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The Lemon Tree by Sandy Tolan
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Mar 23, 10

bookshelves: 2010, audiobook, non-fiction, judaism, israel, playaway, religion, holocaust, war, politics, history, palestine, muslim
Read from January 23 to March 23, 2010

The more I read about Israel and Palestine, the more confused I am. I know that all sides in this area have their own story and I realize it is hard for them to see and hear the other sides' stories.

The Lemon Tree shows the conflicts through the use of one house and one tree. Bashir was born in the house as a Palestinian Arab and Dalia later moved into the "abandoned" house when her family moves to Israel from Bulgaria. Their lives may have never crossed except that Bashir wants to see the house where he was born.

Tolan does a great job of balancing the story. His tenacity in trying to find the whole story and doing the necessary research is impressive. I am thankful for the opportunity to see the Arab-Israeli conflict from another angle.
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