Ester's Child Hardcover – 1 Sep 2001
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I was not disappointed when I reached the end - the emotions this book managed to touch within me showed not only that the author had paid attention to historical detail but also to the detail of human nature and the depth of Joy and Sorrow that a living being can experience.
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Importantly, Ms. Sasson is on the cutting edge of so many issues that are now affecting all Americans. Her PRINCESS books were one of the first that told the plight of women in restrictive Muslim cultures. Now everyone in the media is repeating what Ms. Sasson said years ago about women who are forced to veil and unable to enjoy the simple pleasures of making one's own decisions.
Now with her latest book, ESTER'S CHILD, this writer gives the reader a look into the world of Arab/Jewish hatred that has been building for a hundred years. Sadly, the pot is now boiling over, hurting so many innocent people, including Americans who are guilty of nothing but going off to work in a effort to support their young families.
I was pleasantly surprised at how Ms. Sasson handled the telling of this very compelling story. Anytime in the past I have read a book about the Arab/Jewish conflict, the writer took one side or another. If a writer in sympathy with the Arabs took pen in hand, every Jew ended being thoroughly unlikable. On the flip side, if a writer wrote in sympathy with the Jewish side of this issue, they made every Arab a throat cutting fanatic. That sort of writing does nothing but hurt the cause of peace.
Now, Ms. Sasson takes the side of humanity, weaving a beautiful story featuring a Jewish family and an Arab family. I learned so many details of the daily lives of both groups--I learned that the world is not good or bad, but somewhere inbetween, and that most people in that region are simply trying to make the best of a terrible situation.
I get the feeling that Ms. Sasson is trying to tell us what we all should know--that most people are good--that few people are evil--and that we must keep fanatics from determining our ideas.
Admittedly, the book ended too soon for me. Now I want to know what happens to the characters and I only hope that Ms. Sasson sees fit to write a sequel to this very compelling book.
I recommend this book to every American--you will learn so much in the most enjoyable manner. The world needs more writers that do not use their writing ability to make us hate--Ms. Sasson makes us see both sides of an issue and I admire her for this.
Jean Sasson in this book has surpassed in excellence all her previous books; so if the Sultana Trilogy was an International best seller, this book should be a MEGA best seller.
I, as an Arab sided with the Jews in their plight throughout the book
And wept for the Palestinians.
Jean Sasson was able to turn our feelings the way she did for one simple reason , she is a humanitarian , a wonderful person that looks beyond hatred and pores her true feelings and emotions deep
into the stream of humanity. Her ability to do this was coupled with an excellent ability to interweave fiction with true history . I wish more Americans, Arabs and Jews thought the way Ms. Sasson thinks. We would have less venom, hatred and wars in this world that is practically going into pieces at this very moment.
The book is so real , that you live with the characters ( Arabs and Jews )as if they were made of flesh and blood. During my University years in the American university in Beirut during the 70's, I had many friends and classmates that lives in areas close to Shatilla camp. Some had connections with Palestinian Resistance Groups, as a result of which I know Shatilla very well. The book took me back 20 years to those narrow streets , reviving a memory I never thought would be revived . The description lacked one thing only , the odors of the place, only because it was written on paper.
I give the book a million stars , and not just 5 .
M. N. Al-Askari
Sasson bought a new understanding to an ancient and complex situation. By using a German, an Arab and a Jewish family she cleverly presented three sides. Her characters are multi-dimensional and very convincing. I found myself wanting to meet them. They are all greatly missed. They continue to be with me as I read the newspaper about the conflict. Her novel put faces on all of the people we see in the news and read about in the newspaper.
Sasson wrote with sensitivity and compassion. It is clear that she has an obvious love for the people in her novel.
With a college degree in history I seek out historical fiction. Ester's Child is a new all time favorite read. I believed it was impossible for her to surpass the Princess trilogy, but she did (and I still strongly recommend them, also).
With great anticipation I look forward to Sasson's next novel!
I was literally groaning when I realized that Jordan and Demetrius might be related. And then when we knew they weren't but Demetrius didn't know I was flipping those pages till I knew he was found!! I loved how all the families came together at the end...it was quite a tale!! Also with the
state of war we are in it was interesting to see how people have coped with all the bombing/shells/soldiers etc...with all that adversity and still these families went on and forged ahead and made new lives for themselves. I will probably have to reread it as I'm sure there are some things I missed the first time around. Of course I have to ask...is her next book going
to be a follow up of these families? I can't believe we won't know what happens when Jordan/Demetrius get married and especially Christine and Michel, and how they all inter-relate to one another. Also what happens with Friedrich and Eva? Do they go back and mend their relationship or is he mortified by how she acted at the Gale's home?
Argh...so many questions, I can only hope it is not the last that I read of these families!!