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Yalla!: A Wandering Jew Survives Palestine, Cuba, Jamaica, And America [Hardcover]

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Everyone has a "story," but some lives are endowed with more than their share of drama and challenges. And sometimes, by dint of extraordinary effort, these challenges become opportunities. Such is the case with the life of Alejandro Modena. With enough twists and turns for a dozen lifetimes, here are a few of author Alejandro Modena's true stories about when...

The Germans "attacked" Palestine and dropped candies. When he was so filthy and uncared for that his name was "Zevel," meaning garbage! When his Arab "blood brother" tried to kill him. How he met the man who was perhaps the world's most famous writer (Hemingway). How he learned that his betrothed, a Jewish girl he had grown up with, was secretly Catholic and had fled to a convent. And how he raised money to rescue his father in spite of the East Indians, the Chinese and the Syrians.

Again and again, situations arose that would have defeated many, but Alejandro Modena is, if nothing else, a survivor. Yes, everyone has a "story," but the life of Alejandro Modena has been exceptional, and his story is filled with a vibrancy that will captivate the reader.

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Pages   350
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 1.25" Width: 6" Height: 9"
Weight:   1.5 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Jan 30, 2006
Publisher   Robert D. Reed Publishers
ISBN  1931741646  
ISBN13  9781931741644  

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More About Alejandro Modena & Colin Ingram

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Alejandro Modena's great-great-grandparents were wine dealers in Spain who immigrated to Modena, Italy. They had no permanent last name because in the Jewish tradition a person's last name was taken from the first name of the father. As wine merchants of Modena, they came to be named for their city, and that is how the author got his last name.His parents immigrated to Israel where "Alexander" was born. When he was thirteen they moved again to Cuba. Upon their arrival, immigration authorities used the Spanish version of his first name, which he kept.In Havana, the author's family became close friends with writer, Earnest Hemingway. At one point Hemingway told the author that he had storytelling talent and offered to help him. But young Alejandro was too arrogant to accept advice. After immigrating to the United States, the author graduated from the University of Miami, FL, married, and had one daughter and one son. At age sixty he retired from teaching, and at age sixty-tw

Alejandro Modena was born in 1935.

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1Books > Subjects > Biographies & Memoirs > Ethnic & National > Jewish
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5Books > Subjects > Literature & Fiction > World Literature > United States > History & Criticism > Literary Theory
6Books > Subjects > Religion & Spirituality > Judaism > General
7Books > Subjects > Travel > Caribbean > Cuba > General
8Books > Subjects > Travel > Caribbean > Jamaica
9Books > Subjects > Travel > Middle East > Israel > General

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An Editor's Candid Comments  Jul 31, 2006
I'm a professional book writer and editor, having written some thirty books and edited a hundred or so more over the course of many decades. I worked with the author, Alejandro Modena, for several years, helping him to tell his life story. Of all the many biographical books I've worked with, I have rarely if ever come across a life so filled with fascinating, unusual and unforgettable adventures. From unusual Jewish-Arab relations in Palestine to capitalism vs. communism in Cuba to outmaneuvering the Chinese in the sale of firecrackers, you will be enthralled with these true stories. I highly recommend this one, Colin Ingram.
A truly definitive, personally candid, and uniquely captivating biography  Apr 5, 2006
Yalla! A Wandering Jew Survives Palestine, Cuba, Jamaica And America is the persistently engaging biographical account of Alejandro Modena. Having fled from Palestine to Cuba, Yalla! follows Modena through his new life in Cuba as the young man contracts a dread disease, meets and denies the scriptural assistance of Ernest Hemingway, discovers his wife and childhood friend is secretly Catholic instead of Jewish and has fled to a convent, saves his father from suicide in Jamaica, and many more entertaining and enthralling stories. As an often comedic and highly intimate tale of one man's complex and survivalist life, Yalla! is a very highly recommended as a truly definitive, personally candid, and uniquely captivating biography.

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