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Mornings in Jenin Audiobook

Mornings in Jenin

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Publisher's Summary

Mornings in Jenin is a multigenerational story about a Palestinian family.

Forcibly removed from the olive-farming village of Ein Hod by the newly formed state of Israel in 1948, the Abulhejos are displaced to live in canvas tents in the Jenin refugee camp. We follow the Abulhejo family as they live through a half century of violent history. Amid the loss and fear, hatred and pain, as their tents are replaced by more forebodingly permanent cinderblock huts, there is always the waiting, waiting to return to a lost home.

The novel's voice is that of Amal, the granddaughter of the old village patriarch, a bright, sensitive girl who makes it out of the camps only to return years later, to marry and bear a child. Through her eyes, with her evolving vision, we get the story of her brothers, one who is kidnapped to be raised Jewish, one who will end with bombs strapped to his middle. But of the many interwoven stories stretching backward and forward in time, none is more important than Amal's own. Her story is one of love and loss, of childhood and marriage and parenthood, and finally of the need to share her history with her daughter, to preserve the greatest love she has.

Set against one of the 20th century's most intractable political conflicts, Mornings in Jenin is a deeply human novel - a novel of history, identity, friendship, love, terrorism, surrender, courage, and hope. Its power forces us to take a fresh look at one of the defining conflicts of our lifetimes.

©2010 Susan Abulhawa (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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  • Mariechen
    20/05/16
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    "Important, heart-breaking story"
    Would you listen to Mornings in Jenin again? Why?

    Yes! Woodward's voice was not annoying, and I enjoyed her reading. This is the kind of book where you miss a few things the first time, so I would actually listen to it again to take note of the things I missed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationships were so fantastically captured. I could identify with them even when I didn't have much in common with some characters.


    What does Jennifer Woodward bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I liked her accenting of the different POVs. I also presume that her pronunciation of Arabic terms is correct (it sounds correct); whereas if I read it I might have just skimmed over the Arabic terms. I also like that Woodward becomes passionate when Amaal is passionate. This is not an apathetic book, and so the narrator must not be apathetic either.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh a few times, because some of the characters say funny things. And it made me smile warmly at some of the family/friend relationships. But mostly it made me cry many many times; not only because the tragedies were so great, but because I know they are based on reality.


    Any additional comments?

    I thought I knew a fare bit about the Israel-Palestine conflict, and that I was quite open-minded, but this book taught me so much more. I am glad I listened to it. It was heart-breaking, but I don't regret it. I only regret that humans do such horrid things to one another.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Naila Sherman
    USA
    4/11/16
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    "Excellent story"

    This is a beautifully written and compelling story. As someone who is familiar with the Arabic language, I found the narrator's pronunciation of names and places disappointing. It would have been better to have someone who had a better command of either Arabic or Hebrew.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Regina
    9/08/16
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    "The Germans killed the Jews so Palestine paid."
    Any additional comments?

    Powerful and Important. This was a compelling story of the cost to individuals and families for the decisions made by others. I saw comparisons to the Native American story as well. Heartbreaking, but a must read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. Baron
    PA
    21/06/16
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    "Like poetry"

    I liked the book and found it to be an interesting way to learn a bit about the Middle East conflict (albeit through fictional character and storyline.). Unfamiliar with the typical Palestinian & Israeli names and simple phrases, at times I felt it took much concentration to remember who was speaking or spoken about.

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  • Amazon Customer
    3/12/16
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    "Have you heard both sides?"

    slow to start, this book turns into a beautiful, romantic, extremely sad story. It's often enlightening to hear the other side of an argument and that's what this book is.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Kate
    29/04/16
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    "Brilliant read."

    A powerful book that holds you all the way to the end. An emotional read.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    1/04/16
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    "Truly powerful"

    This a sad and heart rendering book looking at Palestine through the eyes of a family. It humanises the reality for real people and the emotional turmoil such wars where most of the people are just trying to survive daily and live normally, love and have a family.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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