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DOWNLOAD ì The Book of Jonah Him and an enormously successful career that gets promising by the minute He's celebrating a deal that will surely make him partner when a bizarre unexpected biblical vision at a party changes everything Hard as he tries to forget what he saw this disturbing sign is only the first of many Jonah will witness and before long his life is unrecognizable Though this perhaps divine i A first novel has a lot in common with meeting someone at a party introductory information context clothes blurbs tend towards the shallow first impressions carry a lot of weight but it takes a while to settle if this is someone you d ever want to speak to again or in the case of a novel something you d like to keep reading Joshua Max Feldman s The Book of Jonah comes with a lovely cover and blurbs sure to catch attention and an ambitious concept In terms of first impressions he uickly proves himself to be an able indeed exuberant writer Feldman revels in language and characterization His concept is bold almost recklessly so and he barrels forward without even a hint of doubt Such energy carries the reader forward on a magic carpet of excitement Yet the power of language can only propel that carpet so far Feldman s high concept goal of offering a loose modern retelling of the Jonah story sags as the book enters its middle section At times interesting and engaging each reader will judge how this novel s strengths balance against its occasional reliance on the stockiest of stock characters a tendency to lurch into melodrama and the author s apparent decision late in the game to simply abandon his concept as he rushes into the novel s endBy and standard Feldman s novel is high concept with a capital HIGH his goal being to craft a modern retelling of one of the Bible s most enigmatic stories and if you think Jonah s tale is straight forward or explicable then you are thinking of the Sunday School version Thus we have brilliant corporate lawyer Jonah Jacobstein in the title role a Jew so not religious as to border on irreligious though he doesn t ever even give it that much thought If the original text offers us precious little about the ancient Jonah Feldman opts for the entire opposite approach he gives us his Jonah in every aspect including several discussions of his naked form analyzing his every motivation and doubt Jonah is a rising star in his law firm He is dating Sylvia a sort of two dimensional WASPy ideal and sleeping with Zoey Jewish and artsy who starts out uite interesting yet grows flatter as the novel progresses Everything seems on track to for Jonah to receive all he could desire he drafted to work on his firm s most important client a sure golden ticket to partnership moving in with Sylvia and seeing Zoey on the side for sex and decent conversation Yet it begins to fall apart as of course it must when he begins to literally hear from God even as he finds out that working for the client will strain his ethics to the breaking pointOver laid on this Jonah story is a whole other plot involving Judith As the novel moves back and forth between these seemingly unrelated strands the reader of course knows that they will eventually come together a thing at first anticipated and eventually simply longed for While buoyed by Feldman s skill as a writer Judith who begins with much potential uickly descends into the tragic land of characters dragged about not because of anything beyond naked authorial intent She s brilliant She suffers tragedy and without spoiling it is a tragedy rapidly growing into a new literary clich and tragedy begets tragedy Her story is there you ll pardon the double meaning to service Jonah s and we come to just want Feldman to get it over with and let us in on the eventual meetingAs for Feldman s prose his sentences often read as a combination of the best of Philip Roth and Martin Amis orgiastic in the page and especially in the beginning ebullient in effect That he deploys these gifts to build fine characterizations only wets the reader s appetite Consider for example this fine first description when we meet Zoey Indeed nothing that bothered her so much about herself bothered him at all he even found the persistence of all the to him baseless anxieties charming And as watched her frowning at whatever she was hearing on the phone still chewing her thumbnail a habit she had been trying to break for as long as he d known herthere really was so much about her he found charming the inchoate worries her candor her wit her idiosyncratic habit of only cursing in languages other than English the drama of her facial expressions she being a woman whose brow furrowed whose laughter was loud and open mouthed whose nervousness brought tautness from her forehead to her chin whose almond shaped brown eyes narrowed and darted and whose head tilted just so when she was flirting Now this is a great description We as readers are fully engaged in Jonah s view through the lens of his heart Yet the author seems to pay little heed the effort such sentences place on his reader Unlike other writers who share his penchant to wallow in language Chabon comes to mind Feldman piles such descriptions one on the other Feldman s keen eye which gives us one character s smooth hairless hands and describes a punishing summer with heat that seemed to trap each New Yorker in his or her own personal lobster pot entices his reader Yet in offering seemingly everything this fine treatment he makes it hard for his reader to figure out where to focus Metaphors that delight at the beginning pile up like a tragic highway accident and eventually simply exhaust Yes they are excellent such as when Jonah sees a vision of everyone in his office naked one woman with an arc of moles and freckles across her chest and small dark areolae capping her breasts like tiny yarmulkes but one almost wonders whether Feldman want to impress us with his overdrive prose or expects us to cry uncleWith the reader s exhaustion comes a certain cantankerousness Loose plot points and cookie cutter characters the immaculate inscrutable Asian genius with a weakness for hookers and fortune cookie dialogue for example or the rapacious loutish libertine casino magnate who is randy as he is Randian ware than they otherwise might The whole Judith plot line at times arrives with all the subtlety of a dropped ACME safe Moreover one wonders whether Feldman made the conscious choice to go overboard in dissecting each and everyone of his character s motivations leaving little if anything to the imaginationFor all these short comings The Book of Jonah is often a fine read Feldman s sharp sense of humor can create cutting bits of social satire As is often the case with first novels that show such strengths one cannot but wonder whether there wasn t something extraordinary that might have emerged with sufficient editorial guidance a tragedy in and of itself Given his obvious talent I will certainly pick up his next book Still instead of satisfaction this novel s end arrives mostly with a sense of tired relief

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DOWNLOAD ì The Book of Jonah A major literary debut an epic tale of love failure and unexpected faith set in New York Amsterdam and Las VegasThe modern day Jonah at the center of Joshua Max Feldman's brilliantly conceived retelling of the book of Jonah is a young Manhattan lawyer named Jonah Jacobstein He's a lucky man healthy and handsome with two beautiful women ready to spend the rest of their lives with In this novel Jonah is a Jewish corporate lawyer in New York City who is just about to be promoted to partner All he has to do is defend a giant pharmaceutical company from patent infringement He guesses that the company stole the formula from a small startup company but will probably win the case by out lawyering it Meanwhile Jonah juggles his life between two girlfriends a serious one and a not so serious oneJonah sees a couple of visions and struggles with their meaning One day he suddenly becomes honest and ruins his life his career his relationships and cannot come to terms with what is happening Another line of the plot focuses on a young brilliant woman named Judith She devotes her life to studying and enters Yale Her life is devastated though on September 11 2001 when both her parents die on an airplane The last third of the book is about Jonah s search for Judith and their reconciliationNow this book is supposed to be a parallel between the biblical story of Jonah and this modern day Jonah Each section of the book is actually labeled with the portion of the biblical story in order to push the parallel into the reader s face However even with the push I don t really see the parallels In fact I thought that the author got the episode with the whale wrong I thought that an earlier incident in the modern Jonah s life was much in parallel with a whale than the one that was labeled as suchThe book has a mild sense of humor for example the sudden dramatic downturn in Jonah s life when everything went wrong at once and the episode where Judith is interviewed by her new employer in Las Vegas But this mild humor is not enough to get caught up in the story I didn t see the parallels with the biblical story and the philosophy and religion aspects are not deep or appealing The book is a bit of fun nothing

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DOWNLOAD ì The Book of Jonah Ntervention will be responsible for than one irreversible loss in Jonah's life it will also cross his path with that of Judith Bulbrook an intense breathtakingly intelligent woman who's no stranger to loss herself As this funny and bold novel moves to Amsterdam and then Las Vegas Feldman examines the way we live now while asking an age old uestion How do you know if you're chose When I read what this book was about I was really interested in the concept A modern day tale spun around the story of Jonah in the Bible Ok I ll bite At the onset I was interested but it fizzled rather uicklyFor example I was curious how they would incorporate the big fish capacity disappointedJonah s arc as a person Not that much parallel to the story in uestion after he loses everythingAnd the uestion that kept me keep reading even when I didn t want to How was the story of Judith going to be entwined with Jonah s It could have been really fascinating It wasn tI was bummed At the end of the book my thought was What was the point of this There were a few moments of revelation for characters but they were short lived or minor in my opinion The circumstances that happened to these people were much larger than any change I hoped to see in them while reading the book I found it to be stubbornly coldNeedless to say I did not find it to be a satisfying read As I said the book introduced the early parts of the story of Jonah well the man of the world running away and wanting none of it but the main points of the story he is referencing are forgiveness repentance and mercy which are not given their due in my opinion I m not saying the story needed to be tied with a big red bow I am glad it wasn t but I found the end of the book to be lacking


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    [Joshua Max Feldman] epub The Book of Jonah free In this novel Jonah is a Jewish corporate lawyer in New York City who is just about to be promoted to partner All he has to do is defend a giant pharmaceutical company from patent infringement He guesses that the company stole the formula from a small startup company but will probably win the case by out lawyering it Meanwhile Jonah juggles his life between two girlfriends a serious one and a not so serious oneJonah sees a couple of visio

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    [Joshua Max Feldman] epub The Book of Jonah free READ & DOWNLOAD The Book of Jonah A modern retelling of the Old Testament's book of Jonah as well as a second text that of the widow Judith who decapitated the Assyrian General Holofernes are the thrust of Max Feldman's story of a young Jewish corporate lawyer climbing to the top of the ladder with an empty soul and a divided heart Jonah Jacobstein has two beautiful girlfriends devoted to him and a law firm ready to hand him a meteoric rise to success by doing their dirty w

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    REVIEW Ú KLASS-CHITA.RU Ï Joshua Max Feldman Joshua Max Feldman Ï 1 DOWNLOAD [Joshua Max Feldman] epub The Book of Jonah free At first I was on board for this book a modern retelling of a biblical tale that explores life and faith and meaning Then 911 happened No in the story At that point everything came into stark relief and I became increasin

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    [Joshua Max Feldman] epub The Book of Jonah free A first novel has a lot in common with meeting someone at a party introductory information context clothes blurbs tend towards the shallow first impressions carry a lot of weight but it takes a while to settle if this is someone you

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    Joshua Max Feldman Ï 1 DOWNLOAD [Joshua Max Feldman] epub The Book of Jonah free This one was stunningly difficult to review It began so auspiciously so impressively so lovely and then devolved with a second half so steadilyhow does one account for such disparity This was suppose to be a good probably even great book a modern take on the famous story a morality fable condemning or at least satirizing with intent to condemn the brutally soulless finance driven ways of the modern world Feldman's writing defini

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    [Joshua Max Feldman] epub The Book of Jonah free Joshua Max Feldman Ï 1 DOWNLOAD REVIEW Ú KLASS-CHITA.RU Ï Joshua Max Feldman In 2001 Nick Hornby published a discomforting novel called “How to Be Good” It’s about a man who upends his life by deciding that he will always do what’s right “Who could live with that” Hornby asks Call it the curse of extravagant virtue Our orderly lives depend upon a certain degree of moral nearsightedness our ability to moderate the demands of conscience to ignore the fathomless needs of others much of the time

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    Joshua Max Feldman Ï 1 DOWNLOAD REVIEW Ú KLASS-CHITA.RU Ï Joshua Max Feldman [Joshua Max Feldman] epub The Book of Jonah free The Book of Jonah seems like Christian bookstore fiction with cool edgy sex and swearingWhich is a bummer because the concept of a modern day retelling of Jonah fascinated me However after setting aside the clumsy uneven way the book tried to echo the biblical story I attempted to read the novel on its own terms young high

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    READ & DOWNLOAD The Book of Jonah [Joshua Max Feldman] epub The Book of Jonah free Joshua Max Feldman Ï 1 DOWNLOAD The plot is based on the story of Jonah from the Bible where God asks Jonah to go preach the gospel in Nineveh Jonah foun

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    [Joshua Max Feldman] epub The Book of Jonah free When I read what this book was about I was really interested in the concept A modern day tale spun around the st

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    [Joshua Max Feldman] epub The Book of Jonah free REVIEW Ú KLASS-CHITA.RU Ï Joshua Max Feldman READ & DOWNLOAD The Book of Jonah Making the connection to the book of Jonah was sort of a stretch I see how maybe Feldman was trying to compare Vegas to Nineveh Jonah Jacobson the main character finds himself convicted by a Hasdic Jew he meets on a Subway Jonah starts having visions and this sort of reminded me the dreams biblical Jonah has When biblical Jonah was thrown overboard to calm the seas this sort of reminded me of Jonah Jacobson's e

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