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4.0 out of 5 stars Skewed but Readable., August 12, 2005
This review is from: Exodus (Mass Market Paperback)
First of all let me state that this novel is ideologically biased.

That is no surprise; Leon Uris (1924 - 2003) was a Jewish writer with Pole and Russian parents that had suffered harsh circumstances in their lives.

He was in love with Israel and the meaning of having a Country that may be claimed as his/her own by any member of the community anywhere all over the world.

Nevertheless it is a very interesting book to read.

Why?

Well here are some clues:

Starting from post-WWII scenery (1946) placed in Cyprus refugee-detainee camp, Uris trace and describes many historically events:

Show the birth of Zionism, started by the shock produced by Dreyfuss' Trial in a sensible visionary journalist.

Give vivid reconstruction and picture of Jews' life conditions in Russia before WWI and the same for Jews everyday life in Poland before and pending WWII.

Describe different emigrations phases of Jews into Palestine.

Portray the struggle of Jewish colonists against great odds.

Depict the stark reality of displaced Jews in the aftermath of WWII.

The story follows many family threads converging into Palestine-Israel from 1880 till 1950.

All this matters renders the novel a good read for anyone interested in Middle East affairs.

A very sensible issue of great relevance these days is shown in this novel. It is how a community reacts in front of their own extremist members (the Macabee in the book) and the complex decisions they should take. Furthermore taking into account that many of them are close relatives, and then strong contradictory feelings erupt.

Main characters as Ari Ben Caanan, Barak his father, Dov Landau, Dr. Libermann and Akiva amongst other have unmistakable real historically persons as models.

Uris' prose is not so great. His style is more related to a journalistic chronicle. He is better describing facts and situations than giving deepness and complexity to his characters.

Reviewed by Max Yofre.
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