The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz

The Lion of Boaz Jachin and Jachin Boaz There were no lions any There had been lions once Sometimes in the shimmer of of the heat on the plains the motion of their running still flickered on the dry wind tawny great and quickly gone Someti

  • Title: The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz
  • Author: Russell Hoban
  • ISBN: 9780671783921
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Paperback
  • There were no lions any There had been lions once Sometimes in the shimmer of of the heat on the plains the motion of their running still flickered on the dry wind tawny, great and quickly gone Sometimes the honey coloured moon shivered to the silence of a ghost roar on the rising air Jachin Boaz lives in a dusty town where he owns a shop that sells all kiThere were no lions any There had been lions once Sometimes in the shimmer of of the heat on the plains the motion of their running still flickered on the dry wind tawny, great and quickly gone Sometimes the honey coloured moon shivered to the silence of a ghost roar on the rising air.Jachin Boaz lives in a dusty town where he owns a shop that sells all kinds of maps maps to find water, love, money, whatever the heart desires He has a son, Boaz Jachin, for whom he is making him a master map that will be given to him when he is a man This map that will contain all the secrets of the other maps combined, so that he will be able to find whatever he wishes to seek.Jachin Boaz shows his son the map, a labor of love representing years of his life spent upon it Rhetorically he asks, What can you seek that this map will not show you how to find A lion asks Boaz Jachin Disappointed, the father responds A lion I don t think I understand you I don t think you re being serious with me You know very well there are no lions now But then Jachin Boaz leaves home, abandoning his wife and son and taking the master map He leaves a note which reads I have gone to look for a lion In the desert outside the town, there is a palace where the last king is entombed, his lion hunt carved in stone Boaz Jachin, who has decided to seek out his father and ask for the map, takes a bus to the palace where he makes a powerful connection with the image of the dying lion carved in stone Through a simple act of sympathetic magic, the son loosens the spears and sets the lion s spirit free, then begins his journey across land and sea to find his father.

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    1. There were no lions any more.So this begins. And soon adds that there were no chariots either.This is a wonderful, symbolic tale of a father and son, or fathers and sons. I don't universalize the gender because Hoban doesn't; and, indeed, women fare poorly.The best part of this book, in a literary sense, is when the father, Jachin-Boaz, gets committed to a mental hospital. . . because he sees and is injured by a lion which we all know can not exist. It's funny there, if only because of the docto [...]

    2. funny and sad, realistic and supernatural, a fable about fathers and sons and the existence of non-existent things 'Empty space,' said the driver. 'There's a funny thing to think about. The back of the van is full of empty space. I brought it from my town. But I've opened the doors several times since I left. So is it still empty space from my town or is it now several different new empty spaces? This is the sort of thing one thinks about sometimes. If the back of the van were full of chairs the [...]

    3. Any son who has a father must read this book. Any man who has a son must read this book. Any seer who loves maps must read this book. Anyone confronted by lions must read this book. Anyone who loves and fears the strangeness in humanity must read this book.

    4. I definitely speak on a bias when I praise Russell Hoban. He is one of my favorite writers and indirectly has been since I was the age of 3. The Mouse and His Child has stuck with me my entirely life and continues to stay as I read it every year and even deemed it necessary to have images of it permantently etched into my skin. But thats beside the fact. Hoban is one of the most gifted, ingenious, and hidden writers of our time, writing some of the most unique and affirming books I've ever read. [...]

    5. This novel turned out to be a thought-provoking, if somewhat mystifying read: the first half full of poignant comments on belonging, self-direction and the relationship between fathers and sons; the second half verging on hallucinogenic self-indulgence. Realising that it was first published in 1973, I wondered if parts might have made more sense if I’d been smoking something not entirely legal. And yet there’s one irresistible aspect: it’s inspired by the magnificent Lion Hunt reliefs at t [...]

    6. It's hard for me to compare this book to anything I've read before, which automatically earns it some uniqueness points. It hints at sci-fi/fantasy, but the only fantastical elements to the story are the extinction of lions (which may not be all that far off in reality) and the fact that maps in Hoban's world are far more revealing and magical than our world's paper maps. The story is told with the soft focus of allegory that is void of place names (ironic in a book about maps?) and slight on de [...]

    7. An early novel from the supremely talented Russell Hoban, this is a well-crafted slice of magic realism set in an unnamed country somewhere bordering the Black Sea in that part of the world so fascinating to outsiders; neither entirely European, Asian nor Arabic.This is a novel about about fathers and sons. Jachin-Boaz makes maps in a small town: all kinds of maps, from the mundane to the more bizarre; for example, a map for voyeurs. He creates the ultimate map for his son, Boaz-Jachin, which wi [...]

    8. Sometimes a book will come out of nowhere for you to read it? The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz by Russell Hoban is a such book. I’ve had this book on my Kindle Paperwhite for awhile and I finally decided to read it while on vacation in Europe last week. I did not plan to read this book, but once I started I could not put it down until I finished.It is the story about Jachin-Boaz, a middle-aged mapmaker, who has reached a mid-life crisis. His life has not gone the way he had imagined and [...]

    9. Starts full of promise, juggling lions and maps as clever metaphors for masculine relationships. But as the tale goes on, it seems to lose a sense of direction, becoming increasingly disjointed and rambling.

    10. The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz starts out in the style of a fairy tale or myth, which tends to irk me: real fairy tales and myths are stories worn smooth by a hundred thousand retellings over the course of centuries, which is how they get their primordial feel. Attempts to copy that feeling usually result in an affect that strikes me as cheap and unearned. Luckily, The Lion of Boaz-Jachin and Jachin-Boaz turns into something more interesting before its end. The book gives us two main ta [...]

    11. Jachin-Boaz, a Jewish map maker, leaves his wife and son to find “a lion,” though they are extinct. He takes with him the “master map of everything” he was preparing for his son. The son follows after him to London, and his rage becomes a lion that haunts Jachin-Boaz, while he too searches for somewhere and something to be. A mystical, original fantasy, with some gems of phrasing here and there; but I found the book a bit tedious at times. That the tale is a quest for self means that the [...]

    12. Questo romanzo, edito nel 1973, è il primo dei sedici pubblicati da Hoban che, in precedenza, aveva scritto solo libri per bambini e ragazzi. E' peraltro una favola -ancorché per adulti- e, come tale, piena di simbolismi che necessitano di essere interpretati. A prescindere comunque da qualsiasi interpretazione, la sua lettura risulta estremamente piacevole ed avvincente. Ma è anche un romanzo che tratta di un argomento sempre attuale come quello del rapporto genitore-figli.Continua sulastamb [...]

    13. I read this book in high school many years ago and I don't remember the story, I just remember that I loved it and I think I'll buy it again and reread it because it just makes me feel good to see it.

    14. I was perhaps too young (18) and id like to re-read itGreat book, i remember that wonderfull feeling associated with great books, but the details are vague.e lion, the map,the shop, the quest

    15. A father & son battle today's emotional problems of acceptance in a futuristic phantoasmagorical world akin to the Kate Forsyth children's novels. But, it is a sad world without lions, all extinct, until the son goes searching for them, only to find his father!

    16. Lion? What lion? Extraordinary blend of quotidian life (in an enticingly anonymous country) with myth, magic and fable, all centred around a troubled father-son relationship.

    17. A magic realist novel about fathers and sons, but also about time and how none of us can escape it. Glad to see this has been reprinted by Valancourt.

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