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Susan Abulhawa Ï 1 FREE DOWNLOAD REVIEW · TRAMZ.CO Ï Susan Abulhawa FREE DOWNLOAD æ The Scar of David This story takes its name from this scar and assumes other layers of meaning as it is told The end is the beginning terrible suffering packaged by Western press into perfidious sound bites like the Middle East Conflict and War on Terrorism But through the course of this story a suicide bomber is given a name face and life of a man pushed to incomprehensible limits; An Arab girl of pious and humble beginnings escapes her destiny and lives the American Dream which her soul cannot bear; An Israeli man becomes tangled in a truth he cannot reconcile and his identity can find no repose but in the temporary anesthetic of alcoh. What a wonderful yet hearbreaking ride this book was Firstly I ll start with the fact that as soon as I saw the cover and title of this book I knew I had to read it In 1993 94 I answered an add in the paper to go and work as an Au Pair for a family in Israel I can t explain why Israel there were hunderds of adds for France Italy USA etc and one solitary add for Israel As a child at school we were asked to pick a country to do a project on and I picked Israel I m not Jewish nor am I Muslim but I just knew I wanted to go something about this country fascinated me I worked for an American Jewish family in a rich town 20 minutes north of Tel Aviv My days were spent with school runs lunches and play dates for 4 children under the age of 10 My weekends however were my own Every single weekend for the entire time I was there was spent exploring that beautiful country with other friends I had made Jerusalem was and still is my favourite place in the whole world a Palestinian run hostel in the Old City became my home for months one end and I made friends from all walks of life who took us to Tiberius Golan Heights Ein Gedi Haifa Acre Eilat and everywhere inbetween I knew the country better than I knew my own and even all these years later I think back often to my life then and remember with both fondness and passion the country that was my home for two years I have read lots about the Middle East Israel in particular but this is one of the first fiction based on many facts book that I have read from a Palestinian point of view I was really looking forward to reading it and I was not disappointedThe book starts in the beatutiful village of Ein Hod in 1940 s Palestine and centres around the Abulheja family who live a happy life with their two sons their beloved horses and lovingly tended rose garden They work the land and harvest olives in the surrounding hills for a living The oldest son Hassan marries a free spirited bedouin girl called Dalia who uickly becomes a part of the family and their first child Yousef is born to the delight of the family A few years later Ismael is born and when he is still a baby Yousef tries to comfort the crying child and accidentally drops him scarring his face down one sideIn 1948 their life as they know it is over The newly formed Israeli army after accepting the hospitality of the locals for food bombs thier little village without warning Many people were killed and those who were left were made to march out of the village in what they are standing up in and walk towards Jenin In the confusion that followed Dalia has Ismael snatched from her The villagers sat on the ground in the valley The land was as beautiful and peaceful as it had always been Trees and sky and stone and hills were unchanged and the villagers were dazed and uiet except Dalia She was mad with anguish uestioning people and uncovering other women s babies in the hope of revealing a boy with a scar down his right cheek around his eye She searched with frenzied foreboding even though Yehya tried to reassure her that someone had picked up the child and surely it was only a matter of time before they would be reunited The following chapters are the families time in the uickly put together refugee camp in Jenin where they try to rebuild some sort of life for themselves In this time Dalia gives birth to a daughter called Amal who becomes our narrator for most of the book She takes us through her life in the refugee camp the horrors the friendships and the losses She talks about times that often occured like the overflowing of the open sewers and the smell being so bad that they had to sleep on the roof But even in this she recounts the naive dreams of hers and her friends Vile as the experience and subseuent cleanup were Huda and I could not contain our excitement and anticipation at being allowed to sleep on the roof to escape the foul odour Other children did the same and we filled the air with calls jokes and giggles of young refugee souls We were naively full of dreams and hope then blessedly unaware that we were the worlds rubbish left to tread in its own misery and excrement There on the flat rooftops we offered up our wishes and secrets to the starry Mediterranean sky Amal was 12 years old when the war of 1967 came to Jenin She watched those around her die as she hid in a hole beneath the kitchen floor The refugee camp that her relaties and friends had tried so hard to build was flattened Amal leaves the camp not long after the six day war and takes us with her as she starts a new life in Jeruslem America Lebanon and back to Jenin Her story is heartbreaking and powerful Susan Abulhawa s anger is clear in the pages as is her love for her country Palestine She brings to our attention another massacre in Jenin in 2002 that the world barely got to hear about It was covered upI asked myself many times during reading this book how could this happen It s almnost beyond belief that human beings can do this to each other yet they do There is no reason or logic I was twenty years old and they gave me total power over other human beings Amal Although this book is only 330 pages long it felt like an epic to me I have spent 60 years with this family watching them love loose fight cry I m going to miss them I cried at the end not just because of their story but because of all the other thousands of peoples story real people I have tried not to be biased in this review there are two sides to every story The Israelis have their tale to tell too But this book is about the Palestininans and their story It s high time their voices were heard If you are interested in knowing Susan Abulhawa the author of Mornings in Jenin has very kindly agreed to an author interview on my blog which will be coming soon

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Susan Abulhawa Ï 1 FREE DOWNLOAD REVIEW · TRAMZ.CO Ï Susan Abulhawa FREE DOWNLOAD æ The Scar of David The Scar of David is historic fiction about a Palestinian family from the village of Ein Hod which was emptied of its inhabitants by the newly formed State of Israel in 1948 It is told in the first person by Amal who is born into that family in a UN administered refugee camp in Jenin where her family would eventually die waiting or fighting to return to their beloved Palestine Set in lap of one of the 20 th century's most intractable political conflicts this novel weaves through history friendship love frayed identity terrorism exhaustion of the spirit surrender and courage Three massacres and two major wars provide five. i wrote it so my rating isn t all that relevant to readers but for what it s worth it came from a place of love and I put pieces of my heart in this narrative

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Susan Abulhawa Ï 1 FREE DOWNLOAD REVIEW · TRAMZ.CO Ï Susan Abulhawa FREE DOWNLOAD æ The Scar of David Corners to this novel 1 Sabra and Shatila Lebanon 1982; 2 US embassy bombing Beirut 1983; 3 Refugee camp of Jenin West Bank 2002; 4 The Nabe Mandate Palestine 1948; and 5 The Six Day War Middle East 1967 During the family's eviction from their ancestral village Ishmael Amal's brother is lost in the mayhem of people fleeing for their lives Just a toddler at the time Ishmael is raised by a Jewish family and grows up as David an Israeli soldier During the 1967 war Yousef Amal's eldest brother comes face to face with David his brother the Jew Yousef recognizes his brother by a prominent scar across David's face The title of. I have to admit my ignorance in the continuing turmoil between Israel and Palestine It seems that it is a conflict that has been going on forever and that many people in the States are at a lose to understand so we watch the news call them all crazy then go about our live This novel opened my eyes to this situation and made me sad but most of all it made me angry Angry that in a world of mass media and all the technological advances we possess that these atrocities are still going on in many parts of the world I do understand that this novel is biased in its storytelling but even if only parts of these events are true it s too many This novel is the perfect example of how fiction has the power to changeinform us and that s why novels like this should be read I sincerely sympathize and ache for all of the innocent victims of this conflict A must read


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    Susan Abulhawa Ï 1 FREE DOWNLOAD REVIEW · TRAMZ.CO Ï Susan Abulhawa FREE READ The Scar of David i wrote it so my rating isn't all that relevant to readers but for what it's worth it came from a place of love and I put pieces of my heart in this narrative

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    (E–pub/Pdf) The Scar of David Author Susan Abulhawa I don't knowI'll tryThis was most certainly the most heartbreaking novel I have ever so far come to read I literally left it aside and swam in a river of my own tears and hatred I can't really write a review that will give this novel all of its

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    FREE READ The Scar of David (E–pub/Pdf) The Scar of David Author Susan Abulhawa Susan Abulhawa Ï 1 FREE DOWNLOAD I have had a hard time trying to review this book because it affected me on so many emotional levels I almost feel like I am betraying the characters to say how much I enjoyed this book just because it was such an intense insight into a part of the world I knew so little about Abulhawa enlightened and devestated me at the turn of e

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    Susan Abulhawa Ï 1 FREE DOWNLOAD REVIEW · TRAMZ.CO Ï Susan Abulhawa FREE READ The Scar of David Re reading this one for February 2016 sit in Book Club Originally read in 2011 Isn't it wonderful when a book like Mornings in Jenin inspires readers to discuss think about or research further for information in order to educate and better understand the conflicts of the world Mornings in Jenin is an amazing read and an i

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    REVIEW · TRAMZ.CO Ï Susan Abulhawa (E–pub/Pdf) The Scar of David Author Susan Abulhawa Susan Abulhawa Ï 1 FREE DOWNLOAD A Palestinian perspective on the conflict in the Middle East? Yes this book delivers that A good novel? No not thatThis book starts with the idyllic lives of Palestinian villagers in the early 1940s It moves on to

  6. says: (E–pub/Pdf) The Scar of David Author Susan Abulhawa

    FREE READ The Scar of David (E–pub/Pdf) The Scar of David Author Susan Abulhawa I have to admit my ignorance in the continuing turmoil between Israel and Palestine It seems that it is a conflict that has been going on forever and that many people in the States are at a lose to understand so we watch the news call them all crazy then go about our live This novel opened my eyes to this situation and made me sad

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    REVIEW · TRAMZ.CO Ï Susan Abulhawa (E–pub/Pdf) The Scar of David Author Susan Abulhawa Susan Abulhawa Ï 1 FREE DOWNLOAD Disclosure Won in Goodreads giveawayI suppose this is a type of book that will get some people's panties in a twist so let me say a couple things1 Never ever listen to just one side of the story There needs to be f

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    (E–pub/Pdf) The Scar of David Author Susan Abulhawa I'm speechless For non Palestinians it's important to read this novel since it summarizes the story of Palestine the story of great love and great lossFor Palestinians it's good though painful to see our miseries put into wordsMay I can write about some points of this outstanding novel laterThe lovely signature o

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    REVIEW · TRAMZ.CO Ï Susan Abulhawa (E–pub/Pdf) The Scar of David Author Susan Abulhawa Susan Abulhawa Ï 1 FREE DOWNLOAD What a wonderful yet hearbreaking ride this book was Firstly I’ll start with the fact that as soon as I saw the

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    Susan Abulhawa Ï 1 FREE DOWNLOAD REVIEW · TRAMZ.CO Ï Susan Abulhawa FREE READ The Scar of David Here's what I wrote about this book written by a friend of mine on the BN websiteEveryone should read Susan Abulhawa’s The Scar of David This story of a Palestinian family’s journey through four generations of Israeli occupation offers beautiful balanced and intensely humanistic insight into the experience of both Palestinians and Israel

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