Grains Of Sand

Grains Of Sand

by Shifra Shomron



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ISBN-13: 9789657344194
Publisher: Mazo Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2007
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.43(d)

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Grains Of Sand 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What makes 8,000 families hold steadfast to an untenable parcel of land? A population that nonviolently demonstrated against their removal in spite of danger, terror, and worldwide condemnation. And in the end, a population expelled and once thriving communities destroyed. This was the fate of Israeli citizens in the Gaza Strip told in exquisite style by Shifra Shomron. The author's first novel, Grains Of Sand: The Fall Of Neve Dekalim weaves a compelling and important story of history in the making.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Shifra Shomron is a young author who personally experienced the events described in this historical novel. She and her family were among those who were forced to leave their homes in Neve Dekalim, when that town was tragically destroyed by a corrupt and misguided politician in August 2005. At the beginning she shows us what Neve Dekalim ('Palm Oasis') was like before. She then follows the struggles and hopes of the residents as they try to save their homes, their livelihood, and their community. Her likeable characters bring us inside the town and inside the story as it unfolds. I think this book is of value to all readers, since it warns how even in a democratic country, a corrupt politician can manage to overrule the rights of ordinary citizens, with tragic results. Shifra Shomron has written an excellent first book, and I hope to read more of her writings in the future.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Grains Of Sand: The Fall Of Neve Dekalim is an accomplished and well written first novel. The reader gleans a better understanding of what this tiny piece of land in the Gaza Strip meant to its Israeli inhabitants through the teenage author, Ms. Shifra Shomron, a former resident and expellee herself. The prose is moving exploring themes of identity and loss. It is a novel for our times.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ms. Shomron, an expellee herself, wrote this book at the tender age of 18 while yet a senior in the Neve Dekalim girls' high school but don't let her age put you off - her writing is very mature, descriptive, and she uses interesting literary technique. It was a very difficult time the people of Israel went through and this historic novel brings it to life in a most meaningful way. Ms. Shomron has an important story to tell, and tells it well. She also helps brings clarity to the current situation of being rocketed from those very communities that were handed over to the Arabs. It's quite an accomplishment!
Guest More than 1 year ago
GRAINS OF SAND: THE FALL OF NEVE DEKALIM is, in my opinion, well worth your reading. Not only is it a well written novel but it clearly states from the point of view of one who has lived the experience what harm a government can do by distorting the information it gives to its people, turning citizen against citizen, without apparent benefit to anyone except possibly to the enemies of the State. In this it is of most significance to the citizens of Israel but similar dictatorial tendencies may be found in the present US government. In any case, it is very beautifully written and I found difficulty in putting it down.
Menachem More than 1 year ago
This novel furthers the hope of understanding the massive injustice that occurred in 2005. As Rabbi David Bar-Hayim wrote soon before the Israeli "disengagement": "PM Sharon is planning to perpetrate a crime the like of which has not been seen in Erets Yisrael since Roman times: the expulsion of nearly 10,000 Jews from an entire region of our Homeland promised to Avraham Avinu. This evil and immoral man intends to uproot Jewish families from their homes and businesses and hand them over to the enemy--just like the tyrants of old." Grains of Sand reminds us that real families and real citizens suffered in 2005 and continue to suffer. Only justice will resolve this awful event in Jewish history.