It seems that the Arab culture, which formed the religion of Islam, was summed up early in the book when Ishmae I thought this was a very well researched historical novel, both entertaining and informative. The Haj in the novel is not the trek to Mecca that every Moslem male must make in his life-time, but the story of a village muktar that is in a strategic place on a highway leading to Jerusalem. Uris tries to swallow half a continent and digest nearly a century of history in The Haj, and he almost does it. Research to me is as important, or more important, than the writing. Uris' characters vacillate, contradict themselves, acquire marvelous skills, turn evil, perform acts of charity or disappear completely, mostly because Uris wills it, not because of inner change.
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In fact it shows the character Ismail in a very favourable light and as for the assertion made that only Jews are presented in a good light,that is simply rubbish For example we read about the Scottish Christian Captain Wingate who shows great valour and love for the Bible and God and this is what leads him to help the Jewish people in their struggle. Charles Maan negotiates with the Vatican for a modest low-key solution that would return many Christian Palestinians to their homes, and Sheik Taji is bought off by the opulent and corrupt Fawzi Kabir, who represents a Saudi Arabian prince in Zurich.
Israel Seen is a labor of love that is a portal to the other side of Israel.
Leon Uris' Second Exodus - The Washington Post
As I recall it, the Jews come off as nobler people, entirely wronged and victimized whereas the Arabs are depicted as having a fundamental racial or social flaw which is the leom of all conflict in the region. Since I wanted to read something about the history of Israel, I had bought this book as well as "Exodus" which is a viewpoint of the conflict seen through the eyes of a Jew. The two try to persuade Ibrahim to give his support to their political aims, but Ibrahim maintains his distance.
I was disappointed, because I kept wanting to like it I never want to dislike a book I'm reading, since it's an investment of both time and interestbut try as I might, I could not. It is an interesting read as far as Palestinian thought and reason or lack thereof! No trivia or quizzes yet. It simply tells things as they are without regard to political correctness Of course Arabists and their like will hate it,therefore.
Whenever Ishmael tried to impress his desire for an education to Haj Ibrahim, he is treated with disdain. At that oeon, I had also purchased his other Middle East based novel, The Hajwhich roughly encapsulates the same time period as covered in Exodusalbeit from the Arab perspective.
This Leon Uris classic is worth reading or re-reading today in light of current events. This article does not cite any sources. Ironically, according to Ishmael, "the most glorious moment in the story tne Haj Ibrahim came after his death," as large flocks of people attend his funeral, and the "display of grief at his funeral was of a nature usually reserved for high holy men or great heads of state".
I learned so much from this b Outstanding book. This was pages of Arabs sitting around in squalor complaining and expecting someone to come and rescue them.
We use them as thinking material so as not to think about something else. Coming out of the service, he worked for a newspaper, writing in his spare time. They blame everything on the Jews, even when it was an Arab's fault.
Book Review: Leon Uris, The Haj
But we also read them for some of the same reasons-- albeit at a less elevated plane--that we read Vladimir Nabokov, John Hawkes or fashion's current choice for the cutting edge of literary fiction. He wants to learn, to be able to read and write. But I had the book, and figured I'd give it a shot. Inthere are practicing muslims all over the world, who are living lives in complete harmony with people of other faiths.
He seeks out continued opportunities through use of his natural resourcefulness and drive, two qualities generally lacking in his brothers.
The Arabs refused to do more than the miniumun amount of work and therefore were amazed to see the hard work of the Jews and some Europeans.
It's a polemic in the form of fiction.
I felt some empathy for the Palestinians as they watched the Jews come back to their ancient homeland and bring the desert to life.
They had three children. He must hate Jews.
Leon Marcus Uris August 3, - June 21, was an American novelist, known for his historical fiction and the deep research that went into his novels. It's very hard to empathize with characters like that. It makes for compelling and at times, maddening and heartbreaking reading. He remained in Israel as a correspondent during the war, and wrote an auto-biographical novel, Mitla Pass, based on his experiences.
There seemed to be no iniative or ambition to do anything on their own.