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A heart-wrenching, powerfully written novel that could do for Palestine what The Kite Runner did for Afghanistan.

Forcibly removed from the ancient village of Ein Hod by the newly formed state of Israel in 1948, the Abulhejas are moved into the Jenin refugee camp. There, exiled from his beloved olive groves, the family patriarch languishes of a broken heart, his eldest son...more
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Published February 2nd 2010 by Bloomsbury USA (first published February 1st 2010)
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انتهيت منها مع آذان الفجر .. لم استطع منع نفسي من مواصلة القراءة .. فغادرني النوم حتى انتهيت منها مع صوت المؤذن يصدح قائلا : الله أكبر .. الله أكبر

"من أين لي قلب يتحمل كل هذا الألم المسكوب بين سطور هذه الرواية ؟"

كان هذا تعليقي عندما اقتربت من نهاية الرواية

هل يوجد متعة في الألم ؟ هل نستمتع ونحن نقرأ وطناً - على الورق - وقد سُلب منا .. من بين أيدينا ؟

ما السر وراء إعطاء أي كتاب أو رواية تتحدث عن فلسطين التاريخية ونكبتها ونكستها وانتفاضاتها وحروبها خمس نجوم ، هل هو الحنين إلى أيام ولت ومضت أم أنه ن
I have had a hard time trying to review this book because it affected me on so many emotional levels. I almost feel like I am betraying the characters to say how much I enjoyed this book just because it was such an intense insight into a part of the world I knew so little about. Abulhawa enlightened and devestated me at the turn of every page... I learned about the beauty of Palestine, its people and their hardships, the wars, the savagery and the intense hatred we can impose on one another. I w...more
Nema Al-Araby
Aug 07, 2012 Nema Al-Araby rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Nema by: Noor Al-Zubaidi
I don't know..I'll try.
This was, most certainly, the most heartbreaking novel I have ever, so far, come to read. I literally left it aside and swam in a river of my own tears and hatred. I can't really write a review that will give this novel all of its credit. I just know that I hated myself, I hated being an Arab. And I hated that words will never, ever portray the true situation in Palestine, nor the death statistics will embrace the idea of death itself. I cried in nearly every single chapte...more
تستحق كل نجوم السماء

هذه الرواية؛
أشد من وقع الحسام ألماً
أرهف من نسيم الصبا حباً
أفصح من كتب تاريخنا تأريخاً

ويخيل لي أن الكاتبة سوزان أبوالهوى قد استلت قلمها من صخور يعبد، مداده زيت زيتون فلسطين، والبهاء الذهبي لقبة الصخرة والاسود الغامض لقبة الاقصى، والسحر المقدس لكنيسة القيامة والنور الساطع من قبر المسيح -عليه السلام- في سبت النور
نقاط حروفها هي اما زهر اللوز او الرصاصات التي تسرق منا الحياة وتقتل الحب والانسان

والمترجمة موفقة ومحترفة، ادعي انها معربة، لاتشعر بالفرق الكبير بين النسخة المترجمة والنص...more
هذه رحلتي الثانية مع الرواية الفلسطينية،بعد الأولى مع رواية زمن الخيول البيضاء..
وهي رحلة موفقة...
هذه الرواية التي جسدت "فلسطيننا" بمعاناتها وصبرها وثباتها.. بكل تفاصيلها
كانت الرواية كشريط يعرض الأحداث أمام عيني ..

حَبَستْ أنفاسي.. عَصَرتْ قلبي.."

"صَرَختُ كثيرا.."

"نَزَفَتْ ذاكرةُ قلبي المختبئة من أثرِ جرح عميق.. "جرح الوطن
عُدتُ هناك.. "حيث الوطن".."

سوزان أبو الهوى ،، كاتبة بارعة أجادت وصف الأحداث ،، وأجادت ترتيب أفكارها بطريقة جاذبة **
"لم أشعر بالملل بأي جزء من الرواية بل كنت أطمع بمعرفة المزي...more
Mona M. Kayed
بكيت كثيراً أثناء قراءتي للرواية .. عشت تفاصيل الحزن مع آمال و يوسف و فاطمة و هدى .. توقفت كثيراً عند وصف جثة الطفلة فلسطين و هي تحدق إلينا بعينين جامدتين تماماً كما تحدق فينا فلسطين "الوطن" منذ احتلالها و حتى اللحظة ..

تألمت كثيراً من مشهد رفض المستوطنة إدخال سارة إلى منزل آبائها بحجة أنه أضحى "ملكنا الآن" .. أية وقاحة يمتلكها هؤلاء اللصوص ؟!

آمال عاشت بخاصرة مشوهة بسبب طلقة قناص ، و الأمة العربية بأسرها تعيش بواقع مشوه بسبب قضية ما زالت معلقة .. أما آن لنا أن نسترد وطننا و ذكرياتنا من قبضة الضي...more
Disclosure: Won in Goodreads giveaway.

I suppose this is a type of book that will get some people's panties in a twist, so let me say a couple things.

1. Never, ever, listen to just one side of the story. There needs to be fiction told from the Palestinian point of view just as there needs to be fiction told from the Israeli point of view.

2. Who wants just to read books that don't challenge them?

3. It really isn't biased.

Okay, had to say that.

Mornings in Jenin is actually a surprising good novel...more
My takeaway message from this book is that women should be running the world.

The story follows four generations of the Palestinian Abulheja family and their friends. It begins in the 1940's when they are first driven from their ancestral lands in Ein Hod, continues through the war of 1967 and the Lebanon War of 1982, and concludes with the Israeli bulldozing and massacre at the Jenin refugee camp in April 2002. Theirs is a life of perpetual loss, perpetual grieving, and constant uncertainty.

Apr 02, 2007 Sonia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Here's what I wrote about this book (written by a friend of mine) on the B&N website:

Everyone should read Susan Abulhawa’s The Scar of David. This story of a Palestinian family’s journey through four generations of Israeli occupation offers beautiful, balanced, and intensely humanistic insight into the experience of both Palestinians and Israelis. Abulhawa artfully demonstrates how both occupier and occupied fall victim to this conflict, yet she paints a clear picture of the magnitude of its...more
Emma Deplores Goodreads Censorship
A Palestinian perspective on the conflict in the Middle East? Yes, this book delivers that. A good novel? No, not that.

This book starts with the idyllic lives of Palestinian villagers in the early 1940s. It moves on to describe their displacement into a refugee camp, where the main character, Amal, is born. From there it (mostly) follows her life up until the early 2000s. Amal grows up in the camp, but a scholarship is her ticket out and from there her life takes some interesting turns until she...more
I'm speechless. For non-Palestinians, it's important to read this novel since it summarizes the story of Palestine - the story of great love and great loss-.
For Palestinians, it's good though painful to see our miseries put into words.

May I can write about some points of this outstanding novel ,later.

The lovely signature of my Palestinian sister Susan Abulhawa on my copy of Mornings in Jenin

Tea Jovanović
Ono sto je knjiga "Lovac na zmajeve" bila za Avganistance to je ova knjiga za Palestince. Svi znamo za stradanja Jevreja i stvaranje Izraela a manje su nam poznata stranja Palestinaca koje su Jevreji isterali sa njihovih ognjišta i pretvorili ih u izbeglice i stradalnike... Ovo je priča o malim ljudima i njihovim tragičnim sudbinama...
Mornings in Jenin (Susan Abulhawa)
This book is the story of Amal Abulheja and her family spanning 54 years. It starts in 1948 when the family is removed from their home in Ein Hod and forced to live as refugees in Jenin. It is a tragic tale of war and loss, yet is also a story of family bonding, love and dedication.

Amal goes through war and conflict between Palestine (Muslims) and Israel (Jewish). She is a strong proud woman, with tragedy following her. The vivid detail of war and terror is hear...more
Nile daughter
May 28, 2011 Nile daughter rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nile daughter by: Aamir
This book is simply about what does mean be a Palestinian …I tried to a write a review but I could not collect the right thoughts , so here are the quotes that represent what I got from the book :

" The future can't breathe in refugee camp, The air here is too dense for hope"

"Growing up in a landscape of improvised dreams and abstract national longings, everything felt temporary to me . Nothing could be counted on to endure , neither parents nor siblings nor home. Not even one's body, vulnerable
Yousef Shamieh
باختصار ... يلعن هيك عالم
What a wonderful yet hearbreaking ride this book was. Firstly, I’ll start with the fact that as soon as I saw the cover and title of this book I knew I had to read it. In 1993-94, I answered an add in the paper to go and work as an Au Pair for a family in Israel. I can’t explain why Israel, there were hunderds of adds for France, Italy, USA etc and one solitary add for Israel. As a child at school we were asked to pick a country to do a project on and I picked Israel. I’m not Jewish, nor am I Mu...more
This is a must read. Being American (where all we hear are stories from an Israeli view), this book brought a wonderful and sad Palestinian perspective on the plight and struggles of their people during the years of the Israel/Palestine conflict, which sadly still exists today. You really feel for Amal and for her family and friends throughout the whole book. I won't spoil the story, but it touched my heart and left me with a craving to study more about the conflict.
Fatma Mahmoud
_محنة تاريخ دُفن حيا :(
كيف يمكن الأ يستطيع الانسان أن يسير إلى ملكه الخاص ؟
أن يزور قبر زوجته ؟
أن يأكل ثمار أربعين جيلا من كدح أسلافه من دون أن يعاقب بالموت رميا بالرصاص ؟
_بينما ينام العالم أو صباحات جِنين ..لــ سوزان أبو الهوي ..
_أروع ما قرأت ..تستحق العلامة كاملة عن جدارة ..
_ثالث عمل بالنسبة إلي يتناول القضية الفلسطينية والاجمل بعد
الطنطورية (رضوى عاشور ) ،وباب الشمس (إلياس خوري ).
_من أين لك ِ بكل هذه العظمة ف اللغة والاسلوب والتشبيهات وسرد القضية وحياة الأبطال ..
أبكتني ..كل هذا العذاب والهوا
Mornings in Jenin is difficult to review because the normal tags do not apply. Mornings is near enough to non-fiction as makes no difference. Susan Abulhawa imagines the characters, but their feelings, motivations and the events of the novel draw from reality and weighs Mornings with significance. The brutalities in the novel are such that again and again one wonders, much as in war literature, "How can people do this to each other?" Heartrending doesn't begin to describe it. It physically hurts...more
Dan Schwent
In the West, when we hear of the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians, we rarely get the Palestinian side of the story. This book is that story.

Mornings in Jenin is the story of a Palestinian girl, Amal, and her family, living through six decades of Palestinian-Israeli conflict. As such, it is brutal at times. There are scenes of torture, brutality, and killing. War is brutal business and Abulhawa doesn't let you forget it. People are senselessly killed left and right.

Amal's story...more
Rana Baker
What I truly loved about this book was that it combines both a genuine historical account and a breathtaking personal narrative. I've read many books on Palestine although, and I admit, only few of them have to do with as much of literature as Mornings in Jenin. I must say, however, that this is the most beautifully woven account I've ever read. The small and simple details Abulhawa attaches to each of her characters are enough to draw you into the story from the beginning to the end. When I ask...more
Amazing, honest, heart breaking and takes you on a hell of a ride on an emotional roller coaster. It made me weep every few pages, laugh out loud on others. It took me to Palestine and I could see myself under the olive trees and the orange trees. I could almost touch the people living in Jenin and in the refugee camps. I wept for them, laughed with them, celebrated good times and mourned the bad with them. A truly great read, although the book is a heavy one. It is almost as heavy as ten thousa...more
Rana Abed
لا أذكر أنني قرأت رواية من قبل استفزت دموعي كما فعلت بينما ينام العالم.
الاحتلال الذي قضى على كل ما هو انساني في فلسطين من بشر وامان ،حب وأمل،احلام وواقع لم يبقي سوى على الدمار لا اكثر.
كيف نمسك بطرف حياة ستكون مليئة بالحب ليأتي الاحتلال و يقتلع تلك البذرة التي لم يشتد عودها بعد .... لتحكم على اي احساس بالحب بالموت...
قصة أسر فلسطينية سلبها الاحتلال الصهيوني حقها في الحياة والحب .... ام فقدت ابنائها واخرى زوجها ... رجل فقد زوجته واخر فقد كل ما يملك واصبح شريدا....
هي النهايات الني اصبحت من نصيب الفل...more
الحياه الطويله للحاج سالم وشهادته على كل الحروب الإسرائيليه
وقتل الأبناء والأقارب والجيران
الذاكره الفلسطينيه
وفي النهايه سحق حتى الموت بواسطه جرافه دمرت منزله وهو في داخله
هذا هو الفلسطيني ؟؟
أربعه أجيال من الموت والعذاب والقصص الحزينه
أربعه أجيال من الملاحقه والحب والتاريخ الأسود الفلسطيني
ثم محاوله أخيره للتعايش
!وما زال هذا التاريخ مفتوحا ...
أجمل القصص بسنوات الحرب قصص الحب والفقدان
..... جذل الحب
إنها تدفع الإنسان العادي للأمل ... بل هي الأمل بأن الحياه
ما زالت على قيد الحب
جميله ، وواجبنا أن لا نحز...more
Susan Abulhawa
Feb 06, 2014 Susan Abulhawa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
i wrote it. so, my rating isn't all that relevant to readers. but for what it's worth, it came from a place of love, and I put pieces of my heart in this narrative.
I really never knew anything about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and to call it just a conflict is insufficient and wrong. This book really educated me on these horrific events and time period. I do remember as a young child in the seventies and again as a teenager in the eighties hearing and seeing snippets of news reports about it on radio and television, but as a young child and teenager I wasn't interested nor did I understand. This place was far away from Ireland, it was somewhere over t...more
Rama Mohammad
حاولت ان اكتب ولكن خانتني كلماتي
كمية الالم التي بها كادت ان تدمرني لولا وجود الامل دائما
بكيت كثيرا منها
ولكنها اروع ما قرأت حتى الان
تستحق خمس نجوم بجدارة ولو كان يوجد اكثر من ذلك لاعطيتها
اجابتني عن اسئلة كثيرا كانت ببالي ولن انساها ماحييت
لم استطع تركها الى ان انتهيت فقرأتها خلال اقل من ثلاث ايام رغم طولها والالم الذي فيها والتعب الذي سببته لي
ندمت على شيء واحد فقط وهو انني لم اقرأها من قبل
شعبي عانى الكثير ومازال يعاني ولكن يبقى املنا بالله كبير ويبقى الله اكبر من كل شيء رغم كل الخيانات وكل الخيبا...more
I wanted to read Mornings in Jenin because I was looking for an artful corrective to the American media slant of Israeli/good, Palestinian/terrorist. Unfortunately, Mornings in Jenin is neither artful nor corrective; what it is is propaganda from the pro-Palestinian side in which, and for the most part Palestinian = good, Israeli = terrorist. That's half the problem, the other half is that it's not a very well written book, suffering from unmotivated shifts in point of view, considerable telling...more
Ola H. Anan
كتاب رائع, ترك في نفسي أثرا كبيرا أظنه سيظل عالقا لفترة طويلة.

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Tara Chevrestt
What breeds terrorism? What makes a happy family full of love for each other turn to desperate and extreme measures? How much hate and brutality can a group of people face before they snap? How much loss does one man suffer before he straps a bomb to himself? This story can answer those questions.

This novel follows a family thru four generations. The family begins in a time of love and peace on a land full of olives and ends with terrorism, war, and mass murder. After World War 2, Jews began mig...more
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(Arabic: سوزان أبو الهوى)

Susan Abulhawa was born to refugees of the 1967 war when Israel captured what remained of Palestine, including Jerusalem. She currently lives in Pennsylvania with her daughter. She is the founder and President of Playgrounds for Palestine, a children’s organization dedicated to upholding The Right to Play for Palestinian children. Her essays and politica...more
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