Martyrs' Crossing

Martyrs' Crossing[Reading] ➹ Martyrs' Crossing By Amy Wilentz – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk “SOPHISTICATED AND SUSPENSEFUL TAUTLY WRITTEN Wilentz knows the world she writes about very well and her descriptions have a solid specificity that lends authority to her fiction” –The New York “SOPHISTICATED AND SUSPENSEFUL TAUTLY WRITTEN Wilentz knows the world she writes about very well and her descriptions have a solid specificity that lends authority to her fiction” –The New York Times Book Review“At a closed Israeli checkpoint Marina a Palestinian mother clutches her ailing boy desperate for access to Jerusalem and its doctors When a young Israeli soldier waits too long before deciding to disobey orders a martyr is born Thus begins a graceful painful illuminating novel of the Middle East Wilentz’s prose tugs at the reader The characters are magnetic This is a very human tale of regrets revenge and the elusive nature of absolution” –Entertainment Weekly“SO PRECISE SO STARTLING SO UNFORGETTABLE These characters are all pawns of history and politics but Wilentz makes them live” –Los Angeles Times“MAGNIFICENT Wilentz writes with a prose style reminiscent of The New Yorker’s highest ambitions crystalline pure faultlessly communicative Like the best documentaries Martyrs’ Crossing allows us unprecedented access to a little understood and often misrepresented part of the world” –Chicago Tribune“A BRILLIANTLY RESEARCHED MEDIDATION ON THE CRISIS IN THE MIDDLE EAST Martyr’s Crossing matches Damascus Gate in the uality of research and the mass of intriguing characters–and yet it remains a lean thriller” –The New York Observer. 2001311 pages It took the author three years to write this book her first novel It is a book about the crisis in the Middle East really between Palestinians and Israelis It is a political book in one sense but really a very human tale of regrets revenge and the elusive nature of absolution The characters are all well developed and her writing is very sophisticated She was the editor of The Nation and truly has an understanding of the situation and presents these characters in her book as real people and real situationsI must admit that I had my dictionary close at hand and often had to even go to my computer for a description of certain Palestinian words and Israeli wordsThe book begin at a closed Israeli checkpoint where a Palestinian mother clutches her ailing boy desperate for access to Jerusalem and its doctors When a young Israeli soldier waits too long before deciding to disobey orders a martyr is bornAnd so the story develops from thereIt was a very different book for me to read but even though it was uite sad I learned a great deal about this ongoing conflictI read this book on the recommendation of a friend In fact it is her book so I must return it Martyr's Crossing was just not my book The relative popularity of the novel strikes me as victory of marketing rather that a reflection of its merits True a summary of the central events of the book sound captivating set against the perennial headline grabbing backdrop of the Israeli Palestinian conflict Martyr's Crossing expounds upon the broad reaching conseuences of the death of a Palestinian child at an Israeli checkpoint All the ingredients of a bestselling novel are here the ripple effects of a high stakes decision by the checkpoint official the tremendous momentum that fuels the find the soldier campaign that ensues a kidnapping the slow moving train wreck of anger coupled with irreconcilable philosophical differences but these high emotion and well worn elements of the storyline struck me as mundane and uninspired Wilentz's storyline made me feel cultured and sophisticated when the uestion of what I was reading arose among peers but upon turning the final page I felt no better informed about the political situation in the Middle East and no better versed in the human condition which in my eyes is the measure of a truly distinguished novelist I received this book from Goodreads for my honest review This was a difficult story to process It involves an incident at a checkpoint crossing where a Palestinian boy dies due to delay in allowing him and his Palestinian American mother to get medical help in Israel The story is told through multiple viewpoints and there are no victors here The tragic conseuences are felt by all the mother who is torn between her life with her imprisoned husband there and her father who lives stateside the young Israeli soldier who has to live with the guilt of his actions the gravely ill grandfather the Palestinian leaders who want to use this incident for political gain Well written and introspective but very bleak Desperately sad Even so because it's real Yes it's a novel and the characters are imagined but what happens to them happens to Israelis and Palestinians every day And Amy Wilentz knows what she's writing about she was the Jerusalem correspondent for The New Yorker for two years It is extraordinarily well written and is that true rarity a book about the Palestinian Israeli conflict that sees the humanity and the tragedy on both sides This was a tough story but fascinating look at the people embrittled within Israel and Palestine The story deviated in a way I was at first disappointed but decided to continue on and found I was glad I stuck with it Really this is a story of people and what we will do to help or condemn those with religious and cultural differences however this is so much as the divisiveness between those of Israel and Palestine FANTASTiCFrom Publishers WeeklyA former Jerusalem correspondent for the New Yorker and 1990 National Book Critics Circle nonfiction nominee Wilentz supplements a natural storyteller's eye for character with a reporter's grasp of swirling political detail in this complex haunting debut novel At a checkpoint in Jerusalem a beautiful young Palestinian woman begs an Israeli soldier for permission to cross over in order to get her two year old son to the hospital The soldier Lt Ari Doron frantically telephones headuarters but is rebuffed by an anonymous commander the woman is Marina Raad Hajimi wife of jailed Hamas terrorist Hassan Hajimi and therefore presumptively barred from Israel during a border closure Within minutes the child dies devastating family members on both sides of the checkpoint It turns out the little boy was the grandson of American cardiologist George Raad a secular Palestinian patriot whose iconoclastic views are courted but largely ignored by the Palestinian leadership Despite his failing health George returns to Ramallah to be with his bereaved daughter and to shelter her from the gathering political storm as Palestinian discontents gear up to play Find the Soldier The soldier meanwhile plagued with guilt over his dead baby is unable to stay out of Ramallah where he seeks absolution from Marina and George before the newly liberated Hajimi finds him Characters on both sides of the border are nuanced sympathetic and deeply ambivalent which heightens the well crafted suspense you don't know what will happen next because neither do they Wilentz's insight into the region is so sharp that even the maelstrom she depicts is vivid and comprehensible a full fledged human tragedy from every perspective Agent Deborah Karl MarForecasts The timeliness of this story plus Wilentz's writing credentials make this a sure shot for review attention and healthy salesCopyright 2001 Cahners Business Information Inc This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title From School Library JournalAdultHigh School In this well crafted novel Wilentz looks through the eyes of her sharply drawn characters to explore both the objective issues and the subjective realities that form the fabric of the Israeli Palestinian conflict An ill Palestinian child dies at an Israeli border checkpoint while the young post commander is pressing headuarters for permission to allow the boy and his mother to cross into Israel for medical care The Palestinian political leaders proclaim the boy a martyr rallying crowds with a cry for vengeance Find the soldier The Israeli military's doctor fashions a version of the event to shield the army from blame From this realistic beginning Martyrs' Crossing dramatizes how easily tragic events escalate into violence The mother of the dead boy is American born Marina Hajimi who married Hassan a Palestinian A Hamas activist he is imprisoned in Israel Marina's father is an eminent American cardiologist an intellectual who fled Palestine with his family in 1948 and who is critical of a Palestinian authority he believes is corrupt Lieutenant Ari Doron empathetic and unassailably honest finds himself affected by the pain and the beauty of this woman whose son is dead because he refused to disobey orders The major characters are principled people torn by grief and guilt but unwilling to be manipulated for political purposes Some of the other characters are less nobly motivated Teens who are interested in the Middle East will come away from the novel with a better understanding of why the conflict so defies resolution Martyr's Crossing is a well crafted political novel about our common humanity and what political violence does to individuals The book's characters are not predictable stereotypes but rather flesh and bloodWilentz's political insights are right on Here's the Palestinian American grandfather of the toddler who dies at the beginning of the novel musing on how events can be manipulated You find something something good something that really sparks the people because it comes from deep down and you pump it Something like the torture of a prisoner the assassination of a poet the murder of a child He remembered Ahmed's lecture on manipulating the fortuitous in history History can change a man's standing overnight A speech a coup an unforseen incident Pump it till it's dryHere's another again from the grandfather The problem of Palestine was that everyone wanted things simple everyone was an extremist because everyone wanted things simple It was the problem of humanity Good and evil as if there were only those twoThe story takes in many moving scenes such as when the young Israeli soldier puts on his uniform and visits the American Colony Hotel in Jerusalem and feels the scorn of the guests and staff; when the Palestinian American grandfather finally visits the house his family fled in 1948 his parents coming alive to him as he touches the furniture they left behind and talks with the Jewish family living there now; the young mother ironing her dead toddler's clothes getting the wrinkles out making them flat thinking of a lifetime of sheets ahead of her; and a comforting beautiful description of what of the characters experiences while dyingI have a small uibble with one too pat plot point and wonder too if the characters are too self examining too nuanced nearly all of them understanding so many nuances of the conflict giving perhaps not enough differentiation between them Neither of these uestions got in the way of my enjoying these characters the plot Wilentz's keen insights or her graceful writing style I read this a while ago so here's a a plot overview from the site Definitely worth itA former Jerusalem correspondent for the New Yorker and 1990 National Book Critics Circle nonfiction nominee Wilentz supplements a natural storyteller's eye for character with a reporter's grasp of swirling political detail in this complex haunting debut novel At a checkpoint in Jerusalem a beautiful young Palestinian woman begs an Israeli soldier for permission to cross over in order to get her two year old son to the hospital The soldier Lt Ari Doron frantically telephones headuarters but is rebuffed by an anonymous commander the woman is Marina Raad Hajimi wife of jailed Hamas terrorist Hassan Hajimi and therefore presumptively barred from Israel during a border closure Within minutes the child dies devastating family members on both sides of the checkpoint It turns out the little boy was the grandson of American cardiologist George Raad a secular Palestinian patriot whose iconoclastic views are courted but largely ignored by the Palestinian leadership Despite his failing health George returns to Ramallah to be with his bereaved daughter and to shelter her from the gathering political storm as Palestinian discontents gear up to play Find the Soldier The soldier meanwhile plagued with guilt over his dead baby is unable to stay out of Ramallah where he seeks absolution from Marina and George before the newly liberated Hajimi finds him Characters on both sides of the border are nuanced sympathetic and deeply ambivalent which heightens the well crafted suspense you don't know what will happen next because neither do they Wilentz's insight into the region is so sharp that even the maelstrom she depicts is vivid and comprehensible a full fledged human tragedy from every perspective Martyrs' Crossing begins at an Israeli checkpoint in Jerusalem A Palestinian mother seeking medical care for her toddler son is refused entry because her husband has been jailed by the Israelis The baby dies and all parties try to use the death for their own purposes Amy Wilentz's novel pits Palestinians against Israelis but also each other The Israelis are of than one mind as well New views clash with old as another generation of leaders takes their place The events unfold with tragic conseuences As good as The Attack in its ability to help a reader understand multiple and opposing views The novel is well paced and the characters true to themselves Wilentz writes about Jerusalem and the politics of the place with authority The ambiguities at the end of the story are consistent with the setting tooThe problem of Palestine was that everyone wanted things simple everyone was an extremist because everyone wanted things simple It was the problem of humanity Good and evil as if there were only those two The interesting thing was to seek truth and then face it A story rich in human emotion set in contemporary Ramallah Jerusalem A Palestinian American who returned to Palestine to marry a Hamas activist watches her son die at a checkpoint as she waits to get clearance to get through to take him to a hospital in Jerusalem The story of the political emotional fallout of that tragic event is told from the viewpoint of the mother her father a cardiac specialist at Harvard who's also an activist on behalf of Palestinian rights the soldier who tried to get clearance for the mother child who is held responsible by the Palestinians for the child's death and to a lesser extent the child's father and a PLO leader childhood friend of the child's grandfather though they've become political enemies in recent years This rich book is highly sensitive to the political emotional complexities of the situation a book I won't soon forget

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  • Paperback
  • 330 pages
  • Martyrs' Crossing
  • Amy Wilentz
  • English
  • 19 February 2016
  • 9780345449832