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Product Details

  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Canada; 1st Edition edition (Feb. 26 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307362132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307362131
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 2.8 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 699 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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WINNER 2015 – Jewish Book Council Choice Award
FINALIST 2015 – Jewish Book Council Sami Rohr Prize
WINNER 2014 – Canadian Jewish Book Award in Fiction, a category of the Helen and Stan Vine Canadian Jewish Book Awards
WINNER 2013 – Edward Lewis Wallant Award
WINNER 2013 – National Jewish Book Award for Outstanding Debut Fiction
FINALIST 2013 – Governor General’s Literary Award for Fiction

The Lion Seeker…adds to the unique diversity in Canadian literature…. Mazel tov, Kenneth Bonert, you have written a blockbuster of a book.”
—Jennifer Hunter, Toronto Star
 
“Bonert’s prose is sharp and masterful, clipping along at a breathless pace while still managing to wow us with imagery, clever turns of phrase and believable dialogue peppered with several languages.”
—Zoe Whittall, The Globe and Mail
 
“Strikingly assured debut…. The Lion Seeker is astonishingly mature, admirably incautious. It moves with the sleight-of-hand of the born artist, ramping up for naked tugs at the heart. It would make a terrific film. It’s visually and thematically sweeping, rich with diverse personalities, packed with tender waves and roiling crests of love, loss, hope, hatred.”
—Jim Bartley, National Post

“This powerful novel begins with a mystery that propels its characters through their difficult lives in prewar South Africa and haunts their actions until a dramatic and searing climax based on the Holocaust in Lithuania. The Lion Seeker is vivid and illuminating, astonishing in its range and toughness, and simultaneously an expression of love and regret for all that has been lost.”
—Antanas Sileika, author of Underground and Woman in Bronze and Director of the Humber School for Writers
 
“A remarkably assured debut, The Lion Seeker is a riveting, lyrical, and profound journey towards the intersection of private lives and public destinies. Kenneth Bonert has all the makings of a major novelist.”
—Charles Foran, author of Mordecai: The Life and Times

The Lion Seeker is no-holds-barred, bare-knuckle-fight raw. A historical novel that feels desperately current; a Rosenburg and Juliet love story shorn of all sentiment; a stock-taking of human brutality and its flip side, our capacity to reach beyond our limitations and be better, all rendered in prose so expert, so fine honed that it belies the adjective ‘debut.’ It joins classics like J. M. Coetzee’s Disgrace and Rian Malan’s My Traitor’s Heart in the canon, and renders the South African experience universal. A first-round knock-out for Kenneth Bonert.” 
—Richard Poplak, author of Ja No Man: Growing Up White in Apartheid-Era South Africa
 
The Lion Seeker is a powerful and thoroughly engrossing novel, grand in scope, richly imagined, full of dramatic incident, and crafted in a prose that is by turns rough-hewn and lyrical. To read it is to be reminded how great a great novel can be.”
—David Bezmozgis, author of The Free World and Natasha: And Other Stories

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A taut, visceral account of a young Jewish boy s African life . . . offering at times page-turning thrills and at others a painful meditation on destiny and volition. NPR, " All Things Considered"
A powerful family saga, The Lion Seeker is a thrilling ride through the life of Isaac Helger, from redheaded hooligan on the streets of Johannesburg to striving young man on the make. Growing up in the shadow of World War II, Isaac is caught between his mother s urgent ambition to bring her sisters to safety out of the old world and his own desire for the freedoms of the new. But soon his mother s carefully guarded secret takes them to the diamond mines, where mysteries are unveiled in the desert rocks and Isaac begins to learn the bittersweet reality of success bought at truly any cost.
[A] master storyteller . . . Bonert s zest for description, his attention to social nuances, and his eagerness to tell a large story in a large way . . . [creates] a big, richly detailed novel. "Tablet Magazine"
Raw and ambitious. "Moment "
Astonishingly mature, admirably incautious . . . It s visually and thematically sweeping, rich with diverse personalities, packed with tender waves and roiling crests of love, loss, hope, hatred. "National Post" (Canada)
Stunning. "Jewish Daily Forward"
Powerful and thoroughly engrossing . . . To read it is to be reminded how great a great novel can be. David Bezmozgis, author of "The Free World"
KENNETH BONERT s fiction has appeared in McSweeney s, Grain, and the Fiddlehead, and his journalism has appeared in the Globe and Mail and other publications. Born in South Africa, Bonert is the grandson of Lithuanian immigrants.
Look for the reader s guide at www.marinerbooks.com.
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By Jill Meyer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Oct. 21 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Kenneth Bonert's new novel, "The Lion Seeker", will garner Amazon reviews that'll run the gamut between 5 star and 1 star. And all the reviewers will have the right reasons for either being repelled by the book, or as in my case, finding it brilliantly written.

"The Lion Seeker" tells the story of the Jewish Helger family - parents and two children - who were fortunate to flee from Lithuania in the 1920's to South Africa. The father - Abel - had emigrated first and then sent for his wife - Gitelle - and his children, Rively and Isaac. Their village in Lithuania - Dusat - had been the scene of many pogroms and Gitelle had been seriously injured in one in the early 1900's. Gitelle, or "Mame" as her children called her, was able to get plastic surgery on her damaged face, enabling her to discard the veil she had worn since she had been badly injured.

Bonert makes Isaac Helger the main character in the book, but around him revolve a large cast of secondary characters. Life in Johannesburg in the 1930's and 1940's for Jewish immigrants was hard; getting a start in business and making a life for themselves in the repressive society of South Africa was often very difficult. But at least the Jews of South Africa were considered "white" and were much better off than the "colored" and the "blacks" in society. Bonert makes no bones about the disadvantaged "blacks"; often condemned to life-long poverty, living in their own bleak "sections". But if the blacks are at the bottom of society, then the English and Dutch who have gotten wealthy off the work of others, rest at the top. Their coin has made their lives - hidden away behind gates in large houses in well-protected enclaves - one of ease and acceptance.
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I interviewed Kenneth Bonert at Random House of Canada on the release of his first novel "The Lion Seeker". He talks about the true-life connection of his family to the story.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78i5Pr-cXqk
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I was very interested to read this book because it won an award for the best first book of an author. I am a jewish South African and my father grew up in Doornfontein. I was hoping to get more of an insight as to what it was like in South Africa at that time. I didn't glean any insight about this. I found the dialogue long winded and confusing because of all the slang in it. I know yiddish and Afrikaans and yet it was confusing for me so how would it be for someone who doesn't know these other languages. The story seemed pointless and didn't flow. I was very disappointed with this book. How on earth did it win an award? and why?
I read a lot I am always looking for books to read. I often read book reviews of any new books that come on the market and as books go this one was very difficult to finish.
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This is a brilliant first novel from an author who is destined for greatness. It will grip you and sometimes rip your heart out. You will laugh, and cry and scream. You will want to read it quickly and yet you won't want to finish it because then it will be gone. A great combination of suspense, narrative and character development. It exposes racism and bigotry and brutality, and also love and compassion and tenderness. And it is an addictive read; you are quickly helplessly trapped and have to roar through it, yet it makes you stop and think and contemplate. And sometimes it enrages you when it describes man's inhumanity to man. I can't praise this book enough. Kenneth Bonert is a huge talent and we will hear more from him. Ten stars!
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I enjoy books and stories that give different perspectives on historical events, in this case the history of Jews in pre WWII South Africa. I found the main characters flat, unlikable and uninteresting. If the characters are boring why do I want to read about them? The best books have people you want to go visit and be their friend after you turn the last page. While I would have been interested in Mame's back story on how she got the scar on her face it was very slow in coming, came in such a roundabout way and since I didn't really like her that I ended up not caring. I also had trouble with the style of writing. Conversations are presented in a series of dashed lines instead of the more conventional quotation marks and the speakers are not referenced. I find the stilted and awkward. I stuck with this book only until a better one came along, This is one of the (very) few books I did not finish, it could have been so much better.
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