The Haj by Leon Uris

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A dreary, ugly lecture/ novel--sure to attract an audience, but likely to embarrass all but the most unthinking Jewish readers.
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A proud Arab family in Palestine struggles to hold on to its identity during the birth of the State of Israel  In the early 1920s, young Ibrahim al Soukori has achieved his dreams of heading his small Palestinian town, becoming a proud father, and making the pilgrimage to Mecca. But his family’s journey has just begun, and soon global war and Israel’s formation force them on a path to possible dissolution. Ibrahim’s sons and daughters squabble and find peace with the nearby kibbutz, suffer betrayals, and hold together even when displaced to distant refugee camps. Written by an author best known for his sympathetic portrayal of Israel’s difficult birth, The Haj speaks to the history of a troubled region from the perspective of a remarkable Arab dynasty.   This ebook features an illustrated biography of Leon Uris including rare photos from the author’s estate.
 

About Leon Uris

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Writer Leon Uris was born in Baltimore on August 3, 1924. He dropped out of school to join the Marines during World War II, but later returned to attend Baltimore City College. His first novel, Battle Cry (1953), was based on his time as a marine. He followed it with a series of New York Times bestsellers, including The Angry Hills, Exodus, Topaz, and Trinity. QB VII was adapted into a TV mini-series starring Ben Gazzara and Anthony Hopkins. Uris has also written non-fiction (including Ireland: A Terrible Beauty and Jerusalem: Song of Songs) and screenplays (Battle Cry and Gunfight at the O. K. Corral). He has won the John F. Kennedy Memorial Award from the Irish-American Society and the Scopus Award from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
 
Published September 27, 2011 by Open Road Media. 542 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction
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A dreary, ugly lecture/ novel--sure to attract an audience, but likely to embarrass all but the most unthinking Jewish readers.

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on Jun 04 1984

Politics aside, it's no fun to read a book that makes you root for the main character's enemies.

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