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Best Israeli Reading

Description: If you like reading books by Israeli authors, try some of these selections first. They include fiction (novels & short stories) as well as nonfiction.

Members: 8 participating members (show all)

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1
1,579 members, 43 reviews
4.19 stars (4.19 stars)

Lists: kidzdoc (1), avatiakh (1), sneuper (2), Polaris- (5), SqueakyChu (6)

Score: 16.59

Explanations:

Polaris- (5): Childhood memoir - multi-generational family saga - wartime Jerusalem under siege - heartbreaking tragedy. Altogether the making of Israel's finest living author.… (more)

2
156 members, 7 reviews
4.15 stars (4.15 stars)

Lists: GaryMMorin (1), avatiakh (4), SqueakyChu (4), Polaris- (8)

Score: 12.04

Explanations:

Polaris- (8): Claustrophobic, fearsome, and heart-poundingly atmospheric tale of lonely soldiers and tension in a remote and hard-fought for mountain outpost. The denouement of Israel's Lebanese occupation.… (more)

3
238 members, 10 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: kidzdoc (2), Polaris- (3), avatiakh (7), SqueakyChu (12)

Score: 11.01

Explanations:

Polaris- (3): Wonderfully written vignettes of a quieter rural Israel - with more than a few twists.

4
394 members, 57 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: souloftherose (1), kidzdoc (3), SqueakyChu (8)

Score: 9.42

Explanations:

SqueakyChu (8): A thought-provoking memoir by a Palestinian doctor from Gaza who promotes peace between Jews and Arabs despite personal family tragedy.

5
21 members, 1 review
4.38 stars (4.38 stars)

Lists: GaryMMorin (2), avatiakh (6), Polaris- (20)

Score: 7.81

6
103 members, 2 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: Polaris- (1), avatiakh (2)

Score: 7.36

Explanations:

Polaris- (1): Soaringly good classic of early Hebrew literature. Fascinating portrait of the early Zionists and the birth of Tel Aviv and modernity in Israel.

7
52 members, 4 reviews
4.2 stars (4.2 stars)

Lists: SqueakyChu (1), avatiakh (3)

Score: 7.04

8
68 members, 4 reviews
3.5 stars (3.5 stars)

Lists: GaryMMorin (3), avatiakh (18), Polaris- (24)

Score: 6.79

9
251 members, 11 reviews
3.91 stars (3.91 stars)

Lists: sneuper (1), SqueakyChu (7)

Score: 6.46

Explanations:

SqueakyChu (7): A delightful novel showing how immigrants form the Old World come to Palestine to establish a kibbutz and celebrate life in their newly adopted country.… (more)

10
420 members, 16 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: kidzdoc (6), Polaris- (18), avatiakh (19)

Score: 6.41

11
109 members, 7 reviews
3.45 stars (3.45 stars)

Lists: kidzdoc (5), SqueakyChu (5)

Score: 5.35

12
60 members, 2 reviews
4.44 stars (4.44 stars)

Lists: SqueakyChu (3), avatiakh (9)

Score: 5.35

13
191 members, 15 reviews
3.4 stars (3.4 stars)

Lists: kidzdoc (4), Polaris- (7)

Score: 5.29

Explanations:

Polaris- (7): Oz in playful good form. So much to absorb in so few pages. A renowned author attends a reading of his own work. Brilliantly drawn characterisations of contemporary Tel Aviv.… (more)

14
409 members, 3 reviews
4.23 stars (4.23 stars)

Lists: GaryMMorin (4), Polaris- (12)

Score: 4.98

Explanations:

Polaris- (12): THE book to read on the beginnings of the Arab-Israeli conflict.

15
147 members, 3 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: Polaris- (6), avatiakh (12)

Score: 4.71

Explanations:

Polaris- (6): Memorable depiction of unconventional life and unconventional love in a border valley kibbutz of the 1960s.

16
299 members, 2 reviews
3.77 stars (3.77 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (8), SqueakyChu (11)

Score: 4.58

17
29 members, 1 review
3.86 stars (3.86 stars)

Lists: SqueakyChu (9), Polaris- (19)

Score: 4.23

18
57 members, 0 reviews
3.21 stars (3.21 stars)

Lists: lawecon (1)

Score: 4

19
520 members, 26 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (11), Polaris- (25)

Score: 3.99

20
484 members, 30 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (21), Polaris- (23)

Score: 3.7

21
307 members, 5 reviews
4.09 stars (4.09 stars)

Lists: lawecon (2)

Score: 3.36

22
127 members, 7 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: Polaris- (2)

Score: 3.36

Explanations:

Polaris- (2): Inter-connected short stories brilliantly capture the essence of kibbutz life in late 1950s Israel. Oz refined and distilled to perfection.

23
61 members, 0 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: Polaris- (4)

Score: 2.83

Explanations:

Polaris- (4): Oz's distinctive style debuts with a fine collection of stories - well drawn tales of collectivised kibbutz pioneers.

24
1,035 members, 49 reviews
4.11 stars (4.11 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (5)

Score: 2.68

25
12 members, 1 review
5 stars (5 stars)

Lists: Polaris- (9)

Score: 2.31

26
270 members, 8 reviews
4.17 stars (4.17 stars)

Lists: Polaris- (10)

Score: 2.25

27
80 members, 5 reviews
4.02 stars (4.02 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (10)

Score: 2.25

28
35 members, 2 reviews
3.72 stars (3.72 stars)

Lists: SqueakyChu (10)

Score: 2.25

29
319 members, 20 reviews
3.94 stars (3.94 stars)

Lists: Polaris- (11)

Score: 2.2

30
295 members, 5 reviews
3.65 stars (3.65 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (13)

Score: 2.11

31
210 members, 5 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: Polaris- (13)

Score: 2.11

32
193 members, 2 reviews
3.52 stars (3.52 stars)

Lists: SqueakyChu (13)

Score: 2.11

33
349 members, 4 reviews
3.6 stars (3.6 stars)

Lists: Polaris- (14)

Score: 2.07

34
135 members, 8 reviews
3.85 stars (3.85 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (14)

Score: 2.07

35
26 members, 2 reviews
2.9 stars (2.9 stars)

Lists: SqueakyChu (14)

Score: 2.07

36
231 members, 19 reviews
3.2 stars (3.2 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (15)

Score: 2.03

37
22 members, 1 review
3.75 stars (3.75 stars)

Lists: Polaris- (15)

Score: 2.03

38
416 members, 28 reviews
4.12 stars (4.12 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (16)

Score: 2

39
241 members, 4 reviews
3.87 stars (3.87 stars)

Lists: Polaris- (16)

Score: 2

40
165 members, 4 reviews
3.3 stars (3.3 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (17)

Score: 1.97

41
19 members, 2 reviews
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: Polaris- (17)

Score: 1.97

Explanations:

Polaris- (17): Pretty much every major event in Israel's short & busy history, and every major figure along the way - Rubinger was there taking fantastic photographs.

42
39 members, 0 reviews
3.63 stars (3.63 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (20)

Score: 1.89

43
2 members, 1 review
4 stars (4 stars)

Lists: Polaris- (21)

Score: 1.87

44
86 members, 6 reviews
3.78 stars (3.78 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (22)

Score: 1.85

45
72 members, 0 reviews
3.13 stars (3.13 stars)

Lists: Polaris- (22)

Score: 1.85

46
86 members, 6 reviews
3.98 stars (3.98 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (23)

Score: 1.83

47
29 members, 4 reviews
3.88 stars (3.88 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (24)

Score: 1.81

48
40 members, 7 reviews
3.81 stars (3.81 stars)

Lists: avatiakh (25)

Score: 1.79

49
108 members, 4 reviews
3.95 stars (3.95 stars)

Lists: Polaris- (26)

Score: 1.77

50
6 members, 1 review
3 stars (3 stars)

Score: 0

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Started by: SqueakyChu (January 2012)

Type: Numbered and unnumbered

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