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Beaufort by Ron Leshem

Beaufort (2005)

by Ron Leshem

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Beaufort by Ron Leshem is a riveting story about a company of Israeli soldiers who are manning a isolated IDF outpost atop a hill in a medieval Crusader castle. The time is the year 2000 when Israel was involved in a war with the Hezbollah. This is a very realistic look at modern day warfare, and the author has the ability to plant the reader right in the middle of these young men as we share their day to day world of mental stress, sweat and fear. Both the monotony and the anxiety of a solders’ life is depicted vividly.

Excellently translated from it’s original Hebrew by Evan Fallenberg, the story unfolds through the eyes of the main character, a young platoon leader called Liraz “Erez” Liberti . His descriptions of the endless conversations that the soldiers use to not only relieve the mind-numbing boredom and their homesickness, but also to help break the tension of being under the constant threat of death shows how these man have created their own world and part of their private world is their ever evolving language that is laced with black humor and all things sexual.

The writing is exceptional and as it is based on true events at times it’s hard to remember that this is a fictional novel not a personal memoir. Beaufort is a book that I found emotional draining yet so incredibly real that I feel that I have a much clearer insight into the thoughts and feelings of not just Israeli soldiers, but young men from all nations who are sent off to war. ( )
2 vote DeltaQueen50 | Feb 9, 2014 |
סיפור מבריק על מבצר הבופור, אהבתי מאוד את הספר וממ​ליץ על קריאתו, בעברית הוא נקרא "אם יש גן עדן". ממו​
  yosiwolf | May 3, 2011 |
Far superior to the already powerful film adaptation I recently saw (thank you BBC4!) - The main protagonist - Liraz - a young infantry Lieutenant, finds himself in a position of command at the remote IDF outpost atop the hill at Beaufort - a medieval Crusader fortress ruin - in turn of the century south Lebanon. It is the weeks leading up to Israel's final withdrawl from this front. After a lengthy period of disillusionment and despair at the regular losses for those 'back home' starts to pervade the surroundings at Beaufort, young Liraz's own certainties start to evaporate just as the increasing isolation is felt in the fog and the rain... He only wants to lead his men the way he knows is right, and circumstances are fast overtaking him. "They say we took this mountain for nothing, that we didn't need it, all those who died here...took it for nothing??"

Ron Leshem's writing has the dialogue and the description to set the scene with authenticity. The men of the warren-like 'underground on a mountain top' outpost are all waiting for something. For leave, for their girlfriend, for their dreams of breakfast, for the end? The book has the feel of a thriller, as the tension rises and closes in... Quite an intense read. ( )
  Polaris- | Jan 26, 2011 |
Put this war story between Red Badge of Courage and Catch 22. This is the story of a group of Israeli soldiers sent to defend the outpost at Beaufort as seen through the eyes of their young commander, Erez. The story can be brutal and leads to Erez’s questioning of the war itself. Questions and doubt are dangerous for this group of commandos who must depend on each other for survival. Put this war story between Red Badge of Courage and Catch 22; it has elements of both—a young man’s coming of age and the illogical situations created by war. ( )
  EssFair | Nov 22, 2008 |
A claustrophobic and realistic narration of the war experience from the fighters' point of view. Never mind that this takes place at Beaufort Castle in Southern Lebanon (which the IDF captured in 1982 and used as a security base until 2000) - this could be anywhere. Of course the specific politics of the Israel vs. the Arab world is particular to this area, but the Band-of-Brothers aura is, I think, universal. The paranoia and fear of these young men will tear your heart out, but the very next moment, their youthful exuberance will make you giggle with glee. The love that exists between these men, who rely on each other for their very survival, is so astounding that at times you will wish that you had been there, that you had been one of them. Of course, like Bialik said, "reading a work of art in translation is like kissing somebody through a handkerchief," but Evan Fallenberg has done an amazing job with the poetry and poignancy of the original text and, most humorously, with the army slang. When you read this, you will be cast from utter despair to laughter and back again, and when you come out of the somewhat draining experience, you will find yourself a little less condemning, a little less judgmental than you went in - walking a mile in someone else's boots tends to do that to you. ( )
  -Eva- | Jun 2, 2008 |
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Er wird nicht mehr

Jonathan wird uns nicht mehr alt und hässlich werden sehen. "Wir werden nie wieder so gut aussehen wie jetzt", hat er immer gesgt, und ich hab darauf immer gefragt, ob das etwa ermutigend sein soll, denn das ist es nicht.

Sag mal, bist du unterbelichtet? Wieso kennst du dieses Spiel nicht? Es kann doch nicht sein, dass du es nicht kennst. Es heißt "Er wird nicht mehr", und das spielen alle, wenn ihnen ein Kamerad getötet wird.
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By turns subversive and darkly comic, brutal and tender, Ron Leshem’s debut novel is an international literary sensation, winner of Israel’s top award for literature and the basis for a prizewinning film. Charged with brilliance and daring, hypnotic in its intensity, Beaufort is at once a searing coming-of-age story and a novel for our times—one of the most powerful, visceral portraits of the horror, camaraderie, and absurdity of war in modern fiction.

Beaufort. To the handful of Israeli soldiers occupying the ancient crusader fortress, it is a little slice of hell—a forbidding, fear-soaked enclave perched atop two acres of land in southern Lebanon, surrounded by an enemy they cannot see. And to the thirteen young men in his command, Twenty-one-year-old Lieutenant Liraz “Erez” Liberti is a taskmaster, confessor, and the only hope in the face of attacks that come out of nowhere and missions seemingly designed to get them all killed.

All around them, tension crackles in the air. Long stretches of boredom and black humor are punctuated by flashes of terror. And the threat of death is constant. But in their stony haven, Erez and his soldiers have created their own little world, their own rules, their own language. And here Erez listens to his men build castles out of words, telling stories, telling lies, talking incessantly of women, sex, and dead comrades. Until, in the final days of the occupation, Erez and his squad of fed-up, pissed-off, frightened young soldiers are given one last order: a mission that will shatter all remaining illusions—and stand as a testament to the universal, gut-wrenching futility of war.

The basis for the Academy Award-nominated film of the same name.

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The diary of Liraz Liberti, a twenty-one-year-old member of an Israeli commando team stationed at Beaufort, a Crusader fort in southern Lebanon, records the experiences of the soldiers as they deal with near-constant bombardment by Hezbollah.

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