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An Engrossing Book,
This review is from: Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide (Hardcover)
"Prisoners" is an engrossing book on many levels. It is a personal story about the author's evolution from an idealistic adolescent into a realistic, principled man, while simultaneously serving as a lucid chronicle of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Historical references abound, written clearly so that the reader does not need extensive background in order to understand complex issues. The writing is wonderful, with vivid scenes, memorable characters, and quite a bit of humor. The book begins in 2001, and after a suspenseful end to Chapter I, flashes back to the first Gulf war when the author, serving in the Israeli army, guarded Palestinians in an Israeli prison camp. The narrative moves seamlessly through time and across continents, detailing the tenuous friendship between the author and one of his former prisoners. I had to keep reading, and found the ending hopeful and very moving.
All in all, it is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It is Mr. Goldberg's first book, and I hope he writes many more.
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Initial post: Jun 2, 2014 11:44:15 AM PDT
Curious that an American Jew is serving as a prison guard in a foreign country. Did Goldberg do American military service? I doubt it. Dual loyalties, huh?
In reply to an earlier post on Aug 31, 2014 8:57:38 PM PDT
what a rather sarcastic, meaningless comment
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