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The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East (original 2006; edição 2007)

por Sandy Tolan

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History. Politics. Nonfiction. HTML:A NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST

"Extraordinary ... A sweeping history of the Palestinian-Israeli conundrum ... Highly readable and evocative." ?? The Washington Post

The tale of a simple act of faith between two young people, one Israeli and one Palestinian, that symbolizes the hope for peace in the Middle East ?? with an updated afterword by the author.
In 1967, Bashir Khairi, a twenty-five-year-old Palestinian, journeyed to Israel with the goal of seeing the beloved stone house with the lemon tree behind it that he and his family had fled nineteen years earlier. To his surprise, when he found the house he was greeted by Dalia Eshkenazi Landau, a nineteen-year-old Israeli college student, whose family left fled Europe for Israel following the Holocaust. On the stoop of their shared home, Dalia and Bashir began a rare friendship, forged in the aftermath of war and tested over the next half century in ways that neither could imagine on that summer day in 1967. Sandy Tolan brings the Israeli-Palestinian conflict down to its most human level, demonstrating that even amid the bleakest political realities there exist stories of hope and transform
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Título:The Lemon Tree: An Arab, a Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East
Autores:Sandy Tolan
Informação:Bloomsbury USA (2007), Paperback, 384 pages
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As much a biography of nations as two families, while still as focused on character and individuals as on history, this is a careful and fascinating work. Built from massive amounts of research and interviews, the work still manages to read like a story and quickly becomes impossible to put down even as it progresses with ever more nuance.

I'm glad to have finally gotten around to reading it, and feel like I've got a far better handle on the intricacies surrounding this part of the Middle East.

Recommended. ( )
  whitewavedarling | Aug 28, 2023 |
Throughout the book much is made of the "dialog" and "friendship" of the protagonists, Dalia and Bashir. This was completely lost on me. It is Dalia who consistently opens her heart and actively seeks an understanding. She looks beyond herself to the situation of the Arabs that once inhabited the land. She tries to envision a solution. Bashir does none of these things. He does not once open his heart nor seek understanding, he simply goes through the motions of basic Arab hospitality. He does not look beyond himself, not once, to see the plight of the Jewish people. He never tries to envision a solution, instead fixating on one single scenario and blinding himself to anything beyond.

The author tried really hard to be fair, and in that I think he does a good job. ( )
  blueskygreentrees | Jul 30, 2023 |
Well-written non-fiction that sheds light on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the Middle East. It highlights two families connected by one home in the current Israeli town of Ramla. The Khairis, a Palestinian family, built the house in 1936, and planted a lemon tree in the yard. They were exiled in the wake of the violence during the 1948 war. The eldest son, Bashir, vowed to return one day, to reclaim their home. The Eshkenazis, a family of Bulgarian Jews, arrived in newly established Israel, and moved into the home with the lemon tree. Their only child, Dalia, was only a year old at the time.

The book opens with the meeting of Dalia and Bashir after the Six-Day War. Bashir returns briefly to al-Ramla, seeking to see his old home. He meets Dalia, and she invites him in. Tolan has written a history of the Middle East based around the unlikely friendship between Bashir and Dalia. He interweaves their personal stories with documentation found in his research. He includes direct quotes from interviews, primary sources, and declassified materials. This alternation between micro and macro is effective in conveying the multiple Arab and Israeli perspectives, such that the reader can put himself or herself in their shoes.

The book spans the historical panorama, including such topics as the political conferences, the leaders of various movements, important locations, the involvements of Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Egypt, and differing governmental policies that changed over time. I read the version that includes an epilogue, which provides an update as of 2020. Tolan’s book helps facilitate understanding of the complex issues in the Middle East and will appeal to those who want to learn more about the history of the region and the outlook for an eventual peaceful resolution.
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  Castlelass | Oct 30, 2022 |
A nonfiction account of the Israeli and Palestinian conflict in the Middle East. A Palestinian refugee returns to his home, now occupied by an Israeli woman. They find common ground despite their differences. The material was dry in spite of what should be a heart-wrenching situation. I wanted more heart and fewerhard facts.

"Each side has an ingenuity for justifying its own position." ( )
  bookworm12 | Sep 28, 2022 |
Meticulously researched story. It presents two parallel stories of an Israeli early settler and a Palestinian refugee, and the connection they share over 40 years. I was enthralled by the historical aspect and the arguments on each side. Both were presented fairly.

The book has encouraged me to read even more about the conflict in the middle east. I will be trying out some of the books mentioned in the extensive bibliography for this work.

My only gripe with the book is that the emotional aspect between the two protagonist was a bit forced. The loose connection they shared was over-emphasized I felt. Still, the fact that two people on either side of this divide managed to even think of the other's perspective is a start. The problem we have is that most inside this conflict never stop to consider what it was like for the other. ( )
  moukayedr | Sep 5, 2021 |
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History. Politics. Nonfiction. HTML:A NATIONAL BOOK CRITICS CIRCLE AWARD FINALIST

"Extraordinary ... A sweeping history of the Palestinian-Israeli conundrum ... Highly readable and evocative." ?? The Washington Post

The tale of a simple act of faith between two young people, one Israeli and one Palestinian, that symbolizes the hope for peace in the Middle East ?? with an updated afterword by the author.
In 1967, Bashir Khairi, a twenty-five-year-old Palestinian, journeyed to Israel with the goal of seeing the beloved stone house with the lemon tree behind it that he and his family had fled nineteen years earlier. To his surprise, when he found the house he was greeted by Dalia Eshkenazi Landau, a nineteen-year-old Israeli college student, whose family left fled Europe for Israel following the Holocaust. On the stoop of their shared home, Dalia and Bashir began a rare friendship, forged in the aftermath of war and tested over the next half century in ways that neither could imagine on that summer day in 1967. Sandy Tolan brings the Israeli-Palestinian conflict down to its most human level, demonstrating that even amid the bleakest political realities there exist stories of hope and transform

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