Judith: A Novel
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Judith: A Novel

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A breathtaking novel of passion and politics, set in the hotbed of Palestine in the 1940s, by a master of twentieth-century fiction

It is the eve of Britain’s withdrawal from Palestine in 1948, a moment that will mark the beginning of a new Israel. But the course of history is uncertain, and Israel’s territorial enemies plan to smother the new country at its birth. Judith...more
ebook, 306 pages
Published November 13th 2012 by Open Road Media (first published January 1st 2012)
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Audra (Unabridged Chick)
That this novel had its start as a screenplay was something I felt aware of throughout my whole reading, but it wasn't necessarily a bad thing. Set in the 1940s, the story is both an adventure novel and a kind of parable of a nation with dramatic landscapes, big emotions, and iconic characters.

Judith Roth, a mathematician and researcher, is smuggled out of Germany and into Israel in hopes she can finish her father's research on a new engine or turbine that will impact oil production. The Nazis,...more
Years ago (about 20, now that I think about it), a colleague recommended Justine, the first of the Alexandria Quartet by Durrell. I read it... and at that point I was a "clean plate" reader, so I slogged through the first 50 pages... the first 100 pages... but somewhere in the 150 range, I got it. Then I raced through to the end and grabbed the next three books. So when I saw Judith at BEA, I was thrilled.

Durrell was not Jewish, so that he was able to really convey the energy and conflict of lif...more
Ruth Stern
I was a little disappointed in this book. In the forward they kept talking about the Exodus by Leon Uris. I kept comparing the book to that. It didn't really give the characters enough depth. I also felt the book was more about Grete than Judith.
I am a Lawrence Durrell fan, having found the Alexandria Quartet to be an amazing series of books. "Judith" is not at that standard, as it was initially a screenplay, but I enjoyed it. I am also interested in that time of history -- post WWII, and the Mideast. I could not help but like it!!
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Born in Jalandhar, British India, in 1912 to Indian-born British colonials, Lawrence Durrell was a critically hailed and beloved novelist, poet, humorist, and travel writer best known for the Alexandria Quartet novels, which were ranked by the Modern Library as among the greatest works of English literature in the twentieth century. A passionate and dedicated writer from an early age, Durrell’s pr...more
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