This massive novel is about a very complex and seemingly unresolvable problem: the conflict between the Israelis and Palestinians over land. At the same time, however, Patterson weaves into this minefield of opinion and contra-opinion a story that grips the imagination, and moves the heart, as each side of the history is expounded and explained. As I read the history as it is related by protagonists of each group I could not help being moved to sympathise with their plight. Patterson opens up the background to each other's position and reveals precisely how the present situation came about. For the history lesson alone the novel is well worth reading.
The story is about a lawyer who is set to become a politician when the Israeli Prime Minister is murdered whilst on a visit to America. During the time when he was a teaching professor at a law school, some twelve years before, he had an affair with one of his students. She is a Palestinian. Following the murder of the Israeli Prime Minister she is accused of masterminding the whole thing. Having not heard of her for twelve years, during which time she has married, she now asks him to defend her.
To enable him to build up a case he journeys to Israel visiting both Israel and the Occupied Territories. I was totally engrossed by the history that Patterson winds into the story as he interviews various individuals from each side of the divide who, though fictional, tell such a heartfelt tale of the grief and suffering they have had to put up with that I was drawn into it completely.
A magnificent book!...Continua