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The Lonely Tree by [Yael Politis]

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Editorial Reviews


Midwest Book Review
"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

Product details

  • 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
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.6 out of 5 stars 136 ratings

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