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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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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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This was a really moving book. I learnt a lot and it has made me read more about Palestine.
This is by far the most painful book I know of.
I’ve read it and listened to it and I keep coming back to it. It’s like I’m poking a bruise. It hurts but I can’t stop.
The story of Palestine is told in the most haunting way. The land which got lost in history. The book is about the Palestinians faith. About war. About life and death and love and sorrow. This is the most important piece of litterateur in my life.
I would recommend this to absolutely everyone. This story needs to be heard, spread, talked about. The war is still going on today and I and the rest of the western world have an obligation to at least hear the side of those whom may never speak.
I hope you enjoy it.