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This is an alternate-cover edition for ASIN B008XM0AZM.

Gifted with a brilliant mind that has made a deep impression on the elders of his Palestinian village, Ahmed Hamid is nevertheless tormented by his inability to save his friends and family. Living under occupation, the inhabitants of the village harbour a constant fear of losing their homes, jobs, belongings – and each
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Kindle Edition, 353 pages
Published December 11th 2013 by Garnet Publishing (first published January 1st 2012)
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Chad Sayban
Death and hardship are the reality of Ichmad Hamid’s life growing up in a Palestinian village ruled over by the Israeli military. From birth, Ichmad has been taught that the Israelis are the enemy as he has seen his siblings killed or maimed by their brutality. But when his mathematical genius gives him the opportunity to study at the Hebrew university, his wrongly imprisoned father is the only person who insists that Ichmad should follow his dreams and espouse peace rather than conflict. Howeve ...more
Kit
Disclaimer: I do not feel that I am educated enough to judge this novel against real and documented history. The political situation in Israel, Palestine, and the surrounding areas is complicated enough without me taking a ham-fisted swing at it; therefore, I will only be looking at this novel as a work of fiction and weighing it accordingly.

The Almond Tree made me roll my eyes so hard and so often that they now swing freely in their sockets. I have googly eyes. I look like a certain cookie-jone
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Estrelya Spica
I was late to find out that I won this book last dec. 1~
I just check my mail and found out that I won~
This MADE MY DAY into BRIGHTEST!!!
I was really surprise, it was my first experience to won in giveaway :D
Thank you so much :D



I'm excited to read it x)
I wonder what will I learned and realize after reading this book ^^
can't wait :D

Re-edited:

When I received this book last Dec. 17, 2012:

I went home really depressed (because of my exams. I think I will fail, I'm not really good at science especially
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Susan Abulhawa
I reviewed this novel in a longer essay regarding novels that pervert the cultures and struggles of marginalized peoples. Here is the relevant portion:

Michelle Cohen-Corasanti's debut novel, The Almond Tree, is yet another example. The narrative creates sympathy with the oppressed (in this case, Palestinians) by enumerating the litany of injustices they must endure. Cohen-Corasanti, a Jewish White American woman of considerable privilege, said in an interview that she wrote this novel because sh
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Paddy O'callaghan


There is no doubt in my mind that Michelle Cohen Corasanti is one of today's greatest novelists, and most important socio-political commentators. What she's done with The Almond Tree is highlighted the cause of one of the world's most unjustifiably maligned, and oppressed people. She's also produced a beautiful multifaceted story which is in equal parts utterly riveting, shocking, and addictive. If you liked Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, you'll love this.
Rowena
“Throughout history the conquerors have always treated the conquered this way. The bad ones need to believe we’re inferior to justify the way they treat us. If they only could realize that we’re all the same.”

The story follows the life of Palestinian Ichmad Hamad and his family over the span of half a century, living in a Palestinian village controlled by the Israeli army. Of his village Ichmad says, “Only five years earlier, it had been filled with olive trees. Now it was filled with landmines
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Cristiane Serruya
Feb 13, 2014 Cristiane Serruya rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: NO ONE
Recommended to Cristiane by: I won it on LibraryThings giveaway
Shelves: first-reads
I have no pleasure to rate a book with one star, so I'll exceed myself on the explanations.

Before you complain about my rating or my review on my curated space, please read, learn and think about the real facts.
Don’t make a judgement based on what someone told you. Be impartial and listen to both sides. In fact, listen to all sides before you decide for yourself.
If you are rude, you're going to be flagged. If you want to discuss my review, do it politely. I’m always available and you can always
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Angela
Something so terrible happens to a family in a small village in Palestine in the first chapter of this powerful novel and I thought they couldn' t endure anymore . I was wrong ; bad things just keep happening and the loss and suffering was overwhelming . Yet, I am glad that I kept reading - actually I couldn't put it down .

Ichmad , the oldest son , through a rash and immature decision , has to become the caretaker of his family who live in this occupied village. He is extraordinarily intelligent
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E.B.
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For Ichmad and Abbas, the world was Hell.

One boy would carry that hell around with him like a prison. The other would rise above it, and try to transform it. Both worked toward the same cause: one with a heart fueled by hate, the other with a heart guided by love.

Michelle Cohen Corasanti’s The Almond Tree is the story of Ichmad Hamid--a young boy, growing up in an Israeli-occupied Palestinian village. It's a story of war. Ichmad and his family were the victims of hate,
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Doreen
I looked forward to reading this book because of the subject matter; unfortunately, the novel was disappointing.

The book is the fictional memoir of a Palestinian named Ichmad Hamid. Covering the years from 1955 to 2009, the focus is on the extreme suffering of Ichmad’s large family at the hands of the Israeli occupiers. Crisis follows crisis, although Ichmad is able to better his life because of his intelligence.

A major problem is the weak characterization. Ichmad’s portrayal is unrealistic as e
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Ehtesham Khan
I got a new friend. His name is Ichmad Hamid. Thank you Michelle Cohen Corasanti for writing a good story. I'm biggest fan of The Almond Tree.
Full rating novel..............
Raluca
Book source: received for review via LibraryThing

The Almond Tree tells the story of a young boy, Ichmad Hamid, who manages to succeed in life only thanks to his intelligence and good will. Caught in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Ichmad's family is left with no home or possesions, so he has to struggle to earn money and survive. Thanks to his natural talent in Sciences, Ichmad receives a scholarship to study in Israel (the country of the soldiers who killed two of his sisters and imprisoned h
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S
This is a debut novel, so I wasn’t expecting that it would be a masterpiece, but it definitely needed a bit more polish.
It was an enjoyable read, and the topic is very pertinent. We are constantly faced with news about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict almost every day, so it was good to read about it. This is the story of a Palestinian boy, who is very intelligent and is caught in the middle of the conflict between the Jews and the Arabs. Through the course of the story, he is faced with the obl
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John Carter
This is one of the most well-written books that I have ever read. This book is amazingly relevent in a time of heightened tension between the Israelis and Palestinians. This book reminds you of the perspective of the Palestinians, which is a perspective often forgotten by the Western World. I recommend this book to anyone. Thanks FirstReads!
Libby
Jun 15, 2013 Libby rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historians, YA, Mideast Enthusiasts, Social Studies Teachers, Sociologists, Theoligians
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Val Walton
The Almond Tree is more than a beautiful compelling story. It is also very sad. Imagine the outcry if a 3 year old Canadian girl died because she chased a butterfly into a field next to her home. And unknown to her had entered a mine field, deliberately put there to kill whoever entered it.

This is the story of a Palestinian family whose only crime was to live on a farm Israeli settlers wanted.

The family, forced into a hovel and then a tent is pushed to the brink of extinction. The two oldest son
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Jen
A remarkable story about Ichmad, an impoverished child living in war torn Israel through the fighting between the Jews and Palestinians. A devastating view of war and how unarmed citizens are pulled in innocently striping them of loved ones, necessities and at times, even spirit. The story of Ichmad is of a 12 year old boy who was able to rise above and move beyond the barriers of poverty because of his genius mathematical skills. It cost him loved -ones including his own brother who believed hi ...more
Coleen Cloete
The almond tree was an unexpected and inspiring novel about a history so complex and a war still raging today.

We meet Ichmad when he is 7. The story unfolds over a 50 year time period mixing history, fiction, tolerance, intolerance, shock and the choices that shape our lives and leaves us sometimes, sad, disappointed, hopeful and confused.

Told from a Palestinian view point the author build a wonderful story around probably one of the most controversial and uncomfortable topics in the world today
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Nicolle
This book was so engaging that I couldn't stop reading long enough to change my status from 'to-read' to 'currently reading'. When I entered to win this book on Goodreads First Reads I thought it would be an average "ok" read but how wrong was I! I learnt so much from this book about life in Israel and to be honest it was extremely shocking. Of course I know there is depravity in many parts of the world including Israel but I just didn't realise the extent of the conflict and hatred between the ...more
Britany
The Almond Tree was an explosive look at the war between Israel and the Palestinians. While, I feel like most of us live in the bubble that is the United States there are numerous other groups of people fighting for their political freedom. This book was an eye opening fictional account of a young boy who saw more horror in his first 12 years than most of us will ever see. This novel had amazing story telling and heart wrenching circumstances, leaving one boy to change the course of his life by ...more
Julie Fischer
Michelle Cohen Corasanti has written an enlightening book on the consequences both politically and emotionally when Palestine is to give up part of it's country's land to the tortured Jewish people after World War II. I was unable to put this book down once I began reading the story. The characters and story were both well developed. I felt that this was a great history lesson for myself. World News unfortunately often only presents one side of the story.
Glenda L
I won this book from Goodreads and am so glad I did, as I probably would not have read it. Carol's review is so good, please read it. I really don't know much about the Middle East other than what I see on TV or read in the newspaper. This book put a lot of things into perspective. I couldn't put it down. It is beautifully written.
Tania
Courage, I realised, was not the absence of fear: it was the absence of selfishness; putting someone else's interest before one's own.


A beautiful, heartbreaking debut novel about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I especially appreciated that the author (a Jewish American woman) chooses to show both sides of the story. She describes her characters with so much compassion that you understand everyone's choices, even though I would not have though this posssible at the start of the book. My only c
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Sam
The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti
Garnet Publishing
ISBN 978-1-85964-329-7
Published: September 2012

Reading Michelle Cohen Corasanti’s first novel one is immediately conscious that this is must surely be non-fiction. The details are so personal, so harrowing, yet so full of hope and triumph over evil, you desperately want it to be real.The clues are in the writer’s history. A former lawyer, trained in international human rights law, someone who has lived seven years in Israel and heard t
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Lucinda
This noteworthy book is one that touches your heart with its exposed frankness, emotion and which is greatly affecting.

“…May the battles that we fight be for the advancement of humanity.”

This remarkable story is one that comes from the author’s inner core, crafted by her personal experiences that make this a raw, candid read that contains such poignancy and intensity as to really touch your heart. Michelle Cohen Corasanti is brave to bear her soul to the world, but it takes not only strength o
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Diane S.
Without doubt this Israeli author has written a searing indictment against the Israeli's treatment of the Palestinians. I am not going to comment on the politics but just comment on the story told. It is very well written, well researched, parts are very difficult to read as our many when atrocities and war take over civilians lives. Regular people just hoping to lead normal lives, with enough money for food and shelter in which to take care of their families. This book opens with a heart-wrench ...more
Georgia
The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti is a beautifully written story told from the point of view of Ichmad Hamid. Told in four parts (and spanning decades) it begins with a seven-year old Ichmad making us painfully aware of real horrors and what loss really means. From the first page the reader is fully aware it's not a story for the light-hearted.

Living as a Palestinian in an Jewish Israeli controlled village, we start off in the 1950's, with Ichmad describing the horrofic circumstances
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Colin Mallard
“The Almond Tree,”

is one of the most moving and powerful novels I’ve read. It’s the kind of book that takes the reader into another world, a world of poverty and war, brutality, sorrow and love. And in the process we become aware of ourselves as human beings; the beauty and the horror we create.

What a ride. Man’s inhumanity to his fellow creatures is appalling, countered only by a deep sense of justice, compassion and a love for the truth whatever it is.

Corasanti shines the light of awareness in
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Lorca Damon
As a book reviewer, I read a lot of content and I read most of it with a critical eye, looking for the finer points of the book to mention in my review and to help me determine its rating. It has been a very long time since a book pulled me in as far as The Almond Tree (Garnet Publishing) did, and an even longer time since a book has made me cry.

As an outsider to the situation between Israel and Palestine, it’s easy to fall victim to the ignorant belief that there are atrocities on both sides, t
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Debbie White
This book was fantastico!!! I really really enjoyed it~! It is very graphic and some scenes are pretty brutal, but that is what life is really like for Israelis. I found this to be very interesting to me as I have a friend that is a Palestinian and I had no real idea of what my friend has gone through in this life. Israel has always seemed so sacred to me, and it still is! But seeing it through the eyes of a young Israeli up through his life cycle was unbelievable. This books paints pictures tha ...more
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Michelle Cohen Corasanti grew up in a Jewish home in which German cars were boycotted and Israeli bonds were plentiful. Other than the blue-and-white tin Jewish National Fund sedakah box her family kept in the kitchen and the money they would give to plant trees in Israel, all she learned growing up was that after the Holocaust, the Jews found a land with
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