Temple Micah Book Club

Ozick, Cynthia. Antiquities. 192 pages (novella). Pub: 2021.

Leader:  Shelia Platoff

DC Library: 
Book – 5 copies available 
Electronic copies – none available
(This book can also be found with other story collections by Cynthia Ozick)

MC Library: 
Book – 3 of 4 copies available
eBook: 0 available
eAudiobk – available

In Antiquities, Lloyd Wilkinson Petrie, one of the seven elderly trustees of the now-defunct (for thirty-four years) 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.

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