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The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian's Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker Paperback – Bargain Price, February 1, 2011
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The Hour of Sunlight: One Palestinian's Journey from Prisoner to Peacemaker
Walking through Sami's life with him as he himself remembers it provides a vivid, believable, lucid, and painfully honest window into one man's experience in a world turned upside down. It's not ultimately about politics, although politics plays a role here; it's more about hometown and families and childhood and adolescence; about friendship and the passage into adulthood and the search for one's true vocation in life. That there is also war, hunger, trauma, imprisonment, displacement, loss and exile in this tale takes nothing away from the universal appeal of one man's own very personal story. Some aspects, including Sami al Jundi's youthful experience as a kind of accidental would-be bomber, are both terribly sad and also poignantly humorous in deconstructing our notions of "terrorism" in a land under military occupation. Nothing here will be foreign to any reader with an open heart.
The prison education system set up and run by Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, the school that made a Ghandian peace activist of Sami al Jundi, is an inspirational story of transcending limitations and transmuting incarceration into a kind of victory.
Both co-authors worked with Seeds of Peace; Sami al Jundi was instrumental in its founding and development, and Jen Marlowe joined the staff later on.Read more ›
The book is enormously enlightening, as well as a terrific read. With humility and humor, Sami Al-Jundi and Jen Marlowe describe not only the events leading to Al-Jundi's imprisonment in an Israeli jail and the transformative years in and beyond it, but also his teenage romantic yearnings, the bonds between his incredible family, and the joys and turmoil of daily life in Palestinian villages. So poignant and well-rendered are Al-Jundi's struggles with his Arab-Israeli identity, the reader cannot help but develop true empathy for the complexity of the issues that surround Israel and Palestine.
I would like to see this book included in every Middle Eastern studies program at every university in this nation. I'd like to see this book in discussion groups at JCCs across the country. It is such an important book to help Americans understand what is going on in Israel, written beautifully, courageously, and with incredible heart.
This story also goes back in time to the story of Sami's mother, who was a child during the Israeli takeover of the land where the Palestinans had lived for generations.
The universal lessons in this book transcend the politics of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Nonetheless The Hour of Sunlight serve as an excellent and humanizing examination of life as a Palestinian refugee. Through Sami's eyes we see injustice and torture that are truly Kafkaesque, yet emerge with a smile and warmth that come from the best part of the human soul.
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This is a meaningful, thoughtful and well-written account of Mr. al Jundi's personal struggles and transformation. It is the best book I have read on the subject.Published 8 hours ago by Mr. Richard Double
Great to get the Palestinian side of the Israeli / Palestinian battlesPublished 6 months ago by NONAME
An excellent review of life in Occupied Palestine written with out rancour and giving a framework for hope and peacePublished on August 1, 2013 by ivis nasir
I would highly recommend this book for an individual, humanistic perspective of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and one man's hopes for and contributions to peace, coexistence and... Read morePublished on July 10, 2013 by F. Abdelhady
It follows a man's life from early childhood through adulthood. And we are talking about a man who did some serious maturing. Read morePublished on February 15, 2013 by Teresa Conant
The Hour of Sunlight was an interesting and well written story. It did not change my opinion about the hopelessness of the two state solution.Published on January 5, 2013 by Cynthia Bauman
This book really taught me and now I understood what was the problem between Palestinian and Israeli people. I met an author in person and she gave a wonderful keynote. Read morePublished on December 10, 2012 by ROBIN CHING
The book is painful, but a must read for anyone who wants to have an honest understanding of what is going on in the Middle East.Published on December 7, 2012 by Grad. student