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Exodus (Modern Classics) [Hardcover]

Leon Uris
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1 Jan 1920 Modern Classics
Exodus is an international publishing phenomenon--the towering novel of the twentieth century's most dramatic geopolitical event.  Leon Uris magnificently portrays the birth of a new nation in the midst of enemies--the beginning of an earthshaking struggle for power.  Here is the tale that swept the world with its fury: the story of an American nurse, an Israeli freedom fighter caught up in a glorious, heartbreaking, triumphant era.  Here is Exodus --one of the great best-selling novels of all time.


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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: 21.8 x 15 x 4.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,052,411 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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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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First of all, one must realize that a nation is defined by the people and the country (state) is defined by its political boundaries. The nations of Judah and Israel, having been scattered around the globe for centuries but not fully assimilated because of their faith, were constantly persecuted, to death in many instances. Being out of options except to return "home," then stand and fight, two firsts in the history of mankind took place. With the plow in one hand, and the sword in the other, a neglected land was resurected, wars and battles fought and won at great expense and investment of life and effort. The two firsts were the rebirth of a dead national state, and the second, which continues today, even in distant lands, is the resurection of a "dead" language. If this story is read with one eye on the story and one eye on Biblical prophesy, it will have a great impact and offer strong evidence that the hand of Almighty God is still hard at work in the affairs of men willing to work and fight for justice. "EXODUS" is not a particularly religious work, but for the religious man or woman, Jewish or Christian who understands the Judaic roots of Christianity, the story can have very deep religious significance.
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In the numerous times that I have read and reread this novel, I find myself a part of the story and the characters there in. It graphically depicts the life and struggles of a group of people to bring about the rebirth of their Nation, Isreal, after all the horrors and repeated attempts to annihalate them. I found it awe inspiring in the faith that these people had to have in order to survive despite the circumstances that they had to endure. Leon Uris was able to put into words the story of these people to bring it to the rest of the world, so that their story will never be forgotten; and with it the horrors of what man can do to his fellow man just because of hate and prejudice. The first time that I read this was in Jr. High long ago; and I feel that it should be amongst the books of required reading for all our youth either in Jr. or Sr. High. Perhaps this could open their eyes to what can happen when hate and prejudice takes over; and how people can conquer it and stand above it.
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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 2 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 10 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 11 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 16 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 21 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.

Read this for an alternative viewpoint... Read more
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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