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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A literary masterpiece and a haunting tale
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...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but incomplete and very dated
The book started off promisingly. However, in the last part, I think the author got tired of his characters. In fact, it seemed like once he began his descriptions of the war, he forgot about them. Then he figured that he had to do something with them to end the book and generally killed them off. There were a number of stereotypes that detracted from the story. I...
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A literary masterpiece and a haunting tale, 19 Nov. 2000
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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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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant, 17 Jan. 2013
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R. A. Davison (UK) - See all my reviews
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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. The Arabs are described as primitive, lazy, lacking in education or motivation and are rarely described in any positive light and their political standpoint is not given any consideration let alone balanced consideration. A thunderous hit at the time of publication, it is not very hard to see why.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant storytelling., 11 Jun. 2001
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Mr. Colin Rankin "Colin Rankin" (Braintree, essex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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...I would like to point out that this is a long book and it does,indeed get some historical facts wrong....which book doesn't,especially when it comes to interpretation.Overall,however,it is a more balanced interpretation of events than is suggested.As an English citizen there is much criticism of the British Government of the time,but a resounding respect for the British people and also a recognition that at times we were right.Arabs do not come out very well.....but this is a novel and not a statement of fact.Jewish policy is also criticised,and justly so. The point about the American public is very valid.....but this,I feel,says far more about the average American than Leon Uris or the contents of 'Exodus'.Anyone after reading this book would surely feel directed to further reading to ascertain all the facts.If some readers do not,then it is hardly the fault of Leon Uris.Just try reading Arab literature about the formation of Israel!!!!! As a piece of storytelling,taking into account the Holocaust and the formation of Israel it is a deeply moving book of great power and I would recommend it to anyone with the proviso that they also read some serious historical non-fiction to gain a full perspective.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping story, 26 Jan. 2005
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Sancho Mahle (Charlotte, USA) - See all my reviews
I read this book when I was fourteen, yet the story is still vivid in my mind. Exodus is beyond a literary work. It is more than that. Historical sociological, philosophical in range, it challenges the reader to confront stereotypes, to see reality with another man's eyes and to judge fairly.
Even though the book started slowly, the pace ,plot and challenges intensified with the introduction of the Palestinian Jews. Still I will say that Leon Uris deliberately did that since he was writing the book for the international audience.
The pogroms in Czarist Russia are told, the anti-Semitism that followed the Dreyfus affair in France and Western Europe , which prompted the emergence of the Zionist movement are clearly spelt out as the motivating factor for the creation of a Jewish state. Even holocaust is clearly unveiled as the final catastrophe that made the creation of a Jewish state inevitable.
The book gives a good picture of plight of the Palestinian Jews under the Ottomans and later their struggles against the British in the mandate. It shows the complicated nature of the different peoples in the land, such as the alliances between Druses and Jews, understanding with Bedouin tribes and intra-Jewish differences. Israel's proclamation of independence and defiant victory against the Arab states seeking to annihilate is well written in this book. The characters that enriched the story are brought out to be so lively and natural. Ari Ben Canaan, his uncle Akiva, the rest of the Ben Canaan family, Kitty the American nurse who fell in love with a land and people she had not wanted to know, the angelic Karen, the rebellious, Dov, David and a host of other characters made the plot rich.
However, what struck me about this novel of close to five decades is the author's presentation of the Palestinian refugee problem. Their plight hasn't changed. Who is responsible in a world where so much has changed? What is the solution? I think that while Israel must act in good faith for peace in the Middle East, the Arab States should accept responsibilities too for the refugee problem. The answer is approach. How to approach a tragedy with the intention to heal. I read DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE and was inspired by the people's approach to human disasters. South Africa is another good example.
I recommend DISCIPLES OF FORTUNE, THE DA VINCI CODE
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting but incomplete and very dated, 6 July 1999
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The book started off promisingly. However, in the last part, I think the author got tired of his characters. In fact, it seemed like once he began his descriptions of the war, he forgot about them. Then he figured that he had to do something with them to end the book and generally killed them off. There were a number of stereotypes that detracted from the story. I kept wondering why the Israelis hadn't taken over the country quicker (and more easily) if the Arabs were as cowardly, ignorant, superstitious and dirty as the author portrayed them.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very moving and passionate tale of the birth of Israel, 14 Jan. 1999
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This was a great book. I had known quite a bit about modern Israeli history before reading this novel, but after completing it, I wanted nothing less than to go there myself. It is a wonderful story about a beleaguered people trying to redeem themselves in the eyes of a prejudiced world.
The downside is that the reader must take into account the biased nature of the novel. It is very pro-Israeli, and if the reader is not careful, he or she might forget about the Arabs' claim to the Holy Land. One must not forget that it is a very controversial issue, and that no one side is completely right.
Nonetheless, it is an extremely moving book, and it is one of the most rewarding books I have ever raed - if not the most rewarding.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Religious, Historical, Touching and Informative, 12 Jun. 1999
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Shalom. The 'Exodus' was my first Leon Uris' book and definately won't be my last! The book is an unfolding story that is full of fact, drama, romance, action, religion and skillfully inter-woven fiction. From a Jewish perspective, the book accurately documents Jewish persecution and is a wonderful book that educates people about the struggle of the Jews through history and the struggle of Eretz Israel. From an historical point of view, the book is somewhat accurate. The book illuminates the actions of the nations involved accurately. Yes, the British and the Arabs are portrayed as sly and anti-semetic, but this may be the truth in this case. Uris is only highlighting events and actions - if they make the people look evil or horrific then maybe that is the truth about their actions? Most of the events are facts - we have to face them. The book is an amazing work of literature. The story is so vivid, that one feels as though they themselves are present at the time of the events and are part of the action. The way in which the book is written make you feel as though you are very close to the characters and you begin to feel that the tragedies that they experience and have experienced have happened to you as well. The story was truly gripping. I could not put the book down and was drawn into the world of the 'Exodus'. I was saddened when I finally finished the book and wished that it would contiue with the story. I think that every single person in the world should read this book. It really does affect you and makes you realize just what people will do and just how they will sacrifice their own lives for the cause of their people. It also historically educates you and learnt a lot from the book. I now want nothing less than to travel to Eretz Israel and to see Gan Dafna, the Acre Jail in from which Akiva and Dov were freed! I now want to see the Biblical sights that the characters talked about. It seems that people who have read this book feel the spirit of its story and characters with them forever! I have to agree, a truly unique and special book! Alana from Durban
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Book That was Life-Forming, 31 Jan. 2004
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Mrs. S. A. Roberts "Reluctant Sloane" (London, London United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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I first read Exodus back in 1972 when I was 15. It made the biggest impression ever on me - I am half-Jewish (on my father's side) so was not brought up in the faith. However, reading this book made me feel a connection to my roots which will stay with me for the rest of my life and made me hold firmly to the Zionist cause.
It is more and more important when anti-semitism and anti-Israeli feeling is becoming rife that people read this book and see the sheer guts and determination that brought this proud people to their Homeland.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Bought on strength of reviews....most disappointed!, 24 Dec. 1999
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After reading the outstanding reviews of this novel posted on Amazon, I decided to try it for myself. I expected to find a masterpiece of modern literature. What I found was pure 'airport' fiction which was not even particularly well written.How on earth this novel can be on the American high school curriculum is beyond me. Although the sentiments expressed are entirely worthy, and the Jewish people are to be admired for their tenacity, bravery and resilience, they deserve better than this.
A reasonably entertaining read, but great literature it ain't!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Book had never been opened and read but it was ..., 18 Mar. 2015
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Book had never been opened and read but it was so old that the pages were very discoloured wit age. Perfectly readable but unpleasant to see.
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