Item description for Grains Of Sand: The Fall Of Neve Dekalim by Shifra Shomron...
Grains Of Sand: The Fall Of Neve Dekalim puts a human face to the people of Gush Katif as it closely follows the story of an Israeli family from pre-Intifada II until the Disengagement, which was the expulsion of Israeli citizens from Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip in 2005. The reader is given a rare opportunity to look into the hearts and souls of Gush Katif residents. This novel is historic fiction based upon the author's life and experiences in Gush Katif, as well as those of friends and neighbors. It vividly reflects the thoughts and feelings of the people who lived there during those difficult times. The author, a teen at the time she wrote this book, was herself an expellee.
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Studio: MAZO PUBLISHERS
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 5.8" Height: 0.5" Weight: 0.4 lbs.
Release Date Feb 1, 2007
Publisher MAZO PUBLISHERS
ISBN 9657344190 ISBN13 9789657344194
Reviews - What do customers think about Grains Of Sand: The Fall Of Neve Dekalim?
untapped potential Aug 31, 2007
instead of writing her diary for real, the author choses to create characters who live her day to day life. if she would have written the real thing, her real experiences without the mask of fictitious characters, this book would have been more exciting to read and still give over the information - which very obviously - is the real goal of this book. the author's real life position as second in a family of seven sounds much more interesting than a family with one son and one daughter who are absolutely best friends.
grains of sand Jul 13, 2007
Awesome I wish I had done more in those days. She wrote everything truthfully from the perspective of the eyes and the feelings of an adult. May Moshiach, the Goel Tsedek, come speedily in our days ,Malkah
Reminiscent of Nazi Germany Jul 10, 2007
The author Shifra Shomron gives you a good insight of what it must have been like to live under the doom of being expulded from your home and have it destroyed. It kind of reminds me of Nazi Germany when Jews by the thousands and millions got thrown out of their homes only to be hauled of in cattle cars to their certain death. True, you cannot make the exact comparison. After all the government offered financial compensation and people didn't get cart off into death camps. But the truth is that half of 9000 Gush Katif inhabitants still live in tents or hotels and have no jobs. And as far as the government is concerned, many have not seen anything of the compensation the Knesset offered. As a German it was heart wrenching for me to watch this happen. It's enough to have to live with the fact that we as a country were able to commit large scale genosite but it's even more so to see Israel's own government rip their own people from their homes and thriving communities. Of course Shifra Shomron's writing style is more that of a teenager which she was at the time she started to write her book. But this makes it even more appealing because in the story of the family she picked she lets the reader glimpse into her own personal struggle from pain to frustration to hopelessnes. I hope she will write another book about how the Gush Katifians are dealing with their situation nowadays. They need much financial support.
an important book that everyone should read Apr 26, 2007
In August 2005, the community of Neve Dekalim (and several neighboring communities in Gush Katif, the "Harvest Belt" of southern Israel) were destroyed by a corrupt and misguided politician; the longtime residents lost their homes and their livelihood for no reason. Shifra Shomron - a young writer who was among those forced to leave her home in Neve Dekalim - has written a very impressive novel about these events. She shows what Neve Dekalim ("Palm Oasis") was like before all this happened, and follows the struggles and hopes of the residents as they try to save their community. The likeable characters bring us into the events, giving us an inside view. I believe this book is of value to all readers, since it shows what can happen when political corruption is allowed to overrule the rights of ordinary citizens - even in a democratic country. This is an excellent first book by a young author, and I hope to be able to read more books in the future by Shifra Shomron.
A powerful perspective Apr 10, 2007
Grains of Sand offers clarity and voice to the albeit silenced perspective of those displaced from their homes and lives in Gush Katif. Through the eyes of teenager, Shifra Shomron fleshes out the realities of those caught amidst hope and despair struggling for peace, identity, and community within the chaotic terror created by eventual disengagement and evacuation. Echoing the angst inherent in loss, this story is a must read for anyone who has experienced broken promises. Ms. Shomron provides a single, yet telling perspective, that enlivens integrity in us all.