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by Sandy Tolan

ISBN: 0593057465
ISBN13: 978-0593057469
Language: English
Publisher: Bantam Press; Airport / Export Ed edition (2007)
Pages: 320
Category: Middle East
Subategory: History

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Rating: 4.5
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After reading Sandy Tolan’s well written book, The Lemon Tree, lemons will never taste the same to me. The story of the lemon tree helped me see history in a new light.

After reading Sandy Tolan’s well written book, The Lemon Tree, lemons will never taste the same to me. I saw pain, tragedy and hope of two peoples, sharing same home, same land, and same destiny. Two people, an Arab and a Jew, tell personal narratives that center on the lemon tree, creating an authentic historical portrayal of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. In this book, sour lemons have the potential of bringing people together, when both sides can see the human part in the other and perhaps sweeten the flavor of the fruit. Rivka Ben Daniel, Los Angeles.

In 1967, Bashir Al-Khayri, a Palestinian, journeyed to Israel, with the goal of seeing the beloved old stone house, with the lemon tree behind it, that he and his family had fled nineteen years earlier. To his surprise, when he found the house he was greeted by Dalia Ashkenazi Landau, a nineteen-year-old Israeli college student, whose family fled Europe for Israel following the Holocaust.

Sandy Tolan is a teacher and radio documentary producer. Sandy Tolan is a teacher and radio documentary producer. He is the author of two books: Me and Hank: A Boy and His Hero, Twenty-Five Years Later (Free Press, 2000), about the intersection between race, sports, and American heroes; and The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East (Bloomsbury, 2006).

A great book about the Israelo-Palestinian history seen by insiders.

Sandy Tolan has written for the New York Times Magazine and for more than forty other magazines and newspapers. He has reported from twenty-five different countries, especially in the Middle East and Latin America and his work has won numerous honours. He served as an oral history consultant for the . Holocaust Memorial Museum and is I. F. Stone Fellow at the UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where he directs the School's Project on International Reporting. Praise for The Lemon Tree.

The Lemon Tree offers a much needed human perspective on this seemingly intractable .

The Lemon Tree offers a much needed human perspective on this seemingly intractable conflict and reminds us not only of all that is at stake, but also of all that is possible. This book was not as well written as I would have liked, but the information was very important. I felt the author was definitely pro-Palestinian, but he provided many details that are very upsetting. Sandy Tolan is a journalist, teacher and documentary radio producer and has reported from more than 30 countries, particularly in the Middle East. He has produced dozens of radio documentaries and has written for newspapers and magazines including the New York Times and USA Today.

Tolan uses the lemon tree and the specific focus on one Palestinian and one Israeli to open up the entire history, but the focus allows us to read it almost as a novel. The depression I referred to is about any hope for resolution.

The Lemon Tree
Except for the fact that I became depressed in the second half of the book, this is just about a perfect non-fiction book about the Palestinian-Israeli differences and all the historical deceptions and betrayals that have led them to their current, apparently insolvable differences. I read it in the context of an Interfaith book group. We have, collectively, had trouble finding books that are even-handed in their coverage of religious differences. We find books good from one point of view or another and learn from each, but rarely have we found such a just and comprehensive book as this. Tolan uses the lemon tree and the specific focus on one Palestinian and one Israeli to open up the entire history, but the focus allows us to read it almost as a novel. The book includes many things that we did not know, such as the story of the Jews in Bulgaria and the Bulgarians non-compliance with their Third Reich ally--very thorough historically, well-researched.The depression I referred to is about any hope for resolution. The absolute intransigence of one side or another, all the lies told, the holding on to resentment from one generation to another, all seem to mitigate against any solution. We need to know all about this and try to understand as a first step. Almost as much harm seems to have been caused by outsiders thinking they can force a resolution upon the parties involved as by any stubbornness from the parties themselves. I highly recommend this book, as a way to learn an understand, as a very readable first step.

While the book started off great, I found it to to be overloaded with repetitive, sometimes insignificant, details. It began to feel as though it needed a better editor. There were long, boring passages, and I found myself skimming over them without compromising the story. The characters were generally well-developed, especially Bashir and Dahlia, but I discerned a distinctly pro-Palestinian bias by the author, in his reluctance (avoidance?) to actually admit that Bashir was, indeed, a terrorist, responsible for much violence. This Israel-Palestine conflict is a highly-complex subject, and I got the feeling that the author felt the need to cram in all the facts that his research revealed, at the expense of the story.

It's worth a read, especially if you would like some understanding from both sides of the conflict. I was frustrated about the excessive historical parts in the beginning, but as I got deeper into understanding it, it became very interesting and I wanted more and more. The writing style wasn't always smooth, but still very readable to me. After reading this book it gets me thinking, what's to stop the hundreds of different ethnic groups around the world from invading a region and claiming it as a land of their own because they believe they deserve their own private country? Every group has lived somewhere before right?

When I purchased this book, I thought it was going to be more of a novel – the story of the two families. I was not prepared for the amount of historical detail and description. I almost gave up reading it several times as the history part didn't hold my interest and it was difficult to digest. But I am glad I persevered. With an upcoming trip to Israel, this gave me an excellent understanding of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict past and present. It certainly changed my viewpoint as well.

Tolan explores the dimensions of the centuries-old Palestinian-Israeli conflict through conversations between a Jew and an Arab both emotionally attached to the same house and by extension the same homeland. The dilemma emerges from the impossibility of a solution that provides a secure homeland for both Arabs and Jews. The fascinating part of this story is the glimpse of hope that flickers from the personal relationships when humans encounter each other candidly and with mutual respect. One thing is clear from all tellings of this story--violence will never provide a solution.

Written in an appealing style by a seasoned Middle East reporter, this book does a thorough job of fairly and completely telling both sides of the story in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It doesn't give easy answers, because there are none, but for those of us who were raised only on the Jewish point of view, it is essential reading if we are to understand why the Palestinians feel so strongly about their homeland and justified in defending it. This book was well-researched and documented. It is told from the points of view of a Palestinian man who was displaced from his home by the Zionists and the young Jewish woman who moved into that same home with her parents when she was just a baby. That shared sense of home and place in history is what both unites and divides the two sides in this story and makes it so compelling. I highly recommend this for anyone who wants a serious discussion of both sides of this issue. If only there were an easy fix to this ongoing problem!

I appreciated this book so much. The research is amazing and gave me a much better understanding of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. It is a complex situation in which both sides have done atrocious things, but we must keep working towards resolution and both groups respecting the other as equals. I don't claim to have the answer for, as this book showed how difficult it is, even with two people who truly want peace. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand both sides.

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