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A brawny, brilliant debut novel about the epic struggles of an immigrant son in a darkening world.
Johannesburg, South Africa. The Great Depression. In this harsh new country, young Isaac Helger burns with fiery determination— to break out of the inner city, to buy his scarred mother the home she longs for, to find a way to realize her dream of reuniting a family torn apart. But there are terrible, unspoken secrets of the past that will haunt him as he makes his way through a society brutalized by racism, as he loses his heart to an unattainable girl from the city’s wealthiest heights and his every exit route from poverty dead-ends. When the threat of the Second World War insinuates itself with brutal force into Isaac’s reality, he will face the most important choice of his life . . . and will have to learn to live with the consequences.
In this extraordinarily powerful novel, Kenneth Bonert brings alive the world of South African Jewry in all its raw energy and ribald vernacular. Comedic, searing, lyrical and with a snap-perfect ear for dialogue, The Lion Seeker is a profoundly moral exploration of how wider social forces shape us and shatter us, echoing through history with lessons that are no less relevant today than in the crucible of its time.

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The Lion Seeker
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A great read
March 9th, 2014
This novel took a bit of time to get going but at the end it revealed a very sad but interesting story
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The Lion Seeker
February 24th, 2014
I liked this book because it was set in a country rich in geography, history, cultures & customs which are mostly unfamiliar to me. The underlying mystery, the fast paced action, and the maturing process of the main character were intriguing.The Lion Seeker was hard to put down at times.
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To be forever an immigrant
February 8th, 2014
Bonert keeps you reading, hoping, sickened, and inspired by the fortitude of Isaac and Gitelle.
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Great historical read
January 24th, 2014
Long but excellent. The last third I could not put down. Pick it up and you will not be disappointed if you want an inside view on Africa during the time surrounding the war. Very enlightening on the Jewish African population
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The lion seeker.. Historical novel
January 19th, 2014
Interesting book set in South Africa started in the early 1920s and ends in 1961. A Lithuanian Jewish mother and two young kids relocate to South Africa to join her husband, their father.. The mother hopes to make a better life for her family and to help her siblings back home escape the increasing anti Semitic violence. She pins her hopes and dreams on her young son Yitzak ( Issac) to get a good paying job and earn enough to help the family, especially with the outbreak of WW II
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The Lion Seeker
April 18th, 2013
For av avid reader, this book will be bought and kept in paper form as it is beyond words....
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