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Exodus by Leon Uris
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Exodus (1958)

by Leon Uris

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From the book jacket: The Exodus was a ship that held 300 Jewish children, orphaned by World War II and the Nazi destruction. The ship was docked in Cyprus, and the British would not let more than its ‘quota’ leave for Palestine, which was under British rule. Ari Ben Canaan, a freedom fighter, will not allow the children to return to the horrific conditions of the displaced persons camp, where the British had been keeping them. This incident sets in motion a series of events that depict the inhuman treatment of the Jewish people, and the triumphant founding of the state of Israel.

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This is an epic novel covering the history of the Jewish people’s efforts to return to Palestine and form an independent state.

I found the writing uneven. I felt that Uris couldn’t make up his mind whether he was writing an epic romance, a war novel or a history of the formation of Israel. The reader is immersed in the plight of the orphans held “hostage” aboard the Exodus, and then taken back to the late 19th century for a history of the Jewish people in Russia, and Ari’s grandfather, father and uncle. By the time Uris comes back to the romance I’d forgotten about the couple. Then the novel concentrates once again on the political maneuverings and historical references to the formation of the country, and some very exciting battle scenes in the last half of the book. Sprinkled throughout are quite a lot of very anti-Arab and anti-British “observations.”

Still, it certainly made me think. And I am fully aware of how woefully ignorant I am of the details of this episode in history. I remember the movie (and especially the movie’s music score), which came out when I was nine, but I never actually saw it. I’ve read a couple of other books by Uris (Trinity and QB VII), and I remember liking them, so when a book group chose it for a monthly read I signed on. I’m glad I finally read this novel. ( )
1 vote BookConcierge | Feb 15, 2017 |
Fictional account of the founding of Israel ( )
  JackSweeney | Jan 9, 2017 |
$350.00
  danbrady | Apr 8, 2016 |
Novel about the founding of Israel after WW2. ( )
  bowlees | Feb 18, 2016 |
This was the book that introduced me to the Holocaust, something nobody talked about in front of children way back in 1962. I was so affected that I not only vowed to name my first son "Ari" [which I eventually did], but I told that to every boy I dated. ( )
2 vote Maggie.Anton | Jul 18, 2014 |
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de Wit-Boonacker, H.C.E.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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This book is dedicated to my Daughter, Karen, and my sons, Mark and Michael - and their mother
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The airplane plip-plopped down the runway to a halt before the big sign: WELCOME TO CYPRUS.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553258478, Mass Market Paperback)

Exodus is an international publishing phenomenon--the towering novel of the twentieth century's most dramatic geopolitical event.  Leon Uris magnificently portrays the birth of a new nation in the midst of enemies--the beginning of an earthshaking struggle for power.  Here is the tale that swept the world with its fury: the story of an American nurse, an Israeli freedom fighter caught up in a glorious, heartbreaking, triumphant era.  Here is Exodus --one of the great best-selling novels of all time.

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Exodus is an international publishing phenomenon--the towering novel of the twentieth century's most dramatic geopolitical event. Leon Uris magnificently portrays the birth of a new nation in the midst of enemies--the beginning of an earthshaking struggle for power. Here is the tale that swept the world with its fury: the story of an American nurse, an Israeli freedom fighter caught up in a glorious, heartbreaking, triumphant era. Here is Exodus --one of the great best-selling novels of all time. --Publisher.… (more)

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