Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti

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My Review: 
This book is a fictional story about a family that had to overcome adversity between Israel and Palestine. The book is broken up into four parts that take place over different periods of a young Palestinian boy from ages 12 to 60. It reads as if it might be a memoir but after researching, I learned that it is indeed just a novel. I was blown away when I found this out, just because it reads so realistically. It's too powerful to not be somewhat of a true story. 

Ichmad Hamid, lives in a country where him and his family are unwelcome and hated. All throughout his life he has had to deal with intolerance, violence and grief and he handles it with patience and determination as he was taught by his wise father. This is a great book to read to really see life through someone else's eyes as they lived such an extremely different life then most others. 

The characters were extremely well built, making it extremely easy to sympathize with Ichmad and completely fall into this book overwhelming me with emotions to the point I didn't put the book down until completion. You'll be hooked just as I was, by the opening scene and you'll be engrossed in every word until the end of the book. 

I give this book 4/5 

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