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Exodus by Leon Uris
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Exodus (1958)

by Leon Uris

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I loved this book when I read it years ago, but apparently the story of the King of Danemark wearing the yellow star is not entirely true?

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Inspiring, nonetheless.
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  ShiraDest | Mar 6, 2019 |
Signed by the League of Nations 101 years ago, the Balfour Declaration authorized the Jewish migration to Palestine. The Arabs however, never stopped threatening to banish every last Jew from “their land”... and unequivocally declaring that until such time, there will never be peace in the Middle East.

Mired in controversy surrounding Palestine, this novel goes a long way in explaining how the the region came to be in unending turmoil and continual tension.

How did the Balfour declaration come about?
Why did the Arabs object to the Jewish settlements?
Why did the Arabs sell their land to the Jews if they didn’t want them living in Palestine?
Why can’t Arabs just accept that they have to share the land of their mutual biblical ancestors?

All these questions are answered in Leon Uris’s classic novel "Exodus". Within he tells the story of how Jewish people from all over the world ended up in Palestine after World War II. Though the primary characters are fictional, what makes "Exodus" so compelling is that 90% of the story is based on the facts. This allowed Uris the freedom to incorporate a variety of intertwining stories of people from different backgrounds. The fictional portion is a poignant love story about two couples thrown together by a random twist of fate and doomed to suffer in their perpetual struggle for peace and harmony in an environment where peace is impossible and harmony is a remote dream.

The story begins in 1946 on the British island of Cyprus where Jewish refuges are being held in primitive detention camps suffering conditions not much better than the concentration camps from which they were currently released. Under the authority of the League of Nations, the Balfour Declaration has already been established granting the Jews a homeland, yet fear of Arab uprising prevents mass migration. It doesn’t help that the British military in charge of keeping peace in the Middle East is pro-Arab.

There is so much history packed into this epic tale:

- Stories about the survivors or World War II- from the Russian Ghetto to the Warsaw and Auschwitz concentration camps. Everyone lost loved ones, sometimes whole families. The idea of a Jewish homeland gave the Holocaust survivors hope for which to live and dream.

- Facts about the Arab countries, all the way back to Feudalism and the Crusades. The development of the Arab nations, some of which were originally part of the Ottoman Empire- several which were divvied up by Great Britain after WW I and turned into independent entities such as Iraq, Syria, and Jordan.

- The Muslim faith of Islam and how it correlates with Judaism, quoting phrases from the Bible and citing their relevance to both Arabs and Jews- touching on customs and religious rituals- the Koran, Talmud, Torah, the Cabala and Hasidim.

- The story of the slow persistent migration of the Jews and the purchase of Palestinian land from wealthy Arabs who lived in Beirut and other prosperous areas of the middle east. They happily exchanged the infertile useless land for gold, leaving the nomad peasants to find new areas to build their mud huts.

- Descriptions of the Jewish underground resistance and secret army that helped bring Jewish people to Palestine from all over the world- legally and illegally. They armed and trained the new settlers who ultimately fought for the right to become the State of Israel.

Not only does the novel cover historic details, but also helps explain the emotional challenge of suffering anti-semitism, losing everything, and then ending up in a new land where it is necessary to dedicate ones whole life to struggling for freedom and security for future generations… defending the basic right of existence.

Ari Ben Canaan, the hero of Exodus could easily be one of the main characters in one of Ayn Rand’s books- "Atlas Shrugged" or "The Fountainhead". He has unwavering principles and is committed to fulfilling a noble mission at the cost of his own personal happiness.

"Exodus" was first published in 1956 and immediately became a best-seller. In 1960 the story was made into a film produced by Otto Preminger starring Paul Newman. ( )
1 vote LadyLo | Nov 9, 2018 |
I really, really want to comment on this amazing book as soon as I get more time:)
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1 vote booksandcats4ever | Jul 30, 2018 |
I often like long books, but this was a L O N G book. I like historical fiction but this was a bit too much historical detail for me, although I certainly learned a lot and admire all the work that went into writing it. However, it's been on my "to read" list for decades and I'm glad I finally got around to it. ( )
  Thebrownbookloft | Jun 29, 2018 |
I loved the use of the backstory technique within in this book. Lean did an amazing job. Book was a little too long though. ( )
  LiteraryW | Mar 19, 2018 |
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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.

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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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