Sunday, February 22, 2009

The personal cost of finding the truth


Monday, February 23, 2009

It is impossible to express the personal cost of finding the truth in any better way than Batya Gur does in her masterpiece Murder Duet: A Musical Case.

Michael Ohayon gives up everything that really matters to him. He does it, almost without knowing he is doing it, one step at a time. He does it just to solve two murders.

What a moving book!

I will never cease to be amazed at Batya Gur. She delves so deeply. Whether the subject is psychiatry, the politics of the literature department in a university, life in a kibbutz, or, as in this book, the interactions in a more than gifted community of musicians, you can't close the book without thinking this author is an expert. She understands more about the dynamics of the situation and the circumstances of the environment than it seems possible to understand. And she moves you.

No summary of the plot here. If you want to know that, read the book.

If you are like me, if you write your own little stories which don't hold a candle to Batya Gur's, you can't help but grieve that she is gone now, that there will be no more books like this and the other Michael Ohayon mysteries.

Some writers are life changing. Batya Gur is that kind of writer for me.



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