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Honour
Honour
by Elif Shafak
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

5.0 out of 5 stars Moving - heart touching novel, 25 Aug 2014
This review is from: Honour (Paperback)
Beautifully written, moving, and heart touching novel of Elif Shafak- Honour is a story of Kurdish twins who were born in a Kurdish village somewhere in Iraq. However, when they grew up, they had different futureS, one was married, moved to Istanbul and London after, and the other stayed in this Kurdish village. The story tackles many issues relatEd to the East, among is honour, immigrants to the 'developed World', generations' change over half a century, cultural barriers/differences, privileges of boys over girls in some communities in the East, and many other issues.

This is one of my favourite books that I enjoyed reading. It encouraged me to go on and read other books of Elif Shafak. Thank you Elif for giving us the opportunity to read such beautiful novels.


Swees 4GB MP3 Player with FM Radio - Pink
Swees 4GB MP3 Player with FM Radio - Pink
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Price: 10.09

4.0 out of 5 stars Good purchase, 14 Jan 2014
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Small, good price, easy to connect to the computer and charge, has a radio..the screen doesn't say much, and I could not find how to save my favorite channels on radio..However, it still a good purchase compared to its price


The Northern Front: A Wartime Diary
The Northern Front: A Wartime Diary
by Charles Glass
Edition: Paperback
Price: 10.89

2.0 out of 5 stars On the War on Iraq, 14 Jan 2014
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This book describes the author's life around the time of Iraq war. The author went to several places to cover the 'process'. He met with different people, opposing and totally in favor of the war on Iraq. Mostly they were all Iraqis. The book is somehow boring, it talks about the small details of meeting each one of these, including Al Maliki. However, unfortunately, I was looking for more information on the war on Iraq.


The Color Purple
The Color Purple
by Alice Walker
Edition: Paperback

5.0 out of 5 stars very much recommended, 22 Oct 2013
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This book illustrates what violence against women means. This book is about an American black girl who faces the ugliest forms of violence, starting from sexual violence to physical, mental and psychological violence. This girl grows up to be raped by her step father- whom she thinks is her father- at the age of 14. She gets one girl and one boy, but her kids disappear. Her mother keeps silent and never says a word till she dies. This girl tries to protect her sister from her step father, she is forced to marry a man who takes her to raise his children and do housework. She is always silent, she is punished, she is kicked, and she is beaten, but this is her life, this is her destiny- she thinks. Events pass, and her life is the same, till one day she discovers that the man who is her husband hides letters sent to her by her sister- whom she thinks is dead. Her sister goes to Africa and sends her letters from there, she lives with her kids. Since then, life has changed. She no more accepts being a victim, she decides on living her life. She leaves her husband and goes on in her life, she is happier and she is stronger.
The book is formed in letters written by the girl to God, and then by her sister to her, then the letters are directed towards her sister. It is a beautiful sad book, very much recommended.


The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine
The General's Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine
by Alice Walker
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.70

13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The General's Son, 17 Aug 2013
I have read many books by Israelis who are opponents to the occupation and Israel's policies of ethnic cleansing, but this is the first time I read a book by a General's son! The son of a well- known General in the Israeli army who played an important role in the establishment of Israel and the war of 1967. The book is divided into five parts. First, the writer gives us a full picture of his roots, his family and his father. All of who were pure Zionists. He was raised to be proud of his Zionism and his father is considered a hero for his roles in the Israeli army. Then the writer talks more about his life, how he excelled in karate, how he moved to the US, and how he started his journey of knowledge and eye opening to the truth about the Israel/Palestine conflict. He started to participate in clubs for peace talks, he tried to promote peace between the two sides, and finally he made it to the West Bank and then Gaza. He saw the occupation as a reality on the ground, he lived with Palestinians and saw how they suffer, he saw how the Israeli army, which he was taught to be proud of, treats Palestine. While reading this book, I couldn't but feel impressed by this person who went against the grain. This person was raised on specific principles and stereotypes about his country, the hero army, and the other enemy. This was all supported by almost everyone in his surroundings, in school, in his community and in a whole country. How much courage did he have to really think about it and open his heart and his eyes to see the ugly truth and occupation? How much courage did he have to face most people of his country- who are known to exclude and be aggressive towards anyone who dare to speak about it? I know Israeli peace activists who call for peace, but based on the 1967 borders. For us Palestinians, the issue is not about only the 67 borders, the issue needs to go back to its roots, to Haifa and Yaffa, to Safad and Beesan..Thank you Mr. Peled for acknowledging that this is a Palestinian land! Thank you for speaking out, thank you for being brave and for writing this book.


King Abdullah, Britain and the Making of Jordan (Cambridge Middle East Library)
King Abdullah, Britain and the Making of Jordan (Cambridge Middle East Library)
by Mary Christina Wilson
Edition: Paperback
Price: 30.20

4.0 out of 5 stars Good read to know the history of this region, 22 Jan 2013
This book is an indicator that the history we're being taught at schools is not the real history, and that history is written from the perspective of the historian/author, nothing should be taken for granted.
This book talks about the life of King Abdulla the first, the first king of Trans Jordan (currently Jordan). However, reading this book gives you a general idea of how the Middle East (mainly Cham countries) was divided at that period. King Abdullah is the son of Sharif Hussein- who was in Hijaz, and who initiated the Arab Revolt. King Abdullah moved to Trans Jordan and had dreams of ruling Iraq, Cham and Hijaz. The book describes the personality of King Abdullah from the perspective of his British supporters, whom the King depended on to a large degree, as much as he depended on Britain to keep him ruling the country. Many of the events overlapping at that time, including the decision of Palestine's division, the 48 war, the conflicts with Mufti Al Quds, Amin Al Husseini with the King, and the annexation of the West Bank to Jordan are described in the book. The lack of logic in having the 'Arab Army' of Trans Jordan guided by British generals is mentioned as well as this had many consequences on the loss of Palestine.

It is important to read such books, and know the history of this area of the Arab World as this period of time which the book talks about is when the present and future of the area is determined, and which led to the current sequences we are witnessing now.


Prisoner Of Love (New York Review Books Classics)
Prisoner Of Love (New York Review Books Classics)
by Jean Genet
Edition: Paperback
Price: 12.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Honest and ..Unique, 3 Nov 2012
This is a unique book. I do not consider it a memoir, nor a description of a specific experience. It is more of various unrelated thoughts and feelings that were gathered in a book about a specific period of time and place, but which were related many times in the book to other events in other places in the world and different period of times. The book is unique for many reasons - for me at least: first of all, you can feel the honesty in the words of this book. Genet remembers his years with the Palestinian Fedayeen during the toughest period in Jordan, you feel how much he cares about them and how much he loves specific symbols of their lives. Second, this book talks about a period of time in Jordan which is not taught in history, not discussed (in Jordan at least at the time being) and which I think was exposed to many attempts to erase from memory.

However, because these thoughts are not organized, you feel the book is not focused. It takes you from one place to another and from a specific time to another, but not smoothly. Another point is that the language of the book/or the Arabic translation of it is not that good. There are too many mistakes in the book, but still, this does not take away the beauty of it.


Aleph
Aleph
by Paulo Coelho
Edition: Paperback
Price: 5.99

2.0 out of 5 stars I expected more from Coelho, 31 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Aleph (Paperback)
The book talks about Paulo's trip in the train across Russia in which he was accompanied by a 21 year old girl 'Hilal' who is Turkish. Paulo believes that the two of them had lived past lives in which they knew each others and had different roles than what they are now.

I did not find any point to which the author wants us to reach except the belief of progress of lives/no one dies- all souls go on through incarnation.

The language of the book is beautiful in many parts of it, and many of the sentences can be used as quotes.


The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood
The Iron Cage: The Story of the Palestinian Struggle for Statehood
by Rashid Khalidi
Edition: Paperback

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Since 1920s, Palestinians struggle for their self determination!, 8 Sep 2012
This book discusses the internal factors for Palestinians- which besides the external factors- led to the situation where Palestinians are at the moment. The book discusses the weaknesses of the Palestinian leadership since the 1920s up to now, which have contributed to the prohibition of Palestinians to self determination. Their aspirations of an independent state since the 1920s have been faced with internal as well as external banners. The internal includes the conflict between Palestinian leaderships, the self interest for many of them, division and lack of unification under one Palestinians leadership in addition to many others. It is really sad that these same reasons are still playing a big role on where Palestinians are now. The division, self interest and internal conflict affect the Palestinian population as a whole.

It is the time for Palestinians to realize that, and work to be freed from all internal factors that affect to a great deal the Palestinian Israeli conflict.


Palestinian Walks: Notes on a Vanishing Landscape
Palestinian Walks: Notes on a Vanishing Landscape
by Raja Shehadeh
Edition: Paperback
Price: 6.29

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Palestinian Walks: sad stories about the land we love because of occupation, 13 July 2012
Palestinian Walks: the book describes walks of the author 'Raja Shehadeh' in the West Bank, before and after Oslo. The book is not like other books that talk about the Palestinian/Israeli conflict, it is different. It only describes the landscape and how it has been changing over the years of occupation. It makes you love the country, love the land, love the stones, the hills and mountains of Palestine. However, it makes you sad, because you feel it is almost impossible to get the landscape back as it was before settlements destroyed it and destroyed the country.

The book reveals how Oslo was a turning point in expansion of settlements. What did Oslo get for Palestinians? it legitimized occupation, settlements, destroying all natural resources in the country for the 'safety' of settlers.


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