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Book Review: Moving Kings by Joshua Cohen

The Book of Joshua (Cohen)
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 JudgesChronicles, who knows?) . But the focus here is on two ex-IDF infantrymen, Yoav and Uri. Yoav happens to be the Israeli first cousin-once-removed of the American King: a conservative business owner, whose work in the trenches of NYC includes moving evicted tenants and their stuff out into the street; and beyond. Uri is Yoav's brother-in-arms, friend, "squadmate". Both wind up working for King's Moving Inc. humping furniture mostly in the outer boroughs.
Cohen splits the story into three parts. First introducing us to David King and his little empire, c…

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