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A Quebec Jew Paperback – Print, 2011

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 312 pages
  • Publisher: Editions du Marais; 1st edition (2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2923721241
  • ISBN-13: 978-2923721248
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #326,991 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Originally from Quebec City, Richard Marceau is a former Bloc Quebecois Member of Parliament who converted to Judaism after a long process that began with his meeting the woman of his life and continued with the discovery of a community, a faith and a people, all of which are now as much a part of his identity as his deep Quebec roots. Tearing down stereotypes about Jews, Richard Marceau tells us about himself, using his own story to convey Jewish history and culture. He draws an original portrait of the State of Israel, the role it plays in today's Jewish identity, and helps us discover Quebec's Jewish community. Denouncing prejudices and intellectual dishonesty, identifying himself as a pro-Palestinian Zionist. Richard Marceau calls for a respectful dialogue, promoting both the legitimacy of the Jewish State of Israel and the creation of an independent Palestinian state. Richard Marceau is a lawyer in both Quebec and Ontario, a graduate of Laval University Law School, the University of Western Ontario Law School and France's Ecole Nationale d'Administration. He sat in the House of Commons from 1997 to 2006 and today is an active member of the Canadian Jewish community.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rosco in TO on Jan. 4 2012
Format: Paperback
Anyone interested in Canadian or Quebec politics, not to mention Israel and the Jewish community, needs to get this book.

A really well crafted, endearing look into the life of a former Catholic Bloc MP from Quebec City who discovered Israel. In so doing, he discovers his own spiritual path - which takes him all the way from conversion to Judaism to leading activist in the Canadian Jewish community. An unlikely and fascinating journey.

Contains great facts and anecdotes on Canada's historic Jewish community and the Canada-Israel relationship. In particular, his sections on why and how Israel is held to a unique set of standards than other countries is a clear and nuanced examination of a complex issue.

Marceau bucks all stereotypes and refuses to be slotted into simplistic categories. This is never more evident than when he identifies himself as a "pro-Palestinian Zionist" - someone who believes that the Jewish people have a right to exist in the state of Israel, alongside a peaceful and independent Palestinian state.

A phenomenal story and great read. Quite accessible, regardless of one's level of background knowledge. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Deirdre on Jan. 4 2012
Format: Paperback
A Quebec Jew was a well-written and easy to read book detailing Monsieur Marceau's journey; growing up in Quebec and becoming a Member of Parliament at a young age, meeting his wife and his religious enlightenment as he becomes a Jew. It also highlights the surprising parallels between Quebec and Israel. His viewpoints as a "Pro Palestinian Zionist" are well explained and referenced. I would highly recommend this book!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By JR on Jan. 11 2012
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M. Marceau opens the door to understanding Jewish identity in Quebec in a totally innovative way. His analysis and insights are thought provoking, approachable and engaging. Two peoples, seemingly worlds apart, are joined together in a fascinating journey with innovative conclusions. I highly recommend this book not only to those interested in Jewish, Quebecois, or Canadian national identities, but even more so for anyone looking for measured, balanced insight into the conflict that has embroiled the State of Israel since its inception.
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