Let It Be Morning
I'm still reading this, so the # of stars is up for revision, but for now it's a 3-star.
The narrator is very interesting, as is the situation. An Israeli Arab who's a journalist for an Israeli paper (their "arab" guy) who gradually gets marginalized at the paper as Palestinian-Israeli relations worsen and whose Arab village eventually gets blockaded indefinitely. I...more
Sayed Kashua is an Arab-Israeli journalist and novelist who often takes the understandable albeit slightly hypercritical stance of "don't think of me as an Arab-Israel writer just because I'm an Arab-Israeli who writes about Arab-Israelis."
The novel begins with the quasi-autobiographical story of a journalist returning with his wife and daughter to the Arab village where he grew up - this is an interesting touch since it roots the average contemporary reader, probably familiar with Kashua's biog...more
(1) reviewers claim the book discusses the "anti-semitism" in the "arab" community in israel and they point to such a discussion as a positive example of the book. however, there were no examples of anti-semitism in the book. rather, the main characters in the book discuss the discrimination they face from israeli jews.
(2) more importantly, however, the community continues to present itself as 'israeli arabs' and to refer to the palestinians of the west bank as 'palest...more
It was interesting, and the sense of things being at one minute totally normal and then normality being swept away they next minute was portrayed vividly. I found the characterisation very wooden though, which in turn made it difficult to care about the characters very muc...more
I was having similar thoughts while reading this seemingly autobiographical narrative. This guy is quite unlikable. He’s paranoid, needy and untrustworthy. He is low in principles and high in opportunism. Sure, sure, there a...more
Touches on the complexity of life during difficult times and, much like Dreams of Water, on the search for indentity. A good read and Sayed Kashua maintains the suspence of the Israeli blockade of the vill...more
A military blockade of the town pits neighbors against each other and examines whose "side" Arab-Israelis belong to.
The characters are well-developed and it's difficult to put this book down.
I like this book because it really explains the absurdity of the tactics used in the Israeli occupation and the absurdity that is the nature of the conflict itself.
Read it and read it again.