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Als Neurochirurg Etan Grien mitten in der Nacht einen illegalen Einwanderer überfährt und erkennt, dass der Mann sterben wird, trifft er eine folgenschwere Entscheidung: Er lässt den Mann liegen und meldet den Unfall nicht. Doch am nächsten Morgen steht die Frau des Opfers vor seiner Haustür und macht Etan einen ungewöhnlichen Vorschlag, der sein Leben komplett umkrempelt.Als Neurochirurg Etan Grien mitten in der Nacht einen illegalen Einwanderer überfährt und erkennt, dass der Mann sterben wird, trifft er eine folgenschwere Entscheidung: Er lässt den Mann liegen und meldet den Unfall nicht. Doch am nächsten Morgen steht die Frau des Opfers vor seiner Haustür und macht Etan einen ungewöhnlichen Vorschlag, der sein Leben komplett umkrempelt. Löwen wecken ist die Geschichte eines Mannes, der einen falschen Schritt tut und diesen Weg dann weiterverfolgen muss. Ein stürmischer Roman, der sich in der stark umkämpften Grauzone zwischen Liebe und Hass, Schuld und Vergebung, Gut und Böse bewegt, und der zeigt, wie zerbrechlich unser geordnetes Leben eigentlich ist....

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ISBN : 9783036957142
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Number of Pages : 432 Pages
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Löwen wecken Reviews

  • Diane S ☔
    2019-05-02 13:16

    I actually finished his book several weeks ago but it presented me with quite a conundrum. I continually wavered in my thoughts, my rating and what to say in my review. There is no doubt that this is an important book, a brilliantly written one, but the book is so dense, slowly paced and one I didn't mind putting down. I never considered not finishing it though, as it is written about refugees in the country of Israel, and I never realized they were having their own refugee crisis.On the surface it is about a good man, a doctor, a healer, who makes a terrible mistake which costs him dearly. After leaving the hospital one night, letting off steam he races down a dark road and hits and kills a man, he didn't see. Knowing the terrible cost to his life, he leaves the man, an African, and returns home. This will bring Sirkit into his life, the dead man's wife, who will blackmail him into providing medical care to other illegal African refugees,This is about one man's awakening to the problems in his own country, the plight of these refugees, with few resources, no access to even basic care and the routes they take to earn a living. It will put him in danger, and show him things he never thought to see. An indepth and thorough view of a man in a moral crisis and the prejudice inherit in many countries confronted with refugees they do not want, nor care to acknowledge. Very grim, but eye opening. I guess every country has a share and opinion in this ongoing crisis. A good, worthy book that will provoke much thought and discussion.

  • Roberto
    2019-04-25 16:05

    La gente passa la vita sentendosi a disagioLa vita ci porta spesso a inserire il pilota automatico, ad assuefarci ad uno stato di cose che magari, sotto sotto, non ci è completamente confacente. Una sorta di torpore che ci impedisce di prendere il toro per le corna, di cambiare ciò che non ci piace, di reagire. Siamo appagati o sonnolenti? Rilassati o rassegnati?"La nostra esistenza presuppone che quel che è stato è quel che sarà. Che anche oggi sarà come ieri, come ieri l’altro"Ma basta poco. Può succedere qualcosa, un evento inaspettato, una causa fortuita. E il leone che può essere dentro ciascuno di noi si può risvegliare e iniziare a ruggire, a colpire, a sbranare. E ci possiamo ritrovare a fare cose che nemmeno ci immaginavamo in grado di affrontare. Siamo sicuri di conoscerci a fondo? E soprattutto di volerci conoscere a fondo?Di cosa parla questo bel libro di Gundar-Goshen? Di immigrazione o di rapporti di coppia? Di razzismo o falsità dei rapporti matrimoniali?"Emigrare significa lasciare un posto per un altro, trascinandoti attaccato alla caviglia con una catena d’acciaio il posto che hai lasciato. Se emigrare è difficile, è perché è dura camminare per il mondo con un intero paese legato alla caviglia."Ma anche un matrimonio a volte può essere equiparato a una forma di emigrazione, dove si lasciano certe abitudini per prenderne altre. E a volte si può faticare, anche se si prova, ad accettare la nuova dimensione.Una bella lettura, un romanzo intelligente, ricco di spunti di riflessione, imprevedibile e scritto con uno stile quasi cinematografico. E con un finale che, nonostante l'impressione immediata, ha il suo senso. I leoni, alla fine, ritornano sempre a sonnecchiare...

  • zumurruddu
    2019-05-06 13:21

    Che ruggiscano questi leoni, diamine!Tre stelle e mezzo.È questo un romanzo interessante sotto molti aspetti. In primo luogo perché ci colloca, nella sua ambientazione, nel bel mezzo di quella frattura tra “primo mondo” e “terzo mondo”, in quella faglia dove si producono più attriti e scontri, dove le contraddizioni esplodono (purtroppo in senso letterale), e benessere e miseria si guardano in faccia più che mai da vicino; si tratta di Israele, un paese dove la violenza è sempre in agguato e si allunga a lambire le linde villette con le cucine dai ripiani di marmo levigato e acciaio inossidabile.E dove esiste pure l’immigrazione clandestina e il suo sfruttamento, il razzismo, la facciata di buoni sentimenti e l’insofferenza, il rancore. Come in ogni bravo paese ricco, come in ogni isola di benessere che vorrebbe tenere fuori la sofferenza altrui.Anche noi in fondo vediamo la miseria in faccia tutti i giorni e preferiamo non guardare. E così il protagonista di questo romanzo, che si sente al sicuro con la sua famiglia e nella sua villetta impeccabile (“come un’esposizione di mobili”), anche lui ha sempre preferito non guardare, ma a un certo punto della sua vita investe un uomo con la jeep, un eritreo, lo ammazza, e anche allora pensa di poter continuare a non guardare. Ma stavolta non potrà. Stavolta la sofferenza altrui arriverà a sporcare il marmo levigato e l’acciaio inossidabile. Stavolta i leoni si sono svegliati. E le certezze crollano, gli appigli di una vita si staccano. Anche se solo per un breve parentesi (il finale mi ha lasciato insoddisfatta).Il romanzo parte con una tensione altissima, da thriller, poi rallenta dare maggior spazio all’analisi psicologica dei personaggi; anche questo è un elemento di grande interesse, soprattutto per il ritratto della famigliola tipo, quel luogo dove tutto dovrebbe andare bene ma che mostra invece crepe e fragilità, solitudine e incomunicabilità.“una famiglia seduta a tavola è in realtà una collezione di momenti sbriciolati. Impossibile sapere di cosa si sono vergognati gli altri oggi, di cosa sono stati orgogliosi. Cosa hanno voluto, e cosa hanno detestato. Non se ne parla. Masticano purè e cotolette.”Tuttavia mi pare che questo scavo psicologico talvolta sfugga di mano all’autrice, facendola perdere in divagazioni poco rilevanti.Un po’ è anche per questo che penalizzo il romanzo togliendo mezza stella alle quattro che si meriterebbe per l’interesse dei temi trattati.Ma è anche e soprattutto per il fatto che qui la scrittura (peraltro molto buona, efficace) andrebbe a mio parere assolutamente *asciugata* - non saprei come meglio esprimerlo.Provo con un esempio: a un certo punto si dice che due persone parlano in modo forzato, “come se non fossero lui e Liat a parlare, ma le persone che avrebbero dovuto essere”; direi che è chiaro a sufficienza e non c’è bisogno di aggiungere “come i mobili comprati all’Ikea, che sembrano sempre un po’ strani quando si montano in casa, come se avessero nostalgia della stanza dove si trovavano prima, sul catalogo”, che peraltro, anziché chiarire, mi lascia alquanto perplessa.Ecco, l’autrice indulge in questa tendenza a infarcire il racconto di pensieri e similitudini di pertinenza discutibile o che lasciano un po’ il tempo che trovano.Nel complesso, comunque, un libro che sono contenta di aver letto, che non mi ha lasciato indifferente.

  • Simona Stoica
    2019-05-23 13:19

    „Durerea și mângâierea vorbesc aceeași limbă.”

  • Aprile
    2019-04-29 12:11

    i leoni possono essere svegliati ma riescono anche a riprender sonnoL’intensità della mia soddisfazione alla lettura è diretta conseguenza dell’impegno che deve aver dedicato Ayelet Gundar-Goshen nel tener sotto controllo la materia da lei trattata nel suo libro. E’ un romanzo dai molteplici aspetti, dai molteplici temi, colori, razze, interessi, bassezze, virtù, fatti e pensieri. E’ al tempo stesso un noir - e di livello -, una cronaca, un’accurata analisi psicologica, un report sociologico, una storia d’amore, anzi più storie d’amore, di diversi tipi di amore, e comunque un mosaico i cui tantissimi tasselli diversi formano l’insieme. Israeliani, eritrei, beduini, bianco e nero, Israele negli anni di Obama. Una famiglia più che benestante e istruita, un medico, un ispettore di polizia, due figli. E poi la storia familiare passata, gli ambienti di lavoro, il kibbutz e il turismo, i rifugiati, il male e il bene che coesistono spesso nella stessa persona e addirittura nella stessa azione, il crimine, trasversale a tutti i ceti sociali e culturali, il deserto, la sabbia e la polvere che ricopre Be’er Sheva. Ogni capitolo potrebbe dar vita a discussioni, ad analisi. Si può rimaner colpiti da fatti storici o sociali, o da quelli più impalpabili, relativi ai moti dello spirito e alle decisioni inattese del cuore e della mente.E’ un bellissimo libro. Moderno e atavico.

  • Maria Roxana
    2019-05-04 15:29

    O carte pe care am citit-o cu sufletul la gură! Nu are o intrigă simplă de thriller, autoarea știind să dea o anume adâncime emoțională situațiilor și trăirilor personajelor. Ayelet Gundar-Goshen aștept cu neărăbdare și următoarea carte!!”Poate așa se întâmplă întotdeauna. Doi oameni care se întâlnesc sunt de fapt patru. Fiecare poartă cu sine figura celuilalt, așa cum i-a rămas în amintire. O clipă de deziluzie, când amintirea e mai frumoasă decât cea pe care o reîntâlnim. O clipă de uimire, când cel pe care îl reîntâlnim e cu mult mai impresionant decât cel pe care ni-l amintim. O frântură de clipă de când ne despărțim, unul cu regret, celălalt cu bucurie, de omul care ne rămâne în minte. Un om își privește tatăl de care i-a fost frică, iubitul de care i-a fost dor, copilul pe care și l-a urcat pe genunchi. Și, chiar daca s-a despărțit de ei ieri, e deja suficient pentru ca tatăl să i se pară enervant de bătrân, iubitul înfricoșător de banal, iar copilul uluitor de mare. Așa că, înainte de întâlnire, omul din fața ta trebuie să-și ceară scuze pentru trădare, pentru faptul că și-a permis să fie atât de diferit de modelul din imaginația ta.”

  • Katherine
    2019-05-23 17:29

    Blowing off steam after a hard day of work, a doctor hits an Eritrean man with his S.U.V. What he decides to do next changes everything. The next day, the victim's wife shows up at his doorstep. The protagonist is left with no other choice but to do as she says. And thus starts the thrilling Waking Lions, a powerful and masterfully translated story of secrets, surprise, and character. I took my time with this story, as page-turning as it was. Ayelet Gundar-Goshen has accomplished something I seek and admire in fiction: the ability to blend intimate character driven complexities with a high stakes plot. As the perspectives shifted from each character, the intricacies emerged gradually to reveal raw and flawed people from vastly different privileges. By the end of Waking Lions I felt lucky to have seen the private facets of these characters. It's introversion demanded a contemplative attention. I'm happy I didn't let myself rush.Many readers may feel relief during the novel's climax. As new characters are peppered in and connections are made, the buildup becomes intense. I wondered how the protagonists would handle the energy, if they could. Waking Lions is a unique and impressive novel, not to be missed. I received my copy through the Goodreads First Reads Giveaways in exchange for an honest review.

  • Jeanne
    2019-05-06 12:18

    Waking Lions, by Israeli-born Ayelet Gundar-Goshen, is one of the most moving books I've read this year. While its story is complicated – mostly but not solely told from the perspectives of an Israeli doctor and an Eritrean immigrant – it considers moral responsibility. While driving fast after a late surgery, Eitan hit and killed an illegal immigrant from Eritrea, then fled the scene fearing the consequences. Sirkit, the dead man's wife, went to Eitan's house to return his wallet, which had been left at the scene, and exact medical care for her people.This is a timely book on several levels.Eitan's had been a comfortable life, which was upended when he accused his boss of accepting bribes – only to be transferred to the dusty desert of Beersheba. Even in Beersheba, his was a quiet and privileged life. That is, until he fit and killed Asum. At that point he asked, What defined him more— a full life of careful driving, of medical studies, of carrying an old lady’s groceries from the supermarket, or that single moment? (Loc. 2174-2175).For much of Waking Lions, it was the latter. The question, I think, is why Eitan's mistake consumed and nearly destroyed him. Why was the hit and run more defining of who Eitan was than his careful, conscientious parenting, his brilliant surgeries, his good works? One answer is that his morality only went skin-deep, and in ways that were easy. When it counted, however, he went for what was expedient – at great cost: But apparently, existential fears sometimes overcome moral imperatives, and their mortgage was undoubtedly an existential fear" (Loc. 767-768). Although Waking Lions is about deeply personal decisions, it also explores our moral decisions about immigration, leaving us (appropriately) uneasy: A bank balance of 30,000 shekels would lose nothing if a mere 1,000 were taken from it. Many people could be saved with 1,000 shekels. Food for babies, purified water. Nevertheless, the money remained in the bank. That was where it belonged, and the moral discussion remained around the living room coffee table, where it belonged. They were no different from him. He had abandoned an injured Eritrean on the side of Route 40, while they left their Africans in the savanna. It was a clear option: 1,000 shekels for a person’s life. Any takers? No. Of course not. The issue wasn’t what you were running from, only whether you got caught. (Loc. 945-950) Eitan's crime was not only a hit and run or a failure to donate to charities, but a failure to see and empathize: Eitan "knew that [Sirkit] was beautiful, and he knew that if he were to see her in the street, he would not give her a second glance" (Loc. 1396) – even though he is consumed by her, alternately hating and lusting after her.Gundar-Goshen's book is an often-scathing condemnation of our daily failures in moral courage and empathy, the ease with which we slough off and excuse our responsibility for others, our inability to recognize privilege and oppression: He didn’t want her to be a saint. All he wanted was for her to be human (and it never occurred to him that there are times when being human is a privilege). (Loc. 3727-3728). This is a beautifully-written, complex, and moving story. I wish it was irrelevant and unnecessary. I am a "good person" but wish that I didn't see myself and the people who are close to me in Eitan.

  • Terri Jacobson
    2019-05-02 12:13

    3.5 stars.Eitan Green is a neurosurgeon at Soroka Hospital in Beersheba. His wife, Liat, is a member of the police force. They have 2 young sons, Itamar and Yaheli. Driving home late one night, Eitan lets off some steam by going offroad in his SUV while rocking out loudly to Janis Joplin. He is in his own world until he strikes something in the road. Eitan discovers he has hit an Eritrean man who is dying before his eyes. Eitan sees what this could mean for his life and his career, so he leaves the dead man at the side of the road. But Eitan's wallet is found at the scene, not by the police, but by the Eritrean's wife, Sirkit. She begins to blackmail Eitan into treating refugees in a garage, night after night. It begins to affect his work and his home life.Waking Lions is well-written with a good story. We see the effects of lies and secrecies on Eitan's marriage and on this relationship with his children. His work situations becomes untenable. Every aspect of his life is affected. The story comes to a conclusion quite effectively. Very nice reading experience.

  • Splendini
    2019-05-17 19:20

    "Per tutta la notte, dentro di lui hanno ruggito i leoni"I leoni che ciascuno ha dentro, che nemmeno noi sappiamo che cosa li sveglierà o li farà ruggire. Un romanzo mai scontato, con lampi di intuizione che vanno fino al profondo del lettore, e un finale amaro che è l'unico possibile, un finale dell'impossibilità. E un personaggio femminile, quello di Sirkit, che è interessantissimo e riuscito, una leonessa che forse non sa che cosa sarà, ma certo sa che cosa non vuole più essere. Affascinante e mai banale il rapporto tra lei e il medico, fatto di piccoli avvicinamenti e distanze, odio, ammirazione, fastidio, comunanza, desiderio e rabbia, raccontato con una precisione formale invidiabile e un uso dei tempi verbali che ho trovato potente e positivamente spiazzante. Ti fa vivere la storia, accentua il senso di suspense, un altro elemento che dà forza al libro, anche sa le sua forza sta in quel senso di buio fitto che siamo tutti noi per gli altri e anche per noi stessi. Diversi e inconoscibili tra razze, etnie, individui e addirittura parti diverse di noi, che non conosciamo davvero finché non ci smarriamo profondamente. Forse.

  • Akin
    2019-04-28 15:22

    Power is a valuable commodity, and can be purchased with many currencies – social standing, moral rectitude, force, sex, violence, blackmail, and so on.Waking Lions starts out as an interesting meditation of the acquisition, use and misuse of power. Eitan, our principal, is an Israeli neurosurgeon, in high dudgeon after running afoul of his previous mentor, is "exiled" from his high-flying position in one of Tel Aviv's leading hospitals to a job in the dusty peripheral city of Beer Sheva. His wife, a police officer, bears the family's fall from grace (this is how it is portrayed, by the way: personally, I quite like Beer Sheva) out with fortitude; not surprising (she is a police officer, after all!) she counsels discretion from her husband. Rocking the boat of morality is not always as simple as one may think it to be. Not everything is black or white, after all... One night, Eitan runs over an illegal immigrant and flees the scene. He has been seen, though, and leaves evidence of his crime at the scene. In short order, he becomes the victim of a blackmail. The extortioner and the extortioner's demands, though, are both unexpected and topical for modern day Israel.Positives: Waking Lions grants all its principals agency, a sadly uncommon conceit in literary fiction. The privileged neurosurgeon, the migrant worker, an employer/exploiter of cheap labour who creeps into the narrative, the Bedouin Arabs who flit in and out of perspective; all to some point, are the beneficiaries (or victims) of their own choices, inasmuch as wider circumstances allow them the capacity for free choice. 'Waking Lions' negotiates this tension well. Positives: In common with a lot (not all) Israeli high-brow art, there is the tendency to lump a multitude of social ills within a single, implausibly complex setting. There is a lot going on here, admittedly, but the tensions sit alongside one another very well. The principal issue, the continued occupation of the West Bank, is never specifically references. But I'd argue that the shadow it casts over Israeli society as a whole is a constant presence, not least in the tension between "good" and "bad," the constant insistence on "moral" behaviour – and when and why this lapses – is handled adroitly.Positives: flashes of mordant humour. In the manner of the old joke about running faster than a bear, Eritreans migrants, we "learn," are world champions at the 500m dash - this being the range of the Egyptian weaponry deployed against them as they make the long, lonely and hazardous journey across the Sinai desert to Israel.Negatives: Self-conciously "literary" in context and execution. The author believes in telling, rather than showing. And boy, does she tell. It isn't, as it happens, the usual literary failing of pointless purple prose, rather a determined tedium; the insistence on filling out the detail that gives the back story of all the principals. To be fair, this treatment is granted all the major characters; but one does feel bludgeoned by the tedium after a while. I think that this book could have easily lost 20 percent and be the better for it.Negatives: An workmanlike translation. Some translation choices seemed a bit curious, some uninspired. That said, there is always the question: does the translator reproduce the author's words as faithfully as possible; seek to reproduce in the secondary language how the author would have written the book, were the author writing in the secondary language; or some point between two, with a bias towards the first or the second. I rather prefer tilting towards the latter. It is a delicate negotiation however. Side issue: should the translator seek to preserve the author's voice, or look for an approximation in the secondary language? (For an interesting perspective on this, compare the two translations of Murakami's 'THe Wind Up Bird Chronicle - the "unofficial" translation used for a while in Japanese schools, and the official translation.) The translator here tries to retain the author's lyricism. Thing though is that it doesn't particularly work in English. Hebrew is an economic language, and often comes across as long-winded when translated directly into English. There are ways of negotiating this, but I don't quite think the translator manages it. (By way of comparison: The excellent translation of Alon Hilu's 'The House of Dajani/Rajani' retains the texture and visceral taste of the original Hebrew, yet has a character of its own in English.)Negative: After gradually being lulled into a stupor by the author's soporific perambulations, the narrative suddenly, and most improbably ignites in the last quarter of the book. The sharp swerve is plausible - just about – but completely out of character with the rest of the book. And sets up a most dissatisfactory conclusion. (That said, one must be fair: the ending isn't so much a tying up of loose ends into an untidy package as a reminder that life sucks, and on an epic scale. Some people will always retain the Power, regardless of the currency they need to use to acquire it. Some other people, from time to time, may taste of it, but only for a while.)Waking Lions isn't a bad book; it's ambitious, which is something that is increasingly hard to say about fiction these days. And in that sense, failing to quite reach a satisfactory goal is no shame. But still, it fails. (Whilst writing this, I changed my review from 2 stars to 3 stars. Star systems are hopelessly limited, of course. But, it wasn't the bad book that 2 stars would suggest, just a flawed book. In any case, credit should be given for a good try.)

  • Grazia
    2019-05-21 13:09

    "La nostra esistenza presuppone che quel che è stato è quel che sarà. Che anche oggi come ieri, come ieri l’altro..." Sarà che penso che l'uomo sia un essere abitudinario e farlo uscire dalla sua zona di comfort, costi una fatica immensa.Sarà che in questo periodo della mia vita, sto subendo un cambiamento e lo sto proprio patendo di brutto, che la storia di Eitan Green, l'ho vissuta proprio come fosse calata sulla mia pelle.Eitan Green, neurochirurgo affermato, denuncia il proprio responsabile per avere messo in atto pratiche tangentizie, ma su indicazione della moglie, commissario di polizia e donna dal carattere talmente tanto forte da suscitare nel marito un rispetto innaturalmente reverenziale [o paura proprio], invece che perseguire nella denuncia di traffico illecito del proprio capo, accetta di essere trasferito in un paesino molto defilato, rivestendo un incarico routinario che non lo gratifica.Frustrato per la situazione, una sera, dopo un turno di lavoro massacrante, invece di tornare a casa dalla moglie e dai due figli, lancia ad alta velocità la rossa Toyota [regalatagli dalla moglie come contrappasso per la scelta impostagli] e... investe, involontariamente, un migrante eritreo.Eitan si rende conto che per l'uomo, non c'è più niente da fare, e invece di chiamare i soccorsi, decide di fare come non fosse successo niente, abbandona la propria vittima sicuro della sua morte imminente.E qui si svegliano i leoni [metaforicamente parlando]Ecco. Tutto ciò accade più o meno nelle prime 10 pagine [di oltre 300] del libro.Era tempo che non leggevo con così elevata soddisfazione. Ho ritrovato il gusto di leggere al fine di leggere una bella storia, che avvince, che risucchia e che porta lontano.E fa pensare. Perché dentro quella storia magari ritrovi pure qualche pezzetto di te stesso.Peccato per il finale che mi ha lasciata perplessa.Magico e misterioso il corso che fa seguire una lettura ad un'altra, intriganti le connessioni che si creano tra esse. Curiosamente, dopo L'Avversario di Carrere, un altro libro che tratta il tema dell'impossibilità di sapere chi ci stia a fianco, dell'impossibilità di conoscere veramente l'altro.Grazie ad Aprile per l'ottimo regalo di compleanno.

  • Lesley
    2019-05-09 19:32

    This was an important story but it was so slow

  • Melle
    2019-05-01 15:14

    This is a four-star caliber book in terms of subject and literary merit, but it was a three-star read for me. I bumped it up because, while it took me awhile to get into it, the book addresses issues of privilege, guilt, obligation, the worth and price of life, and morality in ways it's good for any conscientious adult to consider. That it also deals with timely issues of migration and the tensions between globalism and tribalism is another reason to pick it up. A slow, languid pace for such a gripping plot.

  • Jack
    2019-05-22 19:15

    Gave up - a bit dull + introspective for me. I decided to leave it in a holiday apartment in Crete and let some one else suffer !!

  • Julie
    2019-04-28 15:10

    This is a very interesting story that might have been a disaster in less deft hands.At its core is the question of who we are when faced with a traumatic life-changing event that has us going against everything we thought we were ~ and how the fear of being known as that other thing can trap us. We are so often the victim of a mirage, the glossy brochure of how we want to be seen - and how far we are willing to go to protect that illusion.The author tackles crossroads and the possibility that all roads might just happen instead of leading somewhere fated. At each crossroad, the protagonist and antagonist make choices. It's interesting to witness the shift in power dynamics as each plays the hand they are dealt. I like the way the author dove into "the other" and the objectification that goes along with that, be it passive or ardent. This novel asks how we see people, truly see each other - if we even do. I think it was Dickens that said we are all a great mystery to each other, every one of us (butchering it probably, but that's the gist). It was poignant how the protagonist and antagonist - with little likelihood of ever crossing paths in any meaningful way in this life or ever noticing each other much - yearn to see beneath the surface of each other.Both the protagonist and antagonist struggle with objectifying each other and others. It was fascinating to watch them peel their own onion on that count. The story also delves into who has the upper hand in relationships and what that means. Toward the end, I was a bit dismayed at the action flick-like scenes. It seemed forced albeit logical. The story up until then had its own unique rhythm that felt up close and personal. The ending was poignant on many levels. In the end I felt like I knew the antagonist better than even the protagonist. And I didn't feel that way for most of the novel. In this story as in life, the privileged class keeps rolling along while the downtrodden stay down. This passage was beautiful, from the antagonist's view: Her feet dug into the sand, and the sand was warm and smooth. The wind brought it here, and the wind would take it away from here, and that was fine because the sand did not remember. The sand didn't know where it had been yesterday and didn't know where it would be tomorrow. If that weren't so, if the sand remembered all the places it had been, it would become so heavy that no one would be able to carry it off to anywhere.

  • Pat
    2019-05-05 16:18

    This is an amazing book on many levels and has some very strong messages. The underlying themes are guilt and racial intolerance. In the current climate, with so many countries facing something of a refugee crisis, it is interesting to see it from an Israeli perspective. Also to see how Bedouins are viewed by the general population. I am not sure that I felt total sympathy with Eitan but I was gripped by the book from start to finish. I think I am going to use it for my next book group choice as i think it will generate a good discussion.

  • Lea
    2019-04-24 11:22

    The New York Times called this a gripping thriller, but it's not. It's a weird combo of thriller and grim, introspective literary fiction. The endless internal monologues removed the urgency of the story (which was actually interesting) and prevented the book from being a page-turner. The translation was a bit unnatural too.The themes were interesting, and some parts were pretty good. But this really was't my cup of tea.

  • Dea
    2019-05-14 12:10

    This was so good that I kept my husband posted on the plot and character developments as I read, because I started to tell him what the book was about and he kept asking for updates.This was so good that I started a list of unfamiliar locations and terms so I could look them up for a deeper understanding of the story. And I never do that!This was so good that I’m going to gush about it for like 15 more paragraphs.I don’t like thrillers, and I hesitate to label this as a “thriller,” so can I call it a “thrilling-non-thriller”? Yeah? Okay, cool.This one really caught me by surprise. I was interested in it because I’d never read a book translated from Hebrew before, and I’m trying to read more translated fiction in 2017. But when it came time to actually read it, I kept putting it off. (Maybe because it sounded sort of thriller-ish?) Clearly I’m a fool, because this book was nearly everything I look for in a novel. Moral dilemmas! Character studies! Fast moving plot! And more!It’s not perfect, of course—sometimes the translation felt a bit off and I had to reread sentences to understand what the author’s trying to say. Sentences seemed to almost be missing, like the story would be a lot clearer at times if just a few extra words or another sentence was added to a paragraph. But that’s really my only complaint, and the language is otherwise beautiful and thoughtful. (I need a hard copy because this is a book to tab and underline.)I feel like the books I read are normally either very plot-driven or slow character analyses. This was both! And it balanced beautifully. I was captivated by the story and fascinated by the characters Gundar-Goshen has fleshed out so well. This is one of those rare examples, in my opinion, of endlessly readable unlikeable characters.I was certain that Gundar-Goshen would mess up the ending, because how can you finish a story like this? But she wrote the perfect ending. I’m in awe. I think this one will hold to multiple rereadings, too, so bonus!Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the e-galley.

  • Nehirin~
    2019-05-20 14:22

    Damarlarınıza damla damla psikolojik gerilimi iç ederek hikâyenin kahramanı Eithan Green'in tüm duygularını başarılı şekilde yansıtan oldukça başarılı bir anlatım.Kader ya da değil, insan hayatının bir olayla nasıl farklı bir boyut kazanabileceğini, kontrolün ellerinizden bir anda nasıl çıkabileceğini ve sizin hayatınızın kontrolünün başka birinin ellerine geçebileceğini gözler önüne seriyor.Oldukça başarılı kurgulanmış bir hikâye.Henüz okumadıysanız tavsiye ederim.

  • Jutta Ortlepp
    2019-05-14 16:29

    Etan Grien, israelischer Arzt und Familienvater überfährt nachts auf einer Wüstenpiste einen Mann – und flüchtet in Panik. Dabei hinterläßt er unbemerkt einen Hinweis auf seine Person und wird fortan erpresst. Er muss medizinischen Dienst in einer Art Wüstencamp-Krankenhaus leisten, die Patienten sind Flüchtlinge, Afrikaner. Auch das Unfallopfer war Eritreer und die Erpresserin ist dessen Ehefrau.Aus dieser Zwangsgemeinschaft entwickelt sich nach und nach Sympathie, Zuneigung und schließlich Liebe.Soweit der grobe Rahmen, ohne zu viel von den dramatischen Ereignissen im einzelnen zu verraten. Der Roman ist gut und realistisch geschrieben, die sehr gute Übersetzung von Ruth Achlama ermöglicht flüssiges Lesen, die spannungsreiche Story hält bis zum Schluss. Es gibt einige sprachlich-stilistische Highlights, hier hätte ich mir mehr gewünscht.Ayelet Gundar-Goshen präsentiert sich als routinierte Erzählerin, nicht um drastische Worte verlegen, da wo sie angebracht sind. Das ist an nicht wenigen Stellen der Fall, man hat zeitweise das Gefühl, an einem Action-Thriller teilzuhaben, tatsächlich würde sich der Stoff aus meiner Sicht bestens für eine Verfilmung eignen.Doch die Autorin beherrscht nicht nur die lauten Töne, sie kann auch tief in die Herzen ihres Roman-Personals blicken und liefert hervorragende Studien zur Konkurrenz zwischen der doch recht biederen Ehefrau Griens und der exotischen Afrikanerin, zeigt in Rückblenden charakterbestimmende Kindheitseindrücke ihrer Protagonisten und schildert den Werdegang eines Drogendealers derart schlüssig, dass man aus diesem „Lehrstück“, viel für eigene Überlegungen und Einsichten mitnimmt.Und das ist überhaupt die große Stärke des Romans, er regt immer wieder zum Überdenken eigener Positionen an. So zeigt Gundar-Goshen in Schlaglichtern die israelische Gesellschaft von heute. Wir sehen ein Land, das Flüchtlinge „Infiltranten“ nennt, in „Internierungscamps“ auf Abschiebung wartend. Das hört sich für uns gruselig an, ist aber nun kein Grund, sich wohlig mit „na siehste, so schlimm ist es bei uns nicht“ zurückzulehnen. Die Autorin hält ja auch uns den Spiegel vor, zwingt uns, Wortwahl und Einstellung zu überprüfen – und zu revidieren.Erstaunlich ist auch die Darstellung einer taffen Polizistin (der Ehefrau Etans), die sich nicht zu schade ist, über dumm-dreiste Männerwitze zu lachen und Handgreiflichkeiten der Kollegen einfach so geschehen lässt. Ich hätte in einem Land, das schon sehr früh weibliche Soldatinnen rekrutiert und in Kriege geschickt hat mit einer ganz anderen Haltung – auf beiden Seiten – gerechnet.So ist die „Hauptdarstellerin“ des Roman-Films auch nicht diese Polizistin. Nein – sie ist keine Löwin. Die Löwin, die stolzen Hauptes um Freiheit und Gleichheit (=Bleiberecht) kämpft ist die Afrikanerin Sirkit, und Etan, von ihr fasziniert, besucht sie am Schluß noch einmal. Da wird sie in einem umzäunten Internierungscamp festgehalten, in einem Käfig also. Doch sie wird ihren Weg gehen, ohne Etan, der sich mit Wohlbekanntem zufrieden gibt. Er singt mit Janis Joplin zwar „take another little piece from my heart now, baby”, aber das ist wohl doch nicht das Richtige für ihn. Löwen wecken – er wollte es nicht.

  • Julie
    2019-05-07 18:13

    This book started well, a Doctor who is dissatisfied with his job, tired after a night shift travelling along a desert road hits someone, and he flees the scene and leaves the man to die. Later there is a knock at his door and the dead man’s wife is standing there, in his haste to flee the Dr has left his wallet at the scene. The Doctor offers the women money; she does not want money, but something else entirely. He has to go along with her wishes or else give himself up to the police; he hates every minute but once on this path cannot get off. What makes the situation worse is his wife is a detective and is on the case looking for the culprit. With all the lies and underhand dealing the Doctor, Eitan Green watches as his marriage starts to disintegrate. This book raises many issues the discrimination a women detective has to deal with working in a male dominated industry, Racism, migration, drug dealing, and refugees. It throws up a moral dilemma what would you do in this position? It deals with the seedier side of Israeli life. The book is very descriptive and you feel that you are in the desert along with the characters. I found the book dragged a bit in the middle and it was not a book I felt I couldn’t put down, however it picked up the pace at the end and the ending was more like a James Bond style novel and not the ending that I expected.

  • Raven
    2019-05-10 19:28

    Waking Lions from Ayelet Gundar-Goshen billed as a novel with a psychological edge set in Israel centring on the fall out of a hit and run incident, where a privileged doctor, Dr Eitan Green, kills an Eritrean migrant. The book then revolves around his intense involvement, and developing relationship with, the migrant’s widow, and his entry into a world of the desperate and the poor, as she blackmails him into providing medical assistance for the unseen migrant community. Indeed, Gundar-Goshen’s portrayal of Sirkit, and the revelations of her migrant experience were incredibly vivid and compelling, and added a huge emotional weight and interest to the book. As much as I liked the central premise for the book, I did find it incredibly slow moving, and truth be told, felt no particular empathy for the flaky Dr Green, even when the scales fall from his eyes, and he starts to lose some of his prejudices. His wife, who just happens to be a detective investigating the hit and run, bears little plausible resemblance to a real police officer, and was frankly quite annoying, so this was a real mixed bag for me.

  • Andy Weston
    2019-05-25 15:09

    This story that is set in Beersheba in the desert of Israel tells of how an eminent city surgeon accidentally runs over and kills a man when returning home from out of town very late one night, and drives off without reporting it. It tells of the effect that the accident has on his family and the family of the man killed. More significantly the man killed was an Eritrean refugee and this is their story, how they live and survive and their conflict with the Bedouins. Sirvit, the wife of the man killed, is a key character as is her relationship with the doctor. It is a strong tale told with great expertise that would probably appeal more to an international audience if some of the 'domestic' passages were briefer. What Ayelet does particularly skilfully though is to make the reader aware of the plight of African refugees, and in that regard the novel is very timely.

  • Carol
    2019-04-25 12:18

    RTC

  • Marina
    2019-05-04 11:16

    Recensione originale: https://sonnenbarke.wordpress.com/201...Eitan Green è un neurochirurgo dalla storia professionale un po' travagliata: lavorava a Tel Aviv ma, scoperto un giro di mazzette, è stato costretto a trasferirsi a Beer Sheva, perché come sempre sono gli onesti a pagare e non i disonesti. Dunque insieme alla moglie Liat e ai due figli Yahli e Itamar si trasferisce nel deserto. La moglie è ispettore di polizia, i bambini vanno uno all'asilo e l'altro alla scuola elementare.Un giorno Eitan, finito un turno di diciannove ore in reparto, anziché tornare sfinito a casa decide di andare a fare una corsa nel deserto con la sua jeep. È buio ed Eitan presuppone che nessuno sia in giro per il deserto a quell'ora di notte, invece un uomo c'è, a piedi, e lui lo investe. Scende e lo trova agonizzante, lui che è medico capisce immediatamente che è in fin di vita e che non ci sarebbe in ogni caso niente da fare. Perciò scappa. Risale in macchina e scappa. Perché, se si scoprisse che ha ucciso un uomo, perderebbe il lavoro, la moglie, i figli, la reputazione. Non si accorge invece che è proprio così, scappando, che diventa un criminale: perché se avesse denunciato l'incidente avrebbe potuto cavarsela con un'accusa più leggera, così invece diventa un "bastardo", come lo chiamerà la moglie impegnata a risolvere il caso, senza sapere che è proprio suo marito il bastardo in questione.La mattina dopo, però, a casa di Eitan si presenta una donna. Una donna di colore, bellissima. Da notare che l'uomo investito da Eitan era un eritreo, anche se lì per lì il neurochirurgo non si rende subito conto della nazionalità dell'ucciso, perché per lui i "neri" sono tutti uguali, non riesce a distinguerli. Tornando alla donna: l'ha trovato grazie al portafoglio, che gli era caduto sul luogo dell'incidente. E inizia subito a ricattarlo, non però chiedendogli soldi, ma qualcosa di diverso.Tutto questo è scritto nella quarta di copertina e succede nelle primissime pagine del libro, quindi non vi ho svelato niente che non scoprirete subito se deciderete di leggere il romanzo.I temi del romanzo principalmente sono due: l'eterna domanda "cosa avresti fatto tu al suo posto?" e il razzismo. La prima domanda, il primo tema è logico. A chiunque verrebbe da chiedersi cosa avrebbe fatto al posto di Eitan: io sarei scappato/a, mi sarei costituito/a? Che riflessioni avrei fatto? Un tema molto interessante, che sicuramente ci porta a riflettere molto proseguendo nella lettura del libro. Il secondo tema è altrettanto interessante: l'uomo ucciso è un eritreo, un clandestino, sua moglie clandestina quanto lui. Incontreremo decine, centinaia di clandestini in questo libro, perlopiù eritrei. E ci troveremo di fronte all'atteggiamento degli israeliani nei loro confronti, ma anche nei confronti dei beduini e degli arabi in generale, nordafricani inclusi (Liat, la moglie di Eitan, è di origine nordafricana, anche se preferisce dimenticarlo). Un atteggiamento con cui il lettore italiano si può facilmente identificare, in cui si può facilmente specchiare, perché è anche l'atteggiamento nostro. "Non possiamo accoglierli tutti, non capiscono una parola della nostra lingua, sono tutti uguali, ecc. ecc." Di fatto, "sono inferiori" è il succo del pensiero tipico dell'"uomo bianco", dell'uomo privilegiato di fronte alla disperazione di queste persone che vengono a cercare un futuro, a volte migliore, a volte semplicemente un futuro, punto, perché nei loro Paesi c'è solo morte.Insomma, il libro è estremamente interessante perché fa riflettere moltissimo, ci fa interrogare su noi stessi e non su qualcosa di astratto e lontano, e questo non è cosa che avviene con tutti i romanzi attualmente in circolazione. Tuttavia, il libro ha delle evidenti pecche, che per quanto mi riguarda sono due. La prima, mi dispiace, non ve la posso dire, perché vi rovinerei completamente il piacere della lettura, ma diciamo che è qualcosa che scoprirete andando avanti a leggere e che io ho trovato assolutamente inverosimile e gratuito ai fini della storia. Diciamo che leggendo mi dicevo "fai che non succeda", perché forse un po' di segni c'erano, e invece succede ed è stata una grossa delusione. La seconda pecca è il finale, che ovviamente non vi racconto, ma che mi ha dato l'impressione di essere raffazzonato, un po' come se l'autrice non avesse idea di come concludere e allora avesse buttato là quello che le sembrava più logico, ma che comunque a me, personalmente, ha lasciato un po' con l'amaro in bocca. Non dubito che invece altri possano apprezzare quelle che io ho definito pecche.In conclusione, il romanzo allo stesso tempo mi è piaciuto e mi ha molto deluso. Direi che sicuramente supera abbondantemente la sufficienza, ma non credo mi resterà nel cuore. Lo consiglio, senz'altro, ma siete avvisati. Del resto, questo romanzo, uscito da poco in Italia, sta piacendo tantissimo, quindi forse sono io che voglio la perfezione, c'è questa possibilità.

  • Lynn
    2019-05-07 14:16

    Eitan Green is a neurosurgeon, a family man, a man with a strong moral code. Until... The night is dark, the off road track deserted, and then bang his SUV collides with a man. When Eitan gets out of his vehicle he finds the man, an Eritrean refugee, critically injured. He quickly assesses the situation, his mind reeling out of control. The man will not survive, that is clear. There are no witnesses. What will happen to Eitan's career and family if this becomes public? He makes a decision that will continue to haunt him. He drives away. But the story isn't over. The victim's wife, Sirkit, shows up at Eitan's door with his wallet which he dropped when he was kneeling by the man. Waking Lions is a powerful novel, although it has a ponderous pace and patience is required. It forces you to contemplate whether Eitan would have made the same decision if the victim had been a middle class, white person. Self-preservation or humanity? Once a decision is made, there is no turning back.Ayelet Gundar-Goshen puts a spotlight on the treatment of African refugees in Israel. Asylum seekers, as in many other countries, do not often get the better life they are striving for. This is a thought provoking read which I highly recommend.

  • Kkraemer
    2019-05-22 11:24

    "He's thinking that the moon is the most beautiful he has ever seen when he hits the man." and Janis Joplin screams in the night.So begins the waking of the lions, an Israeli story of a man who falls through a hole in the universe from his comfortable life of clean house, gorgeous wife, and pre-school sons into a world where Eritreans don't look at white people, white people don't see Eritreans, and everyone blames the Bedouins for all that is wrong. Eitan is a brain surgeon who is pressed into service in an old garage as, nightly, the Africans come to be saved. Liat, his wife, is a police investigator who knows much about how people move and think and reveal themselves, but knows nothing of her husband's night life. Sirkit is, quite simply, a survivor.This book moves slowly, savoring the thoughts and reactions of these 3 main characters. Not surprisingly, it takes place at night, and has twists and turns hidden in its darkness. Gunnar-Goshen is a mystery writer, with a mystery writer's sense of what to reveal and when. What starts as a murder morphs into something quite different, a story played out on an open desert underneath the stars of heaven.

  • Lisa B.
    2019-05-15 14:07

    A young doctor accidentally his a man with his car. He thinks he has killed him, but when he gets out to check, finds the man barely clinging to life. The man is a refuge. In his panic, the doctor runs away. The victim's wife shows up with an challenging demand for her silence. And so begins a relationship between the two that ultimately changes both their lives.I have mixed emotions about this book. The premise was very interesting. There was some suspense. This did open my eyes to the plight of refuges that we don't ever hear about in the news. My only issue is that I felt the author strayed from the main storyline too frequently. I get the impression this had to do with character development so we could get a better understanding of who these people were and what happened in their pasts to make them who they are today. Eventually I found myself wanting more of the main story and less of the digression.I received this as an ARC from Little Brown and Company via Netgalley.

  • Robert Wechsler
    2019-04-26 13:34

    The first two-thirds of this novel is fantastic. Gundar-Goshen's observations and the way she presents them (and the wonderful way they appear in Silverston’s translation) are what make this novel so special. The third-person translation, which sticks closely to the three protagonists, is also excellent (when it spreads to more and more characters, I found it less effective).Considering how unbelievable it is, it’s best to treat the story as a fable rather than, as it appears too often in the final third, as an unbelievable thriller. It still has its moments, but I’m not the right audience for the final third. However, the rest is worth far more than the price of admission. She's some writer.