Nathan Englander’s novel “Dinner at the Center of the Earth” deals with the history of Palestine and Israel’s fragile peace. Ariel Sharon, Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas. The novel depicts the intimacy not the accuracy of the events among these people. The novel contains characters of a few spies, Sharon’s loyal assistant, a man who funnels terrorist money and a mapmaker. Food is a subtle device used in the novel either someone is compared to or something is named after. All in all, this book is an excellent read.
- Nathan Englander’s “Dinner at the Center of the Earth” tells the story of a peace plan that goes awry for Israel’s Sharon and Ehud Olmert.
- The novel is intimate more than accurate account of the contested borders of Israel and Palastine.
- Food seems to be a theme in Englander’s work since the character Z’s cell is nicknamed “The Peach Pit” and he is exposed because he leaves his hideout for feta everyday.
“In the novel Dinner at the Center of the Earth, Englander has a similar goal, but on a larger scale—namely, to tell the fraught history of Israel and Palestine, and the players, large and small, who created it.”