Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

  • List Price: $15.00
  • Save: $5.73 (38%)
FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books.
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
Miral: A Novel has been added to your Cart
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Acceptable
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 2 images

Miral: A Novel Paperback – November 3, 2010

3.8 out of 5 stars 34 customer reviews

See all 10 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Kindle
"Please retry"
Paperback
"Please retry"
$9.27
$1.94 $0.01

The Butterfly Garden
She’s the FBI’s key to unlocking a sociopath’s grisly garden—but can she be trusted? Learn More
$9.27 FREE Shipping on orders with at least $25 of books. In Stock. Ships from and sold by Amazon.com. Gift-wrap available.
click to open popover

Frequently Bought Together

  • Miral: A Novel
  • +
  • Country Where No One Ever Dies (Eastern European Literature Series)
  • +
  • Zeina
Total price: $33.29
Buy the selected items together


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

This novel of a Palestinian girl growing up amid the intifada is packed with historical facts, but never rises above mediocrity. Philanthropist Hind Husseini creates a children's shelter in 1948 in response to the destruction wrought by the first Arab-Israeli war. Decades later, Miral comes into Hind's care after her mother kills herself. As Miral witnesses the effects of the Israeli campaigns against the intifada, she draws closer to the political fringes, finally choosing to join the struggle in full. Yet the benevolent influence of Hind and an eye-opening friendship with an Israeli socialist subdues Miral's radicalism and offers some hope for the future. Jebreal is a successful journalist in Italy, and true to form the plot rips along with quick-reading prose, though the characters' simplicity presents a big problem, in that, despite the dire circumstances, it's hard to connect with archetypes. It's perfectly serviceable and offers a reliable refresher of the Palestinian struggle, but there are many more distinguished novels on the subject.
Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

From Booklist

After the 1948 war, Hind Husseini set up an orphanage and boarding school in Jerusalem for homeless Palestinian girls. In this gripping historical novel based on Husseinis efforts, Palestinian-born Italian journalist Jebreal focuses on the girls Hind saves, including Miral, and the young men and adults they know. As Miral grows up, she teaches in desperate refugee camps in the West Bank, witnesses Israeli terror (including soldiers breaking the arms of children who throw stones), joins young activists in the Occupied Territories, and falls in love. She also befriends a young Jewish peace activist. The individual viewpoints are the strength of the story, which presents the family and political history from many sides, including Palestinian girls oppressed by Arab regimes and at home, as well as by the Israeli Occupation. There is loathing for collaborators. But are peace negotiations betrayal? After her friend is shot dead in a demonstration, should Miral throw a Molotov cocktail? There are few novels that show the personal conflict in such depth and complexity. With a movie forthcoming, this will spark passionate discussion. --Hazel Rochman
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

The latest book club pick from Oprah
"The Underground Railroad" by Colson Whitehead is a magnificent novel chronicling a young slave's adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 309 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (November 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0143116193
  • ISBN-13: 978-0143116196
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #794,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Sheri on December 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
I just finished reading this book and I want to say I found it amazing! Having just visited Palestine this past summer, last time I was there was 1976, I known where every part of this book takes place. Rula does such a great job bringing alive the colors, smells and landscape of the country. I eyewitnessed myself and my 18 year old son, the hardship of occupation but the unrelating hope that both sides have for peace. In Ramallah there is contact bustle from shop owner and their customers. Especially coming from America and knowing the freedom to be able to travel anywhere in the 50 states without carrying passports or official documents, i couldn't help but be sad for those kicked off the bus just because they were Palestinian. But they were content and went back to there homes. In Jersulem, although separated I witnessed Isreali and Palestinian walking and working together. It is a hard life for both peoples but especially the Palestinian people. That being said there is always a glimmer of hope for peace! Rula does such a great writing this book and her story is so amazing for her to have accomplished this much. I would recommend this book to everyone. It gives you such a great sense of hope for one day peace in the region!
Comment 42 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Surprisingly, I learned about this book on the late-night talk show hosted by Jimmy Fallon. I purchased it the day I received my Kindle for Christmas (First book I read on the ebook reader!). Jebreal is a talented author with the ability to hook readers. Most surprisingly, I have learned a significant amount about the historical context of the story. Not a product plug, but... It helped reading with the Kindle as the dictionary would explain some cultural references. Enjoy! And thank you Jimmy Fallon!
2 Comments 36 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Miral, I've slowly realized after reading the book and seeing the movie adaptation, is semi-autobiographical. The story describes the effect of the partition of Palestine on a single woman's family. Arabs are, especially today, portrayed as single dimensional pariahs and demons. Here we see a humanized version of Palestinians rejecting Israeli occupation and subjugation. "They" are shown to be like "us".
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.
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Charlie Rose in his inimitable choice of guests on his show gave the public a chance to meet Rula Jabreal. It didn't take a minute after the show for me to run to my computer and push the Amazon.com quick order button to get her book. Although Rula calls her book a novel - it is based on a true story and she writes in a journalistic rather than literary style - at first reading a little confusing.
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.
Comment 11 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Miral offers a moving view into the mind and the humanity of people too often demonized and dehumanized as the Terrorist Other, a depiction that's often a projection of our own dark impulses. Did 9/11 bring America to the negotiating table? Or did it provoke an orgy of violent revenge? So why do we assume other peoples upon whom violence is visited will respond any differently than we did?

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.
1 Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I read this to try to get more understanding of the Kite Runner and Thousand Suns worlds. First one I have seen about the Israel v. Palestine battle. Insight is good and it is hard to picture the lives of people living under a cloud of suicide bombers and rumor arrests and detentions. I saw Jebreal on the Bill Maher show and she is clearly very bright and knows the inside of lives in that part of the world. As a story, it is somewhat predictable and the characters are mostly one dimensional, consistent with radicals and politically aware and motivated youths. A manifesto of sorts but I came away more informed than I went into it with! A worthwhile read for information, but don't expect to be mesmerized by it. It is not a page turning burner.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews

Set up an Amazon Giveaway

Miral: A Novel
Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers. Learn more about Amazon Giveaway
This item: Miral: A Novel

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?

Pages with Related Products. See and discover other items: psychological thriller