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My taste is for good quality literature - old and new. Some of it I review here or on my main book blog Edith's Miscellany.
In January I was so lucky to win this book. The title sounds lovely and makes believe the same about the story told in it, but this assumption proves completely wrong already in the very first chapter. In fact, the story has more in common with Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables than with any of the romances on best selling lists. The novel deals with suppression and cruelty, with fear and hatred, with prejudice and ignorance. And it gives hope showing that there are ways out of the vicious circle after all.The Almond Tree isn’t a light bedtime read likely to favour sweet dreams. The story isn’t amusing, nor very imaginative since it’s too realistic. The persons described and the events in their lives are invented, but sadly many Palestinians had and have lives very much like theirs. The author wishes to show that reconciliation is possible if both sides let go the hatred, tried to understand what is behind it and worked together for peace and prosperity. She makes Ichmad repeat his father’s words: “Only forgiveness will set you free.” (p. 191) However, I’m afraid that Michelle Cohen Corasanti’s message won’t reach the people who really need to open their minds and hearts in Israel, in Palestine, everywhere.All things considered The Almond Tree is a very good book. I liked the novel and I’m happy to have been given a chance to read it.
For more see my blog: http://edith-lagraziana.blogspot.co.at/2013/02/the-almond-tree-by-michelle-cohen.html