The Haj by Leon UrisThe Haj by Leon Uris

The Haj

byLeon Uris

Mass Market Paperback | May 1, 1985

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Leon Uris retums to the land of his acclaimed  best-seller Exodus for an epic  story of hate and love, vengeance and forgiveness and  forgiveness. The Middle East is the powerful  setting for this sweeping tale of a land where revenge  is sacred and hatred noble. Where an Arab ruler  tries to save his people from destruction but  cannot save them from themselves. When violence  spreads like a plague across the lands of  Palestine--this is the time of The  Haj.
An internationally acclaimed novelist for over 30 years, Leon Uris was the author of Battle Cry, The Angry Hills, Exodus, Mila 18, Armageddon, Topas QB VII, Trinity, The Haj, Mitla Pass, and Redemption, and two highly praised works of nonfiction in collaboration with his wife, Ireland: A Terrible Beauty and Jerusalem: Song of Songs. He...
Title:The HajFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:544 pages, 7 × 4.18 × 1.2 inPublished:May 1, 1985Publisher:Random House Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0553248642

ISBN - 13:9780553248647

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it A difficult subject to write into a novel without having a bias, but taken as a story for pure entertainment, it's a fantastic adventure read.
Date published: 2017-09-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Unfortunate Leon Uris was a well respected novelist although the Haj falls short of any glory whatsoever. The book is riddled with gross indecancies stereotyping Palastinians and glorifying the Jews. The book always portrays Muslims as ruthless people with the inability to rationalize. The worse the character the more and more shameless they become in their womanizing and other indecancies. Even the Haj himself, meant to be the character caught in the middle of this crisis is not immune from these gross indecancies. Gideon Asch (the main Jewish character) suffers from none of these problems and at worst may have a small drinking problem. As a Jew (and as an American at that) himself it is presumptious for Uris to claim to have any insight into the Arab populations views on Palestine. His biases are just too great to tell an effective story from the other point of view.
Date published: 2009-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent I though this book was very well written & that it accurately portrays the Israeli/Palestinian relationship at that time. Some may think that it is written with a biased view, which makes the Palestinian’s look weak & the Jews look strong. I have read many non-fiction books all about this era & agree with the author’s view. I think that characters in the book are amazing, even with all that is going on around them & all the hate between the two countries, the two main families seem to have a spiritual bond between them. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2005-04-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Biased, yet entertaining While this book makes for a good read, do not expect to find an accurate portrayal of the Palestinian/Israeli conflict within its pages. Leon Uris is decidely one-sided in his portrayal of the Palestinians as a backwards people brought to ruin by their religion. The Jews are likewise portrayed as some sort of master race, and in the end even the more thoughtful Palestinians can't but help come to the same conclusion. The characters in this book are absurdly cariacatured and sterotyped. While it is apparent that the author intended it to be this way, you cannot but wonder at his motivations. Nonetheless, it is an interesting foray into a culture that most Westerners neither know nor understand (albeit from an author with extreme Zionist leanings).
Date published: 2001-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Haj The Haj was a brilliantly written book. Uris realy captures the culture.
Date published: 1999-04-27

Editorial Reviews

"The narrative is fast paced, bursting  with action, and obviously based on an intimate  grasp of the region , its peoples, their tradition  and age--old ways of life."--John  Barkham Reviews