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Violence and tragedyThis rich and colourful novel is made up of the two opposing journals of Hilu's intriguing and extraordinary protagonists as they negotiate love honour and betrayal in the changing world of nineteenth century Palestine. This book washmmmm I didn t like it but I didn t dislike it It was really interesting but I couldn t connect with any of the charactersIt s told through the diary pages of a young disturbed Palestinian child Salah and a grown egotistical Jewish man Isaac It s a reflection of the Zionism in the 19th century Haphazardly thrown into the book were stories that the young boy made up in his headThe stories were the hardest part to follow because they weren t needed They weren t freuent enough for me to remember what it had to do with the main story line and I don t see why Hilu felt the story should have them Even the characters were a little flat and dry but at the same time I wonder if any of the problems had to do with the fact that this was a translated book from Israeli to English The only part I liked about this book it s saving grace was towards the end you couldn t tell who was telling the truth Throughout the novel I assumed Isaac was writing the most true version of accounts with Salah being off in la la land However toward the end I began to wonder if there was truth to Salah s accounts and if Isaac was rewriting history to sound favorable to him Did Isaac actually murder Salah s father Was it Salah s mother that murdered him Or did he actually die naturally When Isaac and Salah had their confrontation who had a closer account to what really happened

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The House of Rajani

The year is 1895 Jaffa Salah Rajani a troubled Muslim boy living in a dilapidated mansion surrounded by orange groves suffers from peculiar visions about a disaster which is set to befall his people His life is changed by the arrival of a. the book had so much promise at first but slowly the book dragged on and on

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Handsome young man a dynamic Jewish settler new to the city by the name of Isaac Luminsky Luminsky covets both the fertile lands of the Rajani estate and Salah's beautiful mother Afifa and his friendship with the boy is destined to lead to. Apparently the novel s popularity in Israel reflects a hunger to explore the truth of the Zionist narrative after being force fed on the victors version of history The original title was The House of Dajani and the main character Haim Margaliot Kalvarisky was a real life Zionist pioneer of the 1890s However the descendants of Kalvarisky sued the author and the names were changed Salah Dajani was it seems a young boy who was a member of a well known Palestinian land owning familyI found the book very interesting as I knew little about early Zionism or the Palestinian exodus I went on to discover that currently Americans born in the city must put Jerusalem rather than Israel on their passports That s because the nationality of the entire city remains contested which is a source of deep fury for many Israelis and American Jews Also that Palestinian refugees and descendants along with those in the Palestinian territories remember the Palestinian exodus on 15 May a date now known as Nakba DaySuch a lot of suffering and sorrow if only the Israeli Palestinian conflict could be resolved so that all could live in harmony


10 thoughts on “The House of Rajani

  1. says:

    Another historical novel against the backdrop of the jewish settlers in palestine 1895 It tells the story of the friendship and later antagonism between the israeli settler Isaac Luminsky and the gifted but mentally troubled palestinian boy Salah whose mother Isaac starts an ill fated affair with There's uite a couple of things that I don't like there the characters all seem obnoxious to me for a start and each of them is eaten

  2. says:

    the book had so much promise at first but slowly the book dragged on and on

  3. says:

    One of the strangest books I have ever read Was this satire? What was it? Filled with misogyny hatred and racism

  4. says:

    Apparently the novel's popularity in Israel reflects a hunger to explore the truth of the Zionist narrative after being force fed on the victors' version of history The original title was The House of Dajani and the main character

  5. says:

    Good literature I have a political problem with this

  6. says:

    The first thing that struck me was the similarity to the book I just finished The Elegance of the Hedgehog in terms of the narration and the fa

  7. says:

    This book washmmmm I didn't like it but I didn't dislike it It was really interesting but I couldn't connect with any of the charactersIt's told through the diary pages of a young disturbed Palestinian child Salah and a grown egotistical Jewish man Isaac It's a reflection of the Zionism in the 19th century Haphazardly thrown into the book were stories that the young boy made up in his headThe stories were the hardest part to follo

  8. says:

    Exuisitely written from the first page until the last I was completely absorbed in Alon Hilu's fanciful tale In the late 1800's Isaac Luminsky and his beautiful yet temperamental bride sail from Odessa to Palestine to work the land and build Jewish roots A chance encounter with a young Palestinian boy named Salah Rajani leads to an unexpected relationship between the two Salah suffers from terrifying visions and prophesies and co

  9. says:

    This book had some very interesting elements about it the conflicting narratives of Isaac and Salah the play of the stereotypes of Arab and Jew the use of the story of Hamlet to provide shape to the narrative The

  10. says:

    Wish I knew what I think about this book It's not just parrallel diaries of a late 19th centuty Jewish settler and a 10 year old Arab boy but

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