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Miral: A Novel Paperback – November 3, 2010
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The writing is not good, does not flow well, and uses odd expressions, but the insight into Palestinian attitudes and portrayal of events not ordinarily seen from a Palestinian viewpoint make the poor writing worth enduring. I've finally found a possible explanation for the awkward wording.
The author, the young girl in this actual autobiography, eventually is sent to Italy to study to escape the soul-destroying violence, and apparently she continued to live there. This helps to explain why Miral was written in Italian and translated into English. So overlook the poor translation, and look into the heart of a brilliant Palestinian woman who is occasionally allowed onto US TV to passionately discuss Palestinian/Israeli impasse.
There are statements in the book one wants to underline! It gives a heart-rendering account not only of the harsh political background but the experience of suffering political choices can,have and always will create. The further away from the first reading the more impact the content has on you - it warrants a second reading. One feels the true cry for the world in general to pursue Peace as a first priority. One word of warning: Don't see the film without having read the book! The film is good as augmentation.
This is a beautiful book (and beautifully narrated; I listened to the Sneha Mathan audio version) and essential reading for anyone suffering from the delusion that we can bomb the hatred out of our enemies.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well worth reading, particularly for those interested in putting current events into a more human perspective.Published 23 months ago by Charlie Foxtrot
This book follows three generations of women dealing with political, social and personal challenges in Palestine. Read morePublished on August 26, 2014 by KT
nicely written and most important nowadays when anther war broke out between gaza and israel
Strong and interesting women I highly recommend this novel and i am alredy looking... Read more
I enjoyed Rula Jebreal's novel MIRAL immensely. This beautiful novel shows us what is possible in the Middle East if peace and tolerance are given half a chance. Read morePublished on July 2, 2014 by Will Gibson
It's tough growing up as a Palestinian in Israel. This book takes us back through the reminiscences of a "grande dame" of the Palestinian people who started an orphanage for girls... Read morePublished on July 3, 2013 by James W. Fonseca