A boy and a man summary
A Pigeon and a Boy by Meir ShalevFrom the internationally acclaimed Israeli writer Meir Shalev comes a mesmerizing novel of two love stories, separated by half a century but connected by one enchanting act of devotion. During the 1948 War of Independence--a time when pigeons are still used to deliver battlefield messages--a gifted young pigeon handler is mortally wounded. In the moments before his death, he dispatches one last pigeon. The bird is carrying his extraordinary gift to the girl he has loved since adolescence. Intertwined with this story is the contemporary tale of Yair Mendelsohn, who has his own legacy from the 1948 war. Yair is a tour guide specializing in bird-watching trips who, in middle age, falls in love again with a childhood girlfriend. His growing passion for her, along with a gift from his mother on her deathbed, becomes the key to a life he thought no longer possible. Unforgettable in both its particulars and its sweep, A Pigeon and A Boy is a tale of lovers then and now--of how deeply we love, of what home is, and why we, like pigeons trained to fly in one direction only, must eventually return to it. In a voice that is at once playful, wise, and altogether beguiling, Meir Shalev tells a story as universal as war and as intimate as a winged declaration of love. From the Hardcover edition.
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Banner in the Sky - Chapter 2, A Boy and A Man Summary & Analysis
The crevasse is narrow but deep. Rudi cannot see the bottom. He calls out and is answered by a voice. The voice is German, not Swiss - so Rudi knows it is not a man from Kurtal. He finds out that the man is trapped on a ledge about twenty feet down.
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Sign in. Twelve year old Marcus Brewer lives with his chronically depressed single mother, Fiona Brewer. Both Fiona and Marcus beat to their own respective drummers. Marcus will do whatever he can to make his depressed mother happy, even if it causes himself grief. As such, he realizes that he is perceived as different than most kids, as even the self-professed weird kids don't want to hang out with him as he is the target of bullying. Part of the taunts against him are the fact that he sings and speaks to himself without even realizing that he is doing it.
Bobby is a young boy growing up in South Carolina in the s. He spends as much time as he can outdoors, and his grandfather teaches him how to hunt, fish, and be a gentleman. Over the years, Bobby becomes obsessed with hunting, and learns a lot of life lessons. When Bobby is six, he gets an air rifle for Christmas, to learn to shoot with. This is taken away after he shoots a mockingbird. A few years later he is given a real gauge rifle, and the Old Man, his grandfather, teaches him how to hunt quail with it. A few years later, the gauge is upgraded to a shotgun, and Bobby hunts all over the county with his grandfather.