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 ›
This outdated work appeals primarily to Jews of East European personal or family origin where nationalism (as anyone who follows Yugoslavia and Chechnya or WWII central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 ›
I read this book in one day because it was riveting. The writing is simple, but strong. The characters are somewhat simple, but they are not necessarily there to become an expose of the human psyche, but to tell the story of an era. They give it the human side in which all of history needs to be seen. They are individuals to show differing views, but they are also whole races to give a sociological kaleidoscope.
There is terrorism and wrongdoing on all fronts, but the setting given by Uris helps to explicate some of the causes that bring men to such ends. On the other hand, there is also a study in grace, when it goes on and when it reaches its human limit. All in all, it was a wonderful supplement to the spirit of a time when a people were truly lost in the world that destroyed them and protected them. I know that I need to expand my own knowledge of this issue, but it gives a great, yet sobering, historical backdrop to present-day activities.
If you enjoy the objectivism of Ayn Rand, you will probably enjoy this as well.
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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 9 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 14 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 15 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 21 months ago by Phil Bonk