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.
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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...
September 02, 2017
Sometimes strange and dreamlike.
October 23, 2017
Alison Pick can write, that's for sure.
With my lack of knowledge of old Jewish history and language, I did supplement this book with some Wiki searches, but I consider that a good thing. I learned a great deal that otherwise I wouldn't know, and I'm grateful for that. It helps with understanding...
October 16, 2017
Won on a Giveaway! This is about Jewish settlers in the year 1921..and create a Kibbutz...with much pain, sorrow, joy.....Interesting the way the author divided into 3 parts focusing on the main characters. ...I found this book very emotional.....
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...
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...
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...
November 21, 2017
- 4/5. I received a free copy of this book via the Goodreads giveaway.
"Strangers with the Same Dream" tells the story of Jewish pioneers who immigrate to Israel in the 1920s to build their homeland. Each eager new pioneer has their own story and secrets, and the book is split in to three perspect...
October 31, 2017
This book has been promoted as a historical fiction piece about settlers coming from Europe to Israel. I actually found it more a story about the relationship between men and women and how poorly some men treat women, given that the community leader, David, treated his wife and daughter terribly....
October 16, 2017
A fascinating novel about life in a kibbutz at the start of Israel, the hardships, the illness, the corruption of some of the new settlers. I found the reminiscing confusing at times and it didn't really add to the story. The character of David I disliked more and more as the story went on so the...