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  • To Jerusalem and Back

  • A Personal Account
  • By: Saul Bellow
  • Narrated by: Malcolm Hillgartner
  • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
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    4 out of 5 stars 13
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    4.5 out of 5 stars 12
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This extraordinary book is the result of Saul Bellow’s sojourn in Israel in 1975. A personal record of his stay—his experiences and impressions—as well as a meditation, it crackles with wit and controversy on America’s relationship with this embattled country.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Complexity Beautifully Weighed

  • By martin on 12-06-16

Complexity Beautifully Weighed

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-06-16

This is a simply wonderful work. If you're a Bellow fan, it's a must. If you're interested in Israel and Middle-Eastern politics, it's a fascinating and highly entertaining overview of the history of the conflict till '76. Then the fascination doesn't end as you realise just how much remains true. On top of all that it's a great travel book. Everything is told in Bellow's voice- insightful, soulful and never far from humour. Read dumb well. Highly recommended