The Haj

  • by Leon Uris
  • Narrated by Neil Shah
  • 21 hrs and 31 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Leon Uris retums to the land of his acclaimed best-seller Exodus for an epic story of hate and love, vengeance and forgiveness. The Middle East is the powerful setting for this sweeping tale of a land where revenge is sacred and hatred noble. Where an Arab ruler tries to save his people from destruction but cannot save them from themselves. When violence spreads like a plague across the lands of Palestine - this is the time of The Haj.

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Religion of peace? Nope . . . never has been, never will be . . . eye opening, The Haj takes you back to around 1922 up through the 1960s . . . this book confirms what you know in your gut . . . in the Middle East, hatred is elevated, celebrated, lying to the infidels is permitted, encouraged and an everyday occurrence in the pursuit of Islam . . . and all those sins that the westerners partake of . . . fornication, adultery, homosexuality, drunkenness . . . yes, they exist in the Middle East . . . men there regularly engage in those behaviors . . . and kill their wives and daughters if they catch them in the same . . . this book is written in a way that is unbiased, a Jew and an Arab are friends, trying beyond all hope, to help their own people . . . and for the first time I UNDERSTAND . . . why there cannot ever be peace . . . why all the attempts at democracy have failed and will always fail . . . why a people so intent on hatred and self-destruction cannot be salvaged . . . and yes, I know that I will get tons of bad feedback on this review . . . but so be it . . . you cannot help a people intent on murder and deceit
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- Debbie

A sweeping saga of Arab/Israeli conflict

This was a book that confirmed my impressions about blind hatred and how much damage it can do. I found it so sad that the family who were the "protagonists" of the story, that of Haj Ibrahim, were all victims of the hatred that they espoused and continued. One by one, the children died due to savagery on the part of their own people, not the Israelis. There were a number of references in the book to the fact that the Arabs really had very little problem with the "Jews" but had a lot of problems with their own people. The notion that one was raised from infancy to hate a people for no reason blew me away, though I have known for some time that this happens. It is like a family feud that is fuelled by nothing but a history of the feud itself. Many of the Arabs refused to take supplies offered by the Jews so as not to give them the impression that they needed them in order to survive. And yet, the Arabs in this story fed on hatred and it ultimately consumed them in both a spiritual and physical sense. There were very disturbing parts of this book but I feel it was probably fairly accurate. I am sure that there are people who would think that this book was biased. I do not think so. The Haj was a very good book and a sad story of a family self-destructing.
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- DIANE

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-20-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios