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"A riveting literary piece!
The Lonely Tree vividly recounts the experiences of Tonia Shulman, who is a small child when her family leaves Poland for British Mandate Palestine, and a teenager when they move (against Tonia's strenuous objections) to an isolated kibbutz. Life on the kibbutz is dangerous and demanding, but its difficulties pale in the face of the growing Nazi presence that is consuming Europe - and the extended families they left behind.
Tonia struggles with faith, politics, identity, personal ambition, and a blossoming - but seemingly impossible - romance, as she seeks a safe place to call home, in a terrifying world.
The Lonely Tree is the first fictionalized account of the true story of the siege and fall of the Etzion Bloc settlements, south of Jerusalem. Seen through Tonia's evolving political, spiritual, and social sensibility, this period is brought to life in a compelling read that requires no prior familiarity with the time and place.
Especially adept at portraying personal growth and changing perceptions, The Lonely Tree is a riveting work that deserves a place in any collection of contemporary historical fiction or Jewish/Israeli literature."
-- D. Donovan, Senior eBookReviewer, MBR
Gold Dust Magazine, London
"... Politis' style is restrained, economical, and mostly understated. She is a remarkably unobtrusive author. I believe that you will not find a single dull paragraph in this entire work. It is a gripping insight into the psyche of several different types of person, a vivid account of the forces that drive both human idealism and human destructiveness. Despite the grim nature of much of the subject matter, the book is inhabited by an indomitable faith in human goodness and dignity. The intensely moving letter with which it ends sums up much that came before ..."
Gold Dust Magazine, London, Issue 17, June 2010, reviewed by David Gardener
Book Rabbit, Book Review Blog
"I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Initially I wondered if it would be slightly hard going, but in fact I flew through it ... Yael Politis has created an entirely believable heroine, who I warmed to and grew to care for. I couldn't always agree with some of the choices Tonia made, but in her position, who is to know what any of us would do? The rest of her family were all very well fleshed out . . .There is a section of the book which describes in vivid and painful detail the real life siege of kibbutz Kfar Etzion ... and I found that part particularly moving ... The writing is very eloquent and the story flowed beautifully. The narrative is moving, with humor and pathos and is also very informative about a specific part of Jewish history. I would highly recommend this book."
Reviewed by Ruth H.
Curious Book Fans, Book Review Blog
". . . Yael Politis is an excellent author who really knows how to make a story readable . . . this is a book that everyone should read at some point . . ."
Reviewed by sunmeilan
Book of the Year Award, YouWriteOn, London Arts Council, 2009
Eric Hoffer Award, General Fiction, Honorable Mention, 2012
- ASIN : B07F3V54M6
- Publication date : June 28, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 2920 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 412 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #401,299 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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I found history from my early years, beginning to make sense...at least the geography and chronology of events reported.
I rejoiced in the humanity laid bare, of the "kabutznicks" and the amazing fortitude of those who endured so much.
I am ashamed to admit my aversion to so many realistic events. Somehow, I'd believed the news had sensationalized their reports. I realize now, how selective is our hearing when faced with senseless, bitter hate.
Again, I congratulate our author for her ability to convey the triumph of basic souls, devoted to faith and humanity!
Going forward, I'd suggest you continue to enlighted us sheltered beings, on your insights into the history of the Jewish race. Try as I might, I've almost no true insights into what has created such hatred towards such gentle and loving people. It makes me crazy to wonder, how each segment of history seems to revile and segregate Jews from proximity.
Tonia is a strong, determined and intriguing character that is deeply defined by the Author. The reader will be privy to the turmoil she feels inside about her father’s wishes to stay in the kibbutz and her longing to move to America and be safe from war and destruction. She will do whatever she has too to make her dream come true but will her dream really make her happy?
Amos Amrani is a young Yemenite man who fervently believes in his culture and his people. His views on politics are vastly different from Tonia’s, yet they are drawn together. He is also a character that is very strong and complex and you are instinctively drawn to him.
The Author manages to portray her story through these two main characters in a way that is totally consuming. She manages to blend the historical realities of that time to develop a story that is woven together with strong characters and circumstances that will totally capture your attention. The vivid picture painted of these characters and the supporting characters in this book will place a memorable image in your mind.
This story is written with great intelligence and attention to detail. This is not only a story that takes place amidst the turmoil and danger of war but also of two people who are so dissimilar in their ideology yet are drawn together despite their differences. You will be drawn in by the characters as the Author portrays the impact of historical events that take place in their lives.
I would highly recommend this book for its powerful and descriptive writing style. This book will take you on a journey to Israel that will open your eyes to the struggles and destruction of war and the fragility of life.