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An honest account of a bad place
on 9 March 2015
As is usual for a book by Mark Thomas, this one comes with a message and the message here is of sadness. For those who have followed the Human Rights crisis that is happening in Israel, most of this will not come as a surprise. However reading of children forced to walk through a sewer to go to school or young teenagers being arrested and held for days with out legal advice was shocking.
Mark's prose is lively, the narrative moves along at an appropriate level for a book about rambling and despite the horrible things he sees on his journey, he never resorts to the easy option of finger pointing and blame. He does see the problems though, he reports on them with his usual dry honesty and tries to remain impartial when he can. Some things he reports though are the blatant actions of a military regime wielding power.
This is an honest book that deals with the complex and often awful situation in Israel in an unusual and imaginative way, it is not a book to read if you want a relaxing switch off from the world, but it is none the less a very good read.