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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (11 Jan 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843545438
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843545439
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,031 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"'Sharp, powerful and uncompromising... one of the most potent and impressive novels written in Hebrew in the last several years.' Ha'aretz (Israel)"

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SAYED KASHUA was born in 1975 in the Galilee and studied at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He writes a weekly column for Ha'aretz, Israel's most prestigious newspaper, and lives with his wife and two children in Beit-Safafa, an Arab village within Jerusalem. His first novel, Dancing Arabs, was a San Francisco Book of the Year and was translated into eight languages.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. HARPER on 10 Jan 2008
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Good literature enlightens its readers without being overly didactic, and I would like to congratulate Mr Kashua for creating a character who teaches us something useful about the world outside our own experience, while reminding us that human suffering (whether from the cruelty of a school bully, or because of an army invasion) is universal.
Good plot. Excellent tension. I loved the flashbacks / memories passages. Mostly, though, I think the protagonist is a really complex and interesting fellow.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 13 Aug 2007
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I read this short book in one sitting. Although it is not very personal, we do not get to know the names of many of the characters, I was gripped by this story. The matter of fact narrative takes us into the lives of Israeli Arabs, from being maginalised at work and in a city of Israel to the narrator's home Arab village and its fate in "peace agreements." With a reporters spare use of language we are taken into the horrors and fragility of Arab society in the sad mess of Israel borders. An excellent, quick read
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By ARD on 7 July 2013
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reading about a community of Israeli Arabs. it was also very well written (and translated). I lost my hard copy book ( sad :( ) and then was able to buy it on my Kindle ( :) good ).
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An extraordinary and brave voice! 28 July 2006
By M. T. Guzman - Published on Amazon.com
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A young journalist, his wife, and baby daughter leave their rented apartment in an Israeli city and move to the Arab village in which the couple grew up. Feeling not that much a part of the Jewish establishment in which he works anymore, this journalist thinks that returning to what was once familiar will be comforting. The sad realization overtakes him that he is not returning to the same place he left 10 years earlier.

It's not so much that the writing is good, but it's the fact that the words the author chooses so acutely and accurately convey his feelings--the most pervasive one being the burden of an Arab feeling at ease any place at all in Israel. How odd that I should have chosen this book to read precisely during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in 2006. I really feel for the Israeli Arabs who seek a home in which they can feel comfortable and secure at all times.

This book takes a a further and more painful step into the uncormfortable world between Jew and Arab. In Dancing Arabs, the author tread lightly on this precarious relationship. In Let it be Morning, Kashua heads from the psychological problems to the threat of physical harm as well. Where can the line be drawn into comfortably fitting Arabs into the life of the Jewish state? That's the issue this difficult, but engrossing, read is trying to express.

The story left me breathless. The tension was unbelievable as the author drove deeply into me into what it must really feel like to be in the limbo of the Arab-Israeli world. I much look forward to reading more work by this amazingly talented writer.
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Is It Fair? 28 Sep 2006
By algo41 - Published on Amazon.com
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"Let It Be Morning" is an interesting and informative novel of village life among Arab citizens of Israel. The protagonist is a young Arab journalist who comes from one of the influential and prosperous village families. The emphasis is on what it means to be living in the Jewish state, but there is more to the novel than that. It takes a more general view of Arab family and village life and, more importantly, the protagonist is a well developed character, who I found very sympathetic.

Still, it is important to question whether the novel is fair to the Jewish Israeli's. There are no sympathetic Jewish characters, but the Arabs are not painted in a very favorable light either. More bothersome to me is that the government inflicts great hardship on the village without apparent motive; i.e., it is trying to suppress any Arab political activity prior to the hypothetical announcement of a peace accord, but not only isolates the village, it cuts off its electricity, thereby disabling the pumps necessary for its water supply. At a roadblock, Arab migrant workers are casually gunned down without warning and before they could constitute a threat. On the other hand, as a supporter of the New Israel fund, which assists the underdogs, including Arab citizens, I know that some of the implied criticism of Israel and its Jewish majority is on the mark.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
An interesting perspective on Israeli society 29 Jun 2012
By Marissa - Published on Amazon.com
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I decided to read this book when I learned it was written by the creator of Avodah Aravit (Arab Labor), a television show I became fond of while spending a semester abroad in Israel. I imagine this book lost a lot in its translation from Hebrew to English, particularly in regard to language (perhaps I should attempt to read it in Hebrew), but I still felt the voice and perspective provided by this author and this work is not to be missed, especially for those interested in Israeli Society, Arabs in Israel, and the complexity of the region in general.

The place of an Arab Israeli in that complex society is a fascinating one, and I think that this work really provides insight into this. It portrays what it's like to live in a Jewish city, to return from the Jewish city to the Arab village in which you were raised, to work in Jewish workplaces, and be a part of the society without necessarily being a full member of it. This portrayal felt authentic.

At first I had a difficult time placing the plot of the novel in an exact time period. All I could tell was that it took place sometime after the outbreak of the Second Intifada. However, by the end of the novel, you realize that the time it's supposed to take place is sometime around now, and exactly when around now it is does not necessarily matter. The ending, too, is surprising in many senses, and I was surprised I didn't see it come it.

Overall, I recommend this novel highly. Kashua is a daring and brave voice in Israeli literature, and the perspective he provides in his works is truly invaluable.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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By Gail McDermid - Published on Amazon.com
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Kashua has answered some questions I have had about the demographics of Israel.. living through a tense period of conflict and negotiation between Israel and the PLO. WONDERFUL vignettes in a village sealed off suddenly from the rest of the work's. Kashua pulls you into the confusion and disappointment of the crisis and it's resolution.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Extraordinary Reading 15 Aug 2006
By Patricia Conroy - Published on Amazon.com
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If I could give this book 6 stars, I would. Timely, beautifully written account of an Arab family's experience while living in Israel. It would make a wonderful book group discussion. I couldn't put it down.
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