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A Rift in Time: Travels of My Ottoman Uncle Paperback – January 1, 2010


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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Profile Books (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846683300
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846683305
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,241,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Hatim Kanaaneh on November 27, 2010
Format: Paperback
A COMPLAINT WORTH REPEATING
I beg forgiveness for stating my first reaction to Raja Shehadeh's secondd book
of hiking memoirs, this one with the emphasis provided by the desire to retrace
the steps of a respected forbearer: We have been through this before. I had
attended the author's reading in East Jerusalem and had my autographed copy for
keepsake. Especially as a fellow involved Palestinian who reads on daily basis
many a pained statement of our loss at the hands of the Zionist colonialist
project, I was tempted to put the book aside. Except that the tale of Raja's
legendary Ottoman uncle was compelling enough for me to keep on reading. Its
setting in Galilee and the adjacent environs of the upper Rift Valley kept me
going. After all, my own facination with Galilee and committment to its native
residents had launched me as an author with my "A Doctor in Galilee: The Life
and Struggle of a Palestinian in Israel" thus, not unlike Raja, switching careers from a physician to a writer.

As I followed Raja and his wife Penny on their meanderings in and out of
Galilee, his frequent asides about our loss as Palestinians and about the
Zionists' well-planned and mercilessly executed dislodging of our people by
diliberate force and geographic fragmentation, the elimination of their cultural
and archeological heritage, and the spacial confinement and physical control of
those who remained gained in freshness and legitimacy with repetition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Clive J. Payne on February 26, 2011
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A book proving the stupidity of 'men in power' who made decisions that were totally unjust. Until these decisions are reversed we will never alas see a lasting peace in the lands that were stolen from the Palestine People.
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I am still seeking the book that will elucidate the links between the collapse/destruction of the Ottoman empire and today's divisiions and conflicts in the Middle East. This book is perhaps a piece of the picture I am looking for. The structure goes back and forth in time from the author's uncle's travails under Ottoman rule at the turn of the 20th century and different points of the author's life as a human rights defender for Palestinians in the territories occupied by Israel. There is also so much devotion to the physical landscape and the history of destroyed Palestinian communities that it is baffling without enough maps and visual images. Although it is beautifully written, it might have been better as a film!
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