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My Name Is Musa
My Name Is Musa
by Patricia Anne Rantisi
Edition: Paperback
Price: £8.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Review by Ruth Davies, Shropshire., 11 Jun 2013
This review is from: My Name Is Musa (Paperback)
Review of My Name is Musa by Patricia Rantisi ISBN 978 1 78176 088 8

This is a story about Rosa, a British secular Jew and her Gentile husband, David, who was brought up as a Christian "but not what you would call a believer". They visited friends living in an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. When out for a walk they found an abandoned baby with a label attached. The writing was in Arabic and read "My name is Musa". Failing to find anyone prepared to care for the infant, they left him with Catholic nuns when they returned to Britain. Later Musa was brought to London for a heart operation and subsequently adopted by Rosa and David.

On the surface this is a story about a marriage being rescued from failure and about how the mystery of the infant's parentage is solved. At a deeper level there are questions about how a Palestinian boy with a Jewish mother fits into a multiracial school in London. As the scene moves between Britain and the West Bank, the dark background is the problem of one land with two peoples - the mainly Arab indigenous people and the Jews from many countries seeking a homeland. Several characters in the book are forced by circumstances to question their firmly held misconceptions as they become aware of the pain caused by a `them and us' outlook.

This is not a "happy ever after" book. The ending leaves a question hanging in the air - just like real life. "What next" we wonder.

The book appealed to me because of the human interest angle. It's a good read. It shows how people can relate to each other across barriers of race or faith.

Mrs Rantisi writes authoritatively about life in Israel Palestine, having lived there for almost forty years before retiring to the UK.

Ruth Davies June 2013


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

42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent. I highly recommend it., 13 Aug 2012
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I couldn't put this book down. Since I know the political background from personal experience, this book gives a different perspective from the grandson of one of the signatories of the founding of the State of Israel. It revealed how the high hopes of the Zionist founders have become so corrupted by the humiliating and degrading behaviour of its army that a peaceful solution of two States is no longer possible. The author prophesies that one day the Zionists will have to suffer the same humiliations that they currently inflict on the Palestinians.
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Bread, Jam and a Borrowed Pram: A Nurse's Story From the Streets
Bread, Jam and a Borrowed Pram: A Nurse's Story From the Streets
by Dot May Dunn
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.39

4.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgic, 13 Aug 2012
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I really liked this story as it took me back to my days as a midwife on the streets of London. Only the ending was a bit disappointing but I could see that her love of the work was greater that the love of money which her boyfriend was after in Australia.


Beyond the Wall: Writing a Path Through Palestine (Manifestos for the Twenty-first Century)
Beyond the Wall: Writing a Path Through Palestine (Manifestos for the Twenty-first Century)
by Bidisha
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.09

1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Small book but large subject, 12 July 2012
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I really enjoyed this book about the pains of Israeli occupation in Palestine. It was all very familiar to me but the book was very well written.


The Thread
The Thread
by Victoria Hislop
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read., 13 Mar 2012
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I enjoyed reading this book even though it was a bit long-winded. It was a story of tragedy and love in the midst of heart-breaking historical events in Greece. I learnt a lot!


Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger
Toast: The Story of a Boy's Hunger
by Nigel Slater
Edition: Paperback
Price: £7.55

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining!, 28 Jan 2012
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I bought this book because of a family connection, a cousin being the owner of one of the Hotels where Nigel worked. It was a delightful tale of his early childhood and his obvious inborn talent for creative cookery. I loved the book and read it all through in two sessions. I was only disappointed that he didn't include some recipes!


Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood
Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood
by Ibtisam Barakat
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £10.81

5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent., 27 Nov 2011
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Extremely well written, so descriptive you can see the child's mind ticking over. A really moving tale from Palestine. Recommended for everyone to read especially people who don't understand the injustices of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.


The Last Song
The Last Song
by Nicholas Sparks
Edition: Paperback
Price: £5.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Romantic story with Christian ethics., 20 May 2011
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This is a tear-jerking romance of teenagers with a secret tragedy in the family. It has a strong Christian message.


Peaceful Resistance: Building a Palestinian University Under Occupation
Peaceful Resistance: Building a Palestinian University Under Occupation
by Gabi Baramki
Edition: Paperback
Price: £17.37

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Informative., 30 Nov 2010
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Excellent take on the Middle Eastern conflict. I lived in Ramallah and know Gabi personally but I learnt a lot more from his book. It is well written and should be read by all University students.


Sister
Sister
by Rosamund Lupton
Edition: Paperback
Price: £6.74

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Absorbing., 30 Nov 2010
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'Sister' attracted me by the cover! The characters were well described but the plot complicated. The lawyer who was described to be so sypathetic turned out to be unreal. Personally, it lacked some deep emotions but then I normally don't like murder stories.


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