The only reason that I read this book was because someone very close to me asked me to. It was terrible. I was outraged at the reviews and acclaim it has recieved, so much so that I decided to write my first review. Let me substantiate my claim:
1. It is historically inaccurate. It is not historical fiction, it is fiction. Check up on the information, rather than absorbing it unthinkingly!
2. The shallowness of the characters made me cringe. As I read the other reviews on this site, I could not believe that the shallow characters and relationships in the book actually satisfied people's literary tastes and excited their emotions. The 100+ positive reviews of this book mortified me.
3. The level of manipulation on the emotional and historical level that the author attempts is flat out insulting to the reader. Again, I was outraged.
4. (NB: I am neither a Jew nor an Arab) It sickens me to see the gross racial prejudice of the author. This is a hand guide to obvious intellectual/emotional underpinnings of 'reverse-Nazism', in Exodus, all non-Jews are gutless traitors lacking in all attributes desirable to a human being, while the heroic, courageous, morally upright, (superior race!) Jews lead an epic battle for the land that is rightfully theirs: just like the Germans did in 1939 against the 'evil' and 'inferior' Polish who were occupying 'their' land.
5. This is a direct quote from the book: "Jew hating is an incurable disease". Well, I guess I am very sick along with millions of others, somehow repressing my pathological need to hate Jews, and its only a matter of time until my 'incurable' subconscious hatred manifests itself. Or maybe we are dealing in pathetic and gross generalizations and being emotionally manipulative, with an obvious disregard for reality.
You don't have to like my review or agree with me, but I challenge you to really read the book, not just swallow it. It won't taste nice, and its a bore.