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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2006

    Riveting and Powerful

    What makes The Covenant all the more engrossing and heart-wrenching is the fact that we are seeing it go on today, the news these days is full of terroristic activities and the horrors of what they do. Her fictitional characters are extraordinary and quite believable, the setting disturbing in its reality (the author clearly knows this subject), but throughout her novel is this string of hope that pulls you along so that three quarters of the way through the book, you will not be able to put it down.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

    A must read for those desiring an understanding of the Israeli/Palestinian Issue

    Six months ago, I was able to take a trip to Israel with a group of other Americans. The question most of everyone’s mind was the Palestinian question. Our guide an Israeli born Jew tried to be tactful and change the subject. At the time, I did not understand his hesitancy in giving us a quick and easy answer most desired by Americans in our party. . There are no quick answers to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict Naomi Ragen’s book, The Covenant, is a must read in order to understand this complex issue that is so full of

    Naomi Ragen handles the issues of terrorism, conflict and how Jew and Arab must exist side by side. This book gives the Jewish perspective, what it is like to be Jewish, live in a land that is their ancestral homeland and try to survive when they are surrounded by those who want to wipe them off the face of the earth.

    This book is sensitive and tries to take the reader, through the art of story telling, into the hearts and minds of the Israeli and the Palestinian. The book also allows us to see the role of those Palestinians who live in close contact with their Jewish neighbors; showing us the pressure they are under to follow the dictates of Hamas and other organizations that want to see the annihilation of the entire nation of Israel.

    Naomi Ragen is a consummate story teller, sharing her perspective as both American and an Israeli. This is a book of sadness and hope. A must read for those wishing to really understand the issues facing each Israeli.

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  • Posted January 12, 2011

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    Not well developed...Frustrating

    There are 2 main story lines in this novel...the grandmother's experience of the Holocaust and the granddaughter's experience of a terrorist attack on her family. While I logically understand the connection Ragen was making between the experiences of the two women, she developed neither story well enough to make an emotional impact on me as a reader. I found myself wondering about what fully happened to the group of women in the Holocaust as Ragen often threw in references to experiences...but never tells the reader what actually happened. Further this impacts the granddaughter's story because the granddaughter reacts oddly to the tragic events happening to her...thinking more about the welfare of her grandmother than herself/unborn child/husband/or daughter. This reaction may have made sense to me as a reader if I had known more about the grandmother's memories...or had I known more about the character of the granddaughter. As I had neither, it often proved a frustrating read.

    This book could have been great...but very much misses it's emotional mark.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2008

    Unbelievable

    While I appreciated the beautiful descriptions of the Israeli countryside and community, the plot of this book was extremely disappointing. In the story, a terrorist act is committed, and the Israeli government are an incompetent bunch of buffoons unable to help. Only Americans can save the day. In order to buy the story, the reader must accept that completely implausible acts and coincidences occur on every other page. It's like a bad B-movie. Thumbs down.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2006

    Excellent read

    The world should read this book. We do all cry the same tears.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2006

    Incredible Book!

    This is one of the best books I have read, the story was so engaging and extremely informative. It gives the reader a glimpse into the lives of others around the world and their problem they are still going through today. You should definately read this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2006

    heart wrenching

    Naomi Ragen has done it again, written a must read novel, The Covenant is something all people should have between them, you cry, your heart beats faster, you want to read ahead, but do not, this book is what I feel, although, I cannot put it into writing, Shalom Naomi.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2005

    Brilliant combination of fiction and reality in the Middle East

    All of Naomi Ragen's novels are page-turners, but this one is her best yet. It combines a suspenseful story with details drawn from the reality of the Middle East that will startle many who get their information only from network news reports and the daily papers. Those who enjoy intrigue and suspense will like this book. However, I believe that the lasting value of this novel lies in Ms. Ragen's skill in combining fiction with the real facts of daily life in Israel and the ongoing struggle against terrorism. Those who have not lived in or visited Israel but who try to make sense of the daily news about the Mideast conflict will certainly gain a deeper understanding of what it is really all about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2004

    Recommended

    A good story that gives a glimpse of life in Israel from both the Jewish and terrorist perspective. This book will stay with me for a long time.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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