Dolly City

Dolly City By Orly Castel Bloom Dalya Bilu is a Kindle Orly Castel Bloom Hebrew is an

Dolly City By Orly Castel-Bloom Dalya Bilu is a Kindle Orly Castel Bloom Hebrew is an Israeli author.Orly Castel Bloom was born in north Tel Aviv in 1960, to a family of Egyptian Jews Until the age of three, she had French nannies and spoke only French She studied film at the Beit Zvi School for the Performing Arts in Ramat Gan.Castel Bloom lives in Tel Aviv and has two children.Castel Bloom s first collection of short stories, Not Far from the Center of Town, was published in 1987 by Am Oved She is the author of 11 books, including collections of short fiction and novels Her 1992 novel Dolly City, has been included in the UNESCO Collection of Representative Works, and in 1999 she was named one of the fifty most influential women in Israel Dolly City has been performed as a play in Tel Aviv.In Free Radicals, Castel Bloom stopped writing in the first person In Human Parts 2002 she was the first Israeli novelist to address the subject of Palestinian suicide bombings Her anthology of short stories You Don t Argue with Rice, was published in 2003 Castel Bloom has won the Prime Minister s award twice, the Tel Aviv award for fiction and was nominated for the Sapir Prize for Literature.Israeli literary critic Gershon Shaked called her a postmodern writer who communicates the despair of a generation which no longer even dreams the dreams of Zionist history.. ldquo Dolly Citymdash a city without a base, without a past, without an infrastructure Themost demented city in the world.rdquo In the midst of a futuristic primitive metropolis, the accumulation of all our urban nightmares, Doctor Dolly certified by theUniversity of Katmandu finds a newborn baby in a black plastic bag, and decidesto become a mother Oveldquo Dolly Citymdash a city without a base, without a past, without an infrastructure Themost demented city in the world.rdquo In the midst of a futuristic primitive metropolis, the accumulation of all our urban nightmares, Doctor Dolly certified by theUniversity of Katmandu finds a newborn baby in a black plastic bag, and decidesto become a mother Overcome by unfamiliar maternal urges, Dolly dispenseswith her private lab of rare diseases and turns all her surgical passion onto herson Ceaselessly cutting and sewing, Dolly is the scalpel wielding version of theall too familiar Jewish Mother archetype, forever operating upon her son with destructive, invasive love In this grotesque satire of war and the defensive measurestaken to survive it, Orly Castel Bloom, one of Israelrsquo s most provocative and original writers, turns her own scalpel upon that most holy of institutions, the myth ofmotherhoodmdash and its implications in the life of a nation.. Good Ebook Dolly City Fucked up. At times brilliant, at times hilarious. I was not horrified because I immediately read it as an allegory of internal states. It is curious that unlike other unreliable narrators (closest comparison that comes to my mind is Beckett's narrators), Dolly knows she's crazy and reflects on her craziness, even within a state none of us would call normal. And everyone else is the same way. This frees up the conceit, somewhat, but also places the story outside of the mere surreal, and into one in which the horrors are more concrete. The levels of unreliability build on top of each other so that it is a range rather than a binary. There is no real analogue to the events that are happening except that they ring emotionally true. It's a book of brokenness from the start, and there is no real attempt to fix anything, but the impulse to fix is still there, is ever-present, like an echo of a pre-apocalyptic urge that seems oddly anachronistic and endearing.I'm ill equipped to really understand this book because I don't understand the Israel it satirizes, but I still felt the urgency of its voice. These reviews may be more illuminating:http://forward.com/culture/133213/a-w...http://www.tabletmag.com/podcasts/205...

  1. Orly Castel Bloom Hebrew is an Israeli author.Orly Castel Bloom was born in north Tel Aviv in 1960, to a family of Egyptian Jews Until the age of three, she had French nannies and spoke only French She studied film at the Beit Zvi School for the Performing Arts in Ramat Gan.Castel Bloom lives in Tel Aviv and has two children.Castel Bloom s first collection of short stories, Not Far from the Center of Town, was published in 1987 by Am Oved She is the author of 11 books, including collections of short fiction and novels Her 1992 novel Dolly City, has been included in the UNESCO Collection of Representative Works, and in 1999 she was named one of the fifty most influential women in Israel Dolly City has been performed as a play in Tel Aviv.In Free Radicals, Castel Bloom stopped writing in the first person In Human Parts 2002 she was the first Israeli novelist to address the subject of Palestinian suicide bombings Her anthology of short stories You Don t Argue with Rice, was published in 2003 Castel Bloom has won the Prime Minister s award twice, the Tel Aviv award for fiction and was nominated for the Sapir Prize for Literature.Israeli literary critic Gershon Shaked called her a postmodern writer who communicates the despair of a generation which no longer even dreams the dreams of Zionist history.

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  1. Fucked up At times brilliant, at times hilarious I was not horrified because I immediately read it as an allegory of internal states It is curious that unlike other unreliable narrators closest comparison that comes to my mind is Beckett s narrators , Dolly knows she s crazy and reflects on her craziness, even within a state none of us would call normal And everyone else is the same way This frees up the conceit, somewhat, but also places the story outside of the mere surreal, and into one in wh [...]



  2. I think I need a drink I also think I d have to re read and study this book and miles of history around the middle east, immigration, alienation, outsider culture, survivors of war, and Israeli authors to understand the breadth of the work I am stunned One hell of a way to express the chaos that is living with feelings bordering on exile in a country that is outside your birth As the afterword suggests I think I d have to read it again and again to fully come to grips with what I just experience [...]




  3. Dolly City is an awful place where murderous citizens gobble buckets of anti depressants and live in such sections of town as Wells of Despair, Lakes of Fear, and Swamps of Despair And, there are two political parties Bureaucracy and Procedure At the heart of this city well, actually there is no heart is Dolly herself, a medical doctor who took her degree at the University of Katmandu or maybe not She sees sickness everywhere, particularly cancer, which even tires and roads seem to have contract [...]


  4. The writing style and grotesque subject matter reminded me a lot of Mikhail Bulgakov s Heart of a Dog Granted, I read that many years ago so the connection might be very, very loose.I really enjoyed Dolly City It s macabre, funny, and thought provoking I can t help but feel like I was missing a lot of the cultural commentary, although some of it became clearer after reading the epilogue type thing at the end.While reading, it definitely comes across as one of those books in which EVERYTHING is m [...]


  5. I reread Dolly City for a book review that I am writing When the review is published, I ll provide a link to it here I will say that lately I ve been enjoying a number of books with fantastic last sentences There s quite a bit of literary criticism on the poetics of closure, usually in relation to poetry, and it would be interesting to apply these observations to Castel Bloom s novel Dolly City has a remarkable finale You have to go through a lot of gore for this moment but it s worth it come to [...]



  6. M me en tant pr venu, Dolly City est une des lectures les plus tranges que j ai pu faire Je croyais que le scandale autour tait surtout li des questions de style litt raire et de niveau de langue Je me suis rendu compte que tout tait choquant dedans C est aussi surr aliste et pourtant, cela renvoie au r el Bref, si vous avez besoin qu on vous souffle dans le bronches pour nettoyer ce qui y est coll ou que l on vous donne un coup de toile l meri au cerveau, c est une excellente lecture.J ai cris [...]



  7. Dolly City will confuse you It will make you sick and disgusted.In the beginning, it is about a young doctor, Dolly, whose beloved dog dies, so she calls a man who can bury it, no questions asked He has one rule, however She cannot go with him as he buries her dog She ignores this rule, and hops a ride in his truck, and follows him to the dunes where it looks he is going to bury it But instead of simply throwing it in the hole, he hacks it to pieces, morbidly, and it fills Dolly with so much rag [...]


  8. Este libro es, por mucho, la cosa m s rara que he le do en mi vida.Seguramente sea una met fora sobre la historia de Israel o algo por el estilo Pero, afortunadamente, se puede leer literalmente O sea, sin tener en cuenta que uno lee algo simb lico, sino que es una historia hecha y derecha, sin doble sentidos Y que es MUY FUCKING RARA.Tratar de explicar de qu se trata es absolutamente imposible, pero ser a algo as A una m dica se le muere el perro Contrata un tipo para que lo entierre Ella lo si [...]


  9. Pour Dolly, tout est toujours possible le pire surtout De visions inqui tantes en sc narios cauchemardesques, le cours de la vie de cette jeune femme, m decin Tel Aviv, s infl chit d finitivement partir du jour o elle recueille un b b abandonn dans un sac poubelle sur le bord d une autoroute Devenue m re adoptive malgr elle, Dolly panique, Dolly d lire dans une m tropole fr n tique, mis rable, mutante , d vor e par son anarchique vitalit N de l alliance d un imaginaire audacieux et d un hyperr a [...]


  10. Not for the faint of heart, Orly Castel Bloom s Dolly City, translated from the Hebrew, is impressive and memorable, but Kafkaesque in its relentless walking through the endlessly shitty streets of modern Israel, in its unending violence and cruelty, in its eternal I was going to say incessant but felt like we needed a a stronger word to describe the sort of irony that propounds from moment to moment and lives on even after the book s been finished and thrown on a shelf irony I mean, my God Enjo [...]


  11. In Dolly City, the most demented city in the world, all the cars are Volkswagen Beetles, and all the trains lead to Dachau Not that Dachau, just some old plank with the name Dachau written on it, a kind of memorial It s a city of chaos and ugliness, a hostile, filthy, friendless place Sometimes, even in Dolly City, I feel like a stranger, Doctor Dolly, the protagonist of Orly Castel Bloom s 1992 novel reflects I want to go home even though this is my home Read wordswithoutborders book r


  12. Decepci n Los mundos inventados tienen que ser veros miles y Dolly City no lo es Quiz s al principio pero a medida que el libro avanza la distop a se vuelve una caricatura de s misma, sin gracia y sin mensaje Ni una pesadilla es tan extravagante y tan poco cre ble El sentido del humor tiene poco que decir en esta novela a pesar de que alguna vez he pensado que la autora ha le do Sin noticias de Gurb.


  13. I wish that I had liked this novel as its arresting topic and the equally astonishing events it chronicles certainly warrant attention However, despite the wrenching turns of its plot, I never quite felt very affected by the ways the characters especially the titular Dolly engaged with their actions On the one hand, I understand that this was part of Castel Bloom s project to depict trauma as pedantry But it didn t sing for me Perhaps in Hebrew


  14. In all honesty, I hated this book If I could give it no stars without making it look like I didn t rate it, I would Even though it was supposed to be a sattire, and the society was supposed to be corrupt, I just couldn t wrap my head around it at all The narrator was just too much to handle.


  15. An craved, horrific, manic journey through a nightmarish city which both is and isn t Tel Aviv with 400 story buildings which sway in the wind, a Thames river, constant trains all headed to Dachau which explores motherhood and nationalism and their connection Not quite the postmodern masterpiece it s often hailed as, but a great novel nonetheless.


  16. Castel Bloom aims at Israeli conflict with brilliant psychosis to reveal the hysteria of otherness, motherhood, patriotism, filial violence adoration This is a special, unique, gut wrenching uncomfortably funny book.


  17. At first I was overwhelmed by the weirdness and madness of this book, but it grew on me pretty quickly You have to accept the fantastic setting and the obvious madness of the main character for what they are and let them lead you on It is definitely worth reading.


  18. There may be a better translation of this novel by now, because the one I read had some odd moments and outright flaws, but this is a wonderfully strange, sad, and compelling book.






  19. I thought this book was a good read still timely although I believe it achieved its fame due to the contemporary use of Hebrew This does not come through in the translation.


  20. silly to rate a translation, Hebrew to English in this case, not knowing the original but there are just so few writers both political and perverse currently out there that this is a thrill



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