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Exodus

4.33  ·  Rating Details  ·  73,303 Ratings  ·  1,319 Reviews
Exodus is an international publishing phenomenon--the towering novel of the twentieth century's most dramatic geopolitical event.Leon Uris magnificently portrays the birth of a new nation in the midst of enemies--the beginning of an earthshaking struggle for power.Here is the tale that swept the world with its fury: the story of an American nurse, an Israeli freedom fighte ...more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published October 1st 1983 by Bantam (first published January 1st 1958)
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Tere Fredericks Actually, according to a Jewish website I found, the events of the Exodus were basically true, only the ship's name was changed. Also, the Arabs (as…moreActually, according to a Jewish website I found, the events of the Exodus were basically true, only the ship's name was changed. Also, the Arabs (as depicted in the book, not all but a goodly number, as still today) certainly Arabs fought as they still do, for the same reasons. In fact, I remember Nasser's name, a lot of the names in this book. Part historical novel, part history lesson, once read, never forgotten.(less)
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KC
May 27, 2008 KC rated it it was ok
This book is useful for learning the romantic Zionist version of events surrounding 1948, but contrary to several of the reviews here, it is NOT a reliable historical source or one I would recommend for those interested in seriously learning about the roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Describing this book as an accurate historical account from which to draw important information about the conflict is akin to promoting Gone With the Wind as a complete guide to the American Civil War. Uri ...more
Nandakishore Varma
Even though I was caught up in the book when I first read it, I had to leave it halfway through... and when I went back to it some years later, after learning more about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (not the American-Israeli fiction, but real history), I felt I couldn't read it, it was so nauseating. Now I work in the Middle East, and see the conflict more close at hand. I could talk with many displaced Palestinians, and hear their side of the story. And the aversion to the book has increase ...more
Laura
Mar 06, 2008 Laura rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone wishing to understand the origins of the arab israeli conflict

Among the top five books I have ever read, and also one of the most important.

A poignant and beautifully-told story that shares a painful struggle in Jewish history - one of the many that goes untalked about in modern history classes. This book should be mandatory reading in all highschools. Although it is a novel, it is completely framed in historical facts (I know because the stuff I read was so unbelievable, I had to look it up for myself to see if it was true - I even found publically-avail
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Tea Jovanović
Jan 13, 2014 Tea Jovanović rated it it was amazing
Knjiga o nastanku države Izrael... guta se u dahu... po njoj je snimljen i čuveni film s Polom Njumenom... Pre nekoliko godina sam svojoj prijateljici, vrsnoj prevodilici rekla: "Šta nisi čitala ništa od Leona Urisa? Ne javljaj mi se dok ne pročitaš nešto!" Poslušala me i odmah je potražila knjige u knjižari i... u roku od nekoliko meseci progutala je sve čega je mogla da se dočepa... :)
Noa
Nov 18, 2012 Noa rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Noa by: My dad
It feels as if my life truly started when I read this book. There are no words for it. It shaped who I am today. It's beautiful, amazing, awe-inspiring, and so much more. I used to read this at night before I went to bed to give myself happy dreams.I dreamed about the courage and honor and bravery and love that venerates through each and every word of the book. I dreamed that I could have half of the bravery of the characters. It is a beautiful, amazing book.
I wrote this (^) four years ago. Hon
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Debbie Zapata
May 14, 2016 Debbie Zapata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: douglas
Another of my 'Haven't Read This In 30 Years' titles, the trigger event here is the dramatic story of children who become passengers on the ship Exodus. But woven in and around this escapade is the intense story of a people, a dream, a country. We are shown a bit of Jewish history: some chapters will make you feel you are being punched in the gut. We dream the dream of next year in Jerusalem almost as vividly as the characters of the book, who never give up hope. We participate in the creation o ...more
Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Apr 01, 2012 Anne (Booklady) Molinarolo rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone!
Recommended to Anne (Booklady) by: Patrice Molinarolo, the late Eleanor Molinarolo
10 Stars, if I Could!!!!

Much to my chagrin I have never read Leon Uris! Why I waited? I have no excuses to serve up. Uris writes BIG BOOKS that are quite spectacular. He is one of very few brilliant maestros in literature, in my opinion. He writes with an ease that kept me turning the 648 pages of this great masterpiece. His research into the facts of Palestine and the exoduses to her holy land is extensive and as factual as possible in pre-electronic 1958. His characters are so well developed t
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Zeek
Mar 31, 2010 Zeek rated it really liked it
While overall I liked the book, still, some niggling thoughts ate at the corner of my mind as I made my way through Exodus.

Whereas this book is fiction, for some reason, I came to this thinking that what Uris put down is very close to fact. What worried me as I read it, is that it isn't. Why? Every Jew good, every Arab bad. (As well as the British who colonized Palestine at the time of Israel's independence.) That's too cut and dry for me. In every conflict there is a right and wrong, this I bel
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Julie
Feb 19, 2008 Julie rated it it was amazing
Really, this is one of my all time fave books. It really captures the history (ACCURATELY, I might add!) of how the country of modern-day Israel was born and all the incredible struggles that the Jews faced from seemingly every direction. A fantastic historical novel, even thought it's fiction. I highly recommend this to anyone who feels they could beef up on their historical understanding of the middle east of today--will really help you read through the western media when watching the news!
Yael Itamar
May 27, 2011 Yael Itamar rated it did not like it
This book is chock-full of bad prose, flat characters, and very unfortunate implications. Every Jewish character is brave, strong, smart, and talented. The Arabs, on the other hand, are all cowardly, stupid, and possessive of women (with one exception, but he dies early on.)

The founding of Israel was controversial, and you would think that an author writing about it would address the moral ambiguity. Leon Uris doesn't even try. He turns a complex, multi-sided historical event into a cliched batt
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Raelene
Aug 20, 2007 Raelene rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Absolutely Everyone
Excellent; one of the best works of historical fiction I've read. I gobbled it up and couldn't get enough in one sitting. This story of the Jews is amazing and seemed to me more powerful than any one account of the Holocaust I've read because it's not one individual's or one family's ordeal, but the story of an entire people - you really feel the tragedy of their history and the glory of their hard-won victory in gaining their own state. Beautiful and moving.

From an old notebook I found this wee
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
May 04, 2011 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was ok
Recommended to Lisa (Harmonybites) by: The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Ultimate Reading List
An Israeli friend of mine first recommended Uris--particularly his The Haj, about Arab/Israeli relations, and I remember liking that novel. Maybe it's that my tastes have changed, or just that this was one of Uris' first novels, but my impression of this one is that it had the materials to be a gripping, first-rate story if only Uris got out of his own way.

Uris attempts to tell the story of the birth of modern Israel--and maybe takes on too much. The story, set in 1946, is framed as being about
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Rob
Jan 07, 2009 Rob rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Exodus is best compared to Exodus. A historical account very much in the vein of its namesake. By which I mean it is over-inclusive, over-long, and makes no attempt at balance. This zeal in itself is not a bad thing, but we mustn't be tempted to treat it as an accurate historical account. Most concerning to me is that this 'history' is littered with fictional characters who become hard to tease out from the truth.

The book gets off to a rather good start actually. We have a sense of adventure and
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Mike
Feb 11, 2008 Mike rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Mike by: Adam
It is not so often that a book stirs up so many emotions as Exodus. Exodus is an American masterpiece, a story woven with intricate threads creating a thought provoking story of tragedy and triumph. It tells the story of the establishment of Israel, and the atrocities that occured at the time. Despite moving slowly at the beggining, it quickly picks up and is a visceral thrillride. As battles are thought and the conditions grow bleaker for the protagonist, the more the reader feels involved with ...more
Bap
Apr 17, 2008 Bap rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
This book is wildly pro Zionist and Isreal and was instrumental in convincing a generation of American baby boomers that the jews were heroic pioneers who journeyed from war torn Europe and the the holocaust to Palestine fulfilling their destiny by creating a homeland away from the anti-semiticsm of Europe and making the desert bloom. No wonder that when they made a movie they cast Paul Newman in the lead. It wasn't till much later that we realized that it was not so simple and the equities were ...more
Erika
Dec 03, 2007 Erika rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
one of my favorite books, I just wish a few more people would read it!

Fantastic way to learn more about the Jewish history as a whole and the Jewish National Movement specifically. Plus, it has a really great love story!

I learned so much that I did not know or understand about Jewish history, and in such an easy-read format. Takes a little while to get moving, but so worth it!
Cphe
Nov 01, 2015 Cphe rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, 2015
Other reviewers have already said it all. The story of a birth of a nation amid great conflict and upheaval by a strong and determined people. Well written and quite emotive at times.
Mike
Nov 12, 2007 Mike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: fiction
There is no better tale than this of how brave these people were and still are. I read this many times and have to again...it's been awhile.
Deana
I loved this! Now I'm sad I put it off -- I was falling behind a bit during the week I was supposed to read this for my challenge, and since this book was so long I figured if I skipped it I could catch up faster than if I'd skipped one of the skinnier books.

And when I did get to it, I decided to get the audio version from Audible. That was a great decision also - the narration is excellent, and it allowed me to parallelize and have this chunky book going at the same time as I went through a few
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Donna
Aug 22, 2014 Donna rated it liked it
I honestly am not sure how I feel about this book. It is historical fiction on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and it is hugely pro-Israeli. That doesn’t bother me, since it is a fictional story but some of its pro-arguments would not hold up today. I am not an expert on this subject, but if it made me question the validity of its arguments with my extremely limited knowledge, it begs the question, 'what would someone think who has actually done their homework?'

It was definitely well written. S
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Tifnie
Sep 16, 2009 Tifnie rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Tifnie by: Shawnah
WOW! I love this book. I would give it 10 stars if Goodreads allotted it.

Exodus is about the Jewish plight out of Cyprus to Palestine and building upon the holy land. More specifically it is about survival in German concentration camps, the evacuation of 300 children from a Cyprus on a container ship - Exodus, and what happened to the Jews once they landed in Palestine. It's about how the British botched protection, how the Arabs hated the Jews and sought revenge at ALL cost, and how the Jews ne
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philip
Aug 15, 2011 philip rated it it was ok
A romantics effort at telling the evolution of Israel.The historical fiction is a start but gets lost with the unnecessary romance between a Jewish fighter and a Gentile Nurse. Made no sense.
Uris is a good story teller, but lets the story often take over without consideration of the historcal fiction he allegedly tried to portray.
Historical fiction needs to be consistent with history while allowing the author certain liberties in his use of fictional characters.
The book was popularized and t
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Heather
Jun 05, 2008 Heather rated it really liked it
I read this is college and really liked it. I wasn't aware how one sided it was (very pro-zionist) until I was talking about it with a friend of mine who was studying Israeli/Palestinian history. While reading I assumed this was historical fiction, meaning the characters might not be real, but the events in the story were true and presented objectively. Well, it needs to be read carefully, with the understanding that the writer had a very strong point of view in favor of the Jews. My friend reco ...more
Dorai Thodla
Apr 26, 2007 Dorai Thodla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this somewhere in early seventies (probably 1973/74). That was the time to read a lot of Leon Uris. I think it started with QB IIV which I borrowed from Shantha. At that time with a low pay and lots of long hours in the evening (our shift at ECIL would end at 3PM), reading books, listening to radio were the only sources of entertainment.

Of couse, we filled lots of vacant time with talking about books. That was the period of James A Michner, Leon Uris and Larry Niven and Isaac Asimov.

I di
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Suzanne
Jan 11, 2016 Suzanne rated it it was amazing
One of my all time favorite books. A must read!
Rebecca
Mar 30, 2014 Rebecca rated it liked it
I've been on a Jews/Israel reading jag lately, and as part of this, I decided that rereading Exodus might be worth it. I had read it when I was much younger and I remembered being pretty enthralled by the adventure story aspect of the novel, but I also suspected that I might find other aspects of the narrative more problematic this time around...

Well, the adventure part holds up. One thing I will say for this story is that it remains a, albeit sappy and silly, page turner. I couldn't help myself
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Judy

The #1 bestseller of 1959 was this long book about the history of the Zionist movement and the founding of modern day Israel. I have previously read The Hope, Herman Wouk's novel, which takes up the story in 1958 soon after Exodus ends, and carries it through the Six Day War of 1967. Wouk provides the reader with the 1950s American government's views on the conflict. I have also read A Tale of Love and Darkness, in which Amos Oz gives his account of growing up in Jerusalem in the 40s and 50s.

The
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Armin Hennig
Jul 03, 2014 Armin Hennig rated it did not like it
Disappointing as a novel and a a history book, my impression is, that Uris could not decide if he wanted to write a novel or a history book, the characters are cardboard and the the combat scenes anything but satisfying, during the last 150 Pages he seems to loose any interest in his personal adding one sensational victory to another, bankrupcy of the author who turns into a news agency or propaganda-machine.
Of course it's nice to read, that 50.000 jews with 10.000 Rifles win the war against hal
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Sonal Panse
Oct 03, 2015 Sonal Panse rated it did not like it
Recommended to Sonal by: My Father
This was the first 'grown-up' book I read, aged nine. I didn't know much about the history at the time, and it was easy to get swayed by the surfeit of sentimentality stuffed in here. Now, as an atheist and with a wider perspective on the matter, I cannot stomach this book anymore. Ari Ben Canaan is no longer my hero, and 'God gave us this land' smacks more of land-grab opportunism and religious brain-washing than the spine-tingling dawn of a brave new nation.

As an aside, this is why I can't see
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Gavin
May 29, 2009 Gavin rated it it was amazing
Great book. It's an historical fiction of the founding of Israel, plus some background about Jews' life in Europe (Russia, Poland, Germany) in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The Jews did amazing things in Palestine, buying up undesirable land from Arab landlords and transforming it into farmland, defending themselves against raids from Arab neighbors, getting more immigrants over, etc. So much hard work and hard fighting, there's too much to recount. There's a lovely section on Yemeni Jews. ...more
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Leon Marcus Uris (August 3, 1924 - June 21, 2003) was an American novelist, known for his historical fiction and the deep research that went into his novels. His two bestselling books were Exodus, published in 1958, and Trinity, in 1976.

Leon Uris was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Jewish-American parents Wolf William and Anna (Blumberg) Uris. His father, a Polish-born immigrant, was a pa
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