Today, 8 of us inaugurated the Israel Book Club at the JCC with the 2006 Meir Shalev novel, A Pigeon and a Boy. It was an great discussion with active participation from all (even those who had not read the book). We started with the surface meaning of the work (“finding home”), then looked at layers explicit and implied in the book, ultimately seeing the main character’s life being portrayed as a potential metaphor for Israel during its inception and its first generation. The interplay of ideas was stimulating and fun. There were serious times and silly times and even a bit of mutual- and self-affirmation, as we expanded the book discussion to our pre-Asheville and Asheville lives and experiences!
If you weren’t able to attend the first Israeli Book Club meeting because the meeting time doesn’t fit your schedule, let us know! We may be able to change the date and time to fit your schedule.