Friday, February 5, 2021

The Way Back by Gavriel Savit - HIGH

The Way Back by Gavriel Savit
, 360 pages. Alfred A. Knopf (Penguin Random House), 2020. $19. 

Language: G (2 swears); Mature Content PG; Violence: PG 



Yehuda Leib and Bluma, two children of a tiny village called Tupik, encounter the Angel of Death. This sends them on a dangerous journey through the Far Country, where demons dwell. To survive, they must make pacts with ancient demons as they try to achieve what each seeks, and to find the way back out. 

Since this story draws from Jewish folk tradition, readers not familiar with Jewish traditions may find parts of the book confusing. However, the prose is beautifully written. The Far Country is a perilous place and there are lots of unhappy dead. The premise is interesting and thought provoking, and will raise questions about what it means to truly live and whether Death is friend or foe or both. 

 Michelle in the Middle 

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