Strangers with the Same Dream by Alison Pick

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Read Strangers with the Same Dream Online Free - A brilliant, astonishing and politically timely page-turner set in 1921 Palestine, from the author of the bestselling novel Far to Go, nominated for the Man Booker Prize.

This spare, beautifully written, shocking and timely novel whisks us back to 1921 Palestine, when a band of young Jewish pioneers, many escaping violence in their homelands, set out to realize a utopian dream: the founding of a kibbutz on a patch of land that will, twenty-five years later, become part of the State of Israel. Writing with tightly controlled intensity, Alison Pick takes us inside the minds of her vastly different characters--two young unmarried women, one plain and one beautiful, escaping peril in Russia and Europe; one older man, a charismatic group leader who is married with two children; and his wife, Hannah, who understands all too well the dark side of "equality"--to show us how idealism quickly tumbles into pragmatism, and how the utopian dream is punctured by messy human entanglements.

This is also the story of the land itself (present-day Israel and Palestine), revealing with compassion and terrible irony how the pioneers chose to ignore the subtle but undeniable fact that their valley was already populated, home to a people whose lives they did not entirely understand.

Writing with extraordinary power, Pick creates unforgettably human characters who, isolated in the enclosure of their hard-won utopian dream, are haunted by ghosts, compromised by unbearable secrets, and finally, despite flashes of love and hope, worn down by hardship, human frailty, and the pull of violent confrontation. The novel's utterly shocking but satisfying conclusion will have readers flipping back to the first page to trace patterns and wrestle with the question of what is, or is not, inevitable and knowable in the human heart.

Title : Strangers with the Same Dream
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ISBN : 0345810457
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 368 pages


Esil rated it ★★★☆☆

September 05, 2017

3+ stars. I wanted to like Strangers With The Same Dream more than I did. Alison Pick took an interesting risk with this one, both in terms of the topic and structure. The story is set in Palestine in the 1920s as a group of Jews who have recently immigrated from European countries work to set up...

Penny rated it ★★★★☆

September 02, 2017

Sometimes strange and dreamlike.

Avi rated it ★★★★☆

August 13, 2017

**Special thanks to the team at Penguin who sent me an advance copy of this book** I was vacillating between a 3 or 4 star rating for this one for quite some time, but decided to go up mainly due to the fact that a lot of the things I wasn't crazy about regarding this book were more a question of...

Cheryl rated it ★★★★☆

August 22, 2017

Strangers with the Same Dream is about a young group of Jewish settlers making a new life for themselves it what will one day become Israel. It covers events from the different viewpoints of some of the characters. The dynamics of the group and the hardships they face make for an interesting stor...

Chris rated it ★★★★☆

August 31, 2017

This was a really well written book about the early jewish settlers in what would become Israel, and to be honest it seems like they were kind of dicks to the muslim people who already were living there. I know this is fiction, but still. The book is broken up into 3 parts, each focusing on a dif...

Andrea rated it ★★★★☆

September 01, 2017

Really enjoyed this novel about a group of young Jewish pioneers forming a kibbutz on what would become Israel. The novel focuses on three main characters--Ida, David, and Hannah--and is narrated by an omniscent ghost. Their stories are messy, tangled, with the smallest action having huge ramific...

Rose rated it ★★★★☆

September 01, 2017

I won Strangers with the Same Dream through the Goodreads giveaways. This book was captivating from start to finish. It was about a group of young Jews carving out a new life for themselves. The story was broken up into three sections with its own main character; however it did keep the readers i...

Harold rated it ★★★★☆

September 18, 2017

A GoodReads GiveAway I find that narrating the basic story from three different points of view slows down the story. Just saying.

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