Edges: O Israel, O Palestine

Edges O Israel O Palestine It s summer Fourteen year old Liana travels to Jerusalem accompanied by her older sister and larger than life mother The trip takes her from a sheltered life in Westchester County NY to the ho

  • Title: Edges: O Israel, O Palestine
  • Author: Leora Skolkin-Smith
  • ISBN: 9781611881646
  • Page: 332
  • Format: Paperback
  • It s summer, 1963 Fourteen year old Liana travels to Jerusalem, accompanied by her older sister and larger than life mother The trip takes her from a sheltered life in Westchester County, NY to the hot, bustling, and thoroughly confusing landscape of the Middle East, where Jewish and Arab cultures exist side by side in an uneasy truce She soon drifts away from her colorIt s summer, 1963 Fourteen year old Liana travels to Jerusalem, accompanied by her older sister and larger than life mother The trip takes her from a sheltered life in Westchester County, NY to the hot, bustling, and thoroughly confusing landscape of the Middle East, where Jewish and Arab cultures exist side by side in an uneasy truce She soon drifts away from her colorful family and their over the top relatives, and starts a furtive, increasingly passionate, secret relationship with the runaway son of an American diplomat Together, they abscond to neighboring Palestine, where they hide in an abandoned monastery, while a frantic search for the two missing youngsters gets under way on the other side of an increasingly hostile border.Both a deeply sensual story and a vivid depiction of a world growing increasingly fractured, Edges is a masterfully written triumph of nuanced storytellingNALIST NEXT GENERATION INDIE BOOK AWARDSFINALIST INDIE EXCELLENCE AWARDSFINALIST INTERNATIONAL BOOK AWARDS

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    1. Onvan : Edges: O Israel, O Palestine - Nevisande : Leora Skolkin-Smith - ISBN : 1611881641 - ISBN13 : 9781611881646 - Dar 200 Safhe - Saal e Chap : 2005

    2. I carried this book with me on vacation and actually read it twice--once as a reader and then again as a writer trying to discover how this brilliant author did what she did. This is the luminous story of the boundaries in a war-torn place and more importantly, the boundaries (or lack of them) between a mother and daughter. Gorgeously written (I was underlining sentences) and psychologically astute, this novel is one of my all-time favorites. Soon to be a major motion picture, too.

    3. A very special and unusual novel which transcends its subject matter by delving into the fractured and troubled psyches of it's characters rather than opting for being just another travelogue and political treatise on Israel and Palestine. Painful and often disturbing, it is a profound study of a mother/daughter relationship and has the courage to not hold back. An admirable, truthful, and sometimes brilliant achievement which dares to explore territory, both pyschic and geographic not often tra [...]

    4. This is a very poetic and complex book, and not meant for a quick read, I think. And for me what was strong was the mother and daughter relationship and the relationship the geography had to do with the girl's budding sexuality, her identity, and inner landscape. But it is not for everybody. Mainly because it doesn't strive to provide more of the standard political answers we are so used to when anyone writes about the Middle East. Instead it's about people, what they are as individuals and thei [...]

    5. Tovah Feldshuh is terrific!Merged review:I think this is an extraordinary and complex book. It is brave to write about such a news-soaked region and allow outsiders to learn Jerusalem through the eyes of a troubled American girl traveling back with her mother, a native of an older Israel and Palestine. All stereotypes and cliches are challenged. We are taken deep inside the psyche of someone who could be any girl struggling to find her identity and separate from an engulfing mother. The sexual m [...]

    6. Angels tread softly.This story leads through the minefields to where humanity still lives in all its shame and glory, joys and sorrow. Gently confronting the tyranny of normalcy, it is another great book by a very good author. Regardless of your views around place and context it is an invitation to see live as it is and not as we have been told.

    7. While I admired the prose, and the story held me in places, I felt the overall experience was diffuse, in the sense that it didn't have enough story to carry its length. The historical context is quite interesting. I had some difficulty identifying with the characters, however, as the focus seemed to be on prose over characterization much of the time. The characters were actually interesting, but not well utilized IMHO, as I wanted them to be focal, and the sense of place and time and culture ke [...]

    8. ugh! i rarely dislike a book because it's easy for me to learn from the characters or gain insight from the circumstances, cultural references, experiences, etc. this book felt like a sad exception. it seemed like a bad copy of a million other womens' right of passage novels without heart, good dialoge or anything to impart.

    9. This review is from StorycircleReviewed by Khadijah A.Posted on 12/30/2014Fiction: Mainstream; Fiction: EthnicEdges is a book that defies categorization on many levels. First of all, while the protagonist, Liana, is only fourteen, her story is one that speaks to readers of many different ages. The subject matter is mature, but the author's language, both beautiful and evocative, elevates and gives it a voice that is ageless.Skolkin-Smith navigates through many complicated and potentially explosi [...]

    10. Edges is a book that defies categorization on many levels. First of all, while the protagonist, Liana, is only fourteen, her story is one that speaks to readers of many different ages. The subject matter is mature, but the author's language, both beautiful and evocative, elevates and gives it a voice that is ageless.Skolkin-Smith navigates through many complicated and potentially explosive subjects with grace and sensitivity. Whether portraying the ever-changing relationship of mother and daught [...]

    11. "Edges: O Israel, O Palestine" is a well-written and powerful novel. I started reading it earlier, and then it was borrowed. As a result, I purchased another one. The story focuses mainly on Liana and her mother. Earlier on we learn about her mother's complicated background. On the surface, Liana's life is typical of a young American teenager. Shortly, she becomes involved with William, a diplomat's son, who has left his family.Liana and William survive and make do with very basic needs while li [...]

    12. A beautiful perfromance by Tovah Feldshuh, I really loved her characterizations and found her really entertaining.Merged review:This novel uses the geography of land and Judean mountains as a metaphor for the internal struggle of its main characters, a young American girl is taken back to her mother's native war-torn Jerusalem. It succeeds profoundly. Not for those who want a quick read or simple story-telling, this is to be read with alert attention as all valuable literature is, not just for e [...]

    13. This book wasn't totally horrible. I think the point of the novel was the coming of age story of Liana, the main character, but this was the least interesting part of the whole book. I really could have done without all the sexual references. I was much more interested in Isreali culture and the effects of the wars and boarder disputes on the people that live there. Unfortunately this was a less developed part of the story.

    14. Edges takes the reader to an Israel in 1963, before high walls formed a border, when, instead, metal wires hung "like hosiery lines" across the land. Liana Barish is fourteen years old when the suicide of her American father forces her mother, mourning, in despair back to her family--to Jerusalem where she grew up. For Liana it is the place where the powerful interdependence of mother and daughter--physical and spiritual--ends. It is the place of her sexual awakening."

    15. I struggled to connect with any of the characters. Certainly brought up emotions of revulsion and shatteredhatred for oneself, ones history, religion, mother, sister. I am only giving this 3 stars because it did make you feel, but mostly I did not like how it made me feel. The referral to Palestine vs Israel when the book takes place after the establishment of Israel leads me to believe author does not support Israel. Would not recommend this book to anyone.

    16. I received this book as a first read. It was a grim and depressing read filled with death. The relationships were awkward. The pace was slow. The narrative didn't work for me. It seemed more like vignettes pieced together than a continuous flowing story.

    17. I like some of the style or voice of the main character. A teen ager and her disagreements with her mother is an engaging topic though not riveting for me.

    18. Transitions were not smooth and took a bit of time figuring out where I wasa. Some topics were introduced and whent no where.

    19. Started off promising, with some lovely impressionist prose. But didn't go anywhere to really hold my interest.

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