Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
The Almond Tree follows the life of Ichmad Hamid from a life changing event in his childhood throughout the trials of life and growing old. He faces adversity with strength, determination and intelligence that leaves him an outsider in more ways than he could imagine. After being handed an opportunity to prove himself, Ichmad is able to pursue a different path than those of his siblings. While advancing himself through college and earning degrees, he is also able to provide for his family back home in Israel. Through sadness and joy, the reader sees the fullness of a life lived in oppression and allowed to bloom fully in freedom.
This book was based in Israel with Palestinians under strict, oppressive rule. The reader is shown the ugly side of military oppression and the cost that it can bring upon innocents caught in the crossfire of disagreeing philosophies. In truth, the author could have easily replaced the Israeli/Palestinian aspect with any other fueding ideologies and the book would be the same. The story is well paced, keeping the reader's interest while providing enough description to make the reader feel as though he or she is there in the action with the characters. I truly liked this book from beginning to end. I would definitely recommend this if you are a reader of historical fiction.
The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti is available in both paperback and Kindle form. It can be found at Amazon.com at the link below.
The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti