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Laura Blumenfeld's father was shot in Jerusalem in 1986 by a member of a rebel faction of the PLO responsible for attacks on several tourists. Her father survived, but Blumenfeld's desire for revenge haunted her. This is her story and a fascinating study of the mechanics and psychology of vengeance.
While plotting to infiltrate her father's shooter's life, Blumenfeld travels the globe gathering stories of other avengers. Through interviews with Yitzhak Rabin's assassin; members of the Albanian Blood Feud Committee; the chief of the Iranian judiciary; the mayor of Palermo, Sicily; the Israeli prime minister; priests; sports fans; fifth-grade girls; prostitutes; and more, she explores the dynamics of hate and the fine line that sometimes separates it from love.
Ultimately, Blumenfeld's target is more complex than the stereotypical terrorist she'd long imagined. In a surprising twist, she gets revenge, but not according to traditional expectations. She discovers a third way, a choice beyond "turn the other cheek" or "an eye for an eye." And with it she answers the age-old question: what is the best revenge?
|Publisher:||Washington Square Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.31(w) x 8.25(h) x 1.10(d)|
About the Author
Laura Blumenfeld holds a master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University and has been a staff writer at The Washington Post since 1992. She has also written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. She lives in Washington, D.C.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I saw the author interviewed on the PBS News Hour. She spoke about her story and it is amazing. She transformed a relationship with a Palestenian man who attempted to murder her father more than a decade earlier. She was after revenge and in the end got 'sweet' revenge. I immediately wanted to read this book and was very glad I did. This book not only talks about that amazing transformation, but we also learn about Laua's first year of marriage and she provides a terrific analysis of revenge and how it is dealt with in several different cultures. Woven into the analysis is her own drive for revenge and how she comes to terms with that. I highly recommend this book.
The amazing thing is that my 18 year old daughter and I both loved this book! That doesn't happen often. Besides the fact that it is beautifully written, what I loved the most about this book was the author's ability to make so personal the vast complexity of the human need for revenge. Set against the current Middle East situation,and bouncing around the world, the story kept me guessing. Even though we know 'who did it' from the beginning, the author's search for the man who shot her father takes on a 'who done it' quality, as we wonder up to the end, how will she deal with the shooter.
Washington Post reporter Laura Blumenfeld seemed to own the world in 1998 as her personal life and her professional life appeared so ideal. However, one event from twelve years earlier still haunts Laura. In 1986 Israel a Palestinian terrorist shot her father. Though he survived and his wannabe murderer was incarcerated, the incident scarred Laura¿s psyche....................... REVENGE is all she could think of until 1998 when the Shooter (as she calls him) Omar Khatib was released from prison. Laura saw this as a chance to act on her thirst for retaliation. She begins to visit places where terrorism is a way of life like Bosnia and conducts interviews of both the culprit and the victims of violent acts to better understand revenge. Laura also spends time with Khatib¿s family and becomes a pen pal with her worse nightmare. She begins to understand him and his way of life, but doesn¿t know what will happen when they meet..................... REVENGE is an interesting account of one person¿s need to understand why and more critical a catharsis of the soul. Though the international review she conducted on terrorism in other places lacks the passion of Laura Blumenfeld¿s accounts of her family and that of the Shooter, the chronicle provides an intriguing look at the similarities and differences cultures assign to vengeance. Still in the end, the insight into the two antagonists makes for quite a story of hope where a reader can imagine people giving peace a chance................... Harriet Klausner