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By A. B. Yehoshua

Within the 12 months 999, whilst Ben Attar, a Moroccan Jewish service provider, takes a moment spouse, he commits an act whose unexpected results will eternally regulate his relations, his relationships, his business-his lifestyles. In an try and ward off clash and strengthen his enterprise pursuits whilst, Ben Attar undertakes his annual trip to Europe with either his first spouse and his new spouse. The journey is the start of a profound human drama whose ethical conflicts of constancy and hope resonate with these of our time. Yehoshua renders the medieval global of Jewish and Christian tradition and alternate with fabulous intensity and sensuous element. during the trials of a medieval service provider, the well known writer explores the private questions on the character of morality, personality, codes of human behavior, and concerns of the center.

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Of course," he rumbled sourly, "not everything's wonderful here. " And he lifted his fat, scarred trunk and sneezed noisily. A gust of looping snot and bark chips sprayed over Spindle, who fell over backward, yelling. Jaw Like Rock farted contentedly and loped away. The mastodonts were prepared for another working day. Their hobbles were removed—or merely loosened, in the case of Longtusk and a few others, mastodonts in musth and so prone to irritability. Longtusk was a special case, of course, and he wore his hobbles with a defiant pride.

Why are you doing this to me? Let me go! In the name of Probos—" Walks With Thunder exchanged a glance with Jaw Like Rock, and Longtusk thought he detected a brief sadness there. " "Don't worry, lad," Jaw said. " "Been through what? " Frustrated, frightened, angry, humiliated, Longtusk tugged with all his strength at the rope. It wouldn't give. Rumbling, enraged, he fell back. The Fireheads stood around him in a loose circle, letting the drama play itself out. Jaw Like Rock took a heavy step forward, "Come on then, little grazer.

He turned the core over, finally selecting a spot. Then he cupped it in one paw, raised the leg bone of a deer in the other, and gave the core a single sharp whack. When he lifted the flint out of his paw, he left behind a round flake, very fine, its exposed surface smooth as new ice. He inspected it critically, tapped a few flakes off its edge, and tested its sharpness by rubbing it over his leg, shaving off a small patch of fur. Then he put it to one side, returned to his core, and continued work.

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