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Posted July 26, 2010
Picked up this little gem in Barnes and Noble the other day because the cover caught my eye; I love Dali. The intro was written in playwright format, which I thought was a little odd - but don't let little things like that throw you, the book is really quite good.
Courage to Love appealed to me personally because its message of peace is so endearing, especially in these times, shown through the lens of an anecdotal love story - it deserves my endorsement online. The novel invokes the narrative structure and romantic paradigm of Romeo and Juliet and juxtaposes it against a contemporary modern background, Gaza, amidst important political and ideological issues of relevance to our times. During a hospital attack, a fierce teenage Palestinian fighter and an idealistic American Lieutenant from South Carolina are thrown together. Under the spell of music, they are attracted to each other, and, as their budding romance grows, the youngsters contend with their serious wounds, different religious upbringings as Arab and Jew, and the stern demands of their families.
Set in Israel and the Gaza strip, the novel involves well-drawn characters from many parts of the world - in the guise of the most destructive running sibling feud in Biblical history, the feud between the descendants of Abraham's two original sons, Ishmael and Isaac; whose namesakes echo into the protagonists.
I liked how the novel presented the issue of peace in the Middle East in a very low-key humanistic approach, rather than an over the top, overly pedantic, political drama. The message is very clean and simple, which I find very fresh. Definitely worth a read, I highly recommend it.
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Posted October 16, 2010
This is a wonderful love story - Romeo and Juliet set in the Middle East and as such, is a metaphor of what needs to happen in that area. The title alone tells the story, one needs courage to love, live and exist with others.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 4, 2010
This book shows that love is stronger than hate. It's a must read for a better understanding of the Mideaast conflict. I felt sympathy for the boy and girl in this love story who had to suffer the pain of their injuries, plus the arguments presented by their parents. I recommend giving this book as a gift to young people.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 28, 2010
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