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Thursday, May 6, 2010

My Favorite Reads: Exodus


My Favorite Reads is hosted by At Home With Books

Each week I am featuring one of my favorite reads from the past. May is Jewish-American Heritage Month, so all my Favorite Reads this month will be a part of that theme. Starting with Exodus by Leon Uris

Summary (from GoodReads.com):

Exodus is an international publishing phenomenon--the towering novel of the twentieth century's most dramatic geopolitical event. Leon Uris magnificently portrays the birth of a new nation in the midst of enemies--the beginning of an earthshaking struggle for power. Here is the tale that swept the world with its fury: the story of an American nurse, an Israeli freedom fighter caught up in a glorious, heartbreaking, triumphant era. Here is Exodus --one of the great best-selling novels of all time.
(hm, that's not the most descriptive description I've ever read.)

Why I chose this book:

I was expecting a lot of action and popcorn and sweeping melodrama, which isn't quite what I found here. I did find it slow-going in parts, but I attribute that to a style-issue, although I can't put my finger on just what it was. But the story was fascinating, and I learned a ton I didn't know about this whole time period. I actually now feel like I have a much better grasp of the issues behind all the debate surrounding Israel in the Middle East. Sure, this is fiction, and parts of it are very skewed, but I still think a lot of it is accurate. And even the skewed parts give you an understanding of why the Jews have gotten to the place they are politically. I was expecting to have a lot of cringe-inducing scenes that are no longer politically correct, but those were very, very few, and also pretty tame.

4 comments:

DCMetroreader said...

Any book that can explain the Middle East to me is worth a look. Thanks for sharing!

Alyce said...

I have heard of the book and the movie, but haven't read or seen either one. It's nice to know that it's a good read and informative. :)

Connie said...

I've heard of the book many times but never got around to picking it up. But I so often agree with your reviews I think this might really be something I love. Thanks for the heads up!

Rose City Reader said...

May parents, sister, and husband all love Leon Uris books, but I have never read them. I have no idea how I missed them. There are several on my TBR shelf, including Exodus. Thanks for the reminder.