Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Let It Be Morning” as Want to Read:
Let It Be Morning
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Let It Be Morning

3.73  ·  Rating Details ·  382 Ratings  ·  57 Reviews
In his debut, "Dancing Arabs, " Sayed Kashua established himself as one of the most daring voices of the Middle East. In his searing new novel, a young Arab journalist returns to his hometown -- an Arab village within Israel -- where his already vexed sense of belonging is forced to crisis when the village becomes a pawn in the never-ending power struggle that is the Middl ...more
ebook, 288 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Grove Press (first published 2004)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details

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

Rania Masri
This is a problematic book.
(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
Nov 08, 2007 Sunshine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Update: after finishing it, I'm rounding it out at a solid 4 stars. It gets better and better and proves its narrative construction.

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
Jaana Ylikangas
Feb 23, 2014 Jaana Ylikangas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Different from the columns in Haaretz that Ive been following for years and grew tired of. I have to admit that I read the book between the lines all the time. This is many books in one, as stated in at least another review. I also conceived it as other fates than the Palestinian. I had a philosophical problem I didnt know of. This is a book that I needed but didnt know it. It doesnt seem like an important book but it is, at least for me. I havent been ignorant to start with so Im startled but n ...more
Dec 18, 2015 Zack is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: school
This book was a good book. I thought it started a little slow but it was needed for background information and leading in. Once you got past the beginning the book was good. I could not relate to the author very well but it was interesting in the way the story was told and his thinking through the challenges that he had and the things he did. The setting was interesting and was cool to see a person's view and thinking of what it is like in his village. Overall it was an okay book.
Samar Dahmash Jarrah
No one consulted the Palestinians on the Peace Process. No one cared. This is what I think this story is about.
Mar 31, 2015 Claire rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
I just could not officially finish this book. I'm still not officially sure how to do this properly...
Sep 04, 2012 Arda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A friend of mine read this book before I did and said: “I cannot believe the way he talks about his wife. It’s humiliating. Does she even KNOW he writes these things about her? Most probably not, right? I cannot imagine her READING this stuff and choose to still BE with him!”

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
Much like the protagonist of this unsettling novel, the author is an Israeli Arab who has worked as a journalist for a liberal Israeli newspaper (Ha'aretz). When he becomes a father, he moves his wife and baby from Tel Aviv back to their home village, where life is instantly claustrophobic. At first, the noose is social, as their world shrinks from the cross-cultural cosmopolitanism of Tel Aviv, to the insular world of extended family in a small village. Then, when the Israeli Army seals the vil ...more
Jim Leffert
May 09, 2010 Jim Leffert rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second novel (published in 2004) by Sayed Kashua, an Israeli Arab who has also created a popular show on Israeli television, Arab Labor, which pokes fun at relationships between Israeli Jews and Arabs. The protagonist narrator is a 28-year old Israeli Arab journalist, employed by a Hebrew language newspaper in Tel-Aviv. Feeling increasingly marginalized and rejected by the mainstream Israeli society in the wake of the Second Intifada, he retreats from Tel Aviv to his home village, dr ...more
Jayne Charles
Jul 24, 2011 Jayne Charles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a slow burner, but well worth sticking with. At the start it appeared to be about an Arab, living in Israel, who exudes dissatisfaction about everything - his career, his home village, the city where he used to live, his parents, his wife....the list goes on. As the story progressed, I found it increasingly informative. I like a book that challenges my ignorance - and for starters I didn't realise there were Arabs who counted themselves Israeli citizens, and were happy to remain so. Thi ...more
Jan 01, 2010 Kireja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
1) This book highlights what it is like to be an Arab-Israeli and the complexities of being an Arab-Israeli living in a Jewish city. The protagonist displays a sense of regret when he states "how I hate myself for trying to believe I was really one of them...I never managed to feel like I was one of them. They always made me feel like an outsider" (170). At one point he feels sorry for the Arab-Israelis, who are in denial about the blockade, because they believe in their Citizenship. There is al ...more
Andy Oram
I find three different books inside this one, all inducing the sense of relentless despair appropriate to the source of the book's title (Deuteronomy 28:67). The first aspect of the book is a paranoid, Kafkaesque story of a siege that represents--in a highly exaggerated form--the indignations and oppression that Palestinian Arabs feel, not only in Israel but in the rest of the world. The second aspect, which is my favorite, is an invented memoir retelling the main narrator's struggles as a child ...more
Simona Dreca
Completo la lettura dei libri di Sayed Kashua tradotti in italiano con E fu mattina (sempre grazie alla biblioteca di Prato). Devo dire che pur essendo un buon romanzo non mi ha entusiasmata come Arabi danzanti o Due in uno. Questo testo, anche dal punto di vista della struttura narrativa è più canonico. Racconta come in una sorta di lungo reportage, narrato in chiave intimistica, la seconda intifada e la spartizione "pacifica" dei territori tra lo stato di Israele e quello della Palestina. Il s ...more
Etha Frenkel
A very disturbing book on several levels. First, the horrible, kafkesque predicament the village unexpectedly and inexplicably finds itself in. Second, the narrator/protagonist and his negative attitude to everything. If there is a natural tendency to identify and sympathize with him he systematically destroys this. This includes the grotesque picture of the Arab village which he draws. All negative. At first I was relieved that at least his immediate family came out all right but then the memor ...more
Dec 09, 2012 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
a book I wanted to like more, but didn't really! I started it and then got distracted by something more interesting (!). Felt I had to finish it, and at the time the Israeli/ Palestinian issues were at the top of the new again.

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
Sep 09, 2007 Alicia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is set in a small Arab village in Israel and was a very interesting look at the struggle that everyday life can become in Israel for this minority. Focusing on the life of a journalist at a Jewish newspaper, the protagonist has moved back to his small village as his assignments (along with his paycheck) dry up in the face of increasing tension in Israel. Shortly after moving home the village is surrounded by tanks and the village is cut off from fresh supplies of food, water and waste dispo ...more
Jul 18, 2016 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't a book I would pick up on my own, but it was given to me. I have to say that it educated me about the realities of the Arab-Israeli conflict in a very personal way. The writing felt stilted, but it's a translation from Hebrew, which may explain some of that, and the narrator was not likable at all. His thoughts on his wife are not what you'd call enlightened, and my eyes rolled back in my head more than once. To me it was very uneven, sometimes feeling like an existential fable, somet ...more
Rose Heredia
Due to the translation from Hebrew to English, I felt the writing was stilted. I found it hard to connect to the story due to the language. The story at times traveled to the past but I didn't see the connection between the present and the past with every moment. The third act was very quickly paced but still felt as if something was missing. As for the last lines of the book, I understood it's intent, but was left so empty. Perhaps I needed more context for the story? I would be interested to l ...more
Sean Glover
Jul 31, 2008 Sean Glover rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, without sparing the 'adult' language, offers a glimpse at the lives of Isreali citizens of Arab descent and Palestenians with the touch of the journalist. Kashua kept me engaged throughout the whole book. So it went by fast. I appreciated an account, albeit fictional, of what it the situation is like to be a real person in that context. Kashua also does an excellent job of portraying human universals related to family, neighborhood, relationships and growing up. Very good perspective ...more
Feb 10, 2008 William rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Shelves: read-in-2008
A gritty portrait of life in an Arab village in Israel during a time of conflict. The story concerns a dissillusioned Arab writer who leaves behind his job at an israieli newspaper to return to his childhood village only to have his hopes of a better life destroyed by events beyond his control.
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
just sarah
If you want a 200+ page tour of the guts of the word quagmire, this is the story for you. Kashua clearly draws on first-hand experience as he takes the reader directly into the tangle of Israelis, Arab Israelis and Palestinians. For the most part the prose and translation are good and keep the reader's interest piqued, but there are passages that could use editing. Also questionable is his treatment of his female characters, for whom he has no kind words. All in all, if Kashua was bitterly attem ...more
Diana Skelton
"...Things have calmed down. Only a handful of kids still loiter, biking around the roadblocks to mock the soldiers and tanks. I turn back and pass in front of the fountain, the one inaugurated with great pomp by the mayor and meant to welcome Saturday visitors. The fountain is not working because of the blackout. The water is fouler than ever. Empty cans, cigarette butts and other filth discarded by the crowds over the past two days, stagnate on the surface...."
Rifat Mana
סיפור טוב, לקח לי יותר זמן לסיים אותו מאשר לשני ספריו של קשוע שקראתי קודם, במקום מסויים הוא משעמם שהוא חוזר על אותם סטיריאוטיפים שיש לו קלפי ערביי ישראל, בהתבסס על אוכלוסייה קטנה של ערבים שכוללת קרובים, שכנים ובנע משפחה, שלקחו חלק בסיפור.

לפעמים אופן הכתיבה הפרטני יכול להטעות את הקורא, אם מדובר על סיפורי עם מהאספקט של הסופר, כי מחשבות אישיות לא בהכרח הן מחשבותיו של הקולקטיב.

אבל קשוע מצליח עוד פעם להביע את הפאראדוקס שחיי בו ערבי בישראל בצורה הטובה ביותר.
Aug 04, 2009 Marvin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Set in an Israeli Arab village near Jerusalem. Although fictional, it functioned much more like nonfiction. The characters were not well developed, & the plot & structure were designed almost entirely to convey what it's like to live as an Arab in Israel--very much outsiders to Israelis, viewed with suspicion even by liberals, but also outsiders to the Arab community & with very little in common with them.
Another book difficult to rate. It's beautifully written and translated. A frankly unlikable narrator who is a journalist and has moved back to the Arab village where he grew up. The village is barricaded, water and electricty turned off, and life quickly becomes chaotic. The ending is a bit of a twist, turning the whole narrative on it's head. I didn't really like it but I am intrigued and want to read more.
Jan 23, 2009 Bora rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I've always been fascinated with the Israeli Palestinina conflict as are many others. The book starts off promising when you learn that you will be reading about the lives of the Arab towns within Israel; but the book really fizzled out. It doesn't really give you a sense of how the conflict is impacting the towns beyond the surface. The author tries to paint a town where villagers turn against one another as a result of the blockade but the delivery was incomplete and disappointing.
Oct 10, 2015 Ash rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The main protagonist is difficult to empathise with - he is weak, self-centred, and keeps saying 'Damn!' which became tiresome. Having moved back to his home village with his wife and young baby, he keeps up the pretence that he is employed (having lost his journalist job). I found this unbelievable. Very interesting setting/context for a book, but let down by the main character who seemed to be more 'alive' when reminiscing his past, than in the 'present' plot of the book...
Jan 08, 2012 Kristin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love this book by an Arab living in Israel. In the novel the journalist living in an Arab suburb of an Israeli city and the entire community working, going to school, marketing their stores to Israelis are living a good and prospereous life. But being Arab they are part of a whole political system that can harm them very easily.
Sep 24, 2007 nina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all
Shelves: fiction
Great book about a journalist who moves his family back to his hometown, an Arab village in Israel, in hopes of avoiding the discrimination he felt in the city.

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.

« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Married to Another Man: Israel's Dilemma in Palestine
  • A Hand Full of Stars
  • Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide
  • The Retrospective
  • Limassol
  • Arabesques
  • Like Dreamers: The Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem in the Six-Day War, and the Divided Israel They Created
  • The Unmaking of Israel
  • Pillars of Salt
  • The Media Relations Department of Hizbollah Wishes You a Happy Birthday
  • Some Day
  • Dreams Of Speaking
  • Once Upon a Country: A Palestinian Life
  • Writing in the Dark: Essays on Literature and Politics
  • The Wanting
  • Palestine's Children: Returning to Haifa and Other Stories
  • Mezzaterra: Fragments from the Common Ground
  • Dolly City
Sayed Kashua (Arabic: سيد قشوع, Hebrew: סייד קשוע; b. 1975) is an Israeli-Arab author and journalist born in Tira, Israel, known for his books and humoristic columns in Hebrew.

هو كاتب وصحفي فلسطيني إسرائيلي يعيش في القدس ويكتب بالعبرية. ولد سيد قشوع في مدينة الطيرة، مدينة عربية وسط إسرائيل، لأب يعمل موظفا في البنك ولأم تعمل معلمة. هو الثاني من بين أربعة أبناء. حين كان في ال15 من عمره تم قبوله لمدر
More about Sayed Kashua...

Share This Book