Before We Say Goodbye (Paperback)
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Before We Say Goodbye (Paperback)

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Paperback 160 Pages / Published: 02/08/2010
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"This is no life. Sooner or later it must finish." It is seven a.m. on a spring morning in Jerusalem. Eighteen-year-old Dima trudges through the mud to college and reflects on many things, including her forthcoming marriage to her cousin Faris. Seventeen-year-old Myriam skips school to sit on the tree-lined hill overlooking the city and think about her friend Michael, whose death she still mourns. And Dima's and Myriam's families - one Palestinian, one Israeli - go about their ordinary, separate lives; for today is like every other day. Yet in seven hours' time, everything will have changed. For ever.

Publisher: Walker Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781406325041
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 153 g
Dimensions: 197 x 127 x 12 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
Juxtaposes cultural tradition and extremism with explosiveconsequences ... with an electrifying sense of pace and short, spare narrative that progresses the story at a real lick, this is a book that is guaranteed to make an impression as well as holding real appeal for less confident readers. -- Jake Hope * The Bookseller *
This is an imaginatively constructed work. Ambrosio's strength is the atmosphere she creates and maintains. * The Herald (Glasgow) *
Ambrosio's novella eloquently evokes the human consequences of this long-running conflict. * The Herald *
Before we say goodbye puts real-life breath into endless news stories, and bomb sites, and religious speculation,and horror, death and namelessness. It is a story about teenagers as people. * Church Times *

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“All that is gold does not glitter”

Before we say goodbye describes few hours in a typical day in Israel. Israelis and Palestinians wake up side by side. Nurturing mutual hate, most of them plan to just make it through the day. No one wants to have to... More

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“An undemanding read that demands reading”

The true story of a teenage Palestinian suicide bomber and her teen Israeli victim inspired Italian novelist Gabriella Ambrosio to write "Before We Say Goodbye".

Originally published in 2004 as "Prima... More

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“Thought provoking read”

This is not a comfortable read but it is worth it. It gave me a real insight into the lives of people in Jerusalem. The author is even-handed in her approach, so you can begin to understand everyone's point of... More

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