Moving Kings

Moving Kings This is a novel about two young Israeli soldiers who travel to New York after fighting in the Gaza War and find work as eviction movers It s a story of the housing and eviction crisis in poor Black an

  • Title: Moving Kings
  • Author: Joshua Cohen
  • ISBN: 9781910695494
  • Page: 338
  • Format: Paperback
  • This is a novel about two young Israeli soldiers who travel to New York after fighting in the Gaza War and find work as eviction movers It s a story of the housing and eviction crisis in poor Black and Hispanic neighborhoods that also shines new light on the world s oldest conflict in the Middle East The year is 2015, and 21 year olds Yoav and Uri have just completed theThis is a novel about two young Israeli soldiers who travel to New York after fighting in the Gaza War and find work as eviction movers It s a story of the housing and eviction crisis in poor Black and Hispanic neighborhoods that also shines new light on the world s oldest conflict in the Middle East The year is 2015, and 21 year olds Yoav and Uri have just completed their compulsory military service in the IDF In keeping with national tradition, they take time off for RR a gap year spent abroad They come to America and begin working for Yoav s distant cousin, David King a proud American patriot, Republican, and Jew, and the owner and operator of King s Moving Inc a heavyweight in the Tri State area s moving and storage industries Yoav and Uri now must struggle to become reacquainted with civilian life, but it s not easy to move past their militarized selves when their days are spent kicking down doors, working as eviction movers in the nongentrified corners of Brooklyn and Queens, dispossessing delinquent tenants and homeowners who ve defaulted on their mortgages And what starts off as a profitable if eerily familiar job quickly turns violent, when they encounter one homeowner who refuses to leave.

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    1. Joshua Cohen

      Joshua Aaron Cohen born September 6, 1980 in New Jersey is an American novelist and writer of stories.

    572 thoughts on “Moving Kings”

    1. Admit it: You picked up Joshua Cohen’s 800-page epic “Witz” but decided life was too short. A few years later, you thought maybe you’d tackle his 600-page “Book of Numbers,” but a novel by the New York novelist Joshua Cohen about a New York novelist named Joshua Cohen sounded like a postmodern migraine.Now you’re out of excuses. Granta recently named Cohen one of the best young American novelists, and his new book, “Moving Kings,” is a svelte comic triumph that concentrates his [...]

    2. Good story about the owner of a moving/storage business and his distant Israeli cousin and his friend who have just finished serving in the Israeli army and are now working for him. Copy obtained via a giveaway. I really liked this book.

    3. Moving Kings is shorter and more accessible than Joshua Cohen’s Book of Numbers and Four New Messages. It’s well written and caustic, dealing with Big Issues such as social and religious strivings and the meaning of being Jewish. As someone of Jewish descent, I should have liked it more than I did; often, I found myself wondering how those who didn’t grow up with the Jewish experience would relate. The title – Moving Kings – refers to David King, an American Jew who inherited his fathe [...]

    4. This year Granta named Joshua Cohen one of their Best of Young American Novelists. His previous works include Book of Numbers and Four New Messages. His reputation is for writing long and rather dense fiction that prioritizes Jewish themes. To my relief, though, Moving Kings is a short and often engaging book that alternates between New York City and Israel to tell of characters looking for, or jealously guarding, a sense of home and belonging.Set in 2015, the novel opens with David King of King [...]

    5. Moving Kings is my second Joshua Cohen novel, after Book of Numbers.A very different book, simpler, and a good one to ascertain if Cohen deserves the succession of plaudits proclaiming his youthful excellence.Moving Kings is about Jewish religious observance and of Jewish family life and contradictions; it's about the State of Israel. It's also about repossession teams in New York and the realities of existence when/ if life turns sour.Cohen's writing demands/ expects the reader to be tuned into [...]

    6. Moving Kings is like a more palatable, less brilliant version of Cohen's Book of Numbers. It's shorter, and not nearly as offensive or frustrating; but nor is it as ambitious, audacious, or freewheeling. It could, kind of, be an interlinked collection of short stories focusing on a loose knot of characters that includes removals mogul David King; his distant cousin Yoav, late of a compulsory stint in the Isareli army; Yoav's tinderbox squadmate Uri; and, tangentially but critically, an addled Vi [...]

    7. I'm the first person reviewing this and can't help but wish I liked it more. I usually enjoy immigrant experience/New York stories, but this tale of two young Israeli men fresh out of the army service who come to the US and work for a relocation company just didn't sing for me at all. it's a fairly quiet story right up until it's explosive ending and, while there is a way to write interestingly about the mundane, Cohen doesn't really do that here, The writing, though perfectly competent and serv [...]

    8. I read this book for two main reasons. Firstly Granta recently included an excerpt from the book in Granta 139: Best of Young American Novelists 3 and I thought it was one of the better pieces in that collection. Secondly, put the Kindle version of the complete book on sale for a ridiculously low price (it’s still less than £5 as I write this).This is my first experience of Cohen. I haven’t read either of his previous two novels which I understand are longer and perhaps less penetrable. Th [...]

    9. A moving tale?Anybody intrepid enough to have waded into Joshua Cohen’s Book of Numbers will know that he’s not an author to give them an easy ride. Moving Kings is certainly more accessible than his previous work but Cohen’s idiosyncratic way with words could still be a stumbling block. Or – as he might have it – stumbingblock. He runs words together, repeats key words in sentences and writes such stylised prose that it overwhelms his story. Which is a shame as it’s rather a good on [...]

    10. An ambitious book that, despite the talented author, fails to live up to his thematic concern: equating the dispossessed, used and abused lower classes of Israel and Palestine who are locked in deadly combat with how the lower stratum of New York. It traces David King, in a too-obvious allusion to the biblical King David, a moving company owner who makes the majority of his money in evictions: moving out the defaulting homeowners at the mortgage company's expense, storing the goods in a David-ow [...]

    11. Incredibly uneven. The sections of Moving Kings focused on David King, president of King's Moving, are funny, insightful, and compelling. The rest of the book, however, is just sort of two-dimensional characters being bleak and screaming into the existential void.

    12. I must amend this review to say that I recently heard Joshua Cohen on the Shakespeare & Company podcast on the topic of Moving Kings and my estimation of the book has gone way up. I really recommend listening to those who have read it. I just wish I had gotten more of this, more of him, in the actual book. I still feel the book could have been expanded, that it was only half what it could have been, but the interview really brought home the possibilities. He may be one of those writers whom [...]

    13. The bottom line of wunderkind Joshua Cohen's compact and marvelous MOVING KINGS, though I am hardly certain you could actually call it a selling point, would appear to be a bristling conflation between lives lived by peoples of minority ethnicity in the poorer sections of New York's outer boroughs and those lived in Gaza, both kinds of living in one sense or another made to be understood as lives lived under occupation. Though we have recourse to brief insights into the bedraggled life of one Af [...]

    14. Some of this was very inside, using Hebrew, Hebrew slang and army slang at times, but there was also an attempt at universalizing the experience of the conscript and the sense of not knowing why or who you have served. I don't think the novel succeeds throughout, it's tonally inconsistent and sometimes the stream of consciousness just feels ill-disciplined, but it's certainly part of an interesting trend. For decades US Jewish novelists have been focused on the experience of being other in Ameri [...]

    15. With his offbeat prose, knack for quick characterizations, and wicked sense of irony, Joshua Cohen is a born short-story writer. Unfortunately, "Moving Kings" is a novel, and even at a trim 240 pages it can't justify its length, unless you consider stuffing an 800-page DeLillo epic's worth of digressions into a short book to be an admirable achievement. Buried among all the aphorisms is a potentially brutal short story about two Israeli army veterans evicting an old, opiate-addicted Black Muslim [...]

    16. A Novel Brings Israel’s Conflicts to New YorkJoshua Cohen’s stylistic gifts are prodigious, but does “Moving Kings” live up to its ambitions?By James Woodnewyorker/magazine/201

    17. The prose is electric and Cohen is an impressively in-touch observer of milennials in the TriState. He has no use for them, so his satire is cruel, smart-- a recipe for laughs. His descriptions of the protagonist's daughter, of all the New Yorkers who can afford moving services-- they're taken from the lives of people I know. I'm trying to read as much contemporary fiction as I can-- a sorry task-- and new books rarely resonate with me like this one did. I'll admit, the plot did nothing for me. [...]

    18. Full disclosure: I think Cohen is the most talented working American novelist. This is his shortest book and I wanted it to be his longest (the reverse of Book of Numbers). It's his most accessible and yet his most experimental in places. I listened to it instead of reading it and the sounds of his sentences were often overwhelming in their intensity.

    19. There is a harsh comparison drawn between Israeli veterans and American veterans in Joshua Cohen's newest novel, Moving Kings; likewise a contrast of the divergent cultures of the allied powers. Of course with a main character named David King, it's also hard to miss the biblical metaphors throughout (his previous novel is titled The Book of Numbers, perhaps the next will be The Judges Chronicles, who knows?) . But the focus here is on two ex-IDF infantrymen, Yoav and Uri. Yoav happens to be the [...]

    20. Strange, baffling, and very hard to follow, Cohen takes the reader through a story filled with a lot of emotion yet very little plot. I couldn't come to grips with the fact that I was for the most part just simply reading bizarre descriptions of the characters' feelings, thoughts, and relationships while the story barely progressed. Cohen gets incredibly excellent marks for his superb knowledge of Hebrew slang and the peculiarly unique ability to grasp the mind of the Israeli soldier, both those [...]

    21. David King is the head of “King’s Moving“, a New York based family business specialised in moving homes. Couples moving in together, couples going separate ways. David and his wife Bonnie also separated, their daughter Tammy wastes his father’s money and his secretary Ruth now manages not only the office but all of David’s life. There is just one thing she cannot help him with: David’s cousin from Israel asked him to welcome her son Yoav for some time. He just came out of the IDF and [...]

    22. Like moving from house to house, you see the sum of the parts for the parts they are. Moving Kings by Joshua Cohen is a lot like that, except, unfortunately, the sum of the parts don't add up to a full, lived-in house. More like the big storage facility that houses all the different parts. It's all there, but not as a room to live in. It's a stretched metaphor, I know, but somewhat apt. Moving Kings opens with David King, the owner of King's Moving, a moving company with trucks and storage facil [...]

    23. MOVING KINGS by Joshua Cohen is about two young men, Yoav and Uri, former Israeli soldiers, who have moved to New York and work for Yoav's uncle, David King, at his moving business, Kings Moving Inc. There are many aspects that MOVING KINGS, like race, class structure, the after effects of war, trust, and family consider. Cohen brings a very unique perspective to such topics by following Yoav, Uri, their uncle David, and others looking at how each of them think and feel and how that contrasts to [...]

    24. It is rare when I give up trying to read a book. But I did so about 2/3 of the way through this one. After meeting all 3 of the main characters I found myself wandering through a seeming never ending array of description leading nowhere in particular. The two young Israelis were supposed to be struggling with their experiences while serving in the IDF. Somehow, though, that did not come through to me in a meaningful way. They just seemed to bounce from one distressing situation to another withou [...]

    25. I was a little disappointed by this book. While I found the characters very interesting, the supporting cast and situations seemed underbaked and a little cliche. I think that the book could have been better served focusing entirely on the experience of the Israeli soldiers both in the war and after, and less on trying to tie it directly to the isssues of gentrifying in New York City. This is already a short book to begin with, and both of those topics deserve more than 250 pages. I did find the [...]

    26. Joshua Cohen applies his significant powers to a meandering sort of character study about Jews in America and Israeli immigrants in America: each of these experiences juxtaposed with the next, while near the end then, juxtaposing the experiences of Israeli veterans and American veterans. Cohen is real good at the minutiae of character driven observation and translating dialogue and idiosyncratic delivery of such as a character trait - a real way to show us how a character works by illustrating e [...]

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