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If I could give it more stars, I would
on 13 December 2008
When you're in the presence of literary greatness, you know it. This is one of the finest novels written in the 20th Century. It is THE finest novel ever written about Palestine and the creation of Israel (though, since it is fair-minded and devoid of bigotry and justification of what cannot be justified, that is not hard). I sometimes had to put it down because the accumulation of pain is so hard to take, but it is not a book one could ever walk away from. Anyone who wonders how we in the West came to be surrounded on all sides by terrorist threats should read this book -- and should then ask themselves: faced with that history; faced with that oppression; faced with those lies; faced with that duplicity; faced with that level of provocation -- what would YOU do?