The Lion Seeker

Kobo ebook | February 26, 2013

byKenneth Bonert

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A brawny, brilliant debut novel about the epic struggles of an immigrant son in a darkening world.
Johannesburg, South Africa. The Great Depression. In this harsh new country, young Isaac Helger burns with fiery determination— to break out of the inner city, to buy his scarred mother the home she longs for, to find a way to realize her dream of reuniting a family torn apart. But there are terrible, unspoken secrets of the past that will haunt him as he makes his way through a society brutalized by racism, as he loses his heart to an unattainable girl from the city’s wealthiest heights and his every exit route from poverty dead-ends. When the threat of the Second World War insinuates itself with brutal force into Isaac’s reality, he will face the most important choice of his life . . . and will have to learn to live with the consequences.
 
In this extraordinarily powerful novel, Kenneth Bonert brings alive the world of South African Jewry in all its raw energy and ribald vernacular. Comedic, searing, lyrical and with a snap-perfect ear for dialogue, The Lion Seeker is a profoundly moral exploration of how wider social forces shape us and shatter us, echoing through history with lessons that are no less relevant today than in the crucible of its time.

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A brawny, brilliant debut novel about the epic struggles of an immigrant son in a darkening world.Johannesburg, South Africa. The Great Depression. In this harsh new country, young Isaac Helger burns with fiery determination— to break out of the inner city, to buy his scarred mother the home she longs for, to find a way to realize her ...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:February 26, 2013Publisher:Knopf CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0307362159

ISBN - 13:9780307362155

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Gritty Read Full disclosure: I went to university with the author. We were friendly but not close. Wanting to support a classmate, I was happy to read The Lion Seeker but was completely unprepared with how impressed I would be with this book. It speaks of a time that I know a little of and a place of which I was largely ignorant. The writing was fluid, capturing the disjointedness that real people often speak it. The story spans two continents, the Great Depression, the Second World War and beyond. It covers world events as well as the major and minor dramas in a family with too many secrets and not enough honesty. The reviewer below is welcome to his/her opinion but that review does make me wonder why a work of historical fiction should be taken as a historical document.
Date published: 2015-03-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from didn't match what was in the book. I bought this book specifically because it was about jews in South Africa during the depression. My father grew up in Doornfontein. I wanted to get an understanding of what it was like in Johannesburg at that time. This book didn't convey any real images of what it was like to live there. The writing was choppy and the dialogue confusing and at times very irritating. There was all sorts of slang and other languages in the mix which made it difficult to follow. The writing didn't really develop the characters and didn't give me any idea of who they really were. I had difficulty finishing the book.
Date published: 2014-05-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read This novel took a bit of time to get going but at the end it revealed a very sad but interesting story
Date published: 2014-03-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Lion Seeker I liked this book because it was set in a country rich in geography, history, cultures & customs which are mostly unfamiliar to me. The underlying mystery, the fast paced action, and the maturing process of the main character were intriguing.The Lion Seeker was hard to put down at times.
Date published: 2014-02-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from To be forever an immigrant Bonert keeps you reading, hoping, sickened, and inspired by the fortitude of Isaac and Gitelle.
Date published: 2014-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great historical read Long but excellent. The last third I could not put down. Pick it up and you will not be disappointed if you want an inside view on Africa during the time surrounding the war. Very enlightening on the Jewish African population
Date published: 2014-01-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The lion seeker.. Historical novel Interesting book set in South Africa started in the early 1920s and ends in 1961. A Lithuanian Jewish mother and two young kids relocate to South Africa to join her husband, their father.. The mother hopes to make a better life for her family and to help her siblings back home escape the increasing anti Semitic violence. She pins her hopes and dreams on her young son Yitzak ( Issac) to get a good paying job and earn enough to help the family, especially with the outbreak of WW II
Date published: 2014-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lion Seeker For av avid reader, this book will be bought and kept in paper form as it is beyond words....
Date published: 2013-04-18