The Instructions

The Instructions

Book - 2010
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Levin creates a world driven equally by moral fervor and slapstick comedy. Expelled from multiple Jewish day-schools for acts of violence and backtalk, Gurion ends up in the Cage, a special lockdown program for the most hopeless cases of Aptakisic Junior High. Separated from his scholarly followers, Gurion becomes a leader with righteous aims building to a revolution of troubling intensity.
Publisher: San Francisco : McSweeneys Rectangulars, c2010
ISBN: 9781934781821
Branch Call Number: Fiction Lev
Characteristics: 1030 p. ; 24 cm


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Sep 12, 2011

Monster book. A compelling stroy about a precocious ten year old, a boy who in many ways acts like he is twice his age. At the same time the details are all about elementary/middle school, and the arcane interpretations of the Torah. It is worth staying with despite an almost Proustian development because the world of the kids is so real. It is not the great book I was hping for, because, well, you'll just have to read the ending.

debwalker Dec 10, 2010

"In this surreal, rambling debut, a 10-year-old with counterinsurgency training leads his most troubled classmates in a violent uprising. Oh, did I mention the boy might also be the messiah? Yes, it's over 1,000 pages long; yes, it's worth it."
Top Ten of 2010: Ron Hogan, reviewer

Selected by Randy Boyagoda as book of the year: "Adam Levin’s huge The Instructions might prove, in time, to be the boldest American fiction effort of recent years."


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