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The Dove Flyer [Kindle Edition]

Eli Amir , Hillel Halkin
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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A hymn to the end of an era.

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When his Uncle Hizkel is arrested, Kabi and his family face an uncertain future as do all Jews living in 1950s' Baghdad. Each member of Kabi's circle has a different dream: his mother wants to return to the Moslem quarter where she felt safer; his father wants to emigrate to Israel and grow rice there while Salim, his headmaster, wants Arabs and Jews to be equal, and Abu Edouard just wants to continue to care for his beloved doves.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 804 KB
  • Print Length: 548 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1905559186
  • Publisher: Halban (4 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WV3EW2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #88,956 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The other side of the coin 30 Aug 2010
Format:Paperback
There has been a slew of books recently, some immensely powerful and moving, about the effects of the establishment of the State of Israel on the native Palestinian population, the expulsions, demolitions and terror that saw many of them leave as refugees, never to return. Far fewer books have been written from the opposite perspective, of the effect on the Jews of Arab lands of the creation of the Jewish State, and the specific and terrible way in which it affected their lives and sent them from countries their ancestors had inhabited for thousands of years to a new land with which many of them had very little in common.
The Dove Flyer tells the story in microcosm of the fate of Iraqi Jewry at this time, and an unforgettable story it is too. The main protagonists all live in the `new' Jewish quarter of Baghdad to which they have been forced to move for their own protection after the terrible Farhood riots. The narrator is Kabi, whose father is a settled and established Jewish Iraqi, thoroughly acculturated and at home in the Muslim milieu; he will have no truck with the Zionists who are already organising within the Jewish community and drawing the unwelcome attention of the secret police...at least until his brother Hizkel, a Zionist, is arrested and taken off to prison to await trial and a possible death sentence.
As the family, their friends, neighbours and enemies come to terms with what has occurred, the ground gradually shifts beneath them all, causing new friendships to develop and old ones to break.
Eli Amir weaves a rich tapestry of Iraqi Jewish life, and the effects of events beyond their control on ordinary and extra-ordinary human beings alike.
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A super and insightful personal account. A great piece of social micro-history. A very moving story and a very funny book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking and sensitive 3 Mar 2014
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I found this novel both thought provoking and informative and I learned a lot more about the Jewish situation in Baghdad during this time in it‘s history. The novel made me stop and think a lot about how we define home and belonging and I rather felt that this was the main theme of the novel and was dealt with extremely well.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not my cup of tea 23 Feb 2014
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I did read it all, but I wanted to strangle the father of the household. No sense of reality at all.
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