Intriguing, Poetic and Mystic Prose
It's a long time since I've read a book as intriguing as Global Dawn in which there really is something for everyone. Definitely has my vote as one of the best novels to appear on bookshelves this year - and it doesn't have that "first novel" feel about it where you have to forgive all the mistakes before you can start enjoying the real content. I loved Deborah Gelbard's rich, poetic and mystic descriptions of the desert landscape, the Galilee and Jerusalem. You even get to see a ghost or two, and somehow, appearing as it does in the middle of a setting she's prepared so well, it seems perfectly acceptable - not off-the-wall or anything. The whole question of where the dividing line is between normal and crazy kind of hangs about the book. There's one place in the dialog, where Reuven's described as 'sounding like an off-the-wall prophet', but that's about all the hint you get of what might be behind his wild behavior. But then, if you watch him more carefully, you can get clues about his mental state - like, for example, the way he lashes out at Ora without warning, and the way the strange look in his eyes begins to disturb her. Somehow, we never quite believe in him as a prophet - perhaps it's all those speeches he makes that give the impression he's trying a bit too hard to convince us. It's interesting, though, to observe his charismatic manipulations: how people get sucked into his web, the tactics he uses and then, the way it all goes sour and he loses credibility. I don't want to give away the end to anyone who hasn't read the book, but I think the author's done a great job of keeping us guessing all the way through about who Reuven really is, whether he's a prophet or just crazy, and whether he actually has the power to make Global Dawn happen. There's something new to keep your attention on every page, too. No chance of getting bored in the middle of a tired plot -Global Dawn's full of dramatic surprises with dark phantoms of the past, bloody realities of now, jealousies between Reuven's string of women, poetic mystic visions and a great final twist -definitely something for everyone. Enjoy.
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