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The Almond Tree
Gifted with a brilliant mind that has made a deep impression on the elders of his Palestinian village, Ahmed Hamid is nevertheless tormented by his inability to save his friends and family. Living under occupation, the inhabitants of the village harbour a constant fear of losing their homes, jobs, belongings – and each ...more
My Rating: 5 ☆☆☆☆☆
In One Word: Superb!
“I had no idea words could have so much power and beauty.”
I smiled and cried while reading. I was left speechless when I finished the book. Pondering over evey sentence I read, every bit of emotions I felt, I was over-whelmed how beautifully sad a novel can be.
The Almond Tree is a heart-wrenching, self-narrative story of a Palestinian kid, Ichmad Mahmud, his family and their struggles.
It is the story of unjust occupation.
It is the story of ...more
Michelle Cohen-Corasanti's debut novel, The Almond Tree, is yet another example. The narrative creates sympathy with the oppressed (in this case, Palestinians) by enumerating the litany of injustices they must endure. Cohen-Corasanti, a Jewish White American woman of considerable privilege, said in an interview that she wrote this novel because sh ...more
The Almond Tree made me roll my eyes so hard and so often that they now swing freely in their sockets. I have googly eyes. I look like a certain cookie-jone ...more
I just check my mail and found out that I won~
This MADE MY DAY into BRIGHTEST!!!
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I wonder what will I learned and realize after reading this book ^^
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When I received this book last Dec. 17, 2012:
I went home really depressed (because of my exams. I think I will fail, I'm not really good at science especially ...more
I'm in between 3 & 4 stars.
Nevertheless this book has many beautiful lines.
"Courage, I realised, was not the absence of fear: it was the absence of selfishness; putting someone else’s interest before one’s own."
"Don’t allow guilt to enter your heart, because it’s a disease, like cancer, that’ll eat away at you until there’s nothing left."
‘It’s about his sentence, isn’t it?’ ‘Tell me what it says.’
Fourteen years. ...more
Ichmad , the oldest son , through a rash and immature decision , has to become the caretaker of his family who live in this occupied village. He is extraordinarily intelligent ...more
The story follows the life of Palestinian Ichmad Hamad and his family over the span of half a century, living in a Palestinian village controlled by the Israeli army. Of his village Ichmad says, “Only five years earlier, it had been filled with olive trees. Now it was filled with landmines ...more
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There is no doubt in my mind that Michelle Cohen Corasanti is one of today's greatest novelists, and most important socio-political commentators. What she's done with The Almond Tree is highlighted the cause of one of the world's most unjustifiably maligned, and oppressed people. She's also produced a beautiful multifaceted story which is in equal parts utterly riveting, shocking, and addictive. If you liked Khaled Hosseini's The Kite Runner, you'll love this.
The book is the fictional memoir of a Palestinian named Ichmad Hamid. Covering the years from 1955 to 2009, the focus is on the extreme suffering of Ichmad’s large family at the hands of the Israeli occupiers. Crisis follows crisis, although Ichmad is able to better his life because of his intelligence.
A major problem is the weak characterization. Ichmad’s portrayal is unrealistic as e ...more
For Ichmad and Abbas, the world was Hell.
One boy would carry that hell around with him like a prison. The other would rise above it, and try to transform it. Both worked toward the same cause: one with a heart fueled by hate, the other with a heart guided by love.
Michelle Cohen Corasanti’s The Almond Tree is the story of Ichmad Hamid--a young boy, growing up in an Israeli-occupied Palestinian village. It's a story of war. Ichmad and his family were the victims of hate, ...more
The Almond Tree tells the story of a young boy, Ichmad Hamid, who manages to succeed in life only thanks to his intelligence and good will. Caught in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Ichmad's family is left with no home or possesions, so he has to struggle to earn money and survive. Thanks to his natural talent in Sciences, Ichmad receives a scholarship to study in Israel (the country of the soldiers who killed two of his sisters and imprisoned h ...more
We meet Ichmad when he is 7. The story unfolds over a 50 year time period mixing history, fiction, tolerance, intolerance, shock and the choices that shape our lives and leaves us sometimes, sad, disappointed, hopeful and confused.
Told from a Palestinian view point the author build a wonderful story around probably one of the most controversial and uncomfortable topics in the world today ...more
Its a serious -sensitive -gripping novel ---(excellent engaging-storytelling).
*Ichmad Hamid*, the main character, (and voice), is incredible! We watch him age from age 12 to age 60. An astonishing journey. He is exposed to extreme ugliness in the world --and touches on 'beauty'. His personal gift is his 'mind' (gifted in math and science).
"The Almond Tree" is well written and genu ...more
It was an enjoyable read, and the topic is very pertinent. We are constantly faced with news about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict almost every day, so it was good to read about it. This is the story of a Palestinian boy, who is very intelligent and is caught in the middle of the conflict between the Jews and the Arabs. Through the course of the story, he is faced with the obl ...more
The suffering and painful losses (the gifted) Ichmad Hamid and his impoverished family endured during the never-ending conflict between the Israeli and Palestinians was hard to take, but at the same time, this unputdownable story filled the pages with family commitment and hope for a brighter future through educatio...more
This is the story of a Palestinian family whose only crime was to live on a farm Israeli settlers wanted.
The family, forced into a hovel and then a tent is pushed to the brink of extinction. The two oldest s ...more
Published: September 2012
Reading Michelle Cohen Corasanti’s first novel one is immediately conscious that this is must surely be non-fiction. The details are so personal, so harrowing, yet so full of hope and triumph over evil, you desperately want it to be real.The clues are in the writer’s history. A former lawyer, trained in international human rights law, someone who has lived seven years in Israel and heard ...more
I loved this novel even though I could only read small chunks at a time. It usually doesn't take me a week to read a 350 page novel! However, the author wrote so beautifully and so vividly that sometimes I just had to take a break.
"The Almond Tree" is about the way the Palestinian people have been forced to live for the past several decades. Politics aside, as a Westerner, I had absolutely no idea this forced/enforced living arrangement was going ...more
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Michelle Cohen Corasanti grew up in a Jewish home in which German cars were boycotted and Israeli bonds were plentiful. Other than the blue-and-white tin Jewish National Fund sedakah box her family kept in the kitchen and the money they would give to plant trees in Israel, all she learned growing up was that after the Holocaust, the Jews found a land with ...more