Exodus

  • Title: Exodus
  • Author: Leon Uris
  • ISBN: 9780553141627
  • Page: 394
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  • Exodus Exodus is an international publishing phenomenon the towering novel of the twentieth century s most dramatic geopolitical event Leon Uris magnificently portrays the birth of a new nation in the midst
    Exodus is an international publishing phenomenon the towering novel of the twentieth century s most dramatic geopolitical event Leon Uris magnificently portrays the birth of a new nation in the midst of enemies the beginning of an earthshaking struggle for power Here is the tale that swept the world with its fury the story of an American nurse, an Israeli freedom fighExodus is an international publishing phenomenon the towering novel of the twentieth century s most dramatic geopolitical event Leon Uris magnificently portrays the birth of a new nation in the midst of enemies the beginning of an earthshaking struggle for power Here is the tale that swept the world with its fury the story of an American nurse, an Israeli freedom fighter caught up in a glorious, heartbreaking, triumphant era.

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    About Leon Uris


    1. Leon Marcus Uris August 3, 1924 June 21, 2003 was an American novelist, known for his historical fiction and the deep research that went into his novels His two bestselling books were Exodus, published in 1958, and Trinity, in 1976 Leon Uris was born in Balti, Maryland, the son of Jewish American parents Wolf William and Anna Blumberg Uris His father, a Polish born immigrant, was a paperhanger, then a storekeeper William spent a year in Palestine after World War I before entering the United States He derived his surname from Yerushalmi, meaning man of Jerusalem His brother Aron, Leon Uris uncle, took the name Yerushalmi He was basically a failure, Uris later said of his father He went from failure to failure Uris attended schools in Norfolk, Virginia and Balti, but never graduated from high school, after having failed English three times At age seventeen, while in his senior year of high school, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and Uris enlisted in the United States Marine Corps He served in the South Pacific as a radioman in combat at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and New Zealand from 1942 through 1945 While recuperating from malaria in San Francisco, he met Betty Beck, a Marine sergeant they married in 1945.Coming out of the service, he worked for a newspaper, writing in his spare time In 1950, Esquire magazine bought an article, and he began to devote himself to writing seriously Drawing on his experiences in Guadalcanal and Tarawa he produced the best selling, Battle Cry, a novel depicting the toughness and courage of U.S Marines in the Pacific He then went to Warner Brothers in Hollywood helping to write the movie, which was extremely popular with the public, if not the critics Later he went on to write The Angry Hills, a novel set in war time Greece.According to one source, in the early 1950 s he was hired by an American public relations firm to go to Israel and soak up the atmosphere and create a novel about it That novel would be Exodus, which came out in 1958 and became his best known work Others say that Uris, motivated by an intense interest in Israel, financed his own research for the novel by selling the film rights in advance to MGM and writing articles about the Sinai campaign It is said that the book involved two years of research, and involved thousands of interviews Exodus illustrated the history of Palestine from the late 19th century through the founding of the state of Israel in 1948 It was a worldwide best seller, translated into a dozen languages, and was made into a feature film in 1960, starring Paul Newman, directed by Otto Preminger, as well as into a short lived Broadway musical 12 previews, 19 performances in 1971 Uris novel Topaz was adapted for the screen and directed by Alfred Hitchcock.Uris subsequent works included Mila 18, a story of the Warsaw ghetto uprising Armageddon A Novel of Berlin, which reveals the detailed work by British and American intelligence services in planning for the occupation and pacification of post WWII Germany Trinity, an epic novel about Ireland s struggle for independence QB VII, a novel about the role of a Polish doctor in a German concentration camp and The Haj, with insights into the history of the Middle East and the secret machinations of foreigners which have led to today s turmoil.He also wrote the screenplays for Battle Cry and Gunfight at the O.K Corral.Uris was married three times to Betty Beck, with whom he had three children, from 1945 through their divorce in 1968 Margery Edwards in 1969, who died a year later, and Jill Peabody in 1970, with whom he had two children, and divorced in 1989.Leon Uris died of renal failure at his Long Island home on Shelter Island, aged 78.Leon Uris s papers can be found at the Ransom Center, University of Texas in Austin The collection includes all of Uris s novels, with the exception of The Haj and Mitla Pass, as well as manus


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    1. This book is useful for learning the romantic Zionist version of events surrounding 1948, but contrary to several of the reviews here, it is NOT a reliable historical source or one I would recommend for those interested in seriously learning about the roots of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Describing this book as an accurate historical account from which to draw important information about the conflict is akin to promoting Gone With the Wind as a complete guide to the American Civil War. Uri [...]

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    2. Even though I was caught up in the book when I first read it, I had to leave it halfway through and when I went back to it some years later, after learning more about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (not the American-Israeli fiction, but real history), I felt I couldn't read it, it was so nauseating. Now I work in the Middle East, and see the conflict more close at hand. I could talk with many displaced Palestinians, and hear their side of the story. And the aversion to the book has increased.T [...]

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    3. 5+1/ Hay libros que, sencillamente, se apoderan de nuestra alma hasta el último segundo. Libros que parecen tejidos para arrancarnos de la comodidad en la que vivimos y abrirnos los ojos. Libros, en fin, que nos hacen vibrar y sufrir a partes iguales. Pues bien, Éxodo es uno de esos libros; o, por lo menos lo es para mí. Y como tal, no puedo ponerle solo cinco estrellas, no es una historia de cinco estrellas, por eso le doy esa estrella de más.

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    4. Knjiga o nastanku države Izrael guta se u dahu po njoj je snimljen i čuveni film s Polom Njumenom Pre nekoliko godina sam svojoj prijateljici, vrsnoj prevodilici rekla: "Šta nisi čitala ništa od Leona Urisa? Ne javljaj mi se dok ne pročitaš nešto!" Poslušala me i odmah je potražila knjige u knjižari i u roku od nekoliko meseci progutala je sve čega je mogla da se dočepa :)

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    5. Among the top five books I have ever read, and also one of the most important. A poignant and beautifully-told story that shares a painful struggle in Jewish history - one of the many that goes untalked about in modern history classes. This book should be mandatory reading in all highschools. Although it is a novel, it is completely framed in historical facts (I know because the stuff I read was so unbelievable, I had to look it up for myself to see if it was true - I even found publically-avail [...]

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    6. It feels as if my life truly started when I read this book. There are no words for it. It shaped who I am today. It's beautiful, amazing, awe-inspiring, and so much more. I used to read this at night before I went to bed to give myself happy dreams.I dreamed about the courage and honor and bravery and love that venerates through each and every word of the book. I dreamed that I could have half of the bravery of the characters. It is a beautiful, amazing book. I wrote this (^) four years ago. Hon [...]

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    7. Another of my 'Haven't Read This In 30 Years' titles, the trigger event here is the dramatic story of children who become passengers on the ship Exodus. But woven in and around this escapade is the intense story of a people, a dream, a country. We are shown a bit of Jewish history: some chapters will make you feel you are being punched in the gut. We dream the dream of next year in Jerusalem almost as vividly as the characters of the book, who never give up hope. We participate in the creation o [...]

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    8. 10 Stars, if I Could!!!!Much to my chagrin I have never read Leon Uris! Why I waited? I have no excuses to serve up. Uris writes BIG BOOKS that are quite spectacular. He is one of very few brilliant maestros in literature, in my opinion. He writes with an ease that kept me turning the 648 pages of this great masterpiece. His research into the facts of Palestine and the exoduses to her holy land is extensive and as factual as possible in pre-electronic 1958. His characters are so well developed t [...]

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    9. While overall I liked the book, still, some niggling thoughts ate at the corner of my mind as I made my way through Exodus.Whereas this book is fiction, for some reason, I came to this thinking that what Uris put down is very close to fact. What worried me as I read it, is that it isn't. Why? Every Jew good, every Arab bad. (As well as the British who colonized Palestine at the time of Israel's independence.) That's too cut and dry for me. In every conflict there is a right and wrong, this I bel [...]

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    10. This is another book that I read as a young teenager. I don't think I knew anyone who was Jewish and knew hardly anything about the history of Israel. This book took me way outside my normal white suburban world. It was another one of those thick books that I looked at and wondered how I could ever read that many pages. But I did. I am reading this book again, fifty five years later.I have read a few other reviews of this book and find some that allege it is extremely anti-Arab. This may come fr [...]

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    11. Really, this is one of my all time fave books. It really captures the history (ACCURATELY, I might add!) of how the country of modern-day Israel was born and all the incredible struggles that the Jews faced from seemingly every direction. A fantastic historical novel, even thought it's fiction. I highly recommend this to anyone who feels they could beef up on their historical understanding of the middle east of today--will really help you read through the western media when watching the news!

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    12. Excellent; one of the best works of historical fiction I've read. I gobbled it up and couldn't get enough in one sitting. This story of the Jews is amazing and seemed to me more powerful than any one account of the Holocaust I've read because it's not one individual's or one family's ordeal, but the story of an entire people - you really feel the tragedy of their history and the glory of their hard-won victory in gaining their own state. Beautiful and moving.From an old notebook I found this wee [...]

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    13. This remarkable book documents the birth struggle of the Jewish State of Israel. Many Holocaust survivors, amongst others, took part in that labor. This account is historically accurate (as historical novels go). The reader comes to know the characters intimately-the dashing soldier/hero Ari Ben Canaan who falls in love with Kitty Fremont, the American nurse who reluctantly works with the Jews and grows to change her condescending attitude to a genuine love for these people. There is the vivacio [...]

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    14. This book is chock-full of bad prose, flat characters, and very unfortunate implications. Every Jewish character is brave, strong, smart, and talented. The Arabs, on the other hand, are all cowardly, stupid, and possessive of women (with one exception, but he dies early on.)The founding of Israel was controversial, and you would think that an author writing about it would address the moral ambiguity. Leon Uris doesn't even try. He turns a complex, multi-sided historical event into a cliched batt [...]

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    15. Lo leí hace mil años, tras ver la película de Paul Newman, y me gustó mucho. Lo recomiendo.

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    16. This blew me away. And has done the same thing every time I read it over the many years - I think I was about 14 when I read it. It is done from the Israeli side and we know that it is a biased account and it is FICTION and was written in 1959. What it does say, though, is how good it was to have a country when Jews have been disenfranchised and defenseless for centuries and across all the walks of life.Yes, now we see that there were a whole mass of people who were also disenfranchised - the Le [...]

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    17. Exodus is best compared to Exodus. A historical account very much in the vein of its namesake. By which I mean it is over-inclusive, over-long, and makes no attempt at balance. This zeal in itself is not a bad thing, but we mustn't be tempted to treat it as an accurate historical account. Most concerning to me is that this 'history' is littered with fictional characters who become hard to tease out from the truth.The book gets off to a rather good start actually. We have a sense of adventure and [...]

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    18. I read this is college and really liked it. I wasn't aware how one sided it was (very pro-zionist) until I was talking about it with a friend of mine who was studying Israeli/Palestinian history. While reading I assumed this was historical fiction, meaning the characters might not be real, but the events in the story were true and presented objectively. Well, it needs to be read carefully, with the understanding that the writer had a very strong point of view in favor of the Jews. My friend reco [...]

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    19. Other reviewers have already said it all. The story of a birth of a nation amid great conflict and upheaval by a strong and determined people. Well written and quite emotive at times.

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    20. 3.5***From the book jacket: The Exodus was a ship that held 300 Jewish children, orphaned by World War II and the Nazi destruction. The ship was docked in Cyprus, and the British would not let more than its ‘quota’ leave for Palestine, which was under British rule. Ari Ben Canaan, a freedom fighter, will not allow the children to return to the horrific conditions of the displaced persons camp, where the British had been keeping them. This incident sets in motion a series of events that depic [...]

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    21. An Israeli friend of mine first recommended Uris--particularly his The Haj, about Arab/Israeli relations, and I remember liking that novel. Maybe it's that my tastes have changed, or just that this was one of Uris' first novels, but my impression of this one is that it had the materials to be a gripping, first-rate story if only Uris got out of his own way.Uris attempts to tell the story of the birth of modern Israel--and maybe takes on too much. The story, set in 1946, is framed as being about [...]

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    22. It is not so often that a book stirs up so many emotions as Exodus. Exodus is an American masterpiece, a story woven with intricate threads creating a thought provoking story of tragedy and triumph. It tells the story of the establishment of Israel, and the atrocities that occured at the time. Despite moving slowly at the beggining, it quickly picks up and is a visceral thrillride. As battles are thought and the conditions grow bleaker for the protagonist, the more the reader feels involved with [...]

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    23. one of my favorite books, I just wish a few more people would read it!Fantastic way to learn more about the Jewish history as a whole and the Jewish National Movement specifically. Plus, it has a really great love story!I learned so much that I did not know or understand about Jewish history, and in such an easy-read format. Takes a little while to get moving, but so worth it!

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    24. There is no better tale than this of how brave these people were and still are. I read this many times and have to again's been awhile.

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    25. I loved this! Now I'm sad I put it off -- I was falling behind a bit during the week I was supposed to read this for my challenge, and since this book was so long I figured if I skipped it I could catch up faster than if I'd skipped one of the skinnier books.And when I did get to it, I decided to get the audio version from Audible. That was a great decision also - the narration is excellent, and it allowed me to parallelize and have this chunky book going at the same time as I went through a few [...]

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    26. Disappointing as a novel and a a history book, my impression is, that Uris could not decide if he wanted to write a novel or a history book, the characters are cardboard and the the combat scenes anything but satisfying, during the last 150 Pages he seems to loose any interest in his personal adding one sensational victory to another, bankrupcy of the author who turns into a news agency or propaganda-machine.Of course it's nice to read, that 50.000 jews with 10.000 Rifles win the war against hal [...]

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    27. If you love Jewish/Israeli History. If you like reading about the crimes committed and the heroics performed during the Holocaust. If you like to read about Zionism and How Countries of the world effected or hindered the establishment of a Jewish State. And last but not least, and you want this to be a novel, which is historically accurate, look no further, this is the book to read. I truly loved reading this book, I couldn't hardly put it down. It was so easy to read, I became a part of the Sto [...]

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    28. I honestly am not sure how I feel about this book. It is historical fiction on the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and it is hugely pro-Israeli. That doesn’t bother me, since it is a fictional story but some of its pro-arguments would not hold up today. I am not an expert on this subject, but if it made me question the validity of its arguments with my extremely limited knowledge, it begs the question, 'what would someone think who has actually done their homework?'It was definitely well written. [...]

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    29. WOW! I love this book. I would give it 10 stars if allotted it.Exodus is about the Jewish plight out of Cyprus to Palestine and building upon the holy land. More specifically it is about survival in German concentration camps, the evacuation of 300 children from a Cyprus on a container ship - Exodus, and what happened to the Jews once they landed in Palestine. It's about how the British botched protection, how the Arabs hated the Jews and sought revenge at ALL cost, and how the Jews never forgo [...]

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    30. This is one of those extremely powerful bookswhich bring out strong reactions, no matter your religion or political party. I read this the year I graduated from HS, 1964, and have never forgotten it. As the Holocaust has been dropped from history lessons in some countries or called a "lie" by others, we should still, in view, of today's crisis on political fronts and with chemical warfare and genocide continuing read this and/or other literature which bring viewpoints to our attention so we migh [...]

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