The characters introduced in The Hope are still there and their children have now grown old enough to don the national uniform of their country.
Israel had won the Six Days War but her troubles are far from over. In midst of war and diplomatic pressure life continues as usual - love, infatuation, misunderstanding, ambitions, affairs go on. What I liked most ...more
We are taken through key pints in Israel's struggle for survival: The raid on terrorists in Beirut in retaliation for the massacre by PLO operatives of Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics; the horror and sacrifice of the Yom Kippur War and the resultant political fallout; the ...more
The story resumes from the first book, "The Hope", and takes the characters through the buildup to the Yom Kippur War, the panic and then the pulling together to bring victory to Israel. Wouk's writing is so intense again in this ...more
In this epic novel, the author describes the following historical events: the sinking of the Israeli ship Eilat by Soviet rockets fired by the Egyptian Navy; the Yom Kippur War, the dramatic Entebbe rescue, and bomb Iraq's nuclear reactor in 1981; and the visit of Anwar Sadat to Israel.
The historical characters mentioned in this book are the following: Yonatan Netanyahu, Golda Meir, Ariel Sharon, Anwar Sadat, Moshe Dayan, and David ...more
But the fact is that every single female character in this book basically serves as a plot device to further develop the stories of the male characters. The bottom line is that this is a 700 page book that fails the Bechdel Test.
The surprise attack at the start of the Yom Kippur War by several Arab countries caught Israel by surprise during one of it most revered religious holidays and shows how close Israel came to defeat. In the end audacity and ...more
Anyway, I just finished "The Hope." I still could not connect with any of the characters, and Emily was one of the most annoying characters I have ever had the displeasure to meet in a book. I am not sure why Wouk wrote her in such a silly manner. I know how women spoke in the 60s and 70s, and we never used the terminology she did! He wrote her as if she ...more
With the reading of this book, I have read all of Wouk's novels. This was one of his better ones. A bit difficult with so many key characters to follow. I strongly recommend his following books: Winds of War, War and Remembrances, and Youngblood Hawke.
The wikipedia account provides even more reasons the Isrealis were led into believing there would not be a war revealing how wily Sadat was such as sending some Eygptian troops on leave and ...more
The gripping sequel to Pulitzer Prize–winner Herman Wouk’s stunning historical novel The Hope…
The Glory plunges immediately into the violence and upheaval of the Six-Day War of 1967—and continues the dramatic story of Israel’s struggle for survival. A sprawling, action-packed novel, Wouk takes readers through the terrors of the Yom Kippur War, the famous Entebbe rescue, and the airstrikes on Saddam Hussein’s nuclear reactor—ending with the final hope for peace.
Illuminating the inner lives
Israel is the greatest story of the modern era. Born out of ancient promise and modern barbarism a small nation fulfilling the destiny of many histories is a difficult story to write. As you follow the magnificent characters of Wouk you learn the lessons and paradox of a nation that defies explanation and survives by the grace of its ancient God.
So sad it is over, the characters really come too life and the book made me look up plenty of historical events too. I know there will not be a sequel, but it was sad to lose the connection with the heroes of this story...
Israel's sense of security lasts barely a matter of months after the Six Day War before the Egyptians once again tip the ...more
Herman Wouk was born in New York City into a Jewish family that had emigrated from Russia. After a childhood and adolescence in the Bronx and a high school diploma from Townsend Harris High School, he ...more