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Exodus [Mass Market Paperback]

Leon Uris
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  • Mass Market Paperback
  • Publisher: Bantam (1 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553258478
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553258479
  • Product Dimensions: 12 x 16 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 133,622 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 17 Jan 2013
By R. A. Davison TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:School & Library Binding|Verified Purchase
Exodus is the story of birth of a nation. The nation of Israel as a sovereign state recognised by the UN in 20th Century History. It begins at the close of World War 2 with many post Holocaust Jews endeavouring to be repatriated to the Jewish state promised them by the international community. It is very different from Anita Diamant's Day After Night, which focused on female refugees themselves and not just because it is a better novel.

We are introduced early in the novel to its two central protagonists. One is Kitty Fremont, a bereaved American nurse, who has some intrinsic anti-semitic prejudices and Ari Ben Canaan, a native Israeli and a hard as nails freedom fighter, part of early Mossad. Kitty joins a party of immigrants in order to remain close to an orphaned girl, slowly finding that she falls in love with Israel and the other characters we meet.

In addition to the post war narrative we also get several other narratives, the journey of Ari Ben Canaan's forefathers; Yakov and Jossi Rabinsky, as they travel from a closed East European ghetto to Palestine, joining the small groups of Jewish settlements in the late 1800's, as well as aspects of Ari's own childhood.

So too, do we get the Holocaust survival stories of Karen Clement and Dov Landau, each with very different stories to tell. The final strand is the birth of a Nation, a birth of blood, grief and loss as the Arab Nations turn on the returning Jews for control of what was once Palestine beginning what is now a 70 year Middle Eastern Conflict.

I loved this book, each different strand was as compelling as the last and no section bored me. Interesting, informative, engrossing, entertaining, I had but one qualm against it: The book, written by a Jewish author feels biased.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A literary masterpiece and a haunting tale 19 Nov 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I approached Exodus with the utmost scepticism, knowing full well the predisposal of the author to vaunt political beliefs and wax lyrical at the expense of facts. there is no doubt that Uris gets carried away with Zionist propaganda and intense identification and connection with the Jewish people. Yet people have deemed this book nothing BUT propaganda and that is not only untrue, it has missed the point. Exodus is designed to give you a breath of idealism coupled with despair. it paints the extremes of its subject because the author wants an extreme reaction. The result: brave, haunted characters and soul-battering prose that leaves you weary as if you had run a marathon. How could one write about the death-defying struggle of the Jewish people and their desperation for a homeland without conveying something of the stubborn ideology that motivated them? You don't have to agree with Uris, but the tale is true as far as the emotions involved are concerned - and those who think he is simply racist should read his other books, where he tackles the same war from the other side, or 'Trinity' where he fights for the Irish as long and hard as he fights for the Jews in 'Exodus'. Not a book, an experience.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book which should instill pride in all Jews. 13 Jun 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I think many of you are misunderstand the point of the novel. I found it captivating and beautiful. If you take every historical inaccuracy to heart, then you will certainly not enjoy it, but that is not the purpose of the novel. It is a history of the Jews and their suffering. Although the details are not perfect, no one can dispute that the Jews did suffer and this novel is a wonderful way to establish this and celebrate their homeland.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Religious, Historical, Touching and Informative 12 Jun 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Shalom. The 'Exodus' was my first Leon Uris' book and definately won't be my last! The book is an unfolding story that is full of fact, drama, romance, action, religion and skillfully inter-woven fiction. From a Jewish perspective, the book accurately documents Jewish persecution and is a wonderful book that educates people about the struggle of the Jews through history and the struggle of Eretz Israel. From an historical point of view, the book is somewhat accurate. The book illuminates the actions of the nations involved accurately. Yes, the British and the Arabs are portrayed as sly and anti-semetic, but this may be the truth in this case. Uris is only highlighting events and actions - if they make the people look evil or horrific then maybe that is the truth about their actions? Most of the events are facts - we have to face them. The book is an amazing work of literature. The story is so vivid, that one feels as though they themselves are present at the time of the events and are part of the action. The way in which the book is written make you feel as though you are very close to the characters and you begin to feel that the tragedies that they experience and have experienced have happened to you as well. The story was truly gripping. I could not put the book down and was drawn into the world of the 'Exodus'. I was saddened when I finally finished the book and wished that it would contiue with the story. I think that every single person in the world should read this book. It really does affect you and makes you realize just what people will do and just how they will sacrifice their own lives for the cause of their people. It also historically educates you and learnt a lot from the book. Read more ›
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1.0 out of 5 stars Highly dubious tale of the founding of the state of Israel.
This is an old book the begat a terrible film starring Paul Newman. It was written by an American Jewish author with a chip on his shoulder about the British. Read more
Published 1 month ago by guyjfp
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book
I read it years ago and I've just read it again I don't usually read boks twice! I am now reading another of Leon Uris books, 'Haj'. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ruth B.
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of Leon Uris
This is a spectacular read, I have read it before and wanted to read it again on my Kindle, unfortunately it is not a vailable in Kindle form so I had to revert back to book form,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
I give this book five stars for the simple reason that it had me by the throat - I read it, fascinated, to the end. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Veracal
2.0 out of 5 stars Difficult to imagine a more one sided litany
Sorry to those who regard this book as an exercise in emotions but I just got tired of reading how the Arab participants were dirty, greedy and duplicitous, while the Jewish... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Pacman
3.0 out of 5 stars Too small
I didn't understand the description of the format, I thought it was a paper back. I find this format difficult to read.
Published 14 months ago by Diana Culley
1.0 out of 5 stars LEON URIS EXODUS
the book was a very old edition the pages were yellow and had a smell.I put the book straight in the bin when i took it out of the carboard carton.
Published 19 months ago by dennis wafer
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking!
A gripping, thought provoking and at times, unsettling story delving in to the treatment of Jews throughout history but focusing in particular on the 19th and 20th century through... Read more
Published on 25 April 2012 by G. Tully
2.0 out of 5 stars Good 'story' but propaganda in the extreme!!!
Very, very much a product of it's time. HUGELY weighted in favour of the Jewish cause, VERY racist against the Arabs.

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Published on 30 Oct 2011 by gnash
4.0 out of 5 stars Accessible and largely realistic
I first read this book many years ago when it was on my father's bookshelf and it had a profound effect on me. Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2010 by hiljean
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