A Divided Paradise: An Irishman in the Holy Land is a vivid account of ordinary life in one of the world’s most contested and volatile regions. Award-winning journalist David Lynch brings to life stories from both the Palestinian and Israeli streets.
From coming under fire in the occupied West Bank, to visiting the ‘First Irish Pub in Palestine’, to talking Armageddon with young dispirited Israelis in Tel Aviv, personal experiences are interwoven with broad historical analysis.
A provocative introduction to the political and personal tragedy suffered by the Palestinian people and the continuing wider Middle Eastern conflict.
Praise for A Divided Paradise:
"An endlessly entertaining delve into a serious issue."
Midwest Book Review (USA)
'Lynch is studiously fair in mapping out the tragedy of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict…and it certainly catches the atmosphere very well...It is an honest and inquiring account...captures the tension and beauty of a partitioned paradise.' Eamon Delaney, The Irish Times
'As a reporter, Lynch is commendably diligent and certainly knows where the action is, travelling around to various trouble spots and flashpoints .... with a sharp eye for small details' Sunday Business Post
'A street level view of daily life of two societies that see themselves as under siege. This book provides a deeply felt Irish perspective on the Holy Land' The Irish Catholic
'A heartrending account of the suffering of Palestinians under occupation. He impressively and seamlessly combines storytelling with reportage and fact-finding' Starred review, Publishers Weekly (U.S.A)
He evokes very well the daily toil and terror…The book is a very useful introduction, complete with timeline and glossary...' 'Book of the Week', Metro
'A Divided Paradise is a well written and enjoyable read. David Lynch’s approach and personal accounts are excellent, making a complex political reality that little bit easier to consume...extremely engaging...Brilliant book' Spark Magazine
'Powerful read. Feed your mind and buy this book' Andersonstown News
'Writes with truth and energy. David Lynch’s book brings that centre of injustice close to home in a series of you-are-there reports' North Belfast News
'A searingly honest account. Lynch's style is both conversational and provocative.....engaging' Trinity News
'An excellent collection of memories intertwined with political analyses and history. With a fresh and very accessible narrative, Lynch has enriched the literature available on the Arab–Israeli conflict.This is a book for the occasional reader as well as for students of politics and history that avoids simplifications but simplifies somewhat an overwhelmingly complex situation' Digest of Middle East Studies, (Fall, 2010).
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