Monday, November 17, 2008

The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan

With The Lemon Tree, author Sandy Tolan has managed to fairly and accurately humanize the tragic story of the Middle East in a non-fiction book that reads like a novel.

Based on hundreds of interviews gathered over several years and impeccable research, he pieces together the true stories of his fated, intertwined heroes. One is Dalia, the offspring of Jewish-Bulgarians who built a new life in an abandoned stone home in Ramla, Israel, after the horror of the Holocaust. The other is Bashir, the son of the builder of the stone house in Ramla, Palestine, which had to be abandoned during Israel's War of Independence or what the Palestinians know as the "Nakhba"/the Catastrophe.

Anyone hungering to understand the complexities of this area's calamitous history should read this book. You won't be able to put it down.

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