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City of Oranges: An Intimate History of Arabs and Jews in Jaffa

by Adam LeBor

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Interesting and important book, although I cannot fully recommend it. The author attempted a balance between the personal stories and general history for context, but I felt that it was skewed too much towards general history. Here's my full review: http://booksandmiscellany.blogspot.com/2009/04/city-of-oranges.html ( )
  sbsolter | Feb 5, 2014 |
An engaging and anecdotal history which links the history of Palestine and Israel through the story of Jaffa and its inhabitants. ( )
  jacoombs | Jan 29, 2012 |
  living2read | May 19, 2011 |
This book attempts to tell the history of the Jewish-Palestinian conflict through the story of people who lived in Jaffa (the older, once-primarily-Arab city, now a part of Tel Aviv). The attempt is noble, and about as even-handed as a book on this charged subject could be. But the last half of the book just feels like hop-scotching through very complicated history, with soundbites from his interviewees spaced through, commenting on it. The first, more detailed part, capturing Mandate-era Jaffa from Arab, Sephardi Jewish, and Ashkenazi Jewish inhabitants is fascinating and tells a lot about what could have been, but wasn't. The rest would be useful to someone who came reading about the Arab-Israeli conflict with a blank slate - but who does that? ( )
  teaperson | Jan 1, 2008 |
Sensitive, Personal, Fair and even handed. ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0393329844, Paperback)

A profoundly human take on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, seen through the eyes of six families, three Arab and three Jewish.

The millennia-old port of Jaffa, now part of Tel Aviv, was once known as the "Bride of Palestine," one of the truly cosmopolitan cities of the Mediterranean. There Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived, worked, and celebrated together—and it was commonplace for the Arabs of Jaffa to attend a wedding at the house of the Jewish Chelouche family or for Jews and Arabs to both gather at the Jewish spice shop Tiv and the Arab Khamis Abulafia's twenty-four-hour bakery. Through intimate personal interviews and generations-old memoirs, letters, and diaries, Adam LeBor gives us a crucial look at the human lives behind the headlines—and a vivid narrative of cataclysmic change. 
16 pages of photographs; 3 maps

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"The millennia-old port of Jaffa, now part of Tel Aviv, was once known as the "Bride of Palestine, " one of the truly cosmopolitan cities of the Mediterranean. There Muslims, Jews, and Christians lived, worked, and celebrated together - and it was commonplace for the Arabs of Jaffa to attend a wedding at the house of the Jewish Chelouche family or for Jews and Arabs both to gather at the Jewish spice shop Tiv and the Arab Khamis Abulafia's twenty-four-hour bakery. Through intimate personal interviews and generations-old memoirs, letters, and diaries, Adam LeBor gives us a crucial look at the human lives behind the headlines - and a vivid narrative of cataclysmic change."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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