Monday, April 10, 2017
Reader's Diary #1571- Tamar Merin, translated by Ari Liebermam: What You Looking At?
While Tamar Merin's "What You Looking At?" is set in Israel and touches upon the Hebrew language, it nonetheless resonated with me. The older I get and the longer I live away from Newfoundland, the more the idea of never being able to go back (metaphorically, not physically), nags at me. And as for my kids? Newfoundland is but a holiday destination. They enjoy it but understand on a surface level at best.
As the mother in "What You Looking At?" struggles to adapt back to life in Israel after having lived in the U.S. and to see her son, still very Americanized, it seems that pop culture (read American culture), might be enough common ground to act as a starting point. Merin leaves this to the reader to decide if it's a good or bad thing.
It does end rather abruptly for my taste, but it's an interesting portrait in time nonetheless.