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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Virtualbookworm Publishing (May 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1602645698
  • ISBN-13: 978-1602645691
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,192,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book has been hailed also as a quirky morsel of multiculturalism --Paedeia Reviews

A Two State Solution, The War on Terror, these are topics synonymous in the minds of many with Israel. Here we have an oddity. A book about Israel not dealing with the overly sensationalized. Interesting, surprising, and often times funny Ngwa paints Israel as a quirky country still on the verge of realizing its place in the world. African refugees, Ultra-Orthodox Jews, Hash smoking tourists and did i mention the women! A clash of cultures, each story sheds new light on this tumultuous region. --American Library Association

This is the first book to describe the contemporary world of Israel from an African-American standpoint. The reader is transported from the isolated alleyways of Tel Aviv, to the speckled corridors of Jerusalem. "Multiculturalism in it's finest". Ngwa's writing style is absorbing and honest as he deals with topics spanning cultural & ethnic divides. Stories of Illegal immigrants and the African Diaspora intermingle with light tales of sordid partying.The jaunted narrative never leads but instead invites the reader to draw their own conclusions. This is one mans journey through Israel from auspicious traveler to staunch enthusiast. Israel has never quite been described in this manner. --Earth Walker Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Kenneth Ngwa is an active participant in the literary community, contributing several articles to traveler s journal and trade magazines. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I highly recommend this book for individuals and for book group discussions.
Amanda Futre
In this book of short stories, Ken Ngwa writes about Israel, and offers a glimpse at a world full of people with non conventional lives.
Silvina Akir
As the stories carried on i got a sense of the author, and could imagine sharing a drink as if i had known him forever.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By M. Oppenheim on June 9, 2010
Format: Paperback
Brothers Don't travel : Short Stories of Israel
Short poetic re-hashings of a travelers experience through the middle-east's most famous country. The stories are well-written and make for enjoyable reading, full of funny and irreverent anecdotes, this book offers a rare look into the world of Israel through the eyes of an auspicious traveler. Stand out chapters are "The Baha'i Garden", a richly descriptive piece about a late-night romp. The light-hearted "Two Dope Boys", and the bitter and unforgettable, "Three Africans".

CHAPTER LIST

Hey Arnold
The Neighbors Upstairs
Red Soup
The Baha'i Garden
The Philistine
Two Dope Boys
Leaving the Holy City
Yoni the Champion
Pomela
The Burning Bush
Frenchmen & Ponchos
Galit the Great
Journey to Jerusalem
The Girls from Uruguay
Ben Yehuda Crew
Capture the Flag
Bnei Brak
The Lima Lima Crew
Three Africans
Forty Winks for Amadou
Graffiti Night
Gravity
Adi's Basement
Night of the Moroccans
Shuk Ones
Novelettes
Fatim
My Jesualda
3 Kaplan Street
The Flying Dutchman
Taglit the Birthright
Let the Record Skip
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lital on August 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
Brothers Don't Travel is a great book. The author uses powerful vocabulary that is interesting and simple at the same time. This book is full of wonderful short stories that are intriguing, as if each story is but a moment from a personal journal. Frankly, the ideas for these stories are very unique, Israel?? Who would have thunk it !!! . Normally, I am not a fan of short stories, but in "Brothers Don't Travel", the stories are just the right length for a good plot, but at the same time not too long or drawn-out. The party stories are a good balance to the more serious escapades in the book. Ken Ngwa is a great writer, and I highly recommend this book. My three favorite chapters are:

"Frenchmen and Panchos": This might be the most fun of all the reads in the book, I've had my share of crappy jobs but working in a kitchen with drunk frenchmen makes for good reading. Anybody in college should love this one.

"Girls from Uruguay" I read it and immediately i could relate, I dated a guy from Spain (he sucked) i find being around his friends could be a bit overwhelming, the end of that story read like a typical guys night out but it's my fav.

"The Flying Dutchman" I've been to Tel-Aviv many times and have passed the Hatakhana Hamerkazit, I never really have wandered into the neighborhood much and after reading this story, I'm a bit curious,maybe on my next trip :)

"Brothers Don't Travel" Is funny, full of energy and lots and lots of Love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mila Alesi on September 19, 2009
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Tales of Israel is hilarious and completely entertaining with wonderful gems of insight into the country and its people. Lost in the west bank? Running amuck in Tel Aviv!! The stories are funny and a little less serious than they seemed at the time. With the chaos of the region it's interesting to check out such an account. At Only 196 pages this book could have been a bit longer !!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emi on June 24, 2011
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This book gives us a broad, well-informed picture of Israel. This collection of stories defines the essence of secular Israel as a place and culture. This was a completely great book. I loved it so much. It was a wonderful tale of a world i have yet to experience... Let's go to Israel... Yalla
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Laura Santarios on November 9, 2010
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In this collection of more than twenty short stories and poems-- the author Ken Ngwa reflects on a journey of growth within a foreign country. I loved it !!!
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By Jacqueline Cahill on June 24, 2010
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"A gem of a book ! A wonderful journey into the diversity of everyday life in Israel through the eyes and Heart of a young partygoer with a wise old Soul. It made me laugh, it made me cry, but most of all it made me curious! Curious about a Country whose politics have long fascinated me and yet whose Culture I know little of. And more Universally, the Innocence of his writings on immigration made me question the Truth of Human belonging and Justice on our Planet and how our values based on Birthright, culture, color and our preconceptions of it all obstruct it`s path.
IIt is a beautiful and thought provoking Book...........one which I highly recommend:-)
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Unlike many Middle-East books which usually revolve around the same theme {Conflict and War), the stories Ngwa selected for this anthology come from all over the spectrum.

Readers might get freaked out, laugh, and even tear up at some of these stories.
Enter the West Bank at 2:00 AM with a seducing guide, wander the Baha'i Garden at dawn or even dance in the streets with Hasidim.

It's pretty slick how a well-written short story can suck you in

If you're looking for a few short stories to read between novels, or something to read without committing to an entire book, or you just feel like something a little different, then try this !!!!
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At times provocatively irreverent, always honest, Ken Ngwa chronicles the ordinary absurdities of life as a traveler. The first chapter evoked my own memories of landing in Israel. As the stories carried on i got a sense of the author, and could imagine sharing a drink as if i had known him forever. In these stories we see: a traveler caught in a foreign land; immigrants who are forced to work for next to nothing; all levels of life i would not have imagined reside within Israel. This book belongs on everyone's "must read" list.
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