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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Tantor; Library - Unabridged CD edition (March 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452635978
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452635972
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 6.5 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,693,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A sobering and accomplished read meant to prick the conscience; highly recommended." ---Library Journal

About the Author

Stephen Dau worked for ten years in postwar reconstruction and international development prior to studying creative writing.

Simon Vance has recorded over four hundred audiobooks and has earned over twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for his narration of Scaramouche by Rafael Sabatini. He is also the recipient of five coveted Audie Awards, including one for The King's Speech by Mark Logue and Peter Conradi, and he was named an AudioFile Best Voice of 2009.

More About the Author

Stephen Dau is from Western Pennsylvania and lives in Brussels. He worked for ten years in post-war reconstruction and international development prior to studying creative writing, at Johns Hopkins University and Bennington, where he received an MFA. His work has appeared in McSweeney's, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, on MSNBC, and elsewhere. The Book of Jonas is his first novel. Visit him at www.stephendau.com

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It was an interesting way to read a story and I didn't expect the ending at all.
Louise Jolly
The book is rich with symbolism, richly descriptive, and the characters skillfully drawn.
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Needless to say, this was a hard one to put down even when I read the last page.
Shannon Pease

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Pease on March 19, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Fifteen year old Jonas is sent to America after his village is attacked and his family killed in the Middle East. Adjusting to his new life is challenging to say the least and he is required to see a therapist when it is apparent that things aren't going well. In an attempt to heal he meets the mother of the U.S. Soldier that saved his life and he starts to open up about what really happened when his village was attacked. Secrets that Jonas has struggled with and protected for years suffocate the details that he will share.
This is one of those stories that will stay with me forever. As a military wife I read this with open eyes about war and what it does to people, so I was surprised by the accuracy because usually people overdo it and get it wrong. Jonas' character was so rich and clear that I felt like I knew him and I could easily sympathize with him. The emotion of the story was so realistic that I felt this story just as much as I read it, which doesn't happen as much as I would like. Needless to say, this was a hard one to put down even when I read the last page. I will not be able to recommend this one enough.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Red Rock Bookworm TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
A less sophisticated author might have told a one-note story in which an immigrant's war experiences, relocation to another country and his encounters with discrimination and ignorance cause anger and alienation. While Stephen Dau's novel, THE BOOK OF JONAS, contains a few such moments, is distinguished by its portrayal of the inner struggles of two characters, one American and a second (who's country of origin is never spelled out but is presumed to be Iraq) and the resolution of these inner conflicts. Both characters, Yoonis (Jonas) and Christopher experience on-going and unrelenting feelings of guilt about the acts they have committed and each, in his way, seeks some level of forgiveness.

The book progresses as if it were a funeral mass with sections bearing headings such as "Processional" "Remembrance", "Communion", "Confession", "Atonement", "Benediction" and "Recessional". The narrative presents a piercing and astute indictment of war and the mutual distrust and suspicion between different cultures that result in irrevocable and often deadly decisions.

My one criticism is the flow of the chapters with the jumps back and forth in time as Jonas "recalls" things from his past. I initially found this disconcerting, but finally grew used to it as I became more invested in the story. 3 1/2 stars
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mary E. Young on March 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I'm not quite sure how to describe this book. It is about a young boy who survived a military raid on his hometown. The boy was helped by a soldier named Christopher, and then sent to America, where he lived with a foster family. The book shows his point of view through sessions with his therapist and scenes showing his life in America. The book also has diary entries of Christopher, as he participates in the military raid on Jonas' hometown. Towards the end of the book it also shows Rose, Christopher's mother, who has dedicated her life to helping military families and finding out why her son never returned home.

I couldn't put this book down. I found it fascinating and extremely enjoyable to read about. The ending shocked me, yet looking back it shouldn't have. Overall, I highly recommend this book.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brenda B. Remmes on April 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I consider The Book of Jonas no less than a stunning, masterful piece of work. It's hard to believe that it's a debut novel. Stephen Dau is able to weave together a compassionate picture of the many victims of war and how their lives intersect regardless of geological location, nationality, religion, gender or age. I do not profess to be a reader of "war stories," and generally stay clear of violence in my reading. This book deserves far better than to be pigeon holed into any simplistic category. It is far too sensitive. It stretches the reader to think outside the box. The beauty and symbolism throughout took my breath away. For the first time in many years, I have bought multiple copies of a book to give friends.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Judy A. Bernstein on March 26, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I read this book in one day, could not put it down. Powerful and uncanny in its insight into the suffering that war sends rippling through its victims and those who are too often referred to as "collateral damage." Poignant and beautifully written.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Darla S. Shannon on May 14, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This book ultimately shows how war affects a person throughout his lifetime. I found it a little hard to follow as it jumped around from place and time with each chapter. I read it twice because I totally forgot the story line and characters a few months after reading it. If a book does not make me remember the characters and think about them months later, then, I just consider it OK. It was an entertaining read but one that is soon forgotten.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By My2Cents TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 27, 2012
Format: Audible Audio Edition
The Book of Jonas, is an often painful story, about the trauma left behind in the aftermath of war. The war, presumed to the Iraq war, is subject of this debut novel.

Younis, is a teenage Muslim boy who survives, when his village is destroyed, and his family killed in a military operation that did not go as planned. An orphan, he is sent to the US (Pittsburgh) to live with an American family, and his name is changed to Jonas. He's very very smart, but finding it hard to adjust to his new life. Sick of being picked on in school, Jonas eventually retaliates. To help him with his anger issues, he is sent to a therapist, and ever so slowly, bit by bit, pieces of his painful past begin to emerge.

Jonas uses alcohol as a way of helping him deal with the nightmares from his past and the horrors of the war. However, he is not the only one affected by the war. Chris Henderson is an American soldier serving in the Army in Iraq at the same time whose life intersects with Jonas. He is a soldier who feels deep remorse for what he has been a party to. He ultimately is the one who saved Jonas' life, but then he goes missing. Through the soldier's diary entries the reader learns what Chris has experienced and that he is no doubt suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The ending is one that I did not anticipate.

Although it is at times a gut-wrenching read, the story gives the reader a good look at the tragic consequences of both sides of war. I was happy I listened to this book, Simon Vance did a great job as narrator, even though it was a little tough to follow at times because the story went back and forth in time. Despite this it's and audio book that is recommended.
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