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Exodus (Modern Classics) Hardcover – 1 Jan 1920

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  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publications (1 Jan. 1920)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0517207982
  • ISBN-13: 978-0517207987
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 4.1 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,166,998 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Passionate summary of the inhuman treatment of the Jewish people in Europe, of the exodus in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to Palestine, and of the triumphant founding of the new Israel. --The New York Times --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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Internationally acclaimed novelist Leon Uris ran away from home at age seventeen, a month after the attack on Pearl Harbor, to join the Marine Corps, and he served at Guadalcanal and Tarawa. His first novel, Battle Cry, was based on his own experiences in the Marines, which he revisited in his final novel, O'Hara's Choice. His other novels include the bestsellers Redemption, Trinity, Exodus, QB VII, and Topaz, among others. Leon Uris passed away in June 2003. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Amarante on 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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By R. A. Davison TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 17 Jan. 2013
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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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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Colin Rankin VINE VOICE on 11 Jun. 2001
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...I would like to point out that this is a long book and it does,indeed get some historical facts wrong....which book doesn't,especially when it comes to interpretation.Overall,however,it is a more balanced interpretation of events than is suggested.As an English citizen there is much criticism of the British Government of the time,but a resounding respect for the British people and also a recognition that at times we were right.Arabs do not come out very well.....but this is a novel and not a statement of fact.Jewish policy is also criticised,and justly so. The point about the American public is very valid.....but this,I feel,says far more about the average American than Leon Uris or the contents of 'Exodus'.Anyone after reading this book would surely feel directed to further reading to ascertain all the facts.If some readers do not,then it is hardly the fault of Leon Uris.Just try reading Arab literature about the formation of Israel!!!!! As a piece of storytelling,taking into account the Holocaust and the formation of Israel it is a deeply moving book of great power and I would recommend it to anyone with the proviso that they also read some serious historical non-fiction to gain a full perspective.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Sancho Mahle on 26 Jan. 2005
Format: Hardcover
I read this book when I was fourteen, yet the story is still vivid in my mind. Exodus is beyond a literary work. It is more than that. Historical sociological, philosophical in range, it challenges the reader to confront stereotypes, to see reality with another man's eyes and to judge fairly.
Even though the book started slowly, the pace ,plot and challenges intensified with the introduction of the Palestinian Jews. Still I will say that Leon Uris deliberately did that since he was writing the book for the international audience.
The pogroms in Czarist Russia are told, the anti-Semitism that followed the Dreyfus affair in France and Western Europe , which prompted the emergence of the Zionist movement are clearly spelt out as the motivating factor for the creation of a Jewish state. Even holocaust is clearly unveiled as the final catastrophe that made the creation of a Jewish state inevitable.
The book gives a good picture of plight of the Palestinian Jews under the Ottomans and later their struggles against the British in the mandate. It shows the complicated nature of the different peoples in the land, such as the alliances between Druses and Jews, understanding with Bedouin tribes and intra-Jewish differences. Israel's proclamation of independence and defiant victory against the Arab states seeking to annihilate is well written in this book. The characters that enriched the story are brought out to be so lively and natural. Ari Ben Canaan, his uncle Akiva, the rest of the Ben Canaan family, Kitty the American nurse who fell in love with a land and people she had not wanted to know, the angelic Karen, the rebellious, Dov, David and a host of other characters made the plot rich.
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