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- Publication Date: April 3, 2017
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- Language: English
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In Her Own Way: Love and life between wars Kindle Edition
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For a first time novelist Ilana certainly knows how to plunge the reader immediately into the story she has created with a Prologue both eloquent and immediately riveting – ‘October 1973. A siren wailed, shattering the silence of Yom Kippur. Michal and her husband, Guy, stared at each other in astonishment. Guy, a reserve company commander in the armoured corps, recovered first and hurried to call his unit. He exchanged a few words with the person on the other end of the line, and told Michal, “War has broken out. Turn the radio on.” He quickly packed his bag while Michal, agitatedly, did as he said. Code words, calling up the reserves, began to fly around the room. A few minutes later Michal also pulled herself together and called Sheba hospital, at Tel HaShomer, where she was a nurse in intensive care. In times of emergency she was meant to go to the emergency room. “We are starting to prepare for a first wave of injured,” they told her. “Get here as soon as you can.” She was still holding the phone in her hand when Guy left their bedroom, dressed in his uniform with his packed bag on his shoulder. “ My dear Michal, you think you can hold on for six days,” he asked with his disarm smile. Like most of Israel’s citizens at that time, he believed in the legendary superiority of the IDF and was sure that this war, like the previous one, would also end in a quick and decisive victory. Michal cuddled up to him, trying to hold back her tears. Her husband’s optimistic sense of humor did not give any encouragement this time. “Stop it, Guy,” she whispered, “We always know when a war starts, but not when, or how, it will end.” He stroked her hair gently and whispered, “Come on, let’s go. We will go past my parents.”
Ilana has written a love story ruptured by the Yom Kippur War, and offers one nurse’s experiences through the conditions in Israel, sharing he lasting effects on her family both prior to the war and in the throes of the war. Her synopsis outlines the story well – ‘ The happy life of Michal, a young and lively nurse from Kibbutz Degania, is suddenly turned upside down when she is widowed in the Yom Kippur War.
The story of her painful adolescence, from the Six Day War up until the Lebanon War, is an allegory of the maturing of the country. Through the stories that she weaves of three generations - her parents' generation, her own generation and that of her children - the author describes, with great sensitivity, the adrenaline-filled life in Israel in that epoch. Through deep and sharp observation of complex family relationships, the loves, desires, moral dilemmas and deep friendships of her characters, she exposes a nation, most of whose inhabitants appear to suffer from post-traumatic syndrome. Nevertheless, they do not lose their optimism, and are all the while searching for the path through which they can achieve peace with themselves and perhaps even with their environment.’
This fine novel is a solid history lesson that should be required reading for high school and college students – and hopefully for all of us who need to understand the tribulations of the past and present Israeli situation. It is fearlessly told and the reader cannot help but be genuinely touched with compassion for a small country of such significance. And in addition to being a terrific historical foray, this book would make a very fine film! Grady Harp, April 17
Although the main protagonist of the book is a young woman named Michal, we can say that the main protagonist is actually her family and if you read the book more thoroughly, we will see that the main protagonist is actually the entire State of Israel. I loved how Rabau-Friedman wrote this novel – it is not too long and it is not too short. Just right would be ‘the right’ description, which is just the way it should be. And the novel is really engaging and it’s like the novel ‘forces’ you to read it from covers to covers. Great work.
I really love the novel and for several reasons. First reason is that the author immediately “jumps’’ into the matter. Immediately after we start reading the novel, we read about the events in Israel back in 1973. We can expect even from here that the novel will be honest and ‘real’, which is something that almost always leaves an impact on the reader.
War is terrible thing. I read somewhere that it takes approximately fifty years of the absence of war (or as we like to call it- peace) in order for one country or its populations recovers from it. War leaves strong and very real consequences for all who were involved in it- directly and indirectly. And this novel shows us how one family recovers from one war and find reason and meaning in their life. Very deep, very realistic and written in fantastic, simple, reader-friendly and yet comprehensive way – this book is truly magnificent work. I love it. 5/5 stars.