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My First Sony

by Benny Barbash

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For those of us who loved reading 'Catcher in the Rye' here is a wonderful story delivered in the same vein: through the voice of a young, sensitive child, whose sentences run into each other with barely a stop, because he is not only the witness of the disintegration of his family, but is tested to the limit by it. This intense flow is cut off at the very end, because the protagonist finds himself at a loss of words at the last twist of the story. So will you.

His father, whom he adores despite his many vices, gives him a tape recorder, which the author uses as a literary device to capture the voice and breath patterns of the other characters.

I simply loved this story, and thought that the voice was profoundly authentic.

Five stars. ( )
  Uvi_Poznansky | May 28, 2014 |
10-year-old Yotam relays the fate of his dysfunctional yet loving family through the recordings he makes on a tape recorder he gets from his father. This stream-of-consciousness story takes a few pages to get into since Yotam transcribes recorded conversations that he doesn't always himself understand - although the reader does - along with his own ponderings and tangents thrown in. It never ceases to be fascinating, though, even borderline addictive, since you can virtually feel every person's passion for the point they're making, whether it be right-wing politics or left, religion or secularism, love or hate. It's a tragic, funny, and sometimes frustrating roller-coaster ride which ultimately describes a microcosm of Israeli contemporary society with its numerous and inherently disparate views on life. ( )
3 vote -Eva- | Jul 19, 2012 |
Laughs and tears in an ultimately heartbreaking story about a son's struggle for attention and understanding from his dysfunctional dad and all-too functional mum in modern day Israel - funny so that it hurts, too, but the ending is truly tragic. ( )
  murunbuchstansangur | Apr 17, 2009 |
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Asraf gives his ten-year-old son a Sony Walkman. Yossam simply uses it to record all the conversations of his mad, maddening family. This normal, unhappy Israeli family is held together by festive meals, which provoke outrageous rows between generations about history, politics, sex and religion.

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