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  1. says:

    Told through a series of anecdotes that float between past and present this is the story of Rina Frank a daughter of Romanian immigrants who grew up in Haifa Israel in a small cramped apartment with a narrow balcony from which their entertainment played out around and below them in real life These are the days of their livesOr at least glimpses of them as Rina remembers the people places and events that coloured her past and influenced her future A journey of self discovery Every House needs a Balcony is a bitter sweet look at the meaning of home and family


  2. says:

    I think this is the second book that I actually read in Hebrew and finished it Honestly this is one of the most beautiful books I have ever readIt is true that there is a lot of books that I enjoy reading them and I recommend but for me to call a book beautiful it is a whole different thing from being called a good and enjoyableThe feelings and the place the story takes place in are the main key in making this book such oneThe story I wouldn't call it a happy one but of a TYPICAL real life story where you get to have some happiness and a lot of sad things and hardships only through time you are able to learn to coop with itIn life there is always hardships to remind us that if we want happiness we should work for itRina the storyteller in the book I wouldn't say that I can relate to her but the truth is she is a typical girl who grows and became a mother a great one The way we get to look at her life the way she deals with her problems and hardships in her life is magnificent I really fell for her besides she has some ualities that are rare to find in people Although there is a lot of misfortunes happen in her life she standstill in front of all the problems I think part of that is because she is positive her mentality is strong Further we can't forget to mention her as a mother because her motherhood is the star of the whole story the heart of a mother is portrayed perfectly I am sure our mothers are the same they would give their lives for us their children love u mom and thank u A must read


  3. says:

    This is a recent translation of a top selling book by an Israeli author I've always struggled with processing my reaction to translations A good translator maintains the spirit of not only the plot but also the language That said it can never be flawless and without the translator's imprint The plot is the life story of an Israeli woman She grows up in poverty the daughter of immigrants The family Mom Dad narrator sister shares a single room and the young narrator spends a lot of time observing her own family as well as her neighbors When she is older she meets a wealthy man and briefly relocates to Barcelona before returning to her native land to have a childI expected to really enjoy this novel The plot sounds up my alley and it is a character driven story However it really lost me in the telling hence the authortranslator ponderings The chapters alternate between first person accounts of the narrator's childhood and third person accounts of her adult life While that kept the timelines distinct it was jarring hopefully the editors will catch the few errors in the voice that are in the proof version Neither voice captivated me I like flawed characters so don't need a perfect heroine but I never felt connected to the main character I don't like not liking books I did a few internet searches and did find a reviewer with similar sentimentsthat made me feel better Fine story but lost in the tellingwhether that is the author or the translator is something I can't judgeThis reviews is based on a proof version provided to me by HarperCollins


  4. says:

    Had this book not been set in Israel I would have only given it two stars because my affinity for the country automatically makes me inclined to seek out Israeli literature and films Still I have not yet been to Haifa where this book is set although Every House Needs a Balcony with its story of a girl growing up in heartbreaking poverty does not do much to sell the city as a place to visit I generally have a problem with novels that are really autobiographies and that's what this one seems to be Just like the book's protagonist the author is Romanian named Rina and grew up in the Wadi Salib slum of Haifa and it seems as if this is basically the story of her life Why not just write a autobiography then? Anyway the book had some very touching stories of family life in a one room apartment shared by 4 people; additionally the best and most compelling part of the book is the heartbreaking depiction of the grown up Rina's struggles with a critically ill infant daughter


  5. says:

    Just couldn't read past the first 50 promising pages where the closeness of lives on a crowded street on Israel lives lived in view and hearing of the neighbors was intriguing and warm and fascinating After the story got mired in details of people who seemed unrelated and with no depth it lost its originality and piuancy Alas


  6. says:

    Interesting story of the life of Rina Frank the daughter of Romanian immigrants who grew up in Hafia Israel in a small cramped apartment with a narrow balcony which provided the family with a view of their world The apartment is in the Wadi Salib slum of Hafia As an adult she meets and falls in love with a very wealthy Jewish man who lives in Spain They eventually marry and live a wealthy and privileged life in Barcelona When Rina becomes pregnant she insists that she and her husband move back to Haifia When the baby Noa arrives she has multiple serious medical problems The constant stress caused by the baby's complicated medical problems puts a great strain on Rina's marriage and she and her husband drift further and further apart until he has an affair and falls out of love with Rina Rina becomes and dedicated to her daughter's health issues to the detriment of any other priorities in her life The marriage ends allowing Rina to dedicate her whole life to her daughter I found this to be a good story and a good look at different cultures Israel and Spain I thought the book ended very abruptlyI would have liked closure regarding Rina and her babyl


  7. says:

    Although a lot of things happen in this book it felt like a list of family events than a fluid novel The chapters move alternately between Rina as a stubborn young girl and Rina as a stubborn – some might say selfish – adult The bones of a good story are there but I just never felt emotionally drawn to the characters Perhaps it lost something in the translation The cover of the review copy states that it is an “International Bestseller” so other readers may have a different reaction


  8. says:

    a good book It took me a bit time to get into itWritten in 2 voices one of a child in first person as the heroine is growing up in Haifa The second as a third person of that child as a grown upThe third person is very distant and cold voice and i found it hard to connect toThe whole book is trying to cram lots of small stories of life into the plot and while some are very touching it causes the book to be semi superficial and not go deep where it could


  9. says:

    I always read books about Jews and thought it would be interesting to read about Jews immigrating to Israel Unfortunately I was never able to find a connection with the main character I found her to be self absorbed and selfish More's the pity that this is meant to be partly autobiographical The book was translated from the Hebrew maybe it lost something in translation? But somehow I doubt is


  10. says:

    Fairly interesting not exactly a story At least not the type of story with a beginning middle and end The different points of view between past and present took me a while to notice but once I did it was distracting I picked this book because of the interesting title and the beautiful photo on the cover


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characters Ó PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Rina Frank-Mitrani

כל בית צריך מרפסת

An international bestseller and publishing phenomenon Every House Needs a Balcony dubbed the “Israeli Kite Runner” by The Bookseller is the story of one family one home and th Told through a series of anecdotes that float between past and present this is the story of Rina Frank a daughter of Romanian immigrants who grew up in Haifa Israel in a small cramped apartment with a narrow balcony from which their entertainment played out around and below them in real life These are the days of their livesOr at least glimpses of them as Rina remembers the people places and events that coloured her past and influenced her future A journey of self discovery Every House needs a Balcony is a bitter sweet look at the meaning of home and family

review כל בית צריך מרפסת

E surprising arc of one woman’s life from the poverty of her youth to the glowing love and painful losses of her adult years If you enjoy the novels of Dalia Sofer The September Interesting story of the life of Rina Frank the daughter of Romanian immigrants who grew up in Hafia Israel in a small cramped apartment with a narrow balcony which provided the family with a view of their world The apartment is in the Wadi Salib slum of Hafia As an adult she meets and falls in love with a very wealthy Jewish man who lives in Spain They eventually marry and live a wealthy and privileged life in Barcelona When Rina becomes pregnant she insists that she and her husband move back to Haifia When the baby Noa arrives she has multiple serious medical problems The constant stress caused by the baby's complicated medical problems puts a great strain on Rina's marriage and she and her husband drift further and further apart until he has an affair and falls out of love with Rina Rina becomes and dedicated to her daughter's health issues to the detriment of any other priorities in her life The marriage ends allowing Rina to dedicate her whole life to her daughter I found this to be a good story and a good look at different cultures Israel and Spain I thought the book ended very abruptlyI would have liked closure regarding Rina and her babyl

characters Ó PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Rina Frank-Mitrani

S of Shiraz Amos Oz My Michael A Tale of Love and Darkness and AB Yehoshua Mr Mani you’ll find much to love in Rina Frank’s beautiful and bittersweet Every House Needs a Balco Although a lot of things happen in this book it felt like a list of family events than a fluid novel The chapters move alternately between Rina as a stubborn young girl and Rina as a stubborn – some might say selfish – adult The bones of a good story are there but I just never felt emotionally drawn to the characters Perhaps it lost something in the translation The cover of the review copy states that it is an “International Bestseller” so other readers may have a different reaction

  • Hardcover
  • 336
  • כל בית צריך מרפסת
  • Rina Frank-Mitrani
  • English
  • 10 May 2018
  • 9780061714238