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The Lion Seeker : a novel, Kenneth Bonert

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The Lion Seeker : a novel
Title
The Lion Seeker
Title remainder
a novel
Statement of responsibility
Kenneth Bonert
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Language
eng
Summary
Are you a stupid or a clever? Such is the refrain in Isaac Helger's mind as he makes his way from redheaded hooligan to searching adolescent to striving young man on the make. His mother's question haunts every choice. Are you a stupid or a clever? Will you find a way to lift your family out of Johannesburg's poor inner city, to buy a house in the suburbs, to bring your aunts and cousins from Lithuania? Isaac's mother is a strong woman and a scarred woman; her maimed face taunts him with a past no one will discuss. As World War II approaches, then falls upon them, they hurtle toward a catastrophic reckoning. Isaac must make decisions that, at first, only seem to be life-or-death, then actually are. Meanwhile, South Africa's history, bound up with Europe's but inflected with its own accents--Afrikaans, Zulu, Yiddish, English--begins to unravel. Isaac's vibrant, working-class, Jewish neighborhood lies near the African slums; under cover of night, the slums are razed, the residents forced off to townships. Isaac's fortune-seeking takes him to the privileged seclusion of the Johannesburg suburbs, where he will court forbidden love. It partners him with the unlucky, unsinkable Hugo Bleznick, selling miracle products to suspicious farmers. And it leads him into a feud with a grayshirt Afrikaaner who insidiously undermines him in the auto shop, where Isaac has found the only work that ever felt true. And then his mother's secret, long carefully guarded, takes them to the diamond mines, where everything is covered in a thin, metallic dust, where lions wait among desert rocks, and where Isaac will begin to learn the bittersweet reality of success bought at truly any cost. A thrilling ride through the life of one fumbling young hero, The Lion Seeker is a glorious reinvention of the classic family and coming-of-age sagas. We are caught--hearts open and wrecked--between the urgent ambitions of a mother who knows what it takes to survive and a son straining against the responsibilities of the old world, even as he is endowed with the freedoms of the new
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TEFOD
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR9199.4.B6743
LC item number
L56 2013eb
Literary form
novels
Nature of contents
dictionaries
The Lion Seeker : a novel, Kenneth Bonert
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The Lion Seeker : a novel, Kenneth Bonert
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Carrier category code
cr
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multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
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Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
1 online resource (564 pages)
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unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780547898414
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
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unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
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not applicable
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unknown
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unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
1C90CC55-266A-4157-B6EC-24FB168D9BDC
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn860774488
  • (OCoLC)860774488
  • 462548

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