GIFTED WITH A MIND THAT CONTINUES TO IMPRESS the elders in his village, Ichmad Hamid struggles with the knowledge that he can do nothing to save his Palestinian friends and family. Ruled by the Israeli military government, the entire village operates in fear of losing homes, jobs, and belongings. But more importantly, they fear losing each other.
On Ichmad’s twelfth birthday, that fear becomes a reality.
With his father imprisoned, his family’s home and possessions confiscated, and his siblings quickly succumbing to the dangers of war, Ichmad begins the endless struggle to use his intellect to save his poor and dying family. In doing so he reclaims a love for others that was lost through a childhood rife with violence, and discovers a new hope for the future
MICHELLE COHEN CORASANTI has a BA from Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a MA from Harvard University, both ini Middle Eastern Studies. She also holds a law degree. A Jewish American, she had lived in France, Spain, egypt and England, and spent seven years living in Israel. She currently lives in New York with her family. The Almond Tree is her first novel.
“You cannot go back and make a new start, but you can start now and make a new ending”
This book made me cried…
A story about a Palestinian boy who dare to reach his dream. With his almond tree that still stood until he had grandchildren.
Lagi, sebuah buku tentang pertempuran yang terjadi di Timur Tengah. Sungguh ajaib saya bisa menyelesaikan buku berbahasa Inggris ini dalam waktu singkat meskipun harus berbekal kamus.
Ceritanya sangat menyentuh. Pesan yang disampaikan memberikan sebuah harapan untuk perdamaian di Timur Tengah.
Paling suka dengan ide Pohon Almond yang menjadi the witness atas kehidupan Ichmad Hamid yang mengharukan.
Buku ini saya dapatkan dari Giveaway Goodreads. Ada pesan indah dari penulis di dalam paketnya:
“May the battles that we fight be for the advancement of humanity”
PS: I don’t have any idea about how the almond tree look like before. After I read this book, I searched how it look like and…wow…what a beautiful tree it is.
PS: Review for New Authors RC 2013 event