One More River Paperback – Apr 1 1996
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From School Library Journal
Grade 6-9-- Banks has completely rewritten her 1973 novel (S. & S.; o.p.), tightening the narrative, making the descriptive passages and dialogue more accessible for today's readers, and removing some racist expressions, as well as references to smoking marijuana. The basic plot remains the same: spoiled, rich Lesley, 14, moves with her parents from Canada to an Israeli kibbutz because her father feels that the family has lost any sense of what it means to be Jewish. They leave behind Lesley's brother Noah, a family outcast because he has not only married his Catholic girlfriend, with whom he has been sexually active, but also because he has converted to her religion. A large part of the novel--set during the days before, during, and after the 1967 Six-Day War--chronicles Lesley's gradual, difficult adjustment, and her growing friendship from afar with Mustapha, an Arab boy. The story is fleshed out with numerous details about kibbutz life, farming, and military maneuvers, which bring a sense of realism. The style is more polished, with the characters' actions, rather than the author's voice, revealing motivation. Some Hebrew and Yiddish words are transliterated more accurately, and Lesley now speaks to Mustapha in his language, thanks to her Arabic lessons, which lends a greater air of authenticity. The glossary is more comprehensive, but readers won't need to refer to it often. A map is a welcome new addition. Where the first edition is popular, purchase of this one is recommended; libraries needing additional historical fiction will want to consider it as well. Its theme of peace is as timely today as when it was first published. --Ellen Fader, Westport Public Library, CT
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"The author writes with a subtle blend of emotional honesty and eloquent restraint." The Guardian" --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
The book is set in 1968. Lesley is a typical teenager. She's always trendily dressed, always popular, always the envied one. Then her father announces that the entire family is going to emigrate to Israel. She cries, pleads, threatens, but soon enough they arrive on a border kibbutz. Lesley doesn't speak Hebrew, can't do much in the way of chores, and is at first treated like anathema by her peers. Meanwhile, the conflict between Israel and Jordan escalates. Across the River Jordan, surprisingly lacking in width or depth, she observes over time a young boy whose loneliness reminds her of herself. Despite knowing better, Lesley cannot imagine him an enemy. When war breaks out, the world of the kibbutz seems terribly fragile, but Lesley finds herself fighting as desperately as her neighbors to hold on.
The relationship between Lesley and Mustapha, however brief, is one of the most unforgettable I've ever read about. The final scene of the book still haunts me. I reread it at least once a year.
I have always loved this book, and it speaks both to young people and adults. However, in reading the revised version (written post-Indian in the Cupboard), I was disappointed by some of the changes. I think that the book was updated politically to reflect the realities of the 1990's: and I suppose rightly so (there's more understanding now of the Arabs) however: it would have been more authentic, and retained more of its fire, had it been reissued in its original form as written in the early 1970's, not long after the events portrayed in the book occurred.
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This story about a spoiled rich Jewish teenager in Canada being uprooted to emmigrate to Israel around the time of the 6-Day Arab Israeli war is written in a way that pulls you... Read morePublished on Sept. 28 1999
A great book!......what does that exactly mean? A favorite author, a lot of pages, or a really cool looking cover? Read morePublished on Jan. 30 1997
I liked this book because I could relate to it. I used to live in Israel and I think that this book is very accurate as to what a real kibbutz is like. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 1997
As I opened this book to begin, I was thinking: "Oh, just another class book." But as I closed it at the end, my thoughts were more like: Wow, what a good book! Read morePublished on Jan. 29 1997