Novel by Leon Uris


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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Man, i kinda wish this book had been written a couple of decades later since it almost feels like an omission not having the 'Six year war' in there aswell. When i first thought of reading this book, i wanted something that would not only abstract me from my daily commuting but also fill my blatantly laconic knowledge on Jewish history and politics. Holy Serendipity, did i make the right choice... The book spans a very long continuous period seen through different perspectives and is on top of that a really good book. Furthermore the time period depicted is of immense importance to understanding not only Jewish history and culture but also many of the geo-political events broadcasted on a daily basis. I did read some of the reviews here on the site beforehand, and while i agree with many of the criticism (black and white morality and over-romanticizing being the most protuberant and proliferated) the fact of the matter is that for all intents and purposes if theres a storyline you shouldn't shy away from over romanticizing it's the Jewish plight in finding a homeland of their own. Sure, theres very little gray shading when it comes to the characters actions and sure the book even seems revisionist at times but in my opinion as long as you keep even the slightest of a critic eye that is all a really big non-issue. My only qualms are that some parts of the book feel really dry (One entire 'book') and having read it once, eventhough i loved the book mind you, i can't offer a reason why i would ever read it again. You won't fall in love with the characters but you will fall in love with history.

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