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Snails on the Highway

Netalie Gvirtz
Three lonely people. Henry, a 13-year-old orphan and cinema buff, meets Helena on the beach of a nameless city. She is an old lady who dreamed of being a famous actress and lives out her disappointment every day, but Henry admires her beauty and she in turn is enchanted with him. Before long, their urban legend is joined by a strange old man, Hector, who keeps taking things apart and putting them back together again-but why? What is he hiding? Eventually, Henry brings the two old folk together, unravels their secrets and fears, and helps them to change.
In Gvirtz`s first novel, the characters move slowly at first, as though out of necessity, then are carried away, whirling towards one moment-beautiful and fresh, although incomplete. Henry too falls in love, for the first time in his life, and finds out it`s not all that easy.
Snails on the Highway is a clever, heartwarming, bitter-sweet book written with subtle humor.

Gvirtz has noteworthy poetic talent... at times, a little mischievous.

Gvirtz has real talent. Her writing is flowing and enjoyable... She weaves a fairytale atmosphere detached from any specific place, which gives the story an appealing lightness.
Time Out

Contains some brilliant visual depictions...Gvirtz`s novel has the scent of old age and... that sense of missing out on things which comes to those who have slept through their lives.

Gvirtz Snails on the Highway
Title Snails on the Highway
Author’s Last Name Gvirtz
Author's First Name Netalie
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Am Oved
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2008
No. Pages 247 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Chelzonot Al Ha-Kvish Ha-Mahir
Representation Represented by ITHL


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