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Palestiniana: Two-thousand years of history crammed into five fun-packed days Paperback – 28 May 2013

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  • Paperback: 182 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (28 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1489586709
  • ISBN-13: 978-1489586704
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Garry Cook is a UK-based journalist and photographer. His documentary work covers a range of social issues, from the light-hearted study of people at leisure to serious investigations into sex, religion and war. See more of his work at www.gazcook.com

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Having also found myself present on this most odd of trips with the author, there were countless moments when I thought "this would make a great book". Well low and behold, almost a year after, here it is.

No one set out to write such a book; no one set out for almost anything that occurred on the trip. What were we actually doing there, why were we there? We'd all been told differing stories, and I don't think we'll ever really know. At times, we truly did wonder whether we had been duped into some sort of hidden camera TV show, as we rolled from disaster to (on the whole mainly hilarious) disaster. Whatever had got us there, it definitely become a once in a lifetime experience.

Akin to the Fawlty Towers of Ramallah, there wasn't an hour that went by without an incident that made me laugh uncontrollably, be dazed in bemusement at the events unfolding before my eyes, or simply angered at the treatment of individuals on a scale I had never before witnessed.

From slapstick moments such as being forced to dive into moving buses on heaving roads, to the injustice felt when being treated worse than cattle at cross-border checkpoints, this book captures it all.

Not only a fascinating (and funny) account of the most bizarre trip you could ever find yourself on, but a fantastic account of the conflict at large, wrapped up in a way that never veers into dry textbook mode, but instead draws you in without any effort; the absurdity of the situation and the characters encountered sum up better than any academic tome the true ridiculous yet brutal nature of the region's many problems.

Add in the many fantastic photos, and this is a must-read for not just anyone with an interest in the region, but anyone who appreciates the absurdity of a bizarre situation, and likes to laugh.
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As someone who prefers a comfortable life, remind me never to go on holiday with Garry Cook. His latest adventure, on a journalistic project in Palestine, leaves the reader breathless, confused, amused and angry. He explains how he, and his colleagues, coped with the disastrous tour organisation which placed them in situations of farce and high jeopardy within moments of each other. He goes on to tell of some of the Palestinian side of the current troubles from which a conclusion can be quickly drawn that it's not the ordinary people who are in conflict, they are merely pawns in a power struggle where the leaders really need to have their heads banged together.
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The book is very funny and certainly entertaining and can stand alone on that basis,
However beneath the humour lies a tale of oppression and despair on which the author shines a light.A light that gave a jolt to my naive and simplistic understanding of the situation in the Middle East. How can a so called 'Civilised' World not find an
answer to this most uncivilised and desperate conflict.
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Brilliant read. This book is funny,informative,sensitive and witty. The feeling of actually being in Palestine with Gary is to me a testimony of being a good book. I would strongly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth is out there 14 Aug. 2013
By Malcolm Watt - Published on Amazon.com
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As someone who prefers a comfortable life, remind me never to go on holiday with Garry Cook. His latest adventure, on a journalistic project in Palestine, leaves the reader breathless, confused, amused and angry. He explains how he, and his colleagues, coped with the disastrous tour organisation which placed them in situations of farce and high jeopardy within moments of each other. He goes on to tell of some of the Palestinian side of the current troubles from which a conclusion can be quickly drawn that it's not the ordinary people who are in conflict, they are merely pawns in a power struggle where the leaders really need to have their heads banged together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars New Understaning 12 Aug. 2013
By tommy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The book is very funny and certainley entertaning And can stand alone on that basis,
However beneath the humour lies a tale of oppression and despair on which the author
shines a light.A light that gave a jolt to my naive and simplistic understandingof the
situation in the Middle East. How can a so called 'civilised' world not find an answer
to a most uncivilised and desperate conflict.
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