Once Upon a Country: A PALESTINIAN LIFE Paperback – 3 Sep 2009
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This autobiography...carries the passion that might embolden ordinary Israelis and Palestinians to bypass the politicians and establish the peace that all but the armoured men desperately want. --The Independent
Nusseibeh's formidable achievement...leaves a drop of despair, because of how exceptional it is. --New York Tmes
Sari Nusseibeh's extraordinary memoirs are now out in paperback. The story of Nusseibeh's family is the story of the Palestinian people.See all Product Description
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Once Upon A Country starts and ends with a fairy tale of extraordinary power and pathos, and sets a lyrical tone that is maintained throughout, even when the events being described are of the grimmest kind. Nusseibeh has had a turbulent life - not of his own choosing - but he has emerged from it with his human values in tact. His love of his family, his strong sense of tradition and loyalty to others, his pragmatism and distaste for extremism, his devotion to his people and the cause of Palestinian nationalism are evident, as is his acceptance of the existence of the State of Israel and the need for a comprehensive peace between all the elements in the region.
Sari Nusseibeh mentions another lyrical memoir of Palestinian life, albeit from a Jewish perspective, Amos Oz' A Tale of Love and Darkness. I defy anyone who has read the latter not to see in Once Upon A Country its Palestinian equivalent. Both are essential reading for anyone who wishes to gain a balanced perspective of the history of the Israel-Palestine problem, and especially for those who want to achieve a balanced insight into the impact that the State of Israel has had on the Palestinian people.
Both Judaism and Islam have made immense contributions to cultural and intellectual life over the centuries and perhaps the low point of the book comes with Sharon's attempt to drive his notorious concrete wall through the middle of the Palestinian university of which Nusseibeh was President. To her credit Condoleezza Rice finally put pressure on her Israeli allies to build the wall elsewhere (it was a pity she did not go further and stop it altogether). I hope she and the fellow members of her government have time to read this book, not only to understand how an ancient culture has been crushed but to absorb its central message that both sides will gain from a fair peace. It needs the courage of a Nusseibeh to keep the flame alive.Read more ›
This account clearly illustrated how the Israeli government constantly undermined those forces within the Palestinians (such as the author) who were willing to negotiate. Israel ignored them, sidelined them and humiliated them; She is now reaping the whirlwind - Hamas has profited from the decline in support for moderates like Nusseibeh.
This is essential reading for all those seeking to understand how things have taken a turn for the worse in the past two decades. It also inspires hope, for with men like Nusseibeh around, there is always a chance for peace.
Nusseibeh has spent his life moving in and out of Palestinian political life. His commentary on the development of Palestinian politics (and Israeli and Jerusalemite) comes from perspective that is probably unique to himself - as a Palestinian, an academic, a pacifist, a member of one of Jerusalem's traditional ruling families, and also an (albeit reluctantly) influential member of the PLO.
Personally, I found my interest and enjoyment of the book increased in direct correlation with his involvement with the PLO and Palestinian politics in general. His account of the first intifada was probably the highlight of the book for me, but the sections on the peace process in its various incarnations are also very rewarding. Outside politics (if anything really is), I also thoroughly enjoyed the chapter on the reform of Al-Quds University.
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One of my favourite books. Beautifully written and totally fascinating. A sceptical insider's view. Read this before visiting Palestine/Israel.Published 5 months ago by amd
I am still reading this book; I'm nearly finished. It is an amazing book, because you find yourself learning a great deal about the palestinian problem and why peace is so... Read morePublished on 16 Jun. 2014 by M PAULA MARTINS PEREIRA
I loved this book. It explains so clearly the conflict in that country. So easy to read and brilliantly told.Published on 11 Mar. 2014 by Lauretta Ridley
If you ever think you understand middle east politics read this first to realize nothing is never what it seems at face value in politics.Published on 10 Jan. 2014 by mike walsh
I simply could not read past the self-centeredness of the author. I never got past the third chapter. I found the book and its author full of themselves and uninteresting.Published on 25 Nov. 2013 by Haruspex 5
I was looking forward to this read as it is way off my usual choices - oh dear - how boring - I tried so hard to get into the book. Read morePublished on 1 Oct. 2013 by Alison Ford
Exceeded expectations as it was a later edition of a book I had borrowed from someone else. It came in a couple of days.Published on 28 Sept. 2013 by John Read