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ISBN13: 9780143116196
ISBN10: 0143116193
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Soon to be a major motion picture from the award-winning director Julian Schnabel, starring Freida Pinto.

WRITTEN BY the much-admired Italo-Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal, Miral is a novel that focuses on remarkable women whose lives unfold in the turbulent political climate along the borders of Israel and Palestine. The story begins with Hind, a woman who sacrifices everything to establish a school for refugee Palestinian girls in East Jerusalem. Years later Miral arrives at the school after her mother commits suicide. Hind sees that Miral has the potential to change the world peacefully-but Miral is appalled by the injustice that surrounds her, and flirts with the notion of armed resistance. Hind desperately works to persuade her to stay the course of education, hard work, and non-violent resolution-but is she too late?

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"This novel of a Palestinian girl growing up amid the intifada is packed with historical facts, but never rises above mediocrity. Philanthropist Hind Husseini creates a children's shelter in 1948 in response to the destruction wrought by the first Arab-Israeli war. Decades later, Miral comes into Hind's care after her mother kills herself. As Miral witnesses the effects of the Israeli campaigns against the intifada, she draws closer to the political fringes, finally choosing to join the struggle in full. Yet the benevolent influence of Hind and an eye-opening friendship with an Israeli socialist subdues Miral's radicalism and offers some hope for the future. Jebreal is a successful journalist in Italy, and true to form the plot rips along with quick-reading prose, though the characters' simplicity presents a big problem, in that, despite the dire circumstances, it's hard to connect with archetypes. It's perfectly serviceable and offers a reliable refresher of the Palestinian struggle, but there are many more distinguished novels on the subject. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)

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"Miral" tells the story of a woman who founds an orphanage for displaced Palestinian children in Israel. Scheduled to open in theaters this fall, the film adaptation of Jebreal's celebrated novel stars Freida Pinto ("Slumdog Millionaire").

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Rula Jebreal is an award-winning journalist who specializes in foreign affairs and immigration rights issues. She was born in Haifa, studied and worked in Italy in Italy as an anchor woman for many year, and now makes her home in New York.

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Denise Morland, June 6, 2011 (view all comments by Denise Morland)
Miral tells the story of the Palestinean/Israeli conflict through the eyes of a young woman who comes of age during the violence in Jerusalem. Miral and her sister are raised in an orphanage by a Hind, an Arab woman who works hard to provide all the lost children of Jerusalem a safe place to grow up. To keep the orphanage safe and funded she walks a very careful and neutral political line. So when young Miral begins to participate in demonstrations and get involved with militant student organizations she threatens the safety of the orphanage that took her in.

While the story here is an important one that needs to be told, I had a very hard time relating to and understanding Miral. I understood her motivations and anger, but somehow just never connected with her personality. I found myself wondering if I wouldn't have appreciated the story more if it had been true rather than fictional. I did enjoy the parts written from the perspective of Hind, the woman running the orphanage more and was sorry the story wasn't hers instead of Miral's. I loved that though she was firmly working for peace she wasn't above manipulating various government officials to get the supplies she needed and was also quite good at it! Still the insight about what it is like to grow up in Jerusalem on one side of such a violent and fundamental conflict was valuable.

I listened to this book on audio, read by Sneha Mathan. She did a fabulous job and her beautiful, smooth voice was a pleasure to listen to. This is one book that was enhanced by the reading for me.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143116196
Author:
Jebreal, Rula
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Translator:
Cullen, John
Author:
Cullen, John
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20101131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
7.88 x 5.18 x 0.6 in 0.48 lb
Age Level:
18-17

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This novel of a Palestinian girl growing up amid the intifada is packed with historical facts, but never rises above mediocrity. Philanthropist Hind Husseini creates a children's shelter in 1948 in response to the destruction wrought by the first Arab-Israeli war. Decades later, Miral comes into Hind's care after her mother kills herself. As Miral witnesses the effects of the Israeli campaigns against the intifada, she draws closer to the political fringes, finally choosing to join the struggle in full. Yet the benevolent influence of Hind and an eye-opening friendship with an Israeli socialist subdues Miral's radicalism and offers some hope for the future. Jebreal is a successful journalist in Italy, and true to form the plot rips along with quick-reading prose, though the characters' simplicity presents a big problem, in that, despite the dire circumstances, it's hard to connect with archetypes. It's perfectly serviceable and offers a reliable refresher of the Palestinian struggle, but there are many more distinguished novels on the subject. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
"Synopsis" by , "Miral" tells the story of a woman who founds an orphanage for displaced Palestinian children in Israel. Scheduled to open in theaters this fall, the film adaptation of Jebreal's celebrated novel stars Freida Pinto ("Slumdog Millionaire").
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