Part 1 (up to page 154)
At first, I regretted agreeing to read Exodus. I felt a bit foolish for saying yes to a book just because my friend was offering to read it with me. I had initial doubts when Sarah said that it was about the history and creation of Israel, and I only agreed because she promised there would be explosions. When I cracked open the ancient cover of my library-rented copy, I did so begrudgingly because I expected a drab history-textbook style narrative detailing names and dates. I expected the sort of book my grandfather reads and writes. (Several editors turned down reading his “adventure” book about spanish galleons because apparently, it read too much like a ship-building manual.)
I could not have been more wrong.
The multi-perspective narrative brings what could have been a dull summary of events to life. This book acts like an adventure story (which just so happens to be historical) and I do enjoy reading it! I don’t usually care for historical novels because they almost always take an inaccurate spin on over-taught events.
When I was little and attending a tiny charter school, one of the things which bugged me was the spiral curriculum in history/social studies. I really despised learning about the same 5 events over and over and over. Not once did they even mention anything leading up to the study of the modern world, and that really bothered me. I wanted to know what was going on at the time! What little kid doesn’t? And this topic of British-American-Jewish-Pakistani tensions and conflicts in the Middle East has played such a large part in the formation of our modern world. I wish this could have been brought up even in our 9th grade Modern World History class. However, the study of World War 2 has brought in some crucial new information which dovetails perfectly with this story, and I am thankful for some fresh knowledge.
But I digress into a rant about the public schooling system. (I have a couple choice words for whoever came up with the No Child Left Behind act. Good God, what a limit for gifted children! Agh. Down with teaching to the average! I digress again.)
I think that Leon Uris has done a good job so far of conveying such a crucial tale in an interesting, suspenseful action novel. I am actually anticipating the next due date so that I may continue with the story. So far, 4 or 5 stars.
P.S. Sarah, are you and I the only ones reading this?
P.P.S. I like the photo of the Pentagon you shared with me. Unfortunately, I didn’t have an account with Nat’l Geographic so I couldn’t “Like” it on the page. Pity.