Exile

Exile

by Richard North Patterson
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BeauregardCH More than 1 year ago
Exile is an intensely human analysis of the Israeli-Palestinian "peace process." Told through the eyes of the child of a Holocaust survivor and the children of Palestinian refugees, we see both sides of the intensely intricate, immensely complex problems that Israel faces in trying to reach any kind of accord between its Jewish and Arab citizens. Each side sees the problem through its own lens, unable to recognize any other viewpoint.

Far more than political cut-outs, the characters in Exile are real people for whom the reader cares and wishes a happy resolution. Patterson explores the motives of two suicide bombers and the unlikely allies in a convoluted plot to assassinate Israel's peace-loving prime minister. The turns in the plot makes the book hard to put down, with an intriquing twist that sets up an explosive ending.

All in all, Patterson gives us plenty to digest. The characters are real and round. The plot is as timely as Israel's attack on Gaza. After reading Exile, I was not in the least surprised by the results of Israel's recent election. Patterson gives an interesting, entertaining history lesson that explains current events and the status of the Middle East "peace process."
birdieSH More than 1 year ago
was intriqued by the amount of things that could go on with getting the senate/congress and new president
UtahBeekeeper More than 1 year ago
I admit that I am not a "demanding" reader - not a "pick it appart" critic. But I am an avid reader who enjoys the hunt for and the discovery of fiction treasure. Exile is such a novel. This was my first work by RN Patterson and I was blown away. His relentless and thorough research and interview process was evident. I not only was entertained and captivated, but also experienced the bonus of some great insight into US - Middle East relations and history. It has caused me to "Google" things like Hamas, al-Aqsa Martyrs' Brigades, Fatah, West Bank . . . I now have a real thirst for these catch phrases I have heard on the news for decades, and are now illuminated by the light of RN Patterson's brilliant novel.

This book had something for everybody . . . be you male or female, academic or Joe the plumber, combat tested or homemaker tested, religious or agnostic. I I hated it to end!!!

Now I am actually fearful of choosing my next book because RNP has set the bar so high! I am sure that I will get over my shopping anxiety . . . . I hope. Read or listen to "Exile" but do NOT ignore it!
Kano More than 1 year ago
Exile is my first Patterson fiction novel. Outstanding read. His insightful and fair treatment of both sides of the Palestinian/Israeli ongoing conflict takes you through the intricate backgrounds of each side's torcherous struggle and history. The result of trekking through this odyssey step-by-step defuses virtually all unfounded bias or discrimination of both peoples. It took a bit of tenacity to hold on reading until the story got traction, but very well worth it. A must read for today's global person.
Marlene More than 1 year ago
Started off slow, but then it takes a real "grabber" to get me right off, in the first 25 pages. VERY GLAD I didn't put it down, because after the first 100 pages I couldn't put it down. Interesting treatment of Middle East situation. Sensitive, understanding, an eye-opener. Drives home the fact that we all need to be open to each others' experiences - not necessarily agree with views of interpretations of those expierences - but open enough to at least listen. That goes for everyone. The ending was logical.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A thoughtful tale by talented author Richard North Patterson that offers a look into both sides of the present day terror issue as seen by the people who live it and those who, like most Americans, are removed from it by distance and politics. Attorney David Wolfe is confronted with a problem that has the power to destroy the life he has built and the future he hopes for when Hana Arif, a love from the past, steps back into his life. She is Palestinian and he is Jewish, she committed to the cause of a homeland and he only to a personal future and success. They manage to overcome their differences and fall in love, but it is a relationship they both know is going nowhere. She is engaged to a Palestinian and in the end marries him and disappears from David's life. Until the day he gets the call because she is in trouble. An important Israeli leader has been killed by a suicide bomber and she is suspected of being involved. And David must decide whether to help her or not, a decision that could turn his entire life upside down. Should he help her? David is tormented by this question over and over because he was also a witness to the explosion that killed the Israeli leader who had been working to bring peace to the Middle East. If David helps Hana, he risks being isolated from all he knows even though she has the right under the law to his help as a lawyer. I'm pleased to recommend this well told tale to any reader who is open minded enough to look at both sides of an argument and its adherents whose hate keep it alive. This is a book whose characters you won't soon forget. Enjoy. I sure did.
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Chioma Aso More than 1 year ago
A great read could hardly put it down.
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Richard Patterson has written an exciting tale about a non-practicing Jewish lawyer and a Palestian women. The tale enfolds surrounded by the turmoil of the Middle East. The author has captured the significant issues between Israel and Palestine in a clever way that is both intriguing and thrilling to read. The book takes unexpected twists and turns but always keeps the issue of humanity at the forefront. It is a lenghty but readable book that I highly recommend.
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Patterson addresses the Palestinian/Israeli conflict through the novel form. It is an excellent and thoughful book that looks at all sides of the issues with empathy. All of Patterson's novels are very good and in recent years he has beeen taking on more controversial political topics.
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