The Big Jump

April 10, 2017

BOOK DESCRIPTION

A life in short stories

In The Big Jump, Shmuel Cohavi narrates charming and memorable moments from his life. The stories touch upon growing up in the young Israeli state, daily life in the Kibbutz, family relations, school and adolescence, love affairs and much more, covering the entire lifetime of the author.

Real-life stories that will touch you

Why did the Kibbutz youth laugh at their elders? What happens when two Kibbutz boys visit their family in the big city? Find out in these memorable anecdotes from the Kibbutz life, Israeli Defense Force service, university life, family gatherings and daily routine at work. All delivered with great charm and unmatched authenticity.

A humorous and charming picture of Israeli life

The short and precise stories in this book come together to create a colorful kaleidoscope. Prepare to meet unforgettable characters from Israeli life and delve into a lifetime of love, laughter and memories.

REVIEW

For those who are unfamiliar with a kibbutz, it literally means a “gathering or clustering”. It is a collective community in Israel that was traditionally based on agriculture. The first kibbutz was established in 1909 in a place called Degania Alef, located in Northern Israel. Today, farming has been somewhat displaced by other economic branches, by way of industrial plants and high-tech enterprises. I only mention this here because as I was reading through some of the reviews, I noticed that quite a few people had never heard of a kibbutz before. I have known about these communities since I was a young boy in the eighties because one of my older brothers left Ireland to travel the world, and ended up living in a kibbutz for a time. So, when I came across this book by author Shmuel Cohavy, it immediately sparked off my interest and curiosity again.

The Jump is a collection of brief short stories that revolves around the authors’ own life as he grew up in Israel. It’s an honest and personal reflection about family, school days, life in the Israeli Defense Forces and love. This collection of memories is more of stream-of-consciousness as opposed to the regular autobiographical style that people are familiar with. Though stream of consciousness is commonly associated with the work of novelists such as James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and William Faulkner, the method has also been used effectively by writers of creative nonfiction. If you allow yourself to overcome this aspect, this becomes a very enjoyable, entertaining and humorous read.

A poet, novelist and playwright, Shmuel Cohavy was born on an agricultural commune (Kibbutz) in northern Israel. After leaving the kibbutz he made a ‘detour’ to work as a copper miner, studied history and film at Tel Aviv University, worked in a variety of other positions until he settled into a career in real-estate tax law.

He has written many plays and as a result of his talent and creativity, they have been presented in the Finborough Theater’s stage in London. His radio drama scripts have also be broadcasted. He has a well-earned reputation and his work frequently makes the rounds in the Israeli media.

‘This is his third book to be published in English. Previously published are his scripts “Unprotected Shore” and “Out there in the Forest” as well as a number of poems and novels.’

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Shmuel Cohavy is a poet, novelist and playwright. Shmuel was born on an agricultural commune (Kibbutz) in northern Israel. Leaving the Kibbutz, Shmuel made a detour to work as a copper miner in Eilat, studied history and film in Tel Aviv University, worked in various positions until eventually settling into a career in real-estate tax law.
Both talented and imaginative, Cohavy wrote many plays, of which various portions went on to be performed on the Finborough Theater’s stage in London. Additionally, his radio drama scripts were broadcasted. His name and reputation have made rounds in the Israeli media.

This is his third book to be published in English. Previously published are his scripts “Unprotected Shore” and “Out there in the Forest” as well as a number of poems and novels.

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