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3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  2,888 ratings  ·  442 reviews
From one of America's most compelling novelists comes the mesmerizing story of a lawyer who must defend the woman he loves against a charge of conspiring to assassinate the prime minister of Israel

David Wolfe's life is approaching an exhilarating peak: he's a successful San Francisco lawyer, he's about to get married, and he's being primed for a run for Congress. But when
ebook, 576 pages
Published January 9th 2007 by Henry Holt and Co. (first published 2007)
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The book not only tells the romantic story of a Jewish lawyer in love with a Palestinian law professor wrongly accused of a capital crime, it ALSO educates. As with any conflict there are always two points of view in a matter. In my opinion, Exile would be an excellent book to read for anyone who honestly wants to understand more about the Jewish/Palestinian conflict.
David Wolfe seems to have everything. A good job as a lawyer in San Francisco, engaged to a wonderful woman, he also is being slat
“Where does history begin?” Less than ten chapters into Richard North Patterson’s Exile, this question looms poignantly over the entire thesis of the book. To be up front, I must be one of the last people in the country to read a book by this author. To be even more up front, I have been avoiding his books because I had him confused with a very mediocre book by James Patterson called The Beach House. I realize that is tantamount to confusing a book on politics by the late Woodrow Wilson with my ...more
I dreaded this book because 1. I am not a fan of the author after reading 13 of his books- he's too liberal for moderate viewpoint and he's too wordy 2. It was 728 pages in an oversized paperback BUT 1. It was the last fictional book I brought on my 3+ month trip to Florida 2. I had paid $9.99 for it in 2007 and felt I at least had to try it.

It turned out to be a compelling story of a Jewish lawyer defending his past love, a Palestine woman, for the murder of the Israeli Prime Minister in Americ
Kathleen Hagen
Exile, by Richard North Patterson. A-plus.
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This book will make my top ten this year. David Wolfe is a lawyer whose career seems assured. He has private wealth from his parents, he has a law degree from Harvard, a very successful law practice in San Francisco, growing visibility in San Francisco’s Jewish community, and is being groomed to run for Congress. He has a fiancé, who supports his goals and helps him already by hosting parties for him. Carol hosted a private pa
I'm not normally a big fan of thrillers, but this one got my attention. The title was recommended by a participant in the Conflict and Resistance in the Middle East series that my library helped create last year. It is mostly a legal drama, but the trial is set against the backdrop of the ongoing and seemingly endless Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In it we meet a cast of characters whose personal backgrounds and political beliefs span the entire spectrum. Assuming that Patterson got it right (an ...more
Shira Reiss
Dear Reader,
Having devoted so much time to reading Patterson’s book “Exile”, please take the time to read the information below which will help you formulate an independent decision about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

I enjoyed this book, but had numerous problems with the author’s choice of information and implicit judgments. Mr. Patterson attempted to present all sides of a complicated situation with his thesis; that the Israelis and Palestinians are not listening to each other’s narrati
Jun 24, 2013 Sheila rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Friends and family
Recommended to Sheila by: myself
This story is based on Jewish/Palestinian conflict. I must say Richard North Patterson had well researched the contents of this book. The main character is a Jew lawyer David Wolfe in United States of America. Narrative was great and it was a page turner for me. It shows the vicious cycle of killing from both sides and refusal to live in peace. As things stand today peace between Israelis and Palestinians would not be achievable unless years old conflict for religion and land ownership is resolv ...more
This books begins with the assassination of the peace-seeking prime minister of Israel while speaking in San Francisco. The Palestinian woman accused of orchestrating the suicide bombing calls her former Jewish lover of 13 years before to defend her in the trial that follows. Thus the stage is set for a trial with all sorts of intrigue and twists and turns. However, Richard Patterson uses this event as the springboard to explore the many-faceted struggle between the Palestinians and Israelis ove ...more
Penny Shales
Richard North Patterson (NOT to be confused with James Patterson!) is an author who must spend months if not years researching hi books. He is alway thought provoking while being very readable and I think I have read all of his books except for the one where he deals with the notion of capital punishment. That is a subject that fills me with such horror that I don;t feel strong enough to spend hours in the company of the notion. Exile is about the Israeli Palestine problems and plunges into the ...more
So far it's quite captivating. I thought that since it was so long that I would tire of it, but I haven't. I do think it's very LONG on sympathy for the Palestinians, however my mother pointed out that the title is in fact "Exile" as in the Palestinian exile. I have 150 or so more pages to go but so far the book loses stars for too-brief synopses of Israeli history, predictable plot twists (if I am right) and lack of development of a few aspects of the main character's romantic relationship at t ...more
The author finished writing this in early 2006, but three years later it is just as timely in its analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian tensions in this legal thriller. The geopolitics create a fascinating framework, but what makes this such a page-turner is the well-paced story of an American attorney who finds his carefully planned life unravel in the face of a terrorist plot that forces him to make choices he never anticipated.

I'll admit that there were a few points that I found mildly irritati
Doug Bradshaw
Divergent is a fast and interesting read. It is a coming of age story set in a war school where 16 year olds are going through a Marine-like boot camp to learn how to become soldiers by learning physical, emotional and intellectual battling skills. There is a lot of testosterone (both in the males and females) flying around and some pretty unfair and gruesome fighting, pretty much among the troops instead of with the enemy. Many of the learning sequences, some of which are advanced simulations a ...more
Nov 16, 2009 K rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of courtroom dramas about larger issues, those interested in the Middle East conflict
This was a book in the genre of My Sister's Keeper or The Runaway Jury, i.e., a standard page-turner/thriller/courtroom drama attempting to tackle a larger issue -- in this case, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The basic premise is that David Wolfe, a nominally Jewish lawyer pursuing a career in politics and engaged to the daughter of a Holocaust survivor, feels compelled to defend Hana Arif, a Palestinian woman who is also his former lover, accused of engineering the assassination of the Isra ...more
Patterson, in all of the books of his that I've read, does things that I criticize in other authors, but it seems to work for me when he does them: He's clearly trying to teach us something, as much as tell a story, & he doesn'thesitate to bring the story almost to a halt while some character explains something to us that the author wants us to know, nor does he hesitate to take a position on controversial issues, though he takes pains to show us how complex the issues are & to recognize ...more
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I did not see climax coming!

Just when I thought I knew who the bad guy was author Patterson threw something into the mix and he kept it coming! All the main characters were antagonists!
David Wolfe, a Jew, meets Hana Arif, a Palestinian, in college. They fall in love and have a secret affair but can’t marry because Hana’s family has set her up in an arranged marriage. Hana returns to her country and marries. When Hana and her husband, who also attended law school with David and Hana, and daughter
Ruth Browne
This was a highly sensitive framing of the Israel-Palestine conflict. Patterson made this exhausting political issue accessible, even engrossing, despite its apparently irresolvable nature. Some of his initial framing and descriptive work felt a little forced and Dan Brownish, but as the plot, dialogue and characterisations deepened and broadened, I became invested in these people and their stories. Exile carries a kind of truth, in large part because it does its level best not to pick a side--a ...more
Tom Tischler
This is an engrossing tale about Israel and Palestine fighting
over land. As the tale goes on both sides have valid points and
the solution seems to be a compromise. But every time this comes
up something happens and they end up killing each other again.
David Wolfe is a Jewish guy going to Harvard to study law where
he meets Hana Arif a Palestinian girl and they fall in love. She
tells him from the beginning this can never be because she has
been promised to someone else and her family would never
Judy Sorensen
So much info. So many sides. I liked this book a lot because it helped me understand that the conflict between Israel and Palestine is not black and white, it is not just two sided.
I am encouraged to continue reading about these countries and the rest of the Middle East. Thank you Gettysburg College for your Conflict and Resolution in the Middle East series on Iraq and Palestine. Keep up the good work.
David Wolfe's life is a successful San Francisco lawyer, he's about to get married, and he's being primed for a run for Congress. But when the phone rings and he hears the voice of Hana Arif--the Palestinian woman with whom he had a secret affair in law school--he begins a completely unexpected journey. The next day, the prime minister of Israel is assassinated by a suicide bomber while visiting San Francisco; soon, Hana herself is accused of being the mastermind behind the murder. Now David fac ...more
This book tells the story of a Jew and a Palestinian and how their lives cross early in life at Harvard Law School and then later in life after an assassination of the Israeli prime minister. The real story is the histories of these people (Jews & Palestinians), the ongoing conflict and the threats both internal and external that affect the country of Israel and the Palestinian territories. This was a very interesting book and was especially relevant while reading it on a trip in Israel. If ...more
If you get past the premise that this particular Palestinian woman (at this particular time in her life) would even have an affair with the Jewish man, you might enjoy all the twists and turns this novel takes. Much implausible (like the idea that the American Jewish lawyer can travel throughout the Middle East with various guides on all sides of conflict and be present for the murders of more than one key player, while escaping any injury himself, or the 'plot twist' toward the end that you can ...more
Maram Rihawi
بداية الرواية بتحكي عن محامي يهودي(دايفيد) مقبل على الزواج ناجح بوظيفته بيتلقى اتصال هاتفي من فتاة فلسطينية(هناء) اقام معها علاقة عاطفية ايام الجامعة بتطلب منه مساعدتها كمحامي بسبب تورطها بتهمة قتل رئيس الوزراء
الاسرائيلي والصراع اللي مر فيه المحامي اليهودي بين حبه للفتاة الفلسطينية وبين خوفه انو تكون التهمة صحيحة بسبب المعطيات اللي بتدين بطلة الرواية بالأخير بينتصر الحب وبيختار الدفاع عنها وبتبدأ مغامرة تقصي الحقائق في بعض القرى الفلسطينية وصولا الى تل ابيب ، بتعرض الرواية وجهتي النظر الاسرائيل
I liked the writer's style very much. The book was intriguing and gripping. Definitely, a worthy read in my opinion. Took me where I've never been.
a glimpse into middle east agonies & retributions perpetrated mostly in the name of religion...not quite historically accurate...but useful in "getting" how a people can hate and hurt for generations. Quite wordy and dull in the 3rd quarter but worth skimming through to get to the end.

The story reminded me of a story years ago of an Iraeli - Palestinian couple who were trying to promote peace...something humanity can hope is not rare fiction. Wish we had more couples in the U.S. like Mary Ma
طارق الشحي
بداية تعتبر الرواية من صنف المؤمرات العابرة للحدود و التي تتشابك فيها الخيوط حينما يتعمق فيها التحقيق و التي تنتهي بعقد صفقة تشتري فيها الحكومات ماء وجهها من الرأي العام .
الفكرة جيدة لكن تحرر المرأة الفلسطينبة و التي جسدتها هناء في هذه الرواية لا أتقبلها لكوني مسلم عربي ، لكن يبقى هذا الأمر وارد في هذه الحياة .
ما أرقني و خاصةً في النصف الأول من الرواية هو تلك الأخطاء الواقعة في الترجمة و التكلف الشديد فيها و الاتيان بمصطلحات غريبة حتى بت متشككاً في لغتي و في تلك الصنعة التي كان يردد عنها أخي الص
رواية جميلة

قد يكون أسلوب السرد مملاً قليلاً

لكنها ذات رسالة وهدف

تبدأ الرواية باغتيال رئيس الوزراء الصصهيوني وتتوجه أصابع الاتهام إلى امرأة فلسطينية فتتصل بصديقها القديم المحامي اليهودي ديفيد ليدافع عنها

يشك ديفيد ببرائتها فالأدلة تشير إليها لكنه يستمر في الدفاع عنها

يتوجه ديفيد إلى فلسطين للعثور على أي أدلة تسهم في الدفاع يمر بقرى فلسطينية كثيرة ويزور تل أبيب و ....

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توجب الوصول إلى حل سلمي بسبب وجود من يستغل الحرب الدائرة من الطرفين
grrrrrr......somehow i seem to have lost my comments. and of course, they were longer than most. In brief......a much more intensive look at life in Israel than I have had before.

[close:] David Wolfe's life is approaching an exhilarating peak: he's a successful San Francisco lawyer, he's about to get married, and he's being primed for a run for Congress. But when the phone rings and he hears the voice of Hana Arif--the Palestinian woman with whom he had a secret affair in law school--he begins a
Dick Edwards
This book puts words in the characters’ mouths that give the reader an excellent summary of the feelings of both sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There is a troubling description of the outrages perpetrated by the Christian Phalangists upon some of the Palestinians in Lebanon in the villages of Sabra and Shatila. Before he was assassinated, PM Ben-Aron describes how mortified he is that these things were done, and how he tried to stop them. Of course, there were outrages perpetrated ag ...more
Gregory Lamb
For the uninitiated, there are some geopolitical and historical elements that might make this novel educational, but if you're looking for light entertainment, stay away.

The book opens with the introduction of characters and back story that sets the stage for the only real action that forms the basis of the plot. Israel's prime minister is killed by a suicide bomber in San Francisco. The main character David Wolfe sacrifices his political future and the relationship with his fiance' to represen
Judy Cox
Jan 01, 2009 Judy Cox rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves a good novel
Recommended to Judy by: My sister
Shelves: faves
This novel has a very intriguing plot. It's sort of a whodunnit mystery but it is so much more than that. It is a love story that cannot be fully realized because of cultural and ethnic differences and hatreds and it is a lesson on the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. It involves a murder trial in which smart, legal strategy and arguments are employed to dramatize the complexities of the situation that the main characters find themselves in.

I loved the writing style, which revealed the intellectua
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Richard North Patterson is the author of fourteen previous bestselling and critically acclaimed novels. Formerly a trial lawyer, Patterson served as the SEC’s liaison to the Watergate special prosecutor and has served on the boards of several Washington advocacy groups dealing with gun violence, political reform, and women’s rights. He lives in San Francisco and on Martha’s Vineyard.
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