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The Lady from Tel Aviv

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In the economy class of a plane, the lives of two passengers intersect: Walid, a Palestinian writer, is returning to Gaza for the first time in thirty-eight years; Dana, an Israeli actress, is on her way back to Tel Aviv. As the night sky hurtles past, what each confides and conceals will expose the chasm between them in the land they both call home. Walid soon discovers ...more
Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published July 1st 2013 by Telegram Books
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Jessica
Jun 03, 2014 Jessica rated it really liked it
A beautiful, engrossing novel about Palestine, set shortly before the Israeli withdrawal from Gaza in 2005. It follows a sixty-something-year-old writer, Walid – who would seem to be based on the author himself – as he returns to Palestine for the first time in thirty-eight years, having been forcibly separated from his family by the occupation, and observes the ways in which his homeland, his family and his friends have changed, mostly for the worse. The Khan Younis where he spent his childhood ...more
Rambox
Nov 01, 2016 Rambox rated it liked it
In the first half of the book, the author goes after the Israelis. Then, with that out of the way, he is able to go after the Palestinians before bringing it all home at the end. But don’t misread this interpretive summary - the storytelling here never goes the way one expects.

The Lady from Tel Aviv is simply told. At the beginning of the book al-Madhoun manages absolutely stunning imagery and craft with the language, doing things with English that are easier to do in Arabic, or even Spanish, bu
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Joy Hale
Nov 27, 2015 Joy Hale rated it liked it
I did want to give this three and a half, as it's a book that won't stay with me but was relatively engrossing.
I learnt some of the conflict back at school but other than that my knowledge of it in the modern day is not that strong.
This book does sit in the Palestine camp, and it's hard really to know what the Lady from TA really means in story as she's nowhere near as heavily featured as the title suggests (like, disappointingly so - synopsis is pretty misleading).
But like books I've read my Kh
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Print Teach
May 07, 2016 Print Teach rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, though it left significantly more unanswered questions than it answered. It's not a fast paced adventure - more a meandering stream of memories. It's beautifully written, and conjures up vivid pictures of life on the Gaza Strip. Unfortunately, I now need to go and read a host of books about the Israeli-Palestine troubles, in order to answer all my questions!
Montse
May 18, 2016 Montse rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-east, arab-lit
Interesting account of a trip back to Gaza after 38 years of absence.
Lots of reflections, conversations and thoughts on how things have changed there, and above all, how the people have changed as well.
I enjoyed it, even though to me it felt more like a personal account than like a work of fiction.
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