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The Instructions [Format Kindle]

Adam Levin

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Mammoth, marvellous . . . Hysterically funny and giddyingly imagined, this is a novel of serious intent . . . Levin is both fascinated by violence and fascinating about it. --Scotsman

Adam Levin's book is the real thing, I think. It appeals to the young readers who like formal invention and ambition . . . But there's also real substance there --Dave Eggers

Evocative of David Foster Wallace . . . full of death-defying sentences, manic wit, exciting provocations and simple human warmth. --Rolling Stone

Présentation de l'éditeur

Beginning with a chance encounter with the beautiful Eliza June Watermark and ending, four days and 900 pages later, with the Events of November 17, this is the story of Gurion Maccabee, age ten: a lover, a fighter, a scholar, and a truly spectacular talker. Ejected from three Jewish day schools for acts of violence and messianic tendencies, Gurion ends up in the Cage, a special lockdown program for the most hopeless cases of Aptakisic Junior High. Separated from his scholarly followers, Gurion becomes a leader of a very different sort, with righteous aims building to a revolution of troubling intensity.

The Instructions is an absolutely singular work of fiction by an important new talent. Adam Levin has shaped a world driven equally by moral fervor and slapstick comedy—a novel that is muscular and verbose, troubling and empathetic, monumental, breakneck, romantic, and unforgettable.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 2697 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 1057 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : B005FLWN1S
  • Editeur : McSweeney's; Édition : First Trade Paper Edition (18 octobre 2011)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B005T624MC
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Amazon.com: 4.1 étoiles sur 5  37 commentaires
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Potential(ly) Classic. Definitely one to read and enjoy. 23 octobre 2010
Par Tanstaafl - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
This book will have special meaning for those of us of the Jewish faith. I wasn't Jewish, though, until I got about a hundred pages in. Regardless of faith, this is a book about faith - just in an entirely different manner than anyone is accustomed to. Parts are hilariously, read out loud funny. Parts are brutally violent. Other parts will be described by the entire range of emotions.

Please read Amazon's Product Description (click on Editorial Reviews above). Read it very carefully. Nothing more needs to be said about the plot. You will be spending many hours within that briefly but deceptively described universe.

Two words of advice: Hang on! While this has some debut novel glitches, you'll quickly forgive Levin. This is an amazingly imagined story. How can it not be when the main character is the messiah, or potential messiah, or neither? At ten, even potential is impressive. And our hero, Gurion, at that mere ten, is already a leader of men (or boys who will be men).

Of course, this will be compared with David Foster Wallace's 'Infinite Jest'; and rightly so. And, I loved 'Infinite Jest'. But, this is not 'Infinite Jest'. Though much of this rambles, it is the poster-child of organization compared to the other. With about nine-hundred fewer footnotes, and the few that are here are on the same page as the text, the reader is spared the constant interruptions.

Levin's juxtaposition of the scholarly boys and the delinquent students of the Cage allows divergent threads, and moralities, to run throughout the book. I found myself liking and disliking the same characters several times each. Gurion's parents will do more than just raise some eyebrows. His girlfriend, too, is a gem. The rest of the gang of kids is just way too believably unbelievable (or the other way around).

We are with Gurion for only four days, or all ten of his years, or even more. But, the four days worth of hours are filled with ages worth of issues. Don't be fooled by the age of the characters. This is very much an adult book. There is violence and there is language enough to peel paint from a school bus. If either bother you, don't read it.

This book is filled with Gurion's being an Israelite (in Chicago) and his relationship with his religion and the world. His place in his small part of the world is something to behold; his relationship with other students is unique; and his ability to get through the four days is remarkable. I truly hope that reviewers do not even hint at the ending - it is to be experienced at the end of more than a thousand pages, not given away in a few paragraphs.

Despite a few growing pains of Levin the writer, this is a five star book all the way. May the next one not be as long - but only so we can have it sooner. This is well worth the investment of time required. And, 'The Instructions' is one I won't forget. Grab it.
22 internautes sur 29 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 To be or not to be the Messiah 18 novembre 2010
Par "switterbug" Betsey Van Horn - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Relié|Achat vérifié
Gurion ben-Judah Maccabee is a ten-year-old Jewish misfit in Deerpark Illinois, but a brilliant misfit and Talmudic scholar. He aims for "perfect justice" and claims to be a person of peace, but he keeps getting into fights at school. He invented the pennygun, a handmade weapon that is laid out in his tract, "The Instructions." This coming-of-age novel, which takes place over four days and 1000+ pages, is so packed with adventure and metaphysics that I felt like I lived through an odyssey. Oh, I did!

Gurion is in the behavior-disorder section called "The Cage" at his middle school, which is monitored by a cruel, one-handed Australian named Botha. Gurion falls in Olympian love with a Gentile named Eliza June Watermark, who is not in the Cage and is a little older, being twelve, and is a superb mirror to his soul. However, according to Talmudic edict, he cannot have a Gentile wife. He already knows he wants to marry June. So there's another rub, along with the quest for perfect justice. Gurions's mother is a retired Israeli commando of Ethiopian descent and his father is a frequently reviled civil rights lawyer who is ensconced in a case to defend the free speech of the most appalling human beings. They have endowed Gurion with a lot of chutzpah.

Gurion may be the Messiah, or he may not be the Messiah. In the meantime, he is translating his story in Hebrew and English--the four days leading up to and including "The Gurionic War," with the help of some unorthodox Orthodox classmates. Lovers of David Foster Wallace will feel an aphrodisiac-like pull to Infinite Jest, but this book reads faster and is more to the point, albeit with fantastic digressions.

I could lay out some flaws here, such as--these pre-adolescents act and think like thirty-five-year-olds! I considered closing the book at the beginning rather than take that leap of faith. But all the flaws are crushed beneath Levin's intrepid imagination and iconoclastic ambition. He commanded this story with an epic gracelessness--yes, gracelessness-- that was infectious and wholly original. What's a few bumbles and brambles in the midst of a spiritual apocalypse? I recommend this tome to readers who can cut some slack to a little obtuseness. The story is its own redeemer.
5 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Greatest Book I've Ever Read! 6 février 2012
Par Kenneth Vallario - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
'Holy F-word.' (i'm afraid of getting censured) but that was what I said seconds after I put this book down 'Holy F-word'...and I am smart enough to avoid vulgarity, but this book blew my mind...

I've been reading seriously since I was about 16, so I've been doing this for about 20 years, and I know how serious it is to say 'This is the greatest book I've ever read' but I am doing just that.

I was hooked from the first paragraph, and this man...he writes scripture...this thing is truly profound, not just 'about' the profound, it is profound.

i will tell you something too...there is a reason this is the greatest book I've ever read, because the author had the audacity, the balls, to try and write the greatest book ever written...not a lot of people actually do that, and of those that do, I only know one that has succeeded, Adam Levin.

wow, you might be saying, this sounds like a friend of the author, or perhaps his wife...nope...but if he ever wants another friend, he made one with me...how many people do i know who have the guts to do what he did with this novel. when you write scripture, expect followers...wow!

i'm going to go on, because that is what i am inspired to do, i am inspired to sing praises, and so i am going to sing...

as an aside, the comparisons to D.F.W. are annoying and made by people who understand neither. I've read some D.F.W., and i'm impressed, as anybody should be, by someone who is working so hard to do so...Adam Levin a horse of a different color (whatever that means)...Adam Levin stands alone here with this magnificent work. i've never read a 1000 pages with the constant feeling of wanting it NOT to end, of feeling so cared for. The comparisons are made simply because he has great skill, and great skill is wonderful, but here is the difference, Adam Levin has put all his chips on the table, he is way more risky than anybody i've ever encountered. It might be inappropriate, i'm not smart enough to know, but if Nietzsche were alive today, and a bit more cheerful, perhaps he would be able to write such a novel, but i can't think of anybody else...f-word all that...read this today, and if you don't like it, it's because you've never known what it is like to feel omnipotent, and that is important, that is valuable information.

this is written to liberate the spirit...is that too romantic? i don't think so, this is one of our 'lost values', as Martin Luther King said, the artist as liberator, rather than artist as smarty-pants...Levin takes on the role of literary savior, and manages to achieve...and let me be clear, all the criticisms of 'first-novel glitches', these are fallacious in the extreme...this is not a 'first novel', it is a NEW novel, it is a new form...what Adam Levin liberates is language itself, he has done damage against the seemingly inevitable enslavement to the machine, by finding, not just a crack in the nature of language, through which we might take one extra breath of fresh air, but has found a whole valley toward which we can move, but one surrounded on all sides by the paradoxical risk of leaving old arrangements behind...now i'm saying too much...

but oh lord, i am so happy, so grateful for this book...i've never sung praises like this, and its 2012, what a great year to read The Instructions.
2 internautes sur 2 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A New Masterpiece 22 mars 2014
Par M. Toppel - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
The physical weight of this novel is intimidating (if you purchased the paperback, like I did) but let that be encouragement and not a deterrent to begin reading The Instructions. The psychological weight with which I was left after finishing this book was even heavier than the mere 1000 pages.

The main character is a ten-year-old boy named Gurion who narrates the story and his personality was immediately captivating. The attentive maintenance of this character through the book is what kept me up late nights reading. I was able to love him immediately, through his happiness and sadness; through his growth and stagnation--and all over the amazing short period of four days (timespan of the novel). It is a microscope of human emotion, yet--especially toward the end and looking out over "two-hill field"--the author represents a larger scope of human existence.

Another thing that the author did to make the book great was use the epitome of the writer's dogma "show versus tell" countless times throughout the novel. Page 825, for example (although this may be personal) discusses the phrase "point of no return" but that is exactly what that point represented for me in the book--the point where I simply needed to keep reading in order to find out what was going to happen next, the point of no return where I must read to the end of the book.

Or take this quote, for another example (page 29-30), that shows so much about the character with little details:
"I liked it when things went together like that. Not just timing things like the chop /flick/ knock-stopping, but space things, too. Like all the man-made products that fit into other man-made products that were not made by the same men or for the same reasons. Like how the sucking wand of my parents’ vacuum held seven D batteries stacked nub to divot, and my Artgum eraser, before I’d worn it down, sat flush in any slot of the ice -cube tray, and the ice-cube tray sat flush on the rack in the toaster oven, the oven itself between the wall and the sink-edge. I liked how the rubber stopper in the laundry-room washtub was good for corking certain Erlenmeyer flasks and that 5 mg. Ritalins could be stored in the screw-hollows on the handles of umbrellas."

This book is a great representative of the times. It is made with careful collage-construction that shows intelligence and beauty and the way destruction and "damage" will both destroy that intelligence and beauty but also let it live on. The pages of the book represent that paradox, the final and most remarkable example of the author's ability to show the reader his ideas instead of telling us about them. And in an even broader sense, it represents a goal of literature (perhaps of the author himself)--to represent a truth and word to keep speaking after the writer has died.

This is one of those books that made me feel like I had learned so much about the world. A feeling that is not unheard of when I read fiction, but this feeling is so heavy I do not want to pick up another book because I want to stay with it for a little while. In fact, it is almost like the moment described on page 980. I will not describe it here, because I do not want to extend anything too far beyond my review into these words, but it is just another great example of how the text can transcend into an emotional state.
5 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
4.0 étoiles sur 5 Friends 20 février 2011
Par Daniel McCloskey - Publié sur Amazon.com
The Instructions is a story about a ten-year-old super-kid who might be the Messiah. At just over a thousand pages long, the book can look a little intimidating, but it's light. Yes literally lightweight; meaning it won't hurt your wrists like some other tomes you may have interacted with. And while it is true that the narrator's slant toward lengthy inner monologues can wear a bit, for the most part the story is playful and kinetic enough that those long winded explorations of motivation and theology serve to create suspense at the same time they illuminate character. If the style of narration starts to get you down in the first half of the book keep chugging--this is definitely a book worth reading through to the end. The plot is linear and straight forward, but it is not exactly simple. There are a lot of complicated characters, and when the book closes there are a lot of tangled and conflicting emotions the reader left to deal with on their own. Closure is definitely avoided by the narrator, which gives the story a lingering strength.

I'll point out that that the narrator suffers from merciless anti-Australian sentiment, some Pittsburgh jabbing, and maybe a light case of sexism. These characteristics are ones that probably wouldn't faze the average american, and stand out mostly because the book is supper PC in a lot of other ways. The narrator goes into a series of conversations about homophobia, racism, antisemitism, and anti-goy-ism (kind of) but Australia is just ripped into. Whether intentional or not the not-so-PC elements of the narration does complicate the protagonist, and allows the reader a little more uncertainty when the action amps up.

Another thing worth stating is that this book is NOT "Infinite Jest." I don't know why people seem to insist on comparing this novel to David Foster Wallace's epic. Yes they are both long and both have young and brilliant main characters, but in that line of thinking why not criticize "Infinite Jest" for trying to be the "Ender's Game Series" by Orson Scott Card? They are not the same books. Their stories and narrative styles are completely different. Comparisons only confuse and aren't fair to either of the books, so don't believe the hype.

If you're ready for drama, transformation, doubt, wonder, and deep dead sorrow give it a go. Don't be scared.
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