Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Setting


Wednesday, September 16, 2009

I am well into Matt Beynon Rees' A Grave in Gaza
.

I've never read a book where so much of the story is based on setting.

At one point, Omar Yussef tells his friend James Cree:

"Unfortunately, James, there's always been fighting for this stretch of land. Usually with no real knowledge of it. The Jews were here millennia ago and the Arabs have been here more than a thousand years, but everyone else who fought for this place was a stranger, drawn by greed or hatred or God. The Crusaders, Napoleon, the Turks, all were alien to this place."

I'll have more to say about the book later. Initially, I'd say it is a good book. Its characters are caught in a uniquely conflicted place called Gaza.

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