A best seller, nonetheless

Amir Gutfreund writes eloquently and skillfully, but his plot reads like a PowerPoint presentation.

By RONEN TAL
June 20, 2013 13:25
3 minute read.
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When Amir Gutfreund was asked to describe the tedium in the life of his nameless hero, he wrote, “A few pages of the book have been lying next to his bed for two months. It’s an important book, written by a distinguished writer, whom everyone loves. But he doesn’t understand how to walk in this rocky wilderness.”

And then later, “It was an evening full of changes. Something real happened in this book that was written by a distinguished writer. More than a hundred pages include contemplative characters, and the protagonist moves around aimlessly from one place to another, and only engages in sexual intercourse one time. And then his mother dies, and there is a feeling that the protagonist is becoming stronger and stronger as the pages turn, and the story develops and something is about to happen....”

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