Murder On A Kibbutz
by Batya Gur

(HarperCollins, 1994)

Reviewed by Sue Feder

Any problems with the density of the prose in this translated novel
come from the author’s style. She takes a great deal of time to establish a
multitude of characters, their histories as individuals and in relationship
to each other.  She also takes care in establishing the kibbutz on which
they live, both historically and in today’s reality.  This is a lifestyle
alien to the average reader, and the detailed depiction of communal life is
fascinating in its way.  The murder that develops out of it is almost
inevitable.  Ms. Gur places too much emphasis on character for my taste,
both slowing the book down and causing it to sometimes lose sight of the
mystery.  However, she does what she does well, and there are many who will
enjoy reading about this strange world.