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A Heart-Breaking & Unforgettable Book,
This review is from: Mornings in Jenin (Paperback)
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This novel is the story of one, ordinary Palestinian family - the Abulheja family - just before, during and since the creation of the state of Israel. Evicted from their ancestral land, the family is sent to live in the Jenin refugee camp. This story is the story of the Palestinian experience through the eyes of one family.
It is impossible, then, to read this book without bringing with you all you've known, read, heard and believe of the continuing tragedy of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. It is not, therefore, an easy or comfortable read. It is however a very worth-while one. Brilliantly written, the prose itself is eminently readable and never gets in the way of the story and yet remains beautiful and lyrical. The story ...ah, the story. It will move you to tears, to fury, to helpless anguish, to hope - and then ever back to tears. The hopes and dreams of the young narrator inspires you with optimism for the resilience of the young. But blow after blow after blow made me sometimes need to put down the book and walk away for a while.
It is a book that should be read and I'm glad I have read it. For a while I became part of this family, part of their history and I was swept up in it. This is one story of one family on one side of the conflict and there are other stories too. For every politician, leader or fanatic there are thousands upon thousands of people who just want to live their lives and raise their families. The tragedy of stories like this - tragedies in themselves - is they show so clearly how cycles of violence and hatred repeat and continue.
Truly, a recommended read.