[The Almond Tree] Kindle Ü Michelle Cohen Corasanti

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The Almond Tree Free read ¸ 4 “Mi arrampicai sul nostro mandorlo Abbas e io l’avevamo soprannominato Shahida testimone perché passavamo così tanto tempo tra i suoi rami a guardare gli arabi e gli ebrei che ormai era un compagno di giochi e si meritava un nome L’ulivo a sinistra di Shahida era Amal speranza e uello a destra era Sa’dah felicità” Palestina metà degli anni cinuanta Mentre il conflitto arabo israeliano infiamma Ichmad – dodici anni un talento non comune per la matematica e un’ammirazione sconfinata per Albert Einstein – scopre per la pri. My Rating 5 In One Word Superb Review I had no idea words could have so much power and beauty I smiled and cried while reading I was left speechless when I finished the book Pondering over evey sentence I read every bit of emotions I felt I was over whelmed how beautifully sad a novel can be The Almond Tree is a heart wrenching self narrative story of a Palestinian kid Ichmad Mahmud his family and their struggles It is the story of unjust occupation It is the story of extremism on both sides It is the story of never giving up It is the story of two loversIt is the story of love vs hate Ichmad Mahmud is a 12 year old Palestinian who lives in a village with his parents and siblings He is a genious kid with unuenchable thirst for knowledge He loves solving math and physics problems One day his younger sister Amal fell prey to the field mine near their house and was blown up into pieces To bury Amal they had to wait for the permit from Israeli soldiers and for the curfew to end So they spent the whole night with her dead body at home comforting her that she is finally free After few days of Amal s death the Israeli soldiers took their home their orange groves relocating them to a small house on the hill Nearby their new house there stood an Almond Tree After his father was sacked to jail he was desperate to share the boiling agony in his heart he be friended the Almond Tree I said to the almond tree Friend speak to me of God and the Almond Tree blossomed The Almond Tree became the companion of his sorrows happiness and loneliness He would climb and sit on it looking over his old house and orange groves with his hand made telescope The Almond Tree stood there tall witnessing everything silently How his new house was demolished his tent set on fire and burnt down to ashes many times How he fell in love with an Israeli JewThis novel has lows and highs of gripping emotions It shows you how the extremes on both sides affect the peace in the area Whose fault is it when schools are bombed depriving them of education and blissful childhood With lack of education and hope they have no where to go and no path to choose except that of destruction destruction of self and destruction of othersWritten by an Israeli Jew this novel is unbiased and gives the glimpse of negatives and positives of both sidesIt is a must read for those who love intriguing and heart touching stories I have read this book for once and I would like to read it again but I don t find enough courage in myself to go through the pain of 10 and 12 year old souls againEnding my review with a uote from The Almond Tree You can not go back and make a new start but you can start now and make a new ending

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The Almond Tree Free read ¸ 4 Ma volta cosa siano la violenza e la paura La sua famiglia viene costretta dall’esercito israeliano a trasferirsi in un misero fazzoletto di terra rallegrato soltanto da una pianta di mandorlo unica fonte di sostentamento e ristoro Ma i problemi non sono finiti uando il padre di Ichmad viene imprigionato con l’accusa di aver nascosto delle armi spetta al primogenito prendersi cura della madre e dei fratelli Ichmad deve trovare un lavoro e in fretta Suo unico conforto il mandorlo in fondo al giardinoAnno dopo anno ingiustizia dopo ingiu. Disclaimer I do not feel that I am educated enough to judge this novel against real and documented history The political situation in Israel Palestine and the surrounding areas is complicated enough without me taking a ham fisted swing at it therefore I will only be looking at this novel as a work of fiction and weighing it accordinglyThe Almond Tree made me roll my eyes so hard and so often that they now swing freely in their sockets I have googly eyes I look like a certain cookie jonesing monsterThe book begins with a melodramatic bang and ends with empty platitudes It s just one long litany of predictable plot device tragedies deaths accidents beatings explosions misunderstandings both great and small than should ever happen to just one family in a small village It seemed as though Ms Cohen Corasanti couldn t trust her readers to feel sympathy for anyone other than Ichmad s family so everything bad that could possibly happen is centered completely on them If I had been able to see other families with dynamited houses or starving children it would have had a much greater impact upon me and the story in generalAdditionally I couldn t engage with any of the frustratingly one dimensional characters Baba is saintly Mama is traditional Abbas is angry IchmadAhmad is good Israeli soldiers are inhuman monsters but Israeli people are wonderful once they see the truth of Ichmad s humanity and overwhelming genius Characters who are good are saintly characters who are bad may as well be supervillain masterminds bent on world dominationTake for example the character of Nora Not only is she a blonde and blue eyed first year law student at Harvard who could have been a beauty ueen but she s the loveliest girl he s ever seen she helps abused women get restraining orders she works in a soup kitchen she taught English in a Palestinian refugee camp and she and her parents went to South Africa to protest apartheid Just two or three of those characteristics would have been enough to get the point across Yes she s a good person But heaping the goodness on only makes her seem less realistic and like a figureheadAbbas Ichmad s younger brother has skin the colour of burned cinnamon black unruly hair and long arms He s angry at the world and frankly it s not hard to see why Ichmad is a mathematical prodigy who receives the most attention the most praise and special tutoring in order to help his gifts flourish The only special characteristic Abbas seems to have is charisma a way of speaking with people but after a horrible accident he is relegated to sleeping under tarps and in refrigerator boxes while Ichmad goes off to Hebrew University with an enormous scholarship Whether Abbas is crippled or not seems to depend on whether the plot reuires it sometimes he can only get around by pulling himself across the ground and sometimes he crosses great distances and stands perfectly upright with no explanation as to how or why There are other problems with consistency throughout the text In Chapter 6 Ichmad specifically says There was no saviour No unclethat would come and rescue us Chapter 7 begins with Uncle Kamal bought us a tent from the village market Ichmad as a character can t seem to decide whether women in his culture should be allowed to choose who they love his younger sister is married off to an older man through an arranged marriage and that s fine but when a young woman is forced to marry her cousin because that directly affects Ichmad he curses his culture for taking from women the right to choose their own spouseThere s no condemnation from Ichmad or anyone else of anything the Palestinian terrorists do and that s very troubling No mention of the invisibility of women or of any problems in his village unless they re specifically caused by Israeli soldiers It s just not realistic at all The narrative needs a balancing voice someone who isn t as supernaturally lucky or gifted as Ichmad Maybe an Israeli whose life was destroyed by Palestinian terrorists just to show that there is always than one viewpoint for any situation If this had been a story about a young alien living in difficult circumstances on a faraway planet and the only perspective was his I would have the exact same complaintI could go on and on but what it comes down to is this I do not think this is a good novel There are no compelling characters no plot occurrence that does not feel contrived or forced and the way in which this story is told is absolutely heavy handed I cannot recommend this book I received a free copy of this book through a giveaway on Goodreads

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The Almond Tree Free read ¸ 4 Stizia i suoi fratelli soccombono all’odio verso Israele invece Ichmad lotta per dare un senso a ciò che lo circonda e grazie alla sua intelligenza matematica vince una borsa di studio per l’università Intanto il mandorlo resta lì in fondo al giardino d’infanzia Mentre la Storia fa il suo corso Mentre Ichmad ormai adulto riesce a emigrare negli Stati Uniti nonostante l’opposizione della famiglia Mentre capisce cosa siano l’a e il lutto la rabbia e il perdono E riappropriandosi delle proprie radici finalmente ricomincia a sogna. Heart breaking reality based But it didn t hit me the way it should be I m in between 3 4 stars Nevertheless this book has many beautiful lines Courage I realised was not the absence of fear it was the absence of selfishness putting someone else s interest before one s own Don t allow guilt to enter your heart because it s a disease like cancer that ll eat away at you until there s nothing left It s about his sentence isn t it Tell me what it says Fourteen years That was 730 weeks rounded down 5113 days 122712 hours 7363720 minutes 441824200 seconds Which figure sounded like the least amount of time I took a long deep breath and tried to steady my voice Fourteen years Good things make choosing difficult bad things leave no choice What s better To forgive andforget or to resent and remember


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    Read Õ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í Michelle Cohen Corasanti [The Almond Tree] Kindle Ü Michelle Cohen Corasanti The story follows Ichmad a Palestinian boy and his family I have never read a book before from a Palestinian perspective but I'm so glad I have now This a brutal and truly heartbreaking read but I would recommend The Almond Tree to

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    [The Almond Tree] Kindle Ü Michelle Cohen Corasanti My Rating 5 ☆☆☆☆☆ In One Word Superb Review “I had no idea words could have so much power and beauty” I smiled and cried while reading I was left speechless when I finished the book Pondering over evey sentence I read every bit of emotions I felt I was over whelmed how beautifully sad a novel can be The Al

  3. says: review The Almond Tree [The Almond Tree] Kindle Ü Michelle Cohen Corasanti Read Õ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í Michelle Cohen Corasanti

    Michelle Cohen Corasanti Í 4 Summary Read Õ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í Michelle Cohen Corasanti review The Almond Tree I reviewed this novel in a longer essay regarding novels that pervert the cultures and struggles of marginalized peoples Here is the relevant portionMichelle Cohen Corasanti's debut novel The Almond Tree is yet another example The narrative creates sympathy with the oppressed in this case Palestinians by enumerating the litany of injustices they must endure Cohen Corasanti a Jewish White American woman of considerable

  4. says: [The Almond Tree] Kindle Ü Michelle Cohen Corasanti

    Read Õ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í Michelle Cohen Corasanti [The Almond Tree] Kindle Ü Michelle Cohen Corasanti Disclaimer I do not feel that I am educated enough to judge this novel against real and documented history The political situation in Israel Palestine and the surrounding areas is complicated enough without me taking a ham fisted swing at it; therefore I will only be looking at this novel as a work of fiction and weighing it acco

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    [The Almond Tree] Kindle Ü Michelle Cohen Corasanti Something so terrible happens to a family in a small village in Palestine in the first chapter of this powerful novel and I thought they couldn' t endure any I was wrong ; bad things just keep happening and the loss and suffering was overwhe

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    [The Almond Tree] Kindle Ü Michelle Cohen Corasanti Read Õ PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Í Michelle Cohen Corasanti Death and hardship are the reality of Ichmad Hamid’s life growing up in a Palestinian village ruled over by the Israeli military From birth Ichmad has been taught that the Israelis are the enemy as he has seen his siblings killed or maimed by their brutality But when his mathematical genius gives him the opportunity to s

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    review The Almond Tree Michelle Cohen Corasanti Í 4 Summary [The Almond Tree] Kindle Ü Michelle Cohen Corasanti I was late to find out that I won this book last dec 1I just check my mail and found out that I wonThis MADE MY DAY into BRIGHTESTI was really surprise it was my first experience to won in giveaway DThank you so much DI'm excited to read it xI wonder what will I learned and realize after reading this book ^^can't wait DRe editedWhen I rece

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    [The Almond Tree] Kindle Ü Michelle Cohen Corasanti review The Almond Tree Heart breaking reality based But it didn't hit me the way it should be I'm in between 3 4 stars Nevertheless this book has many beautiful lines Courage I realised was not the absence of fear it was the absence of s

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    Michelle Cohen Corasanti Í 4 Summary [The Almond Tree] Kindle Ü Michelle Cohen Corasanti I think I was the only Goodread's member to not receive a copy of this as part of the Goodreads Giveaway However my husband was a fortunate recipient of the book I am not sure that all the political facts were a

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    [The Almond Tree] Kindle Ü Michelle Cohen Corasanti I have no pleasure to rate a book with one star so I'll exceed myself on the explanationsBefore you complain about my rating or my review on my curated space please read learn and think about the real facts Don’t make a judgement based on

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  • ebook
  • 384
  • The Almond Tree
  • Michelle Cohen Corasanti
  • Italian
  • 14 February 2018
  • 9788858817001