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.


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. :)

Cath 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!

Gilion at 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.