About the Night

  • by Anat Talshir, Evan Fallenberg - translator
  • Narrated by Mel Foster
  • 14 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

On a hot summer day in 1947, on a grandstand overlooking Jerusalem, Elias and Lila fall deeply, irrevocably in love.
Tragically, they come from two different worlds. Elias is a Christian Arab living on the eastern side of the newly divided city, and Lila is a Jew living on the western side. A growing conflict between their cultures casts a heavy shadow over the region and their burgeoning relationship. Between them lie not only a wall of stone and barbed wire but also the bitter enmity of two nations at war.
Told in the voice of Elias as he looks back upon the long years of his life, About the Night is a timely story of how hope can nourish us, loss can devastate us, and love can carry us beyond the boundaries that hold human beings apart.


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This is a super sad love story in my opinion. It makes you have lots of feelings, but it's mostly feeling sorry for the couple. They are in love, but Israel is split into Jewish and Arab sections. Then, it's at war. Their not being allowed together goes on for years and years and years. How terrible to live where you aren't allowed to be with the one you love. The storyline goes from current to past. In the current, the man is in the hospital possibly dying, and the woman is dead. It goes back to all they went through. Insert cry emoji. It's a good story. It made me think.

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- Toni H


Spoiler: Okay story but the I hated how they basically discounted the wife's feelings as long as they were happy. Interesting how the shabby Arab culture treats women was discussed even if they are "Christian ".
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- J. M. Bullis

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-21-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio