The People on the Street: A Writer's View of Israel
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The People on the Street: A Writer's View of Israel

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"The further away anyone was from that block of Ben Yehuda street, the easier it seemed to find a solution to the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, that stubborn mess in the center of the Middle East and the more I studied these solutions, the more I thought that they depended for their implementation on a population of table football men, painted in the colors o...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 28th 2008 by Virago UK (first published April 28th 2006)
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I really enjoyed this book about Israel, its people and the views of ordinary Israelis on the problems they face in the continuing struggle to establish a viable and secure country.

It is not a book that attempts to present the Palestinian point of view, but even though I would have doubted that at the outset, that is one of its strengths. As the author says at the end, there is another author and another book out there to do that job.

To put my comments into context, I believe that the Geneva Acc...more
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started this book.
The title suggested a book that could be very serious, yet the picture on the cover suggested humour and a tongue-in-cheek approach to storytelling.

In the end, this book was amazing to read as far as I’m concerned.
The author captures real Israelis with the quotes and profiles she uses. It went so far that I would have sworn she’d been talking to my friends, as some of the people she talks to and quotes in this book simply sounded so familia...more
A great read while I was in Israel--it was great to see my life mirrored in these essays (especially the inexplicably inefficient mopping system they have here). Grant really captures the Israeli chutzpah, as she lived in Tel Aviv during the second intifata.
Grant is an engaging character, and she has some amusing anecdotes about life in Israel. But they're culled from fairly brief engagement with the country, and she doesn't really have much to contribute.
Esme Vos
Good entertaining read. I got bored around 2/3 of the way into the book when it went into politics, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (again).
Dec 31, 2007 Shayna rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Travelers, People interested in Middle East culture/politics
Recommended to Shayna by: Evy bought it for me at the airport. She thought it looked good.
Grant shares some interesting bits of insight from her time spent in Israel. Nothing earth-shattering here, but a good read nonetheless.
Jan 05, 2010 Eileen rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Jewish people and/or those who have an interest in Israel
I learned about Israeli's what I did not learn while I was there.
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Linda Grant was born in Liverpool on 15 February 1951, the child of Russian and Polish Jewish immigrants. She was educated at the Belvedere School (GDST), read English at the University of York, completed an M.A. in English at MacMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario and di...more
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