a midwife myself, I was of course drawn to this character who held great appeal for me.
There's a quality of magical realism, almost like a fable, that sustains the book, and I found it captivating and very inspirational.
Lovely. Read it. You won't regret it.
Amarin
Excellent first novel! You can tell Nattel is more experienced with short stories, as I think that is how this novel ended up being structured. I loved the structure, going over the same present-time event from different characters' viewpoints, as well as delving into the past of each character. Does not indulge in too much shtetl-nostalgia, but doesn't flinch away from some of the horrors of living in the Pale of Settlement.
I loved it! (If you're a reader that needs more traditional structure, you probably won't enjoy it as much)
Kirizan
This tale of a Polish Jewish community is tightly woven and gently pulls the reader in. The lives are so interconnected, and seeing the different perspectives of the characters and how their decisions have affected one another throughout the years provides insight and a delightful feel of conspiracy on the part of the reader. Nattel's descriptions of the characters and setting are misty and almost surreal -- much like an impressionist painting. She shows true artistry.
doesnt Do You
The River midnight is a story about a small village. The story is a little hard to follow at first but once all the characters and their personalities are established, its entirely too hard to put down. I have become so addicted to this book that I have read it 3 times in the past 4 months.
Llallayue
The book is delightful. The condition of the book was as described . The setting and the subject are of interest since my own Grandmother came from that time period in Poland and not unlike the story experienced the political outrages of poverty inflicted by the Russian/Polish on the Jewish people.
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