Temple Beth Abraham Books@Night

January 19, 2022, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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Temple Beth Abraham’s Evening Book Club

Antiquities by Cynthia Ozick

Lloyd Wilkinson Petrie, one of the seven elderly trustees of the now defunct…Temple Academy for Boys, is preparing a memoir of his days at the school, intertwined with the troubling distractions of present events. As he navigates, with faltering recall, between the subtle anti-Semitism that pervaded the school’s ethos and his fascination with his own family’s heritage–in particular, his illustrious cousin, the renowned archaeologist Sir William Matthew Flinders Petrie–he reconstructs the passions of a childhood encounter with the oddly named Ben-Zion Elefantin, a mystifying older pupil who claims descent from Egypt’s Elephantine Island. From this seed emerges one of Cynthia Ozick’s most wondrous tales, touched by unsettling irony and the elusive flavor of a Kafka parable, and weaving, in her own distinctive voice, myth and mania, history and illusion. (From the publisher)

Discussion is led by a synagogue member.

Requests for the Zoom link must be made by Monday, January 17.  Email adulted@tba-ny.org for the link.