My Father's Paradise

My Father's Paradise

A Son's Search for His Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq

Book - 2008
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My Father's Paradise is Ariel Sabar's quest to reconcile present and past. As Ariel's father, Yona, travels with him to today's postwar Iraq to find what's left of Yona's birthplace, Ariel brings to life the ancient town of Zakho, telling his family's story and discovering his own role in this sweeping saga. What he finds in the Sephardic Jews' millennia-long survival in Islamic lands is an improbable story of tolerance and hope.
Publisher: Chapel Hill, N.C. : Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781565124905
1565124901
Branch Call Number: History 305.892 SAB

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mclarjh
Jun 22, 2015

Interesting subject, part memoir, part fiction, journalistic writing.

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DorisWaggoner
Jun 04, 2013

As a history nut, I had never heard of this group of "lost" Jews, and found the account fascinating and well-written. Sabar's characters and their relationships live so clearly that I sometimes found myself in tears. As a journalist, he knows how to personalize larger issues. I'm the grandchild of immigrants, in an era when the mere word sets of firecrackers, the book is also even more timely than when it was written. He'd have gotten 5 stars from me if the end hadn't felt like a bit of a fizzle compared to the rest, and if the proofreading had been better.

BrigidScott Jan 17, 2012

I don't often pick up nonfiction, but this was fairly interesting.

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