Author: Michelle Cohen Corasanti
Against a background torn from the pages of today’s headlines, The Almond Tree, by Michelle Cohen Corasanti, recasts the Palestinians in Israel and Gaza, a people frequently in the news, but often misrepresented and deeply misunderstood. This stunning debut conveys a universal story of human courage and perseverance. Comparable to Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, this novel delivers an inspirational story of unfathomable pain and an incredible perseverance. Gifted with a mind that continues to impress the elders in his village, Ahmad Hamid struggles with knowing that he can do nothing to save his friends and family. Living on occupied land, his entire village operates in fear of losing their homes, jobs, and belongings. But more importantly, they fear losing each other. On Ahmad’s twelfth birthday, that fear becomes reality. With his father imprisoned, his family’s home and possessions confiscated, and his siblings quickly succumbing to hatred in the face of conflict, Ahmad begins an inspiring journey using his intellect to save his poor and dying family. In doing so he reclaims a love for others that was lost through a childhood rife with violence and loss, and discovers a new hope for the future. The Almond Tree humanizes a culture and brings characters from a distant land to life. “Arguably the most important book of the year” Dream Crazy Book Reviews “The story is spell-binding with universal appeal and has potential of becoming an international best-seller and can do for Palestinians what The Kite Runner did for Afghanis” The Daily Star
If there was one word to describe this book I’d say: Hope.
Ahmad Sinai, born in a middle class family, dips into extreme poverty and then goes up to live a luxurious life, all because of his education and thoughts.
It is interesting to note that how two brothers, brought up in almost the similar times, fasted almost same treatment, and one because a firm believer of peace and was open-minded and choose love, while the other choose hatred and closed mindedness. One saw just the positives, other the negatives. A good example of how to view life and the troubles.
I have seen a few friends having to agree to an arranged marriage when they have barely even met the person, so I could relate to Ahmad’s emotions when he agreed to marry Yasmeen “just so that they (his parents) expected him to”.
This book had me gripped from the first word to the last. I really do hope Ms. Corasanti writes another book, waiting for it!!
The character I loved was of Ahmad’s Father. He was the one who realised the value of education. He tried to stay positive even when he was wronged, he supported Ahmad’s decision to marry ” the enemy” and gave him his blessings “to marry for love”, shows you that a person does not have to be educated or living in a city to be open-minded.
This book was by far, one of the best books I have come across.
If you like books, read it, you would like it. Heck, if you do not like books, give this one a try, maybe you will start loving reading!
Rating: 5 out of 5, you know what, no,my math was weak anyway, I give this one a 10 out of 5.
I thank The Readicts for hosting the giveaway and choosing me to be the one you sent this fab book!