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December Book Club: The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine

  • 5th Floor, Waterstones Piccadilly

    203-206 Piccadilly, W1J 9LE , London (map)

    51.509483 -0.135469

  • Salaam All, 

    Hope you are doing well. Final book of this year until we meet again inshallah in 2017! Where did this year go?! I have always looked for good books on the Palestine issue and they are hard to find. The issue only creates highly polarized writings. But here is a book written by a journalist and it may be a better description of the state of affairs. 

    Note: If you RSVPed yes for either of last couple of book club meets and were a 'No Show' without informing then I might turn you down for this meeting. No shows are not acceptable as others have to wait.

    The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine by Ben Ehrenreich

    This is a book about Palestine today. It is neither apologetic nor romanticized, but a powerful and brilliantly realized scream of a book, scorching and tender, from a journalist whose anger and empathy burn through every word. Over the past three years, Ben Ehrenreich has shared the laughter, fury and sorrow of people in cities and villages across the West Bank, young and old people, men and women. He has witnessed the extremes to which they are pushed, the daily deprivation and oppression that they face, the strategies they construct to survive it - stoicism, resignation, rebellion, humour, and a stubborn, defiant joy. In The Way to the Spring, he describes the cruel mechanics of the Israeli occupation and the endless absurdities and tragedies it engenders: the complex and humiliating machinery of the checkpoints, walls, courts and prisons; the steady, strangling loss of lands that have been passed down for generations; the constant ebb and flow of deadly violence. Blending political and historical context with the personal stories of the people Ehrenreich meets, The Way to the Spring is a testimony, a provocation and a vital document. Written with grace and power, it breathes fresh life and urgency to a place and a conflict that too easily disappears in the shouting. This is a necessary book, an unflinching act of witnessing.

    Buy the book from:

    When buying the book do use other options like New or Used books from other marketplace sellers on Amazon. You can sometimes find books cheaper there. You could also look for the book in your local library as well. 


    Once you come out of Piccadilly Circus station, walk down Piccadilly street. Its a big Waterstones building and is unmissable. Take the lift to 5th floor and find us on the left wing of the floor, which is the coffee shop area.

    Book Club Rules

    * Reading the book is required, even if you read a single chapter.

    * Discussion is centered around the book and its theme.

    * No show is not appreciated. Please sign up if you are interested in reading and discussing books. In case you cannot make it anymore to the meeting, do let us know in time. Thanks

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  • Sarah

    Salams Raza,
    Hope this finds you well. I was looking forward to attending this book club meet but regrettably I am unable to attend.
    If I may, I'd like to recommend a book on the diaspora called ' Children of the stone : the power of music in a hard land' by Sandy Tolan.
    It's a balanced and a gripping narrative of how Ala ( the protagonist) overcame odds and found dignity under the occupation through musical expression. Its a story of the power of music to heal and build bridges among communities. It's a good read and would want everyone to read it.
    Hope you will take my suggestion on board and look forward to discussing this book at one of the upcoming meetups !

    November 29

    • Raza

      Wasalaam Sarah. No worries, inshallah next time. I have taken your suggestion and will check that book out.

      November 30

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