This story is a present day twist on the biblical story of Jacob and his mother Rebecca plotting together against the elderly father Isaac, who is lying on his deathbed, in order to get their hands on the inheritance, and on the power in the family. This is no old fairy tale. Its power is here and now, in each one of us. Listening to Yankle telling his take on events, we understand the bitter rivalry between him and his brother. We become intimately engaged with every detail of the plot, and every shade of emotion in these flawed, yet fascinating characters. He yearns to become his father's favorite son, seeing only one way open to him, to get that which he wants: deceit.
"What if my father would touch me," asks Yankle. In planning his deception, it is not love for his father, nor respect for his age that drives his hesitation - rather, it is the fear to be found out. And so - covering his arm with the hide of a kid, pretending to be that which he is not - he is now ready for the last moment he is going to have with his father.
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Beautiful and Haunting
Absolutely! The writing is beautiful, the story compelling, and the narration excellent (and perfectly suited to the tone of the book)
The author's use of language is just incredible. Her prose paints a picture that it's easy to be drawn into (it's no surprise that the author is a visual artist as well).
I enjoyed the opening chapter, when Yankel makes and describes the lentil stew that he will use to buy his brother's birthright.
A Timeless Story of Greed and Betrayal
I was really overwhelmed by the quality of the writing, and really impressed by how well the narration complemented it. This really is a case where the whole becomes greater than the sum of two already excellent parts.
- James D. "starkllr"
A Favorite Son, great book
Strong description of family dynamics. Deep understanding of human's weaknesses.
The characters are all described as weak in some ways. I mostly enjoyed listening to their interactions.
Yes, the description of Jacob feeding his brother. First chapter. Also the part when Jacob is getting the blessing from his dying father.
Interesting, funny and fresh look at an old story.