The Attack

The Attack Dr Amin Jaafari an Arab Israeli citizen is a surgeon at a hospital in Tel Aviv Dedicated to his work respected and admired by his colleagues and community he represents integration at its most suc

  • Title: The Attack
  • Author: Yasmina Khadra John T. Cullen
  • ISBN: 9780385517485
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Dr Amin Jaafari, an Arab Israeli citizen, is a surgeon at a hospital in Tel Aviv Dedicated to his work, respected and admired by his colleagues and community, he represents integration at its most successful He has learned to live with the violence and chaos that plague his city, and on the night of a deadly bombing in a local restaurant, he works tirelessly to help theDr Amin Jaafari, an Arab Israeli citizen, is a surgeon at a hospital in Tel Aviv Dedicated to his work, respected and admired by his colleagues and community, he represents integration at its most successful He has learned to live with the violence and chaos that plague his city, and on the night of a deadly bombing in a local restaurant, he works tirelessly to help the shocked and shattered patients brought to the emergency room But this night of turmoil and death takes a horrifyingly personal turn His wife s body is found among the dead, with massive injuries, the police coldly announce, typical of those found on the bodies of fundamentalist suicide bombers As evidence mounts that his wife, Sihem, was responsible for the catastrophic bombing, Dr Jaafari is torn between cherished memories of their years together and the inescapable realization that the beautiful, intelligent, thoroughly modern woman he loved had a life far removed from the comfortable, assimilated existence they shared From the graphic, beautifully rendered description of the bombing that opens the novel to the searing conclusion, The Attack portrays the reality of terrorism and its incalculable spiritual costs Intense and humane, devoid of political bias, hatred, and polemics, it probes deep inside the Muslim world and gives readers a profound understanding of what seems impossible to understand.

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    1. I try to avoid going into bookshops because these days, what they actually offer, really, are hundreds and hundreds of books that I don't particularly want to read, of which I seem unable to resist taking at least two home with me, a bit like visiting the lost dogs' home saying we'll just take a look round. This was a bit of a labradoodle.It seemed like a good idea at the time: when going away on a holiday that requires some careful packing and weighing of suitcases rather than merely chucking e [...]

    2. مالذي يسبب الصدمة أكثر من أن تعيش مع إنسان لمدة عشر سنوات في بيت واحد وتشعر إنك تعرفه جيدا وتعرف كل تفاصيله لتصحو يوما على حقيقة إن هذا الإنسان كان شخصا آخر لاتعرفه وليس كما تهيأ لك هذه الصدمة قد تشلّ كل أحاسيسك وتبدل واقعك إلى النقيض خاصة إن كانت تلك العلاقة هي علاقة حب وزواج [...]

    3. This is a very complicated book to rate. On the one hand, I deeply appreciated it's mission- it's a poignant and devastating look into the lives of every day people living with the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and a novel where all sides get to air their point of view- and the conclusion isn't always the liberal consensus we're used to hearing. Khadra does an excellent job of giving everyone their due, making all sides compelling and tragic, right and terribly terribly misguided. He shows us th [...]

    4. Voilà probablement l'une des "review" que j'ai eu le plus de mal à écrire. Je ne sais pas par où commencer, j'ai été très touchée par ce roman et je ne suis pas sure de trouver les mots justes pour en parler.On suit le héros, Amine, qui cherche à expliquer le geste de sa femme. Désemparé, il essaie de comprendre pourquoi elle a agi comme de cette manière mais également pourquoi il n'a rien vu, s'il avait eu la possibilité de l'empêcher. Il se retrouve confronté à une réalité [...]

    5. I have read most of Yasmina Khadra's works and I have found them all very compelling. I feel this is the most memorable so far. The narrator is a Bedouin Arab surgeon who lives in Tel Aviv. He is enjoying the rewards of his hard work with his wife Sihem and a number of Jewish friends. His life is shattered when his wife blows herself up in a suicide bomb attack that kills numerous children at a restaurant. What follows is his attempt at understanding how he could have been so blind at not seeing [...]

    6. 4/5 ★★★★✩ Ένας Παλαιστίνιος γιατρός που έχει πάρει την Ισραηλινή υπηκοότητα και ζει ευτυχισμένος με την επίσης Παλαιστίνια γυναίκα του στο Τελ-Αβίβ. Μέχρι που ένα τρομοκρατικό χτύπημα αλλάζει τα πάντα συθέμελα στη ζωή του. Το βιβλίο είναι ένα εξαιρετικό ταξίδι ανάμεσα στ [...]

    7. سَأبدأُ بـ اقتباسٍ من الرواية : *1اعترفَ لي أبي " إن من قال لك إن الرجلَ لا يبكي لا يفهمُ شيئا في الرجولة فلا تخجل من البكاء بني ، لأنَ الدموع أرقى مانملك "*2ـــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــــ(4/5 )رواية [...]

    8. Βιβλίο με πολλά μηνύματα γύρω απ΄την πίστη του καθενός,και το πως θα επιλέξει να πεθάνει,όταν πιά θα του στερήσουν την πατρίδα.Μου άρεσε που ο ήρωας δεν το βάλε κάτω μέχρι να ανακαλύψει τις απαντήσεις που έψαχνε.Στα συν του βιβλίου το καταπληκτικό φινάλε

    9. Yasmina Khadra’s novel The Attack set off a firestorm of debate at book club. The novel follows the journey of Muslim surgeon Amin Jaafari, a naturalized citizen of Tel Aviv. He shares his life with the love of his life, Sihem. It isn’t giving anything away to say that Amin’s wife turns out to be a suicide bomber, detonating herself in the middle of a restaurant filled with school children. The novel then follows Amin’s journey from denial and disbelief to acceptance, if not of his wife [...]

    10. عندما أخذت الكتاب كنت متوقعة كتاب يحكي عن النضال الفلسطيني و عن كمية من الفلسفة و النظريات و السياسات و غيرها توقعت أن يكون معظم الكتاب عبارة عن حوار فكري فلسفي(وهو مالا أحب) و لذلك أجلت قرائتهو طبعاً على عكس توقعاتي كان الكتاب جيد توجد به قصة و أحداث (نعم توجد به حوارات فكرية [...]

    11. If you start from the principle that your worst enemy is very person who tries to sow hatred in your heart, you're halfway to happiness.2.5 stars. This was a thought-provoking book about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The storyline was interesting, and it gave me some insight into the minds of suicide bombers. The problem was that although it made me think, it did not make me feel. I think this was probably because the book was translated from French.

    12. محاولة لتمييع النضال و أسبابه و إظهار الصهيانة بمظهر الشعب المتعايش المتفهم ،،، أعطيتها ثلاث نجمات للأسلوب الأدبي و السرد القصصي أما الحقائق فهي عائمة تشعر معها أن يتعاطف مع النضال و أسبابه من للمجاملة فقط

    13. تبدأ الحكاية بدائرةوخلال الرحلة من البداية إلى النهاية، يرسم المؤلف صورة -قد تكون- أقرب للواقع المشوه للعمليات الانتحارية. لم يجهد المؤلف بوضع تفسيراته أو نظرياته عن أسباب تلك العمليات، بقدر ما حاول جاهداً أن يفرض نظرية أن العيش بسلام ممكن بين الشعبين الفلسطيني والإسرائيلي [...]

    14. Another book that really deserves 3.5 stars instead of 3 or 4 stars. The plot immediately grabs you -- a Arab-Israeli surgeon who's well respected and well liked by his Israeli colleagues and neighbors. The beginning opens up with him operating on victims of a suicide bomber, who turns out to be his wife! And then his life turns upside down! Did she do it? If so, what were her motivations? I liked that this book was written with a Palestinian perspective, and it sheds a nice light on the complic [...]

    15. Le premier (et le seul) Yasmina Khadra que j'ai lu. Parce qu'il traînait sur la commode de ma femme. Au vu du sujet, je m'étais mis à espérer, mais l'auteur à quand même réussi le tour de force de désamorcer systématiquement tout ressort dramatique, d'éviter toute occasion d'en dire plus sur le conflit israélo-palestinien, de se foutre royalement de toute profondeur qui pourrait jaillir de sa trame, dont le potentiel crève pourtant les yeux. Las, le livre, comme son héros, est bien [...]

    16. Sjajna priča koja portretira problem vjerskog fundamentalizma, ispričana iz perspektive liječnika čija je žena, koju je mislio da poznaje bolje od ikoga, sudjelovala u terorističkom napadu kao bombaš-samoubojica. Osim što podiže svijest o gorućem problemu terorizma, pokušava razumjeti zašto se i kako ljudi u sve to upletu, i kako je moguće da netko s kim dijeliš godine i godine života na kraju ispadne netko koga uopće nisi ni poznavao. Odlična knjiga.

    17. Tưởng viết về tình yêu mà không phải. Toàn đâu những tổ chức thánh chiến, tử vì đạo, hi sinh, Palestine, bom, mảnh xác người. Người chồng tội nghiệp Amine đi tìm lý do cho lựa chọn "đeo dải bom trước ngực, bước vào nhà hàng tới giữa đám trẻ" của vợ mình. Không biết anh có tìm ra chưa, có hiểu chưa nhưng là một người đọc thì mình chịu, không thể nào hiểu nổi. Mình chỉ biết "Mạng [...]

    18. This book is really depressing, but it gave me a lot of think about. How well do we know the people in our lives? What kind of life did they have before we met them? How do we know the life they live now is authentic? I really appreciated the easy and carefree life I am living in comparison to those in the book. I have a lot to be thankful for.Lines I loved: Tears are the noblest things we have.When horror strikes, the heart is always its first target.I no longer recognize the world I live in.He [...]

    19. In three words:Emotive, touching, shocking. Dr Amin Jaafari is an Israeli Arab. He has put himself through medical school and now works in a Tel Aviv hospital as a surgeon. He has a nice home in a nice part of the city, he and his wife Sihem attend dinner parties with their Israeli friends and are happy.When a suicide bomber strikes in a crowded restaurant in Tel Aviv killing 19 people, including eleven children at a birthday party, the hospital is put on high alert and it’s all hands to the d [...]

    20. A powerful topic. (my review written in 2007, when I originally read this book)As I live in the Middle East I am drawn to this type of book to aid my understanding of some of the conflicts and to understand the human element; the cause and effect of events in this area.The central character, Dr Amin Jaafie, is a leading surgeon at Tel Aviv's main hospital. He uses his skills to repair the damage caused by the conflict surrounding him and to keep himself distanced from involvement in events. Unfo [...]

    21. Une bonne nouvelle ce livre ne vous laissera pas indifférent !Pour ma part, je l'ai lu d'une traite et ça a réveillé une multitude de questions en moi, ça m'a révélé combien tourner le dos et ignorer ne sert qu'à nous marginaliser Combien tous les incidents qui nous affrontent se rapportent finalement à un même terrain de conclusions qu'on le fuit ou pas!La nonchalance du protagoniste m'a littéralement indignée. Il s'avère que sur la terre Palestinienne, il y a beaucoup plus grave [...]

    22. Great discussion tonight with my book group. Some found it hard to understand why Sihem did what she did, and all of us speculated on the nature of day to day life in the Middle East when there seems to be little hope for a lasting peace. I appreciate that the author tried to show all sides in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict - no clear heroes, no out-and-out villains, but individuals doing their best to cope with violence and war and cultural "attack" as part of everyday reality. Our discussion [...]

    23. The first half of the book is about the husbands grief and shock at what his wife has done. How his friends rally around him and how others condemn him. BORING. There is nothing there that you wouldn't expect. There are tons of internal monologues from the protagonist about how he could have missed this and why his wife would do this. After one such monologue I finally got it. This isn't really a book about terrorism, this is a love story. Dr. Jaafari was betrayed by his wife and like any betray [...]

    24. رواية رائعةأشبعت فضولينالت جائزة المكتبات في عام 2006 جائزة مدارات 2006 الجائزة الكبرى لقارئات مجلة كوتيه فيم و الجائزة الأدبية لتلامذة بورغونيا بالاضافة الى جائزة قراء صحيفة تيليجرام و قد اقتبست الى السنما في الولايات المتحدةناقشت الفكر الارهابي الانتحاري وحللته تحليل نفسي [...]

    25. This is one of the best books I have ever read (and I've read over 1,000). The writing was insightful, new, and the story provoking. I was in the story to the end. I also loved the movie. The movie follows the book "close enough." The movie has a different ending and a slightly different route to discovery.So, read the book. See the movie.

    26. A very frustrating, long winded tale that started of interesting. However, it has the most disatisfying ending I've read in a long time. The second half was a jumbled mess and the ending was an simply easy way to end the novel2 out of 5 stars.

    27. I expected this book to be loaded with information about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, diatribes and all sorts of accusations and existentialist reflections on patriotism and national allegiance cramped in long philosophical tirades.Well, to my surprise, it wasn't.This book is written by an Algerian author, Mohamed Moulessehoul whose pseudonym is Yasmina Khadra, but shockingly enough, when you're progressing through the narrative, you never encounter a biased opinion or defensiveness concern [...]

    28. باغتتني الأسئلة التي تعرضها الرواية كأحداث لا يمكن تفسيرها ، لا يمكن التيقُن من مشاعرك نحوها ، تتعاطف حيناً ، و تبدو حائراً حيناً ، و لستَ تدري لمَ تكبدَ “ ياسيمنة خضرا ” عناء كتابة رواية كهذه دون أن يخبركَ برأيه في القضية ، رُبما هذا هو عملُ بعض الرواة ، يطرح الأسئلة و يفر با [...]

    29. أول ما أثارني في الرواية عنوانها ، دفعني الفضول لأبحث عن حياة كاتبتها لأكتشف أنه في الحقيقة كاتب و يوقع كتيه باسم زوجته زاد اعجابي بها فقررت أن أكتشف خباياها أسطرها الاولى أوحت لي أنني أمام رواية تحكي عن القضية الفلسطينية لكن سرعان ما و جدت نفسي أمام واقع طبيب عربي فلسطيني ب [...]

    30. Amine, un chirurgien arabe naturalisé Israélien découvre que sa femme Sihem est une Kamikaze ! C'est ainsi que commence l'aventure de Amine pour chercher la vérité de la femme qui a vécu avec elle de longues années sans connaitre son vrai visage.Accusé de complicité et privé de son travail à l’hôpital il a franchi l’autre coté du mur pour découvrir un monde qu'il l'a ignoré depuis des années. C'est la-bas qu'il va découvrir un nouveau monde ! Un roman qui raconte l'histoire [...]

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