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Uris, Leon — Uris, an American novelist, is the author of Exodus. See also Contemporary Authors, Vols. I think it should be said directly that "Exodus" is a fine, perhaps a great novel about Israel.
It is enlightening, horrifying, and heroic. It is a novel of social history and a social cause in the tradition of "The Grapes of Wrath" and "The Wall"—a tradition which has been missing in our literature of the s.
But in a sense the present theme is larger than that in either of this novel's direct predecessors, and its impact is more profound.
Dealing with the origins and the establishment of a Jewish nation, "Exodus" revives our spirits about humanity in general. On the literary level there are obvious faults in this narrative, as there were in Mr.
Uris's much less impressive first novel, "Battle Cry. Uris sometimes lacks tone as a novelist, if his central figures are social types rather than individual portraits, there is also a kind of "underground power" in his writing.
No other novel I have read recently has had the same capacity to refresh our memory, to inform our intelligence, and to stir the heart.
Exodus [is] a novel of Israel's war of statehood, written by a battle-hardened, best-seller-proved American author whose agent knew a good thing when he saw one and convinced his client to make the pilgrimage for Doubleday and Company. Under this urging, Leon Uris author previously of Battle Cry arrived in Jerusalem armed with notes, pencils, khakis, typewriter, revolver and Bible; served as a war correspondent in the Sinai campaign, traveled through Denmark, Italy, Cyprus and Iran, and covered more than 12, miles within Israel's borders to "research" the story of Exodus.
Is it any wonder that the novel of Israeli life Americans have been waiting for had to be written by an American? As promised by the jacket blurb, the story "sweeps ahead under its own plunging momentum and catches the reader up in the swinging vortex of a hundred shifting scenes and a thousand dramatic moments.
The plot is so exciting that the characters become exciting too; not because of their individuality or depth, but because of the historic drama they are involved in. Uris does an extraordinary job of weaving that drama together, reaching back to its roots in the Dreyfus case, in Nazi Germany, in Czarist Russia.
He sometimes does it through flashbacks of his characters….
Sometimes he does it by stretches of purely historical narrative, deftly inserted after he has brought his characters to the edge of some cliff and the reader is hooked securely enough to read long accounts of the Balfour Declaration or the British White Paper or the Palestine Riots which he would probably never wade through if he found them in the Sunday supplement section.
That is no small feat….
The novel may not be dead in America, but it is certainly undergoing something very like transmigration. On the one hand, the booming pseudo-science of sociology is threatening, in its popular manifestations at least, to usurp large areas of what used to be seen as the novelist's business: Whyte; fictional footnotes to theses….
On the other hand, there are danger signals from across the water that a retaliation is taking place, that the novelist is preparing to transfer his creative functions to material more properly that of the social or political historian.
Uris's mammoth novel [Exodus] about the rise of the State of Israel…. What completely destroys one's confidence as the actual postwar narrative unfolds is the stultifying conventionality with which the principals—the good, tough Americans Mark and Kitty, the wicked British major, and the superb godlike Ari Ben Canaan—are presented.
It is the same black-and-white simplicity we met in The Ugly American; Mr.
Uris has incredibly devalued his heroic material by the vacuity of his interpolations. The law of libel and the rewards of fiction being what they are, we may have more such phoney documentaries before the fad passes, and it is necessary to see that a book of this order may do some social good, by creating debate and lengthening the convenient shortness of our memories, while recognising that the means it deploys are death, in the last resort, to all those qualities of intelligence, judiciousness, and charity that make literature itself something more than an exodus from life.
Leon Uris writes Jewish westerns. In Exodus, the good guys were the Zionists, the homesteaders who fought for and founded the new state of Israel.
The British and the Arabs were the bad guys, and no cattle rustler could be as sordid as the Arabs, "the dregs of humanity, thieves, murderers, highway robbers, dope runners and white slavers.
The bad ones assist the Nazis in the systematic extermination of their fellow Jews of the Warsaw ghetto. The archvillains are the Germans—all cynics, slobs, sycophants and sadists…. The chief obstacle to reading Mila 18 is the reader's own memory. The novel all but duplicates John Hersey's The Wall.Mila 18 Summary & Study Guide Leon Uris This Study Guide consists of approximately 40 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Mila Mila 18 by Leon Uris From the brilliant storyteller who gave us Exodus, QB VII, The Haj, and Mitla Pass It was a time of crisis, a time of tragedy—and a time of transcendent courage and determination/5(36).
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Mila 18 - Part 2, Chapters Summary & Analysis Leon Uris This Study Guide consists of approximately 40 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of Mila Mila 18 is an epic novel by Leon Uris. Leon painstakingly researched the Warsaw Ghetto and the Uprising and the facts are historically correct.
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