Synopsis by GoodReads
When Avi Goldberg, the son of a Jewish pioneer, sits at a desk in a dark cell in a military prison in the Negev desert, he fills the long nights writing about his friend Saleem, an Israeli Arab he befriended on a beach one scorching July day, and the story of Saleem’s family, whose loss of their Ancestral home in 1948 cast a long shadow over their lives.
Avi and Saleem understand about the past: they believe it can be buried, reduced to nothing. But then September 2000 comes and war breaks out—endless, unforgiving and filled with loss. And in the midst of the Intifada, which rips their peoples apart, they both learn that war devours everything, that even seemingly insignificant, utterly mundane, things get lost in war and that, sometimes, if you do not speak of these things, they are lost to you forever.
Set amongst the white chalk Galilee Mountains and the hostile desert terrain of the Negev Desert, The Inbetween People is a story of longing that deals with hatred, forgiveness, and the search for redemption.
The haunting poetic tone is not unlike that of Ben Okri’s The Famished Road, whilst the themes examined are similar to those dealt with by Pat Barker in The Ghost Road. The simplicity of the tone is unflinching throughout, and depicts the eternal search for a home and a sense of place.
I really loved this book, reading it was a breath of fresh air.
This is a tale that the character Jewish Avi Goldberg appears to need to tell to make sense of his own life. Avi is in prison writing about his friend Saleem an Israeli Arab. He writes about, both his and Saleem’s family history and is a jigsaw of a tale, one which you cannot let go until the whole story has been read.
I loved the way the intricacies of their lives unravels slowly, how there is a sense of injustice and justice in war.
I was expecting a standard story, but enjoyably Emma McEvoy drew me into the lives of the characters. There is a sense of peace and calm in the words, so that you can imagine sitting in the heat of the sun as you listen to story being told to you.
This book has sensitivity, love, sadness, and the story remains being unravelled in your head when you put the book down.
This is a beautifully written book and I would recommend it as a brilliantly sensitive read.
Many thanks to Emma McEvoy for sending me a copy of this book via GoodReads for an honest review.Paperback, 242 pages
- Paperback: 242 Pages (Hardback, Kindle and Audio available)
- Published: November 1st 2012
- Publisher: Ashgrove Publishing Ltd
- ISBN: 1853981729 (ISBN13: 9781853981722)