_Exodus_ by Leon Uris - a Group Read in May

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_Exodus_ by Leon Uris - a Group Read in May

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1Dejah_Thoris
Redigeret: maj 2, 2013, 11:26pm

Ok - by popular demand I have duly created a Group Read thread for Exodus.

Many of us are reading Exodus for Madeline's May TIOLI Challenge #1, but all readers past, present or future are welcome.

I've already started reading and have finished 'Book One.' How is everyone else doing?

2SqueakyChu
Redigeret: maj 2, 2013, 11:07pm

I read Exodus years ago and don't have time to reread it presently, but I love, love, love that so many of you are going to be doing a group read of this book. I looked back to see when this book was first published. It was in 1958 - when the State of Israel was only ten years old!

3Dejah_Thoris
Redigeret: maj 2, 2013, 11:11pm

Well thank you for prompting all of us to pick it up! As I mentioned on the TIOLI thread, I read Exodus 2 or 3 times as a teenager and young adult. I think it was my first exposure to the Holocaust and the history of Judaism and Zionism outside of the classroom and Anne Frank.

I have to ask - what did you think of the movie, Madeline?

4Donna828
maj 2, 2013, 11:20pm

Thanks, Dejah, for creating this thread. I am rereading Exodus this month. I plan to read a book per week and will have to double up at the end since there are 5 books! I first read it nearly 50 years ago so it will be like reading a new book.

5Dejah_Thoris
maj 2, 2013, 11:28pm

Welcome, Donna!

As I mentioned, I read Exodus several times 20+ years ago. I'm finding that I remember it very well - what about you?

6SqueakyChu
Redigeret: maj 3, 2013, 10:28am

> 3

Dejah,

The movie came out in 1960...when I was only 12 years old! :)

About the movie...

Well, I mostly remember Paul Newman (and his blue eyes), who played Ari Ben Canaan and who, throughout the years, always remained one of my favorite actors. :) The details of the movie I don't remember...although I know very well the history of the founding of the state of Israel.

7lindapanzo
maj 3, 2013, 10:43pm

I may join you on this, though I'm not sure I can finish it this month. I've already read a few chapters.

8fuzzi
maj 6, 2013, 7:54pm

I'm waiting for a used copy to arrive...

9klobrien2
maj 7, 2013, 6:06pm

I'm joining in on the read--I've got a paper copy, but it's part of a Uris three-novel tome, so I need a forklift to read it. So, I also bought a very reasonably-priced copy for my Nook. Ta-da!

I've tried to read this book before, and have gotten bored early on. I am determined this time, however, and will push on, to where I just know it will get a little more interesting.

I'm glad this is a group read--it adds incentive and helps with the commitment.

Karen O.

10Dejah_Thoris
maj 7, 2013, 6:59pm

I've finished Exodus! This was a reread for me - it's been many, many years since I last picked it up. I'll be interested to hear what people think about it....

11Donna828
maj 8, 2013, 9:11am

10: Good for you, Dejah. I finished Book One yesterday and plan to take a little break with another book before I continue. The story was vaguely familiar to me, but after 45 years, it is like reading it for the first time. I am loving it all over again!

12fuzzi
maj 8, 2013, 9:03pm

My copy arrived today, hooray!

13fuzzi
maj 19, 2013, 11:09am

I've been slowly working through Exodus, and absolutely love it! I've just finished the first part.

14Donna828
maj 19, 2013, 2:40pm

13: Fuzzi, I'm going slow on this one, too. I just finished Book 2. There is so much Jewish history to absorb in that part. Fascinating!

15fuzzi
maj 19, 2013, 5:16pm

Donna828, I'm not generally a 'slow' reader, as I usually speed through the books I read! However, due to circumstances, AND the type of book it is, I'm enjoying my slow read through Exodus.

16klobrien2
maj 28, 2013, 7:00pm

I'm making more progress--about to finish Book 2 (about halfway). I'm really enjoying the history that is being presented, except that I get so angry at the injustices and horrific occurrences. I'm sorry that the beginning of the book is so weak (in my opinion)--I would have "Pearl ruled" it, but I was determined to finish it for Madeline's challenge (I always try to read a book for her "Challenge 1." I'm pretty sure that I'll finish the book by Friday.

Karen O.

17fuzzi
maj 28, 2013, 9:32pm

I've about 50 pages to go.

18klobrien2
maj 31, 2013, 12:37pm

I finished! I'm glad that I finally read this book, although it was a little sloggy at times.

Karen O.

19Donna828
maj 31, 2013, 1:15pm

I just realized I hadn't posted my finally comments. I pretty much said it all in my review which can be found here.

I loved it even more the second time around. Karen, I think I know what you mean by "sloggy" but the message overcame the clunky writing for me. Plus, it took me back to my youth when I read it the first time. Feeling young again is always a good thing!

20Donna828
Redigeret: maj 31, 2013, 1:25pm

Double post ;-(

21klobrien2
maj 31, 2013, 3:52pm

Donna828, I agree with you--the message was what was important. I LOVED the history of the book; and the wonderful characters. I would love to go to Israel and see the places and people of the book!

Karen O.

22fuzzi
maj 31, 2013, 9:38pm

(21) Me too, Karen! As I was reading, I felt a desire to go to Israel.

23Dejah_Thoris
maj 31, 2013, 9:42pm

When I read it a young teenager, I thought about going to Israel to work on a kibbutz - and I'm not Jewish!

24fuzzi
maj 31, 2013, 10:03pm

(23) Kitty wasn't Jewish, either...

25SqueakyChu
Redigeret: maj 31, 2013, 10:57pm

Many volunteers from the world over come to kibbutzim to work. There is no need to be Jewish to do this.

For those of you who've never been to Israel, it's a lovely place to visit. In fact, my son and daughter-in-law went to Israel for their honeymoon in the summer of 2012.

26Dejah_Thoris
maj 31, 2013, 11:08pm

>24 fuzzi: Of course you're right - but I never identified with Kitty, lol.

>25 SqueakyChu: I learned that I would be welcome when I research the idea years ago. If I do make it to Israel, it'll probably be on an archaeological tour - there are so many things I'd like to see, places I'd like to go.

27SqueakyChu
jun 1, 2013, 10:03am

> 26

it'll probably be on an archaeological tour

That sounds as if it would be great fun! If you do that, don't go in the middle of the summer. Spring or fall would be better (but *not* winter when it's cold and rainy).

28fuzzi
jun 1, 2013, 9:12pm

Now that we've read Exodus, any recommendations for other books by Leon Uris?

29cushlareads
jun 1, 2013, 9:53pm

Just found this thread - I read Exodus years ago and loved it. I also loved his Irish novels, Trinity and Redemption.

30Dejah_Thoris
jun 1, 2013, 9:59pm

I recall liking Mila 18, but it's painful.

31SqueakyChu
jun 1, 2013, 9:59pm

I remember liking Mila 18 very much. I read it a long, long, long time ago.

32SqueakyChu
jun 1, 2013, 9:59pm

Heh! I got your psychic message, Dejah!

33Dejah_Thoris
jun 1, 2013, 10:01pm

LOL!

34fuzzi
Redigeret: jun 2, 2013, 8:40am

I found a site with synopses for Leon Uris' books:

http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/u/leon-uris/

And our local public library has a copy of Mila 18.