Moods

Part novel and part memoir, Yoel Hoffmann s Moods is flooded with feelings, evoked by his family, losses, loves, the soul s hidden powers, old phone books, and life in the Galilee with its every scent, breeze, notable dog, and odd neighbor Carrying these shards is a general tenderness, accentuated by a new dimension brought along by that great big pill of Prozac BeautPart novel and part memoir, Yoel Hoffmann s Moods is flooded with feelings, evoked by his family, losses, loves, the soul s hidden powers, old phone books, and life in the Galilee with its every scent, breeze, notable dog, and odd neighbor Carrying these shards is a general tenderness, accentuated by a new dimension brought along by that great big pill of Prozac Beautifully translated by Peter Cole, Moods is fiction for lovers of poetry and poetry for lovers of fiction a small marvel of a book, and with its pockets of joy, a curiously cheerful book by an author who once compared himself to a praying mantis inclined to melancholy.
Moods Part novel and part memoir Yoel Hoffmann s Moods is flooded with feelings evoked by his family losses loves the soul s hidden powers old phone books and life in the Galilee with its every scent

  • Title: Moods
  • Author: Yoel Hoffmann Peter Cole
  • ISBN: 9780811223829
  • Page: 353
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Moods”

    1. this is also the answer to the zen riddle about the sound of the one hand, and also the answer to the torments that freud says a person endures. that is, that someone should touch someone, and so forth.we think that our readers should use this book to look for another person. for instance, he should make it fall to the floor in a bar or a pub and then pick it up and ask a woman: is this yours? or put two glasses of red wine on it (we'll make sure it's big enough) or stick a knife into it and say [...]

    2. Who knows what Yoel Hoffmann's book Moods is. As goes for most things, and interesting books in particular, who knows. What it is, for the sake of is-ing, is a fascinating, small paperback book made up of short, poetic chapters. Some describe daily life in Galilee. Some touch on the mythological and the spiritual. And some just send up the psychiatrists, scholars, and intellectuals. Moods is full of doubt and faith; it is a book that fails to start and hesitates to end.

    3. "We’re asking ourselves what the point of this book is or of books in general. We’ve never seen books classified by genre. That is, we’ve seen them classified, but not correctly. What’s the point of classifying books as fiction or contemplative literature, for instance, when fiction is part and parcel of contemplation and contemplation is entirely a matter of fiction? Or take, for instance, science books. These aren’t stories? Accurate ones. But stories nonetheless. Or the distinction [...]

    4. A few years ago I bought a very colourful, heavy book called “Buddhist Offerings 365 Days” a 750 page book with a short Buddhist quote and a colour photograph (generally from Tibet) for each day of the year. The intention was to read and reflect on the quote each day, one of those grandiose ideas that lasts a week or two, however I do revisit the book from time to time for a timely quote or two, the first quote happens to be today’s (10 June), the others are just random choices:Every event [...]

    5. A unapologetically metafictional postmodern "novel" that is funny, sad and compulsively readable. 191 short chapters that feature characters and anecdotes drawn from the author's life and family are woven together with thoughtful reflections on life, the universe and absolutely everything else. For my full review see: roughghosts/2016/05/02/a-

    6. What's it about? Beats me. Life, I guess. Hoffmann's thoughts on people and circumstance and life in general. Fiction? Memoir? Philosophy? Beats me. It doesn't matter. It's clever, heartfelt and wise.

    7. A strange book that I enjoyed despite its many abstractions. "Moods" was called (I believe by another reviewer) fiction for readers of poetry and poetry for readers of fiction. It's there. There are these fantastic impressionistic images along with the occasional fragments of plot. Prose poetry may be a good description here.It's difficult to describe a work like this, broken into 191 snapshots. It's like looking at a serious of polaroids, and, most interestingly, you feel the resonance of human [...]

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