Every evening David and Gaby, Ilana, Tzadok, Philip and Avigail assemble in the commune for an hour of a kind of Buddhist meditation. In a half-lit room in Jerusalem they chant mantras and discuss the business of the commune, reaching decisions that will be reversed tomorrow.
Ofra, a grave fourteen-year-old more adult than her mother, looks on with a smile on her lips and pain in her eyes. The commune is the most recent of her actress mother Avigail`s whimsical enthusiasms. Yossi Kedem, Ofra`s father, is a romantic, a Jerusalem freethinker who lives in America, singing ballads. Ofra has been fantasizing about her father for years and now he suddenly wants to meet her.
In the six months that pass from the day that Ofra and Avigail join the commune, so much happens to Ofra that in fact she finds that she can choose whether or not to meet her father: he is not central to her life. Ofra gets a job delivering flowers, the school in Jerusalem turns out to be rewarding and challenging, and in the course of saving a boxer dog she turns a local ruffian into her friend for life. She also falls in love with a man far too old for her.
Yael Rosman subjects the commune to satirical treatment and even Ofra`s coming of age is described with subtle irony.
Made into a TV series in Israel, Kaleidoscope was praised both in Israel and abroad.
A refreshing new angle on the generation gap.
The process of self-discovery is included within a gripping story and the characters are described brilliantly. This book makes for exciting reading.
Excerpt in English translation available