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I think this is the second book that I actually read in Hebrew and finished it Honestly, this is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read It is true that there is a lot of books that I enjoy reading them and I recommend, but for me, to call a book beautiful it is a whole different thing from being called a good and enjoyable The feelings and the place the story takes place in, are the main key in making this book such one The story, I wouldn t call it a happy one butof a TYPICAL I think this is the second book that I actually read in Hebrew and finished it Honestly, this is one of the most beautiful books I have ever read It is true that there is a lot of books that I enjoy reading them and I recommend, but for me, to call a book beautiful it is a whole different thing from being called a good and enjoyable The feelings and the place the story takes place in, are the main key in making this book such one The story, I wouldn t call it a happy one butof a TYPICAL real life story where you get to have some happiness and a lot of sad things and hardships, only through time you are able to learn to coop with it.In life, there is always hardships to remind us that if we want happiness we should work for it Rina, the storyteller in the book, I wouldn t say that I can relate to her, but the truth is she is a typical girl who grows and became a mother, a great one The way we get to look at her life, the way she deals with, her problems and hardships in her life is magnificent, I really fell for her besides, she has some qualities that are rare to find in people Although there is a lot of misfortunes happen in her life, she standstill in front of all the problems I think part of that is because she is positive, her mentality is strong Further, we can t forget to mention her as a mother, because her motherhood is the star of the whole story the heart of a mother is portrayed perfectly I am sure our mothers are the same, they would give their lives for us their children love u mom and thank u A must read Had this book not been set in Israel I would have only given it two stars, because my affinity for the country automatically makes meinclined to seek out Israeli literature and films Still, I have not yet been to Haifa where this book is set, although Every House Needs a Balcony , with its story of a girl growing up in heartbreaking poverty, does not do much to sell the city as a place to visit I generally have a problem with novels that are really autobiographies, and that s what thi Had this book not been set in Israel I would have only given it two stars, because my affinity for the country automatically makes meinclined to seek out Israeli literature and films Still, I have not yet been to Haifa where this book is set, although Every House Needs a Balcony , with its story of a girl growing up in heartbreaking poverty, does not do much to sell the city as a place to visit I generally have a problem with novels that are really autobiographies, and that s what this one seems to be Just like the book s protagonist, the author is Romanian, named Rina and grew up in the Wadi Salib slum of Haifa, and it seems as if this is basically the story of her life Why not just write a autobiography then Anyway, the book had some very touching stories of family life in a one room apartment shared by 4 people additionally, the best and most compelling part of the book is the heartbreaking depiction of the grown up Rina s struggles with a critically ill infant daughter 4.5 , This is a recent translation of a top selling book by an Israeli author I ve always struggled with processing my reaction to translations A good translator maintains the spirit of not only the plot but also the language That said, it can never be flawless and without the translator s imprint The plot is the life story of an Israeli woman She grows up in poverty, the daughter of immigrants The family Mom, Dad, narrator sister shares a single room and the young narrator spends a lot of t This is a recent translation of a top selling book by an Israeli author I ve always struggled with processing my reaction to translations A good translator maintains the spirit of not only the plot but also the language That said, it can never be flawless and without the translator s imprint The plot is the life story of an Israeli woman She grows up in poverty, the daughter of immigrants The family Mom, Dad, narrator sister shares a single room and the young narrator spends a lot of time observing her own family as well as her neighbors When she is older, she meets a wealthy man and briefly relocates to Barcelona before returning to her native land to have a child.I expected to really enjoy this novel The plot sounds up my alley and it is a character driven story However, it really lost me in the telling hence the author translator ponderings The chapters alternate between first person accounts of the narrator s childhood and third person accounts of her adult life While that kept the timelines distinct, it was jarring hopefully the editors will catch the few errors in the voice that are in the proof version Neither voice captivated me I like flawed characters so don t need a perfect heroine, but I never felt connected to the main character I don t like not liking books I did a few internet searches and did find a reviewer with similar sentimentsthat made me feel better Fine story but lost in the telling.whether that is the author or the translator is something I can t judge This reviews is based on a proof version provided to me by HarperCollins L ho letto insieme al gruppo di lettura di cui faccio parte Stiamo leggendo un filone di autori israeliani e questo il secondo di tre Devo dire che non mi ha colpito molto, la trama semplice e realistica senza troppi colpi di scena Ora io non conosco molto Israele e la religione ebraica, questo libro mi ha fatto un po di chiarezza Ma giusto un po rispetto al primo libro tra giorni e un bambino mi ha dato pi spiegazioni e pi informazioni su diverse citt israeliane Per anche qu L ho letto insieme al gruppo di lettura di cui faccio parte Stiamo leggendo un filone di autori israeliani e questo il secondo di tre Devo dire che non mi ha colpito molto, la trama semplice e realistica senza troppi colpi di scena Ora io non conosco molto Israele e la religione ebraica, questo libro mi ha fatto un po di chiarezza Ma giusto un po rispetto al primo libro tra giorni e un bambino mi ha dato pi spiegazioni e pi informazioni su diverse citt israeliane Per anche questo libro, d molte cose per scontate e se non si conosce quella cultura risulta difficile capirle Sconsigliato se si vuole fare chiarezza sulla cultura israeliana sono sicurissimo che esistono romanzi pi appassionanti e che fanno pi chiarezza, con magari una buona traduzione e qualche nota sotto o a fine libro Sono poche pagine, ma si fanno molte pause a cercare su internet dei termini sconosciuti alla nostra cultura occidentale Se voglio leggere qualcosa su Israele, il libro non ha centrato troppo l obbiettivo Se voglio semplicemente leggere un bel romanzo, anche l carente In ogni caso scorrevole tolti i termini di cui parlavo e quindi non mi sento di dare una stella e considerarlo pessimo Ma 2 stelle 2 e mezzo non gliele leva nessuno Per concludere, non consigliato Just couldn t read past the first 50 promising pages where the closeness of lives on a crowded street on Israel, lives lived in view and hearing of the neighbors, was intriguing and warm and fascinating After the story got mired in details of people who seemed unrelated and with no depth, it lost its originality and piquancy Alas. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Interesting story of the life of Rina Frank, the daughter of Romanian immigrants, who grew up in Hafia, Israel in a small, cramped apartment with a narrow balcony which provided the family with a view of their world The apartment is in the Wadi Salib slum of Hafia As an adult she meets and falls in love with a very wealthy Jewish man who lives in Spain They eventually marry and live a wealthy and privileged life in Barcelona When Rina becomes pregnant, she insists that she and her husband mo Interesting story of the life of Rina Frank, the daughter of Romanian immigrants, who grew up in Hafia, Israel in a small, cramped apartment with a narrow balcony which provided the family with a view of their world The apartment is in the Wadi Salib slum of Hafia As an adult she meets and falls in love with a very wealthy Jewish man who lives in Spain They eventually marry and live a wealthy and privileged life in Barcelona When Rina becomes pregnant, she insists that she and her husband move back to Haifia When the baby Noa arrives, she has multiple serious medical problems The constant stress caused by the baby s complicated medical problems puts a great strain on Rina s marriage and she and her husband drift further and further apart until he has an affair and falls out of love with Rina Rina becomesanddedicated to her daughter s health issues to the detriment of any other priorities in her life The marriage ends allowing Rina to dedicate her whole life to her daughter I found this to be a good story and a good look at different cultures Israel and Spain I thought the book ended very abruptlyI would have likedclosure regarding Rina and her baby.l *Free Kindle ☟ Every House Needs a Balcony: A Novel ☔ An international bestseller and publishing phenomenon, Every House Needs a Balcony dubbed the Israeli Kite Runner by The Bookseller is the story of one family, one home, and the surprising arc of one woman s life, from the poverty of her youth, to the glowing love and painful losses of her adult years If you enjoy the novels of Dalia Sofer The Septembers of Shiraz , Amos Oz My Michael, A Tale of Love and Darkness , and AB Yehoshua Mr Mani , you ll find much to love in Rina Frank s beautiful and bittersweet Every House Needs a Balcony Straszliwie si um czy am Je li b d chcia a poczyta o wielokulturowo ci wr c do Chicago Je li b d chcia a poczyta o ydach si gn po Ligock Ka dy dom nie zachwyci mnie niczym I raczej nie zanosi si , ebym kiedy wr ci a do tej ksi ki Autorka namiesza a z chronologi wydarze do tego stopnia, e powie jest po prostu chaotyczna Zanim wszystko zacznie si uk ada w ca o , trzeba si nie le nag owi , o co w og le chodzi Mieszaj si miejsca, czasy, bohaterowie Mo e i at Straszliwie si um czy am Je li b d chcia a poczyta o wielokulturowo ci wr c do Chicago Je li b d chcia a poczyta o ydach si gn po Ligock Ka dy dom nie zachwyci mnie niczym I raczej nie zanosi si , ebym kiedy wr ci a do tej ksi ki Autorka namiesza a z chronologi wydarze do tego stopnia, e powie jest po prostu chaotyczna Zanim wszystko zacznie si uk ada w ca o , trzeba si nie le nag owi , o co w og le chodzi Mieszaj si miejsca, czasy, bohaterowie Mo e i atwiej by oby to wszystko ogarn , gdyby powie by a wci gaj ca A nie jest Najwi ksz zalet tej ksi ki jest jej tytu , a to zdecydowanie nie wystarczy, by nazwa j dobr Although a lot of things happen in this book it feltlike a list of family events than a fluid novel The chapters move alternately between Rina as a stubborn young girl and Rina as a stubborn some might say selfish adult The bones of a good story are there but I just never felt emotionally drawn to the characters Perhaps it lost something in the translation The cover of the review copy states that it is an International Bestseller so other readers may have a different reaction.