Exodus (French) Paperback – Dec 23 2002
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"Passionate summary of the inhuman treatment of the Jewish people in Europe, of the exodus in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to Palestine, and of the triumphant founding of the new Israel." -- The New York Times --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.
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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.
"Passionate summary of the inhuman treatment of the Jewish people in Europe, of the exodus in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to Palestine, and of the triumphant founding of the new Israel." -- The New York Times --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Uris is not the historian that Herman Wouk is. He has a strange tendency in his historical novels to change the names of people and incidents. For example, in real life, the ship known as "Exodus" was forced to cyprus. It is this that roused the world's ire. In the novel, of course, the ship is permitted to dock in Palestine. This confuses two different ships and two different incidents. Why does he use the name "Macabees" instead of the Irgun? Who knows?Read more ›
evokes tears. It does so especially to those informed on
both sides of the current MIddle East conflict who can only
weep in despair that this clever and entertaining work of
fictional history ("historical fiction" gives it too much credit) has been, and evidently continues to be, (especially as
a result of the movie it inspired) a main source of popular American perception about the
founding of Israel and the root causes of the Arab-Israel
conflicts. Anti-Arab ethnic stereotype is present but muted (unlike his later writings) as the author
concentrates on romanticizing the efforts of Jewish survivors of World War II in seeking
resettlement in an Arab country without the consent of the
inhabitants. The violence and terror inflicted upon the Arabs
is ignored or justified as are the malignancies of the ideology of
the protagonists. The book deserves three points: one for its storytelling expertise, one for its
place as a politically influential work, and one for its value as a specimen
of effective literary propaganda and fictionalization of history
This outdated work appeals primarily to Jews of East European personal or family origin where nationalism (as anyone who follows Yugoslavia and Chechnya or WWII central europe knows) is crude simplistic, violence-venerating, and myth-loving.
Sad to see Jewish values submerged in a hack-novel tale designed to jsutify a claim to a piece of dirt in the Middle East by presenting it as a heroic resurrection of a people against others who lived there who are stereotpyed viciously.
"Exodus" isn't the kind of book you read for literary merit. The third word in the book is "plip-plopped", which isn't a word at all. If you're deconstructing page 1, you'll get annoyed the random shifts in the narrative voice. The book begins with a couple of plodding middle-American characters with silly names like "Kitty", and "Mark Parker".
However, Uris knows what he's doing. He's constructing an argument in favor of the state of Israel, laid out against 70 years' worth rampant European anti-Semitism. It's no coincidence that the first segment recounts the Holocaust (first, in the eyes of a girl who escaped to relative peace in Jew-friendly Denmark, and then in the eyes of an Auschwitz survivor), and then the second shows the seeds of modern Israel through a pair of mythic-quality Russian shtetl refugees who enter Palestine in the 1880s and begin transforming the soil. The balance of the book shows Palestine's struggles under the suffocating British mandate, and nascent Israel's miraculous victory over the various Arab states seeking to "push Israel into the sea". Played out over the epic history is a storyline involving the Ben Canaan family, Kitty the American nurse, her surrogate Israeli daughter Karen, and Karen's sullen, rebellious, Sal Mineo-type boyfriend Dov. The body count rises and the deaths become more personal, more tragic, as the story builds its way slowly to several shattering conclusions.Read more ›
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Exodus One of my favorite books of all times. A great story combined with a great message which make a great read time and time again. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Puzzled Pieces
For anyone who has ever wanted to truly understand the dynamics and inspiration of the birth of the nation of Israel.Published 8 months ago by Steve
i did not anticipate how small the type would be.
if i knew this in advance i would have ordered the hardcover. Read more
I have not read it but will do soon, but it is a book that I always wanted and I will certainly enjoy it.Published 9 months ago by Santm
I am reading today's and tomorrow's news as I read these pages. A heart and mind-wrenching book that covers the Jewish historic persecution and struggle for survival - which seems... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Phil Bonk
I had seen the movie I don't know how many times over the years. The book was so much better. The major characters were far more developed and so real. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Richard G. Levy
Very detailed writing which I enjoy. Also very good reading as the conflict between the Palestinians and Israel continues to this day.Published 18 months ago by marilyn richards
In very good condition. Like new. Didn't have the original cover, but that has nothing to do with the contents which are in excellent shape. It was a gift for someone, thank you.Published 19 months ago by J. C. Lampson