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The international bestseller a compelling love story from the leading Israeli novelist of his generation We could be like two people who inject themselves with truth serum, and at long last have to tell it the truth I want to be able to say to myself, I bled truth with her, yes, thats what I want Be a knife for me, and I, I swear, will be a knife for youAn awkward, neurotic seller of rare books writes a desperate letter to a beautiful stranger whom he sees at a class reunion This simple, lonely attempt at seduction begins a love affair of words between Yair and Miriam, two married, middle aged adults, dissatisfied with their lives, yearning for the connection that has always eluded them and, eventually, reawakened to feelings that they thought had passed them by Their correspondence unfolds into an exchange of their most naked confessions of desire, childhood tragedies, joys, and humiliations Through the dialogue between Yair a family man and surprisingly successful adulterer, whose complex, guarded letters reveal a life of secrets kept from the people closest to him and Miriam, at first deceptively open and warm, who fills her life with distraction to avoid a past full of painful secrets, Be My Knife explores the nature and the limits of intimacy A deep departure from David Grossmans previous work, Be My Knife is his subtlest, most passionate novel yet A 30 something father is discontented with his life and reignites when he spots a female childhood friend at a book fair He begins writing to her and this is indeed that quaint thing a book of letters, rendered a bit of a curio these days with email, instant messaging and the like So first we have 200 pages of his overwrought angst since he doesn t actually meet her in the flesh throughout the vast majority of this She does reply but since we don t see her responses he is basically writing into a vacuum as far as the reader is concerned There is no limit on his emotions through being bounded by a second person, it s largely him talking to himself And he is not a very likable person accordingly, seeming somewhat self obsessed and indulgent.The book moves on when they finally do meet and although it is largely a sex scene, it s done in a very affecting way that utterly reveals both characters through it.Then we have the woman s responses, also in a monologue form of a journal There are several ways for the author to have attacked this Does the timeline of her journal match that of his letters No, it occurs after their meeting up in a motel Is her language at a similar fevered pitch to his, in which case both characters risk being throughly unsympathetic No, she is quieter, reflective, less extreme But then I ask myself what she sees in him even if he represents her breaking out of her routinised life, he is clearly not suitable for such a sensibility as hers So i think the author backed himself into an impossible corner here That is not to say her section isn t powerfully moving as she toils with her autistic son and is a far better representation of motherhood, than his section is about fatherhood.And then we have the third and final section A series of phone calls between the two over an event that happens in the man s house This is the first time they genuinely relate, as in they are present together in the moment and actually conversing And of course they re not really They re not really making a connection, he is not really listening to her She cannot see his face to judge her reactions, since he is down the other end of a telephone line However, I found the event itself so shocking, I actually felt this was the best part of the novel But it also didn t seem to fit with the rest of the novel Although the characters were the same, the shock of them actually being on the same page was strangely jolting It did seem to come from another book altogether A very strange effect to wreak on the reader and not one intended I m guessing.I found the book a slog, particularly the first 180 pages or so because I just couldn t get into his self pity and patent unlikableness But I gave it 3 stars for sections 2 and 3 even though I didn t think they made the book hang together as a whole. I ve read glowing reports but I found it a bit creepy, in fact it made my skin crawlugh I bought it as a gift.I ve already read it in Italian, so no surprise about the content.Nice cover, nice lettering.I m satisfied.