Tuesday, September 10, 2013

The Almond Tree - Michelle Cohen Corasanti

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This book was an offer from the author. Michelle Cohen Corasanti created a giveaway on Goodreads and I was fortunate enough to win a copy. So, this is a "First Link": not linked by another book, but a start of  new "link voyage".

Before reading this book, I knew little about the book or the author, so I didn´t know what to expect. But reading a brand new book is always a pleasure, even if I haven´t a clue of whats in it.

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I'm truly shocked, but in a good way. Everything was possible, as I knowed not what to expect, but I wasn´t quite prepared for an amazing story like this one.

From page one it was fantastic. It is everything I can desire a book to be. It made me feel, learn, think, change, and I can´t help talking about it to all my friends. Unfortunately the reality that lies behind this fiction is a harsh and horrible one. I truly long for peace between Palestine and Israel. Not because of the book, as I already had knowledge about this conflict and my own opinion, but it surely gave me another insight on this matter: the human one.
And if the inside is already amazing, the book´s super smooth cover and silky pages, added in making this a wonderfull reading experience.
It's a powerfull and interesting story, filled with emotions, and very well written. I truly reccomend this read. Pitty there isn´t a portuguese edition. Thank you Michelle Cohen Corasanti for writting it. I know I will not forget it.

Linked books...

Albert Einstein - Johannes Wickert (The title "Einstein and Physics" was mentioned, and Albert Einstein was mentioned too. I failed to find the book, and instead found this biography at Winking Books. So I chose this one as the link to follow)

As Viagens de Gulliver - Jonathan Swift (Gulliver was refered to, and this is the portuguese title of Gullivers Travels)

O Jardim Adormecido - Mahmud Darwish (the poetry of Mahmud Darwish was mentioned, and I found this portuguese edition with some of his poems at Wook

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"That which is hateful to you, do not unto another: this is the whole Torah. The rest is commentary - [and now] go study" 
Rabi Hillel (30 BC - 10 AD)
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Jamal Abdel Nasser
Desmond Tutu
Baruch Goldstein
Nizar Rayan
Linked places...
Haifa Port
Negev Desert
Costa Brava
Charles River
Linked radio station...

Kol Hashalom (The Voice of Peace)
Linked ethnic groups...

Sephardi Jews
Ashkhenazi Jews
Linked newpapers and magazines...

Yediot Ahronot
Linked clothing...
Bedouin wedding dress
Linked military organization...

Al-Qassam Brigades
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Linked historical events...

The 1956 Suez Crisis
Linked food...
Sequoia Sempervirens
Linked looked up words... squalor - the state of being extremely dirty and unpleasant, especially as a result of poverty or neglect.
atone - make amends or reparation.
turnstile - a mechanical gate consisting of revolving horizontal arms fixed to a vertical post, allowing only one person at a time to pass through.
cummerbund - a sash worn around the waist, especially as part of a man’s formal evening suit.
nonchalant - feeling or appearing casually calm and relaxed; not displaying anxiety, interest, or enthusiasm.
fathom - a unit of length equal to six feet (1.8 metres), chiefly used in reference to the depth of water.
stipend - a fixed regular sum paid as a salary or as expenses to a clergyman, teacher, or public official.
hearth - the floor of a fireplace; the base or lower part of a furnace, where molten metal collects.
retch - make the sound and movement of vomiting.
beckon - make a gesture with the hand, arm, or head to encourage or instruct someone to approach or follow.
trestle - a framework consisting of a horizontal beam supported by two pairs of sloping legs, used in pairs to support a flat surface such as a table top.
mihrab - a niche in the wall of a mosque, at the point nearest to Mecca, towards which the congregation faces to pray.
moshav - a cooperative association of Israeli smallholders. 

1 comment:

  1. Now I'm going to read it in a total different way after reading this post! By the way.. I know someone who LOVES bulgur... am I correct Alípio? :)