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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,187 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sandy Tolan Narrator: Sandy Tolan Publisher: HighBridge Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2006 ISBN:
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In 1967, Bashir Al-Khayri, a Palestinian 25-year-old, made a long-imagined journey to what is now the city of Ramle in Israel, with the goal of seeing the beloved old stone house, with the lemon tree behind it that his father had planted, that he and his family had fled 19 years earlier. To his surprise, when he found the house and rang the bell, a young woman welcomed him in.

The woman who met him at the door was Dalia Ashkenazi Landau, a 19-year-old Israeli college student, who had been a baby when her family fled Europe following the Holocaust and found their way to an abandoned stone house in Ramle, with a lemon tree in the backyard. On the stoop of their shared home, Dalia and Bashir began a rare and difficult friendship, forged in the aftermath of war and tested over the next 35 years in ways that neither could imagine on that summer day in 1967.

Based on extensive research and conversations with all the people involved, and springing from his enormously resonant radio documentary that aired on NPR's Fresh Air in 1998, Sandy Tolan brings the Israeli/Palestinian conflict down to its most human level, suggesting that even amid the bleakest political realities there exist stories of hope and reconciliation. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nahom Tamerat | 2/8/2014

    " I found the book very educative and quite well balanced as it tries to present both sides of the story without bias. The story itself is interesting and very readable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie Murrell | 2/3/2014

    " Educational, moving, and inspiring. It made me feel like one person can make a difference. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/31/2014

    " Really interesting story , fiction but have a really readable story of the history of the Middle East. I need to read it again ,it had so much information. It tells it in a story form about two families which made it an interesting approach of story telling telling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 1/30/2014

    " I have absolutely no idea how to rate this book....everything from a 2 to a 5 seems totally appropriate to me. I am so glad to be done with it....it has been a mission of mine to finish it and it was not an easy mission. I learned so, so much from this book....I was ridiculously poorly informed before this book and this book covered a lot, a lot of details. The premise of covering the history of Israel focusing on a Palestinian and a Jewish family whose lives are connected only by one chance circumstance is a fabulous conception to me and all the parts dealing with the families was fabulous social history, IMO. However, much of the book is just tons and tons and tons of historical detail and it just made the book too much of a slog for me. I found this book barely readable for long stretches in spite of being interesting in it. Anyhow, I am glad to have made it through truly I learned a great deal and have a much better understanding now of the Arab positions than I ever did before. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbra | 1/30/2014

    " This book is very heavy and reads much like a text book. Because I am not really familiar with the politics or geography of this region, I often found it hard to track which 'side' they were talking about. The book is really a story with no ending and it's hard to imagine that a resolution will ever come. The level of hatred, resentment, and misguided beliefs are high on both sides and very sad. I think the book certainly gave me some more information about this area of the world but it was definitely a challenging read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jaclyn | 1/16/2014

    " Really nice to have an overview of the conflict in a well-written narrative. I thought the lens of the lemon tree and the al-Ramla house made some of the finer intricacies of the conflict somehow easier to understand. Well worth the read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Batesharbuck | 1/14/2014

    " very hard to read about the Palestinian situation, but a good book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beverly | 1/9/2014

    " Sandy Tolan makes the complexities of the Arab/Israeli conflict understandable through the moving and compelling true stories of two families who live the conflict on a daily basis, through several generations. I want to believe, as the Israeli Dalia Eshkenazi does, that when enemies can see one another as human beings, and develop personal relationships, ethnic conflicts can be resolved. Unfortunately by the end of the book, both Dalia and the reader may find this belief slipping away. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Joce | 1/8/2014

    " i didnt like this one very much. it's rare that i dont finish a book adn i couldnt finish this one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vildan Arıcan | 1/5/2014

    " if u have an open mind it is great:))) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Molly | 12/11/2013

    " A beautifully written history of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict told through the story of two families joined by a house. Tolan's meticulous research is evident throughout. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Vmacd | 12/11/2013

    " Good fictional representation on the conflict between the Arabs and the Jews in the Middle East. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Acacia | 12/2/2013

    " very good introduction into the politics of the occupation. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sriram Chari | 11/27/2013

    " Brilliant narration while dealing with a complicated subject. The long bloody history is put into perspective through the life of two main characters. Quoting Albert Einstein "No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tamela | 11/18/2013

    " A must read for anyone who grew up in the television era and would like to really learn about the long-standing conflict between Palestine and Israel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen Minekime | 10/16/2013

    " I really enjoyed. Made me wonder how world peace, tolerance, respect, human dignity can be achieved and how I can help. K "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy | 10/5/2013

    " It's not a novel, so it's slow to read, but it's important history that I didn't know much about, but I need to know about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Debra Track | 8/12/2013

    " An amazing, true story of two people on opposite sides of an emotional and - sadly - deadly issue. As a Jewess, it enlightened me to the plight of The Other. It shifted my paradigm. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jackie | 5/10/2013

    " This is a compelling story - well told and exceptionally well researched. It makes decades of recent history in the Middle East accessible by framing it in the experiences of two families. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alicia | 1/1/2013

    " TBA - Just starting! :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia Kelmar | 10/14/2012

    " "read" this on book tape. Very interesting history of the Middle East. I learned a lot about both sides of the Israel debate. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mwalser2 | 8/24/2012

    " My number one favorite book right now!!! MUST READ! gives great insight into the conflict in the Holy Land while humanizing it and a non bias narrative. Would love to chat about this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrea Hall | 8/10/2012

    " This book had a lot of good information about the conflict but it was painful reading. I much preferred Mornings in Jenin. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kylee | 2/8/2012

    " Provided a fascinating historical account of both sides of the complex Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cynthia | 5/8/2011

    " Really helped me understand the essence of the conflict between the Palestine and Israel. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joann | 4/30/2011

    " I learned about the Arab-Jew conflict in an interesting story.
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrea | 4/23/2011

    " I think everyone with any interest in the Israeli/Palestinian situation should read this book. I came away with so much more understanding of the intractability of the conflict in the Middle East. Sandy Tolan writes beautifully--the story just flows. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 4/14/2011

    " This book greatly enhanced my understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and helped me see it from the Palestinian perspective as well as from that of the Israelis. As a result, I have changed mine. It seemed very well researched and kept my attention. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosie | 4/14/2011

    " One of the best books I've read about the Israeli-Palestine question. Very personal, yet full of broad history as well. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 4/10/2011

    " Tolan made the whole Israeli/Palestinian MESS understandable. Very touching! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elena | 3/28/2011

    " Interesting so far and good stuff to know. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lori | 3/20/2011

    " This was a wondeful and insightful book. I realized that if peace cannot be found between Isreal and the Palestines peace cannot be found anywhere. I strongly recommend this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 3/13/2011

    " This book has most certainly changed the way that I look at Israel as a country and the conflict within it. I learned so much that I didn't know, and it was written in a way that was easy to follow and understand. Everyone should read this! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christina | 3/8/2011

    " I didn't really "like" this book.

    I thought the subject was important so that's why I finished it.

    However, based on what I read, I don't believe there will ever be a resolution that both Israelis and Palestinians will be able to live with. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dbshell | 3/7/2011

    " I really did learn a lot....It just seems so frustrating..they have been argueing and fighting forEVER!
    And there seems no resolution....
    "

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