This is a book written with a great deal of love for Jerusalem`s characters
and neighborhoods in the 1950s and 60s. Its colorful cabaret has a
cast of unforgettable types who dance non-stop in the author`s mind - a
buxom waitress, vindictive tax officials, happy bachelors, big-hearted
drunks, sly chess players, weeping widows, self-sacrificing mothers,
irritable fathers, are all players in this side-splitting comedy.
And the figure of Abel Gagin keeps popping up. He looks like a British
intellectual and - unfortunately for those around him - he genuinely
believes that he can help lovers on the rocks, or iron out complex family
imbroglios and resolve all kinds of other woes.
But each time that Abel tries to fix something, an unexpected twist fouls up his plan and brings disaster to those involved.
Dankner has the ability, in a few lines, to create a complete personality
that captures our imagination and makes us read on in eager anticipation.
His Jerusalem is a sparkling world of magic realism, with vivid human
types that are both touching and entertaining, real and imagined, full of charm and invention.
An entertaining, rich comedy...full of charming, amusing observations on life in Jerusalem.The plot is crafted with dazzling light-handedness.
Delightful...full of excellent humor and vivid idiomatic language.
Dankner is a born story-teller. His characters are fascinating.
Partial English translation (for publishers only)