Suddenly, Love



❥ [KINDLE] ❂ Suddenly, Love By Aharon Appelfeld ➢ – E17streets4all.co.uk A poignant, heartbreaking new work the story of a lonely older man and his devoted young caretaker who transform each other s lives in ways they could never have imaginedErnst is a gruff seventy year A poignant, heartbreaking new work the story of a lonely older man and his devoted young caretaker who transform each other s lives in ways they could never have imaginedErnst is a gruff seventy year old Red Army veteran from Ukraine who landed, almost by accident, in Israel after World War II A retired investment advisor, he lives alone his first wife and baby daughter were killed by the Nazis he divorced his shrewish second wife several years ago and spends his time laboring over his unpublished novels Irena is the unmarried thirty six year old daughter of Holocaust survivors who has been taking care of Ernst since his surgery two years ago she arrives every morning promptly at eight and leaves every afternoon precisely at three Quiet and shy, Irena is in awe of Ernst s intellect And as the months pass, Ernst comes to depend on the gentle young woman who runs his house, listens to him read from his work, and occasionally offers a spirited commentary on it But Ernst s writing gives him no satisfaction, and he is haunted by his godless, communist past his health, already poor, begins to deteriorate even As he becomes mired in depression, Ernst seems to lose the will to live But he has reckoned without the devoted Irena As she becomes an increasingly important part of his life moving into his home, encouraging him in his work, easing his pain Ernst not only regains his sense of self but realizes, to his amazement, that Irena is in love with him And, even astonishing, he discovers that he is in love with her.Suddenly, Love

AHARON APPELFELD is the author ofthan forty works of fiction and nonfiction, including Until the Dawn s Light and The Iron Tracks both winners of the National Jewish Book Award and The Story of a Life winner of the Prix M dicis tranger Other honors he has received include the Giovanni Bocaccio Literary Prize, the Nelly Sachs Prize, the Israel Prize, the Bialik Prize, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and the MLA Commonwealth Award He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has received honorary degrees from the Jewish Theological Seminary, Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion, and Yeshiva University.

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    If you re looking for a CBR and CBZ reader is in awe of Ernst s intellect And as the months pass, Ernst comes to depend on the gentle young woman who runs his house, listens to him read from his work, and occasionally offers a spirited commentary on it But Ernst s writing gives him no satisfaction, and he is haunted by his godless, communist past his health, already poor, begins to deteriorate even As he becomes mired in depression, Ernst seems to lose the will to live But he has reckoned without the devoted Irena As she becomes an increasingly important part of his life moving into his home, encouraging him in his work, easing his pain Ernst not only regains his sense of self but realizes, to his amazement, that Irena is in love with him And, even astonishing, he discovers that he is in love with her."/>
  • Hardcover
  • 225 pages
  • Suddenly, Love
  • Aharon Appelfeld
  • English
  • 10 November 2019
  • 0805242953

10 thoughts on “Suddenly, Love

  1. says:

    Ernest is a Red Army veteran, a former partisan and a communist who gave up his Jewish identity while fighting the Nazis For him the Soviet army must have been a way to fight back, but during the war he also turned into a communist This meant turning his back on his religion and identity It is not a well known facts that communists persecuted Jews, suppressed their culture and demolished synagogues Just because they had a common enemy, doesn t mean they were friends This novel shows this th Ernest is a Red Army veteran, a former partisan and a communist who gave up his Jewish identity while fighting the Nazis For him the Soviet army must have been a way to fight back, but during the war he also turned into a communist This meant turning his back on his religion and identity It is not a well known facts that communists persecuted Jews, suppressed their culture and demolished synagogues Just because they had a common enemy, doesn t mean they were friends This novel shows this through recollections of an old veteran whose health is falling When novel takes places, Ernst is a seventy year old man living in Israel He is haunted by his past and tries to make things right labouring on his writing However, he is desperately lonely Suddenly, a gentle thirty something woman comes into his life Like himself, Irina lost everyone she loved Ernst s wife and child were killed by the Nazis, Irina lost her parents They were Holocaust survivors so there is a link she shares with Ernst Slowly, these two fill the void in each other life With her help, Ernest learns a great deal Irina learns to voice her opinions I absolutely loved these two Their love story is so delicate and precious I m not much of a romantic, but I fell for it When I find the time, I might even write somethingabout it One of the most beautiful love stories I have read for sure Suddenly, Love was the second book I ve read by this author, the first was autobiography, this one is a novel Somehow these two merged in my mind I think there are definitely some autobiographical parts in this book, the author must have drawn on his experiences and it makes the book seem evenreal I do recommend it

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    I love this book cover, it exemplifies the story so well This is a quiet and introspective book featuring two people that are so different Ernst, who disclaimed his Jewish roots when he was young, was a veteran of the Red Army in the Ukraine He was a communist who persecuted the Jews Now at the age of seventy, in failing health, he is trying to write his memoirs, finding a way to come terms with his past behavior and beliefs Seeking forgiveness from his now dead parents.Irena is 36, her par I love this book cover, it exemplifies the story so well This is a quiet and introspective book featuring two people that are so different Ernst, who disclaimed his Jewish roots when he was young, was a veteran of the Red Army in the Ukraine He was a communist who persecuted the Jews Now at the age of seventy, in failing health, he is trying to write his memoirs, finding a way to come terms with his past behavior and beliefs Seeking forgiveness from his now dead parents.Irena is 36, her parents now also deceased were Holocaust survivors She comes to take care of Ernst who often suffers from depression Somehow these two unlikely souls, forge a bond and a relationship that is endearing and inspiring A wonderful look at forgiveness and love, for oneself and for others.Arc from publisher

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    The title is misleading Yes, this is a love story, but the love that develops between Ernst and Irena is not sudden nor is it romantic.As he is dying, Ernst discovers a reservoir of living water within him Irena s devotion to him is the gateway to life Observing her serenity her living life as a prayer he journeys back in time and comes to an understanding of his godless Communist past and,importantly, to an appreciation of his parents and grandparents.It is only in dying that The title is misleading Yes, this is a love story, but the love that develops between Ernst and Irena is not sudden nor is it romantic.As he is dying, Ernst discovers a reservoir of living water within him Irena s devotion to him is the gateway to life Observing her serenity her living life as a prayer he journeys back in time and comes to an understanding of his godless Communist past and,importantly, to an appreciation of his parents and grandparents.It is only in dying that Ernst is able to move from disdain of his Ukrainian Jewish parents and their silence to a recognition of the NOBILITY OF SILENCE It was a silence born of nobility that extended back for many generations, generations of Jews that have TAUGHT THEMSELVES this silence.They understood that life is short, incomprehensible, and ugly and that speaking didn t necessarily add to understanding So, too, is his appreciation of his grandparents deepened as he nears death Remembering his observant Jewish grandfather in the Carpathian Mountains in Eastern Europe.Grandfather said to me Not everything has a reason God keeps the reasons for some things from us But what we see and feel is enough Lots of talk won t explain It s better just to OBSERVE WHAT WE VE BEEN COMMANDED TO OBSERVE.God s thoughts don t grow out of words but come from proper observation A PERSON MUST BE ATTENTIVE TO HEAR WHAT GOD ASKS OF HIM

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    What makes this short novel special is its portrayal of a fresh sort of relationship, between two people an educated man in his 70s and an uneducated woman in her 30s with apparently opposite relationships with dead parents that have limited their lives in different ways Their relationship brings both of them emotional healing, but again in very different ways and without the usual romance and conflicts The simplicity of Appelfeld s prose works well here The only negative is that the plea What makes this short novel special is its portrayal of a fresh sort of relationship, between two people an educated man in his 70s and an uneducated woman in her 30s with apparently opposite relationships with dead parents that have limited their lives in different ways Their relationship brings both of them emotional healing, but again in very different ways and without the usual romance and conflicts The simplicity of Appelfeld s prose works well here The only negative is that the pleasures of reading this novel are limited

  5. says:

    Ernst is a 70 year old Jewish man, a refugee from Europe, living in Israel several decades after World War II Back in the 1930 s in Romania, he was a strident young communist who had rejected his family and his heritage As part of the revolutionary vanguard, he and his young comrades torched bourgeois businesses owned by local Jews During the war he fought with distinction and bravery as an officer in the Red Army Young Ernst s wife and child parents perished in the war, as did his parents Ernst is a 70 year old Jewish man, a refugee from Europe, living in Israel several decades after World War II Back in the 1930 s in Romania, he was a strident young communist who had rejected his family and his heritage As part of the revolutionary vanguard, he and his young comrades torched bourgeois businesses owned by local Jews During the war he fought with distinction and bravery as an officer in the Red Army Young Ernst s wife and child parents perished in the war, as did his parents Ernst, who is divorced from his second wife, is depressed and stuck For years now, particularly since his retirement, Ernst has been making literary efforts and then tearing most of them up As the book opens, following hospitalization for medical problems, Ernst now requires the services of a home care worker Enter Irena, age 36, the daughter of Holocaust survivors Irena has led a sheltered life, mostly taking care of her parents Now that they have now passed away, she is seeking something to do, and ends up spending time daily doing household chores for Ernst.Ernst is a displaced person in every sense of the word, and Irena has yet to connect with the world Slowly at first, this novel describes how their relationship develops and how this growing connection contributes to a reawakening of a grounded identity for Ernst and the blossoming of Irena s capacity for connection.My reaction to this book is a mixed one It moves very slowly at first and gradually builds momentum The parts about Ernst s youthful infatuation with Communism are very interesting from a historical perspective Suddenly Love eventually becomes a touching story but perhaps an overly simplistic one, about a displaced person who, at the end of his life, reclaims a vital connection with a past that he had turned his back on years ago.Interestingly, the Zionist pioneers who settled in Israel spurned their parents culture, religion and values in Europe and found their raison d etre in rebuilding the Land of Israel as a Jewish Homeland Ernst, who turned his back on his parents and their culture and religion long ago, never quite fit into Israeli society but now finds his vital connection from memories of his grandparents rural pious life in the Carpathian Mountains of Europe

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    As I read this story I felt as if I was trespassing, a voyeur witnessing two souls find an accidental love Their love is unspoken but understood, a silent intruder without premeditation Every gesture is noted and understood, no interpretation required Two people so dissimilar but so much a like Their love is pure, genuine it has no boundaries only to envelop the other in a positive way A deep friendship set on fire, giving comfort, easing pain Completely accepting of each other, uncondit As I read this story I felt as if I was trespassing, a voyeur witnessing two souls find an accidental love Their love is unspoken but understood, a silent intruder without premeditation Every gesture is noted and understood, no interpretation required Two people so dissimilar but so much a like Their love is pure, genuine it has no boundaries only to envelop the other in a positive way A deep friendship set on fire, giving comfort, easing pain Completely accepting of each other, unconditional love One sees beauty in every thing, the other sees the beauty through the others eyes adding color to his previous dark world Love is often stealth, entering your heart and world when least expected and often you find love with the most unlikeliest of persons Love sees no color, no age, no religion, no ethnicity, it is blind and conquers all, most importantly love chooses you When you open your eyes and your heart allowing yourself to love and be loved is when you experience profound true love So goes the story of Suddenly, LoveIrena is like not like other women He learns this anew each day There is a kind of solid innocence about her that one cannot easily shakeSuddenly, Love is the story of bearish Ernst and his softhearted caregiver Irena whose world s entangle and their hearts silently entwine A emotional story of love, forgiveness, devotion and friendship, all things beautifulWhen Irena returns home, she realizes that the day spent in Ernst s company has filled her with emotion Sometimes she sits at the table and is so moved that she weepsA copy was given in exchange for an honest review

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    After I ve read it again I might give it a 5th star.I tried a previous book by Apelfeld and couldn t get into it This I read in one sitting.It is such a sympathetic laying out of the two characters a 36 year old maiden lady and the 70 something scholar for whom she keeps house Their secrets are never revealed it would have been quite a different book if they had been but their actual escapades are not the subject of the story.This book is about Irena and Ernst s failed connections with t After I ve read it again I might give it a 5th star.I tried a previous book by Apelfeld and couldn t get into it This I read in one sitting.It is such a sympathetic laying out of the two characters a 36 year old maiden lady and the 70 something scholar for whom she keeps house Their secrets are never revealed it would have been quite a different book if they had been but their actual escapades are not the subject of the story.This book is about Irena and Ernst s failed connections with their parents, their coming to understand to a certain extent and their own relationship This book is about LOVE even though the only place I noticed the word is in the title.When I finished, I felt sad and empty the book is complete But I was also full of delight in the graceful description of Irena and Ernst s growing together and their apparent unconsciousness of what is happening between them.The translation was magisterial

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    This is the story of an older man, Ernst, and his young, simple, devoted caretaker, Irena, who helps him reconnect and make peace with his past In all honesty, I hated HATED this book when I first started it Both characters are incredibly extreme Ernst in his ridiculously rigid way of viewing the world, and Irena in her total and complete submission to the task of caring for Ernst Seriously, I almost put the book down after reading the nth description of Ernst expressing vehement disapprov This is the story of an older man, Ernst, and his young, simple, devoted caretaker, Irena, who helps him reconnect and make peace with his past In all honesty, I hated HATED this book when I first started it Both characters are incredibly extreme Ernst in his ridiculously rigid way of viewing the world, and Irena in her total and complete submission to the task of caring for Ernst Seriously, I almost put the book down after reading the nth description of Ernst expressing vehement disapproval over some pointless nothing and then Irena responding with awe and unquestioning devotion She wants to kneel at his feet, cover his hand with both of hers, and say, I m so pleased that you allow me to serve you Really On the one hand, I found these characters incredibly unlikable inflexible and uncompromising each in their own way to the point of irritation I just couldn t buy it These people were totally unbelievable to me.But something happened in the last third of the novel as both characters began to heal and open themselves up to new life possibilities, I started to wonder if Suddenly, Love was really just a short little story about two discontent people falling in love, or if it was a parable of sorts, possibly a story to teach us about the importance of staying connected to our pasts and our people.In the beginning, the reader knows that there is a part of Ernst s past that he doesn t want to deal with We know that his relationship with his parents was an odd one, full of gloomy silence, distance, and despair, but there is clearlyto it It isn t until Ernst realizes he is dying and then is forced to interact with the somewhat dense but very spiritually connected Irena, that Ernst is able to call up those past memories I fully expected those memories to be evenpainful than his memories of his parents and his cold childhood, tragic stories about war or death or some other loss But the memories that Ernst begins to remember are actually very positive ones, which surprised me They are memories about time spent with his grandparents as a child Like Ernst s parents, his grandparents didn t mince words they were often quiet and used silence to demonstrate respect for God and the earth But unlike Ernst s parents, his grandparents were still warm and full of life Ernst felt they were accessible they would talk to him, teach him, answer his questions And though the word is never used, it is clear that they loved Ernst and that Ernst felt loved by them.Appelfeld s message seems to be two fold first, that it is important to be connected to your past, to come to terms with it in order to live your present life as fully as possible and second, that it is important to be connected to a LOVING past This second part is obviously not something we have control over In Ernst s case, his parents were wounded and unable to process their own pain Because of this and despite the fact that Ernst did have a loving relationship with his grandparents they passed their coldness their despair and self loathing down to their sonsins of the father and all that.It wasn t until Ernst begins his relationship with Irena, that he is able to come to terms with his relationship with his parents and reconnect to the happiness he felt when he was with his grandparents Irena isn t very intelligent, and though I still find her unquestioning submission to Ernst incredibly irritating in the story, I think maybe Appelfeld s point is that cold hard facts and uncompromising objectivity aren t necessarily the culmination of human consciousness and achievement There is a very crucial place for love, admiration, acceptance, and connection especially connection with the past and these are the qualities that make a life feel whole and complete.Whether this was the message that Appelfeld intended to convey or not, I can definitely say that this story is a lot less simple than it appears to be at first There are layers here, and while this book still isn t a favorite of mine, I did ultimately end up enjoying it for what it is

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    BOOK REVIEW Suddenly, Love Love Really Does Conquer All REVIEWED BY DAVID M KINCHEN Amor Vincit Omnia Shortly before the start of the first millennium, the Roman poet Virgil 70 B.C 19 B.C most famous as the author of the Aeneid wrote love conquers all things let us too surrender to Love Ernst, the let s get down to brass tacks, just the facts protagonist of Aharon Appelfeld s Suddenly, Love Schocken Books, a division of Random House, translated from the Hebrew by Jeff BOOK REVIEW Suddenly, Love Love Really Does Conquer All REVIEWED BY DAVID M KINCHEN Amor Vincit Omnia Shortly before the start of the first millennium, the Roman poet Virgil 70 B.C 19 B.C most famous as the author of the Aeneid wrote love conquers all things let us too surrender to Love Ernst, the let s get down to brass tacks, just the facts protagonist of Aharon Appelfeld s Suddenly, Love Schocken Books, a division of Random House, translated from the Hebrew by Jeffrey M Green, 240 pages, 25.00, also available as a Kindle e book is in serious need of love Appelfeld, one of Israel s greatest novelists, portrays Ernst as a gruff seventy year old Red Army veteran from Ukraine who landed, almost by accident, in Israel after World War II As a teen ager, he joined the Communists who attacked Jewish shop keepers, even though his own Jewish family ran a grocery store When World War II started in 1939, Ernst joined the Red Army fighting the Germans.There is no indication of the time of the novel, but judging by Ernst s age, I m guessing it s the early 1990s That would make it about right for Ernst to be a teen age Communist activist in Bukovina in what was then Romania, now part of Ukraine just before the start of World War II What s going on now in Ukraine is nothing new in Europe, where boundaries don t last long See for the division of Appelfeld s native region of Bukovina between Romania and Ukraine Appelfeld was born in Czernowitz, Bukovina, now part of Ukraine, in 1932.Ernst is an aspiring author, a retired investment adviser who ives alone his first wife and baby daughter were killed by the Nazis, drowned in the Bug River during the war He s divorced from his second wife and spends his time laboring over his unpublished novels His caregiver he has serious medical problems and has been in and out of hospitals is Irena She s in her mid thirties, the unmarried daughter of Holocaust survivors who was born in a displaced persons DP camp in Europe Irena has been taking care of Ernst since his surgery two years earlier she arrives every morning promptly at eight and usually leaves every afternoon at three Irena is quiet and shy, in awe of Ernst s intellect and does her best to encourage him Whether she realizes it or not, she s falling in love with the old guy She s about as different from Ernst as it s possible to be She sor less religiously observant, unlike Ernst, who s antagonistic toward religion And as the months pass, Ernst comes to depend on the gentle young woman who runs his house, listens to him read from his work, and occasionally offers a spirited commentary on it Ernst also discovers religion, to his shock.At first, the reader is led to believe that Irena is mild and shy which she is but we quickly learn that she s much stronger than she appears, showing signs of being what in some parts of the U.S is known as a steel magnolia Along with the desserts she makes and he loves, she gives Ernst the will to live, to do battle with his demons, and won t take no for an answer as she helps him fight his ailments and his depression.This is where the title kicks in Ernst begins to realize that Irena isthan a cook and a house cleaner, although she excels in those areas Ernst discovers that this woman half his age is in love with him and evenshocking that s he s in love with her, too Suddenly, Love is a wonderful look at something love we all need and we never get too much of I was surprised that it was originally published in Israel 11 years ago, in 2003 It s taken this long for it to appear in the U.S in English If you don t read any other love story this year, make an exception for Suddenly, Love

  10. says:

    Ernst is an old man who needed a housekeeper and a nursemaid Irena is a simple minded woman in her 30s, with few thoughts of her own that did not come from her parents Ernst needs Irena to take care of him, and Irena needs someone to take care of, which ends up being Ernst That s the least complicated way to view this book.It s not that simple, however Ernst wasn t looking for a nursemaid at first he just ended up needing one And Irena spent most of her time before Ernst staying in her hom Ernst is an old man who needed a housekeeper and a nursemaid Irena is a simple minded woman in her 30s, with few thoughts of her own that did not come from her parents Ernst needs Irena to take care of him, and Irena needs someone to take care of, which ends up being Ernst That s the least complicated way to view this book.It s not that simple, however Ernst wasn t looking for a nursemaid at first he just ended up needing one And Irena spent most of her time before Ernst staying in her home communicating with her dead parents Their togetherness helps Ernst to continue living in his home and writing all the things he needs to write, so he can regain the part of his soul he lost when he became a Communist as a teenager Their togetherness helps Irena to start having some original thoughts of her own, and to recognize she has special qualities and abilities.Throughout this all, there is constant contact and talking with deceased relatives Not using Ouija boards or mediums, but simply believing they are there, and talking to them in one s mind Irena especially believes she can communicate with her parents when they appear in her home, which was their home and believes Ernst s parents will show up in his home, so he can make amends for the terrible way he treated them in his younger days Mixed in with all of this are stories of persecution of Jews, and stories of concentration camps and other war atrocities Nothing is too graphic, however This is in many ways a very gentle book, with gentle hopes and dreams, including gentle beliefs of a future together for Ernst and Irena, that is in many ways an altered past Note I received a free ARC of this book fromVine

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