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Sharon and My Mother-in-Law: Ramallah Diaries Paperback – September 19, 2006
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The book very casually shows that Palestinians will never go away. They are here to stay no matter how many walls, checkpoints, raids, and dehumanizing Palestinians suffer under the Israeli military occupation and the world's deaf ear and blind eyes.
So grow up Sharon, get a life, and make real peace.
The title of the book is very much a reflection of the light hearted style of the book but also of the very menacing undertones. In the United States Sharon largely has(d) the reputation of being a tough minded and determined leader and with the Gaza withdrawal in 2005 as a peacemaker; whereas in most of the world outside of the US Sharon is seen as a ruthless cruel man responsible for the death and destruction of many who was sanctioned by his own country and was even wanted for trial on war crime charges in Europe. For the Palestinians I imagine Sharon had simply been a brutal merciless monster; the title Sharon & My Mother in Law with that background is therefore very ironic! A daughter - mother in law relationship in a middle eastern environment is never straight forward ..the very words mother in law carry a whole world of conations. The very title of the book comes across funny to any Middle Eastern; equating or even putting Sharon & mother in law in the same sentence carries with the wit and the determination that comes across in Amiry's words.
Many reviewers of this book talked about the book illustrating the humanity of the Palestinians, I doubt if that has been on Amiry's mind; for those who doubt the humanity of the Palestinians better read John Grisham or watch Pirates of the Caribbean; this book celebrates the humanity of the Palestinians and the triumph of their spirit.
Suad Amiry has a remarkable ability to say in one sentence what other writers take three pages over. A single sentence can be so thought-provoking, you consider all the many implications that follow from just one statement.
Despite the misery of her situation, Suad's defiance of her occupiers is hilarious - what a courageous and spunky woman! Her frankness and honesty of her own feelings, including her failings, are also very impressive.
Well done to Suad Amiry, I eagerly look forward to her next book - I hope she will write one!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Probably in there some where was a good story....but it wasn't being relayed to me as a reader. i didn't finish the book.....and I always finish a book.Published 15 days ago by Carole Childs
Boy, I really tried with this one, but couldn't get into it. Amiry should keep her day job.Published 19 days ago by Maryellen Rockwell
If women could rule the world, those two would have brought peace to the Middle East.Published 26 days ago by irene gordon
Wonderful book showing the crazy world which Israelis have forced on the Occupied Territories, told with humour and humanity.Published 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent, even humorous, account of very painful experience living as Palestinian intellectual in occupied Ramallah.
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Even though each of the events in this book occurred while I have been alive, I have learned so much from this great memoir. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cheryl Bingham
A view of the Israeli- Palestinian conflict by a Palestinian woman who lives in the West Bank. I think it is authobiographical, it's a jumpy narrative from a viewpoint we don't... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Cathy from Seattle.
First let me say I was very sympathetic towards the Palestinians when I began this book. After endless pages of Israelis stealing Palestinians' land, murdering innocent civilians,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by susan
This is a good book that explains the Palestinian point of view during the times of Ariel Sharon running the Israeli government. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Barbara Anne Atkins