What went wrong after Oslo? How can Israelis and Palestinians make peace? How has the violence changed their lives, and their souls? In Death as a Way of Life, David Grossman, one of Israel's great fiction writers, has addressed these questions in a series of passionate essays and articles, writing not only as one of his country's most respected novelists and commentators, but as a husband and father and peace activist bitterly disappointed in the leaders of both sides.
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This is a great window from a violent age in the history of the Levant, which has largely passed, but threatens to return again very soon. The series of essays, all by David Grossman, he's not just an editor, starts us out on a journey from high hopes of peace during the Oslo process, and over the essays we see how that hope diminished and eventually degenerated into bloody violence. It's a very left-wing analysis of events, with Grossman dishing out a lot of criticism of Sharon and Netanyahu. Written over times when Netanyahu was Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and in opposition, Grossman ultimately leaves a haunting message: you can never trust Netanyahu to deliver peace. The other primary message readers take away is: to survive, Israel must excise itself from the West Bank. That is why, years on from the date of the final essay, this book is still insightful and pertinent today. Many of its core messages and observations are yet to reach their endgame in international, Israeli...
Perhaps the greatest insight I got from this collection of essays from David Grossman is that the peacemakers and people who strive for a peaceful solution are truly the greatest heros. It takes courage to overcome base human instincts and seek a fair peace. Mr Grossman does an admirable job of conveying this. This is not so much a book for the Mideast history scholar as it is for the person who wants to get a feel for what it's like to be caught in the maelstrom that envelops Israel and the Palestinian lands today.
It should be stated that the Jews didn't "run the British" out of the country like jskibel said. It was far more complicated then that. It is unfortunate that jskibel, obviously someone who is proud of his heritage, as am I (my father's family escaped what is now known as Lithuania during the holocaust), has let that pride cloud his judgement. While he is obviously quick to point out Palestinian aggression he does so while seemingly boasting that Israelis drove the British out. I hope that jskibel knows that the Jews, in a quest for a homeland, were doing the same exact thing that the Palestinian militants are doing and that is carrying out terrorist attacks. I guess the main difference now is you have Arabs who resort to blowing themselves up because the guns and rocks that were their original weapon of choice did not work against the tanks of the Israeli Governement. This book is an extremely balanced view of the current situation. While quick to point out...
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