The Immigrant's Lament Hebrew / English Bilingual Edition (Hebrew Edition)

 
9781409218166: The Immigrant's Lament Hebrew / English Bilingual Edition (Hebrew Edition)
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Bilingual edition of The Immigrant's Lament, first published in hebrew in 1994 and in English in 2002.

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TOPSHELFMAGAZINE finalist in the Poetry category in 2018."The Immigrant's Lament by Mois Benarroch is an autobiographical book of poems. Benarroch looks at his life in emotions as well as in the events. Each poem uses free verse and relies on meter to propel the reader from one line to the next. Some poems are more successful with this than others. The freedom of free verse makes the book easy to read and understand. Each poem gives the reader a complete sense of who Mois Benarroch is. Benarroch also hints at some of the influences that led him to become a writer. 
The first poem in The Immigrant's Lament highlights Bennaroch's extended family. He focuses on the various opportunities they had to move away from Morocco and why it took the time it did. (Benarroch's family did move to Israel in the early 1970s, when he was 13.) The book ends on a stark self portrait that seems to pick up many years after his family ode left off. In the final poem Benarroch examines himself in a sort of midlife crisis and he ends on a note of hope. Each of the 50 other poems are filled with musings on love, relationships, and time. There are also hints of what it means to live in the Middle East. 
Mois Benarroch's intended audience seems to go beyond the poetry enthusiast. Benarroch weaves together poems about his life with poems about his home in Israel. It seems to be as important to share culture as it is for Mois Benarroch to share his life's story. The lack of poetic form aids in the ease of reading to highlight the poem's feeling. 
I rate this book 4 out of 4. At only 91 pages, there is no reason not to read The Immigrant's Lament. It is short, easy to read, and gives a true look at the author's soul."
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TOPSHELFMAGAZINE finalist in the Poetry category in 2018."The Immigrant's Lament by Mois Benarroch is a nonfiction book of poems. It was published by Moben Publishing in 2016. Mois Benarroch was born in Morocco in 1959 but came to Israel in 1972 with his parents. This book of poems is translated in Hebrew and English. 
This book was first published in Hebrew in 1994. In Israel, he is an award-winning poet. This author is interesting. He was awarded the Prime Minister Literary Prize in 2008. He was also awarded the Yehuda Amichai Poetry Prize in 2012. I had to look him up since I like his book of poems.

This book contains fifty-three poems in which the author writes about his life. His poems focus on love, family, friends, life and freedom. For the most part, his poems are only a page long but for two it is longer. The two longest poems is The Immigrant's Lament, which is 18 pages long and the Self Portrait of the Poet in a Family Mirror, which is 12 pages long. The poem The Immigrant's Lament is the source for the title of the book. In this poem, the poet talks about his life in third person. It focuses on when he and his family left home to go to Israel and different things that happened. This is the first poem that you read. The last poem in this book is the Self Portrait of the Poet in a Family Mirror. This poem is 12 pages long. This poem is about who is he and what he wants. It touches on many subjects. 

I love reading and writing poetry and I love this book. Most people love poetry even if they don't understand it. In this book of poems, the author writes about various aspects of his life. What I like about this book is that there is one poem on each page. This makes it easier for the reader to know when the poem ended. 

The only thing that I didn't like about this book is that the Table of Contents was at the end of the book instead of the beginning of the book. I haven't seen a book that the Table of Contents was at the end before.

I rate this book of poems by Mois Benarroch, 4 out of 4 stars. This book had a few errors but nothing that takes away what the author is trying to convey. I would recommend this book to all poetry lovers. This would be good for beginning poets."onlinebookclub

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