18 February 2014

Today's Read: The Book of Jonah by Joshua Max Feldman

The Book of Jonah by Joshual Max FeldmanImagine you were an ordinary, modern, ambitious guy working to get ahead at your New York City law firm. Now suppose that you had a vision from God, right in the middle of a Scotch-filled office event. That's what happened to thirty-two-year-old Jonah Jacobstein. What will he do if he suddenly develops a conscience?

Jonah knew the 59th Street subway station well enough that he did not have to look up from his iPhone as he made his way among its corridors and commuters to the track. He felt lucky as he came down the stairs to the platform to see a train just pulling in—he boarded without breaking his stride, took a seat by the door of the nearly empty car, went on typing. A crowd of people flooded in at the next station, but Jonah felt he'd had a long enough day that he need not give up seat. But then an older woman—frumpy, blue-haired, with a grandmotherly sweet face and a tiny bell of a nose—ended up standing directly before him, and Jonah decided to do the right thing and he stood.
The Book of Jonah by Joshua Max Feldman (Macmillan / Henry Holt & Co., 2014, p. 1)

Quick Facts
  • Setting: current times, New York City, Amsterdam, Las Vegas
  • Circumstances: Jonah, a not particularly religious young man, must decide if he is having visions from God or whether he's going mad. If the former, then what is expected of him?
  • Genre: contemporary fiction; biblical retelling; roots in midrash
  • Characters: Jonah, city lawyer on the rise; Judith, Boston art expert, feeling lost; their loves, family, and colleagues
  • Themes: how would you know if you were called by God; good vs. evil; one man against a city; lessons from the biblical Jonah as they apply to the modern world; can we save others from themselves
  • What I know so far: interesting premise; not religious in a traditional sense; writing is detailed; am reserving judgment at the moment because I've really just started it
  • Extras: Joshua Feldman wrote a piece for the Jewish Book Council explaining why he based his novel on the Book of Jonah; the Macmillan site includes an interview with Feldman and a short audio in which the author discusses his background and goals for the novel
ISBN-13: 9780805097764
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Love Africa Book Club 2/18/14, 6:41 AM  

He's got to, right. :)
Thanks for stopping by

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Anonymous,  2/18/14, 6:52 AM  

This book looks really good, adding to my list!
Here is mine today!
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(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea 2/18/14, 6:58 AM  

I like that intro a lot, made me smile, would definitely keep reading. Thanks for participating and enjoy the book.

Juli Rahel 2/18/14, 7:35 AM  

Definitely sounds like it could be interesting! I love those moments here in London as well when a tube or bus arrives just when you walk into the station! Thanks for sharing :)
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Kim@Time2Read 2/18/14, 7:50 AM  

This one sounds interesting! I think I'd keep reading!
Here's mine...

bermudaonion 2/18/14, 8:01 AM  

I love that concept!

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) 2/18/14, 8:11 AM  

I don't know about this one. I like the writing, but I have a hard time with concepts that are pretty big stretches of the imagination (as this one is for me).

Here's Mine: http://www.sarahsbookshelves.com/fiction/first-chapter-first-paragraph-tuesday-intros/

Anonymous,  2/18/14, 8:55 AM  

This book looks interesting. I'll definitely keep an eye out for your review...

Gigi Ann 2/18/14, 9:01 AM  

No, this book is not for me. I hope you enjoy it.

gautami tripathy 2/18/14, 9:09 AM  

I like the intro. I would go on...

Here is my Tuesday Intros post!

rhapsodyinbooks 2/18/14, 9:23 AM  

Hmmm, big NYC lawyer developing a conscience - obviously a fantasy! LOL

JoAnn 2/18/14, 10:10 AM  

Sounds like an interesting concept... LOL at Jill's comment.

Heather 2/18/14, 10:48 AM  

I love the sound of this! Adding it to my list.

Sandra Nachlinger 2/18/14, 11:05 AM  

Jonah sounds like an interesting character. I'm wondering how his attack of conscience will affect his life. Good Teaser.
My Teaser is from SINFUL FOLK.

Jess @ Fairytales and Glitter 2/18/14, 11:35 AM  

Good teaser! This one sounds interesting. Thank you for stopping by.

Daryl 2/18/14, 11:57 AM  

it is a good teaser ... color me intrigued ... thanks

(Diane) bookchickdi 2/18/14, 1:52 PM  

This does sound like an intriguing premise.

Unknown 2/18/14, 2:56 PM  

I don't usually read any religious writing, but this sounds different and interesting. I know the idea has been explored before in books/movies and I definitely think there is room for a good story.

Unknown 2/18/14, 3:21 PM  

I'd keep reading! I hope you enjoy it!

Heather 2/18/14, 4:08 PM  

Not sure if I'd pick up this one, but hope you enjoy the ending. My teaser: The Begonia Bribe

Yvonne 2/18/14, 5:13 PM  

This sounds really interesting.

Nise' 2/18/14, 9:03 PM  

I am very interested in this book. Looking forward to your final thoughts.

Margot 2/19/14, 12:53 AM  

Great introductory paragraph. It makes me want to keep going.

thecuecard 2/19/14, 5:32 PM  

It sounds interesting. I look forward to hearing what you think of it. Cheers. http://www.thecuecard.com/

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