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La tour D'Ezra

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Based on the author's own experiences in a kibbutz, it sets up a stage in describing the historical roots of the conflict between Arabs and Jewish settlers in the British ruled Palestine.
379 pages
Published (first published 1946)
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Gary
Apr 14, 2016 Gary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book tells of life and conflict in pre-World War II Palestine, at time when the Jews were undergoing murderous persecution in Europe by the Nazis, when Britain was blocking Jews from entering Palestine, and when Arab terror was being stepped up in the Holy Land, incited and actively aided by the British.
The book depicts all of these things, as well as life on a Kibbutz and it's complicated and interesting people there.
It depicts well the interactions of the players, life on a kibbutz, life
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Joshua
Drives home the point of how remarkable and unlikely the founding of the state of Israel was, and what an extraordinary cast of characters was involved in its founding, and their utopian motivations.

My teacher carried his praying-scarf in a velvet bag to the synagogue:
Even so carry I my sacred gun to the Temple
That its voice may pray for us.
--poem of Yair Stern, quoted on p. 280

Kevin Bradshaw
I really wanted to like this book, but it just isn't good. It is set in Mandate Palestine around the time of the Arab Revolt and provides an account of the split of the Irgun (or Stern Gang) from the Haganah. The book isn't without its redeeming features; the scene set before the British magistrate where an old Jewish man- rendered half deaf by Nazi violence- is sentenced to confinement and deportation for having illegally immigrated to Palestine was exceptional. The book may also be helpful to ...more
Richard Subber
Apr 19, 2017 Richard Subber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Koestler, a Hungarian-British writer and journalist, more famously wrote Darkness at Noon, a critique of Communism and totalitarianism.

Thieves in the Night, written later, is a gently powerful story. Koestler recounts the travails and limited joys of only a few of the “milliohnim” who sought a promised land. His characters are Jews, creating new settlements on purchased Arab land in the Holy Land, prior to World War II.

Men and women who create settlements live a tough life. A reader like me lea
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Cristina
Oct 19, 2016 Cristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Molto interessante.

Ottimo libro. Non ha scalfito particolarmente i miei preconcetti sulla cosiddetta questione palestinese ma mi ha comunque fornito anche l'altra campana. Ad esempio non avevo idea che i terreni sui cui sono sorti i primi kibbutz fossero stati legalmente acquistati, per dire. Sempre di più mi rendo conto che bisogna davvero "camminare nelle scarpe dell'altro" per capirci qualcosa o comunque per avere idee che non siano alla fine altro che preconcetti e pregiudizi. Queasto non to
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Mazel
Aug 18, 2009 Mazel rated it really liked it
Shelves: histoire, récit
A travers ce témoignage, c'est toute l'histoire de la naissance de l'Etat d'Israël et d'un peuple qui retrouve enfin sa patrie perdue après une errance de deux mille ans que nous retrace Arthur Koestler (1905 - 1983).

La communauté socialiste d'Ezra s'est établie sur une colline aride et désertique.

Il faut lutter sans cesse pour conserver cette parcelle de terre "symbole", contre les intempéries, la maladie, la solitude, enfin, le découragement.

Il faut survivre pour montrer aux autres nations
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Daniel
Sep 11, 2016 Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Surprisingly readable despite its age, this reads like an epic drama but also a history lesson about early Israel from someone who was there.

Not always pretty--the characters are blunt about themselves and others (so, Jews say awful things about themselves and Arabs, Arabs say awful things about Jews, and no one much likes the British) but it smacks of authenticity, and despite the sometimes very unsympathetic portraits of whole groups and individuals, there's usually some very humane or sympat
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Lauren
Nov 06, 2012 Lauren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jstreet
Realy interesting novel about the day to day experience of early emigrants to Israel and the kibbutz movement based, in part, on Koestler's own experiences. I was both moved by the details and put off by the politics - I've never read anything quite like it.
Lysergius
Aug 24, 2011 Lysergius rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
Based on the author's own experiences in a kibbutz, it sets up a stage to describe the historical roots of the conflict between Arabs and Jewish settlers in the British ruled Palestine.
Hillel Damron
Jul 30, 2015 Hillel Damron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite remarkable.
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Arthur Koestler CBE [*Kösztler Artúr] was a prolific writer of essays, novels and autobiographies.

He was born into a Hungarian Jewish family in Budapest but, apart from his early school years, was educated in Austria. His early career was in journalism. In 1931 he joined the Communist Party of Germany but, disillusioned, he resigned from it in 1938 and in 1940 published a devastating anti-Communis
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