(New) Where the Desert Meets the Sea by Werner Sonne
Order Also to be fair Exodus weighs in at twice the length so it s not a fair comparison but still For modern Israeli fiction I twice the length so it s not a fair comparison but still For modern Israeli fiction I Amos Oz who recently passed away and if you re only going to read one serious book about Israel my all time favorite is Havlevi s sublime non fictional chronicle Like Dreamers which picks up the story a half generation after this book s story line Now that s an excellent and complex book well worth readingI ll never know whether my frustrations with the largely pedestrian flat prose was the author s intent or the interpreter s vision but not many passages sang to me Still having said that the pages turned uickly and the story amused me through a couple of short flights so I m not complaining Reviewer s visual side note when I saw the cover of this book I couldn t resist so I posted a picture on my profile page that s basically the same shot that s on the cover without the two women of course I spent an hour at the overlook above the Mount of Olives cemetery with the sun setting looking across at the Old City Frustratingly even though I had my tripod the evening I was there it was incredibly windy so it ended up being of a production than I d planned But hey the shot still came out uite nicely So check it out Boring BookThe dialog is stilted and the characters are not realistic I would rather read a straight history book accounting of this time instead of this boring set of characters and setting Some books are hard to rate and even harder to review Such is the case with this book for meI ve given it 3 stars This has to do with agged edges Missing pieces A little too much moving and not enough staying I wanted ust a bit from each character I was introduced to There was depth but ust not enough Beautiful descriptions and I bookmarked pages to go back to but the bookmarks were mainly done within the first half of this book I was left feeling as though there was that needed to be said More history to be given Loose ends I didn t feel were complete A bit of chaos and yet I suppose that s the living within war and its aftermath Picking up the pieces of whatever is left and carrying on What else is there to doThis book was well paced A bit confusing in parts unless you re blessed with being able to keep names and storylines straight right from the first time you meet someone newHaving never really ventured into this part of the Israeli and Palestinian history before I found it to be informative A good read overall and a bur in my saddle that will be spurring me on to delve in deeper elsewhere on my own In parts this book should have broken me Broken my heart right open Split it in two However the emotions that should have swelled up into an ocean wall of water waiting to crash down and overwhelm never were given a chance to fully rise to the occasion It s not lack of empathy but a story that failed to deeply entrench me into the lives of those I was reading about I was right there with them There was anticipation premonition fear shock but when it came to the sadness it was as if I didn t have any Tears To Cry I Would Ve Preferred to cry I would ve preferred book is by no means a waste of time ust not timeless Despite it s flaws it still manages to say and detail much within its compact pages It s written well enough to compel one forward The end simply wasn t the end and so I m off to learn discover and uncover For better or worse I ve been left wistful Wistful and now speechless until I live another day to read and write again. He life changing decision to oin the Zionist fight for Jerusalem And Hana’s star crossed love for Dr David Cohen an American Jew out of his element and working only to save lives will put her own life in dangerThen the political situation worsens When tensions erupt a shocking act of violence threatens Judith and Hana’s friendship and the destinies of everyone they lo. .
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#ve been following #been following these two Characters And The Way Their and the way their aligned to expose the euality between the two sides rather than creating a further divide The abundance of perspectives added nothing to this book except confusion I can see the effort the author was trying to make by including so many different narratives but ultimately it was executed poorly I wanted to like it I usually love historic fiction But the characters are poorly developed I didn t really feel connected to them or cared much what happened Also the story flops around a lot Very unsatisfying This historical fiction novel is told chronologically about post WWII Palestine The dates are vastly important in order to comprehend the extend of what happened in so little time to each of the characters The characters are concentrated around a young Arab woman Hanna and a young Jewish woman Judith with every character in the story being connected to either Hanna or Judith However the
conflict is told from many of the characters POV not ustis told from many of the characters POV not ust Hanna and Judith I especially enjoyed the different character viewpoints and found the author did a great Integrity Restored: Helping Catholic Families Win the Battle Against Pornography job describing the Middle Eastern conflict of Jerusalem through many different sets of eyesThe author shows a variation of answers to the uestion Who does Jerusalem belong to through these different points of view It doesn t singularly revolve aroundust one or two characters That is probably the most spectacular thing about this story is to experience the Middle Eastern conflict from different anglesThis book is filled with a lot of history but also language and culture The author incorporates Hebrew Arabic and Yiddish wordsphrases Because of this I recommend reading it on a Kindle so that you can translate uicklyThis is extremely action packed So much so that sometimes certain details were left out that help move the story along Things such as sensory imagery and directional surroundings Because there was so much action things like this were left out uite freuently It sometimes caused the flow of the story to be broken There was so much information provided that literary devices were also left out This also caused the first part of the book to be difficult to get through It skips around especially in the first half 35 stars rounded to 4 Got this one for free through First Reads as one of this month s selections and first and foremost it was worth every penny I paid for it Sorry I couldn t resist But it is what it is and most months I find that the allure of free books ust isn t that alluring particularly because we have an excellent public library But having said that I have enjoyed a few of the freebies I ve obtained this way It was a relatively uick read and a few of the characters were at least somewhat compelling and I don t regret reading it but it wasn t particularly memorable or uniuely well crafted in my opinionAs historical fiction goes it might be informative to someone unfamiliar with the post WWII creation and early conflict surrounding the new State of Israel which of course was a tumultuous period But well for anyone who read Leon Uris 1958 classic Exodus it seems like a poor thin substitute Granted Exodus is significantly one sided eg pro Israel at least as I recall it and this author tries to my mind rather unsuccessfully to be a bit even handed or balanced but nah I m guessing not many readers find this one to be fair or balanced view which granted is a tall. She tries to take her own life in despairAfter awakening in the hospital Judith learns that Hana a Muslim Arab nurse has saved her life by donating her own blood While the two women develop a fragile bond each can’t help but be drawn deeper into the political machinations tearing the country apart After witnessing the repeated attacks inflicted on the Jews Judith makes The time setting for this novel is ust after WW II and the freed Jews from the concentration camps are trying to get to their historic homeland the Holy Land As the Jews arrive they become embroiled in age old disagreements over territory It is the story of the wars between the Jews and Arabs as they fight over Palestine and Jerusalem after the State of Israel is established in 1947 Needless to say it is a bloody story of massacres terrorism pillage and rape No mercy was shown no uarter given by either side The British military occupied the area but did little to intervene inn the fighting other than try to prevent the Jews arrival They had suffered their own losses over the years since their arrival in the 1920 s Their mandate was to modernize the area but were at the same time protecting their oil interests in the middle east The British left in 1948 It is a powerful story worth reading Werner Sonne set out to write a novel about the state of the Holy Land and the Arab Israeli conflict following WWII with Britain s pullout of the area and the Jewish resettlement He wanted to write a book that did not take sides favoring neither Palestinians Jews nor British who in my estimation were the real instigators of much of the conflict that took place In Sonne s attempt to remain neutral he filled the story with fa While this book does a good ob of showing multiple perspectives surrounding the birth of Israel the switch between the characters isn t very well done at all perspectives surrounding the birth of Israel the switch between the characters isn t very well done at all characters are flat and I ust didn t enjoy this book which kills me because this area
history appeals so highly to me The history is correct but story through these fictional characters is very bland and melodramatic It flip flops all over with hyper hot headed Arabs and Jews massacring each other while the British smoke cigarettes and ignore the mess that they have created by their 31 year Mandate in Palestine Israel s history is complicated and deserves to be told in a balanced story where the people are than paper dolls wanting to survive In this book everyone is the bad guy and that s ust not how it was 15 stars I wanted to love this book SO BAD but it fell so flat for me It covers the narrative of the emergence of Israel as a state which is something so rarely covered in historical fiction The subject matter itself was incredibly interesting to me but I think I would ve rather ust read a non fiction book about this time rather than thisMy biggest problem with this book was the writing I understand that this is a translation so I m not sure exactly how that effects the writing However what I read was choppy and all over the place There was no fluidity it randomly The Road From Home: The Story Of An Armenian Girl jumped from perspective to perspective with no indication or warning I had such a hard time keeping track of the myriad of characters thrown into the plot Speaking of the characters they were one dimensional and had absolutely no depth I had only a slight interest in about two of the characters who were somewhat fleshed out Many character s personalities were also poorly planned they uickly changed their fundamental beliefs for the sake of the story line In addition this book was very biased While it claims not to be the author clearly shows a preference and resolves the stories of the Jews while leaving stories unresolved for the Arab characters I saw Judith and Hana as euals on either sides of the violence when comparing the stories of these two characters who should ve been eual you can clearly se. An illuminating and heart stirring historical novel set in post WWII Palestine where the boundaries of love and friendship are challenged by the intractable conflicts of war Jerusalem 1947 Judith a young Jewish survivor of the Dachau concentration camp arrives in Mandatory Palestine seeking refuge with her only remaining relative her uncle When she learns that he has died.of history appeals so highly to me The is correct but