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  • 15 January 2018
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REVIEW Ë The Scar of David FREE DOWNLOAD 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 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 describe their displacement into a refugee camp where the main character Amal is born From there it mostly follows her life up until the early 2000s Amal grows up in the camp but a scholarship is her ticket out and from there her life takes some interesting turns until she finally winds up back in the camp again No spoilers that s in the prologueSo here s the thing about this book It feels very raw and angry emotionally honest even where it s playing fast and loose with the facts It s one of the most manipulative books I ve ever read It s almost impossible to lose sight even for a moment of the fact that the author is Making A Point The writing on the sentence level is not bad There are some good insights and connections drawn But it s so heavy handed in its message so depressingly predictable in its tragedy so insistent in telling the reader how to feel that the agenda tends to overwhelm the novelI do think the author makes some effort to be fair The individual Jewish characters in this book are mostly not bad people But at the same time the Palestinian characters are so full of strength love and solidarity that there s barely a flaw to be found in any of them and those few flaws they have are all directly attributable to abuses suffered at the hands of Israeli soldiers And while the author doesn t exactly deny that some Palestinians have done some ugly things she also doesn t mention these things until late in the book even when chronologically they happened much earlier after these people have suffered so much apparently unprovoked abuse that it s impossible to imagine them not fighting back Even then she glosses over the uglier stuffSo the manipulation of the timeline the idealization of the Palestinians and their pre 1948 lives and the selectivity about where the book goes all make it difficult to trust Abulhawa even though much of what she tells us is probably true My impression is that she assumes her readers have already heard the Israeli side and she s here to give us the Palestinian side No doubt this is true of many readers but I expect from a novel than a slanted answer to slanted media reports There are places where the book tries to rise above that most notably one of the scenes with David toward the end of the book but much often it simply rants about IsraelIf that were the only problem with the book I d probably still give it 3 stars But then there s the writing The narration leaps without any apparent rhyme or reason between first and third person between two different first person narrators between past and present tense Writing Yousef s POV in first person present tense was a particularly ill considered decision resulting in passages like I reach my hand to touch But he backs away Later not now I am sure that it was not a dream Got that And there s this constant fast forwarding and rewinding to tell an entire subplot in a paragraph as if the author s afraid we won t remember some plot element by the time it reappears And then the narration jumps around and skips over tons of time It was cool that Amal and I share an alma mater It would have been cooler if a single word had been said about her time thereIn the end I m conflicted about this book I did cry at the end sucker for dramatic death scenes that I am There are interesting plot elements there s a good story in there somewhere I did learn a bit I do think there s a lot of truth to what s presented in this book and that the author could have made her points and effectively without being so heavy handed But this just isn t the novel that it could have been Anti Racist Social Work 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 Martyrdom in the Sikh Tradition 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 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