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Four Shades of Love

Danny Caspi
Paris in the 1930s, Palestine under the British Mandate, and Israel from its early days to the 1990s are the backdrop of this skillfully narrated novel. Betty comes to Paris from her native Poland in the early 1930s to join her brother. And there, she falls in love with Yakir Cordovero, a young man without ambition, the son of a wealthy family in Mandatory Palestine. After an unwanted pregnancy and abortion, they move to Israel, where both marry and set up separate families while continuing their relationship. Significantly, Betty becomes more fulfilled than the two men in her life: her husband Jacob works as a school teacher and Yakir turns into a frustrated, unpublished author. Betty, on the other hand, drives her own private car and builds an impressive career as one of the first social workers in Israel. Overshadowed by news of the Jews` annihilation in Europe, and by the continual proximity of her former sweetheart, Betty`s life is, however, not entirely happy. Narrated through the voices of Betty, Yakir, Jacob, and finally Rafi, the son who delves into his parents` past for inspiration to write, the novel creates a knot of emotions, secrets and loyalties.


Caspi`s original perspective, and his ability to distinguish his protagonists from one other through language mark this as a book of high quality.

This book is probably well-known to the elite of Hebrew literature because it is truly exceptional.
Radio Le-lo Hafsaka

Caspi Four Shades of Love
Title Four Shades of Love
Author’s Last Name Caspi
Author's First Name Danny
Genre novel
Publisher (Hebrew) Kinneret, Zmora-Bitan
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 2009
No. Pages 237 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Arba Ruchot Ahava
Representation Represented by ITHL



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