Stillpoint: A Novel Of War, Peace, Politics And Palestine by Colin MallardStillpoint: A Novel Of War, Peace, Politics And Palestine by Colin Mallard

Stillpoint: A Novel Of War, Peace, Politics And Palestine

byColin Mallard

Paperback | November 1, 2012

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Finalist in US Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

A cast of unforgettable characters draws us into a world, vivid and haunting. A world where war comes suddenly; dynamite, fire, bullets: friends and family dying in the night. 

Stillpoint is a daring, controversial examination of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that shows the struggles of ordinary men and women on both sides. Spanning the period from 1947 to the modern day and showing how lives are affected from Boston to Beirut, from Haifa to Rockport. Do we learn from history? It would appear that we don’t. What we learn we can easily forget, but understanding is of a different order, it cannot be forgotten.

The poet T.S. Elliot describes this place of understanding as “the stillpoint of the turning world.”

Stillpoint will make you think, make you examine what lies at the root of your beliefs. Some books shift the way we see the world, even ourselves. This is one of them!

Mallard asks: Why are the Palestinians and Israelis still fighting after almost seventy years, what can we do about it, you and me?

He suggests we become aware of the facts hidden behind the beliefs and ideology. You’ll not finish this novel in the same place you started. To see with someone else’s eyes brings understanding and understanding itself opens the door to peace.

It would be misleading to leave the impression this book is solely about the Middle East. Although a great deal of the story takes place there, it is in fact, a deep exploration of justice and injustice in the perpetuation of conflict. It is about war and peace, poverty and wealth, leadership and service, and what lies behind the fiery violence of religious fundamentalism.

What is unusual about the book is that Mallard approaches events from the perspective of the practical wisdom and insight inherent in Zen, Taoism and Advaita Vedanta.

In Stillpoint he has fashioned a love story to the great mystery of life, it is definitely a novel worth reading…more than once. A great story with a stunning conclusion.

Title:Stillpoint: A Novel Of War, Peace, Politics And PalestineFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.3 inPublished:November 1, 2012Publisher:Promontory PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1927559367

ISBN - 13:9781927559369


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Elegant and insightful It's about time somebody looked at the situation in Israel/Palestine with something other than a completely one-sided view. Dr. Colin Mallard doesn't play the usual favourites as he presents a rarely-seen view of the events within the creation of the State of Israel and the political acrobatics that continue to surround the issue today. His philosophical insights would be very valuable reading for a lot of politicians of today - not to mention his book is a darn good read.
Date published: 2016-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Story That Makes You Question Your Views The way I view the situation in Israel/Palestine has changed, because of Stillpoint. Stillpoint is an intriguing story with well developed characters that moves at a fast pace. It keeps your interests piqued right from the beginning and makes you want to keep turning pages to find out what happens next. It's obvious Dr. Mallard has done his homework and offers a plausible perspective. And wouldn't the world be a much better place if the leaders used Taoist principles!! Everyone should read Stillpoint - it changes the way you view the world! Lawrence Verigin, author of Dark Seed
Date published: 2014-05-08