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Mornings in Jenin

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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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A truly beautiful story that brings color and emotion to a complicated and oh so brutal situation. Absolutely recommandable! Very nice reading performance, too.

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  • Naila Sherman
  • 04/11/2016

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.

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  • Mariechen
  • 20/05/2016

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.

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  • Stacey D. Hedman
  • 09/07/2019

the most amazing performance

I've never read or listened to a more poetic book, and it was read so beautifully in this version. Unforgettable.

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  • dbmusic
  • 02/05/2019

People need this hear this

I don’t know where to start, I just finished it and I wonder why it has not gained more popularity. The poetic and emotional story of Amal will forever resonate in my thoughts. It’s funny that whenever hearing this story you very often blur the lines of fiction and wonder if it’s real. As an American we don’t often hear this perspective and we often distance ourselves from this tragic history but the author gives voices to a people we wouldn’t normally care about. Get the audiobook, you won’t regret it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 15/01/2017

you won't see Israel the same after this book

had a little trouble starting this book. the narrator puts LOTS of emotion in her reading. I got used to after first hour. all her male characters sound the same. but the story really makes you think. I did a bit of research after reading to check if her battles were real or not. It's pretty accurate. I really had no idea any of this stuff took place. our western culture portrays Israel as the good guys and innocent victims. and Palestinians as terrorists. it was very eye opening reading the story from a Palestinian point of view. every American should read this. well done.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25/09/2019

Palestinian view of the occupation of the WestBank

This is a multigenerational story of a Palestinian family from the West Bank dating to the foundation of Israel in 1948 with some interesting twists in the story. It is a useful fictional account of a family in the original Palestinian villages moving through displaced persons camps, massacres, civil war, intifadas, resettlement in America, and loss of family members to snipers and bulldozers. It is one-sided and biased from the outset which is understandable because it is fiction but tells a compelling story from the Palestinian point of view. It is a little too smarmy for me with too many passages from "The Prophet" read at daybreak overlooking ancient olive groves and kisses of children, but that's just me. It was useful to understand the Palestinian perspective.

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  • Sandie
  • 18/04/2019

Incredible story

Amazing story and wonderful narration. So many characters to follow in the lives of a few families. Loved this book. Very sad though ...

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  • Aliya
  • 23/09/2018

Heartbreaking must-listen

I think this is one of those essential books that brings one’s humanity to the surface again. If everyone read this book and books like these, I think it would make it much more difficult to turn a blind eye towards the injustices occurring in the world.

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  • Leah
  • 14/05/2018

If you are in the mood for a good cry...

This book is full of love and loss. Even though it is fiction, I find it incredibly important to read as a Palestinian narrative of the Israeli invasions. The passages from Khalil Gibran were a addition. I loved the characters and the way the author described places and emotions. It seems that the narrator doesn't speak Arabic. Some words were pronounced with a strange accent or emphasis on the wrong syllables.

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  • GB
  • 21/11/2017

Brilliant Journey in the the Soul of Suffering

Okay first off, I don't want to talk about the extraneous political flamers so often brought into books about Israel/ Palestine. I'm not going to make any statements about that, or indulge in fisking and nit picking.

This is a work of fiction and as such it is brilliant. The writer leads one into the emotional turmoil of a persons each of whose life is systematically shredded by circumstances beyond their control and which they had no part in creating. It leads us into the heart of darkness that is armed conflict and the cost the victims must bear.

It bring home the human cost of those caught in the fog of war. It is in fact the perfect antidote to the computer game indifference that modern media shows us. It could be any conflict anywhere. The story is relentless it hammers at the readers emotions and sense of equity but it never sinks into propaganda. There are no monsters, no caricatures and no personified evils in the book.

It is always the human price that the book centres on, Those who pay for the mighty's games are its story.

I recommend it as one of the best books of this sort I have read.