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  1. The Lawgiver: A Novel
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Ninety-seven-year-old Herman Wouk (or a fictionalized version of him) is minding his own business. And his business, as you know, is writing novels. He's finally tackling the ambitious project he's wanted to write for decades, the story of Moses. It is a huge coincidence, therefore, when a hot Hollywood producer finagles a meeting insisting that he's the only man for the job of writing a Moses screenplay.

Well, Mr. Wouk wants nothing to do with this. Meetings are refused until a rabbi intervenes. Ultimately, it is revealed that the epic film's funding--through unconventional sources--rests upon Wouk's participation. Under duress, he agrees to act as a consultant to the film, with final script approval. A screenwriter for this all-but-unwritable film must be found. Enter Margo Solovei, a young, independent film auteur who has eschewed her orthodox Jewish upbringing. And it is actually Margo who is at the novel's heart, as she pursues this project while dealing with... Read more
Herman Wouk (HW throughout the book) has written a clever, and amusing story with a strong Jewish American background. I have long been an admirer of his major "factional" works about WWII, the creation of Israel, the 6 Day War and the Yom Kippur War. I read this book on its release because I wanted to see what HW could offer at the age of 97 when so many other authors have reached their "sell by date" many years earlier.

I was surprised by a short and satisfying novel that reeks of modernity in its epistolary format using only letters, tape recordings, e-mails, text messages, fax and even Skype between the main characters (including HW and his wife) to tell the story. The prose adapts to each method of correspondence and is as sharp, and probably more learned and philosophical than his more action-packed stories from earlier days.

This may not be a book for everyone as it is essentially Jewish, and especially American Jewish which, as a Protestant Australian,... Read more
I have to admit that I expected to just kind of tolerate this book, thinking "it's cute that this old guy is still writing." And it is not anything like his WWII novels, to be sure, but it's a darn good book. What a sharp mind Mr. Wouk still has. And the epistolary approach to tell the story of the making of a film works very well. Having it be "autobiographical" in the sense that Wouk makes himself (and his late wife) characters in the story gives the whole thing a feeling of authenticity. As was true the first time I read one of his books 40 years ago, the glimpse at Jewish life is a fascinating draw for me, and the even more alien world (to me) of Hollywood falderal was fun to watch. Kind of amazing to think that the man who wrote about the radio business in "Aurora Dawn" has now made a book based almost entirely on digital communication methods of the 21st century! I hope he lives to be 120 and finishes that Moses novel.
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