The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti

the almond treeBlurb from goodreads.com. Please scroll down for my review.

Gifted with a mind that continues to impress the elders in his village, Ichmad Hamid struggles with the knowledge that he can do nothing to save his friends and family. Living on occupied land, his entire village operates in constant fear of losing their homes, jobs, and belongings. But more importantly, they fear losing each other.

On Ichmad’s twelfth birthday, that fear becomes reality. With his father imprisoned, his family’s home and possessions confiscated, and his siblings quickly succumbing to hatred in the face of conflict, Ichmad begins an inspiring journey using his intellect to save his poor and dying family. In doing so he reclaims a love for others that was lost through a childhood rife with violence, and discovers a new hope for the future.

This was on my reading list for ages when I eventually got round to it. There seemed to always be another book that got my attention just that little bit more, but I was glad when I got round to it. It is a good solid read, very well written, a little harsh in places and the beginning was just that. It also took a little bit to get into, I was determined though to get through that part.

I always enjoy reading books about other countries and cultures. The book deals with a lot of politics and the way people were and probably still are treated in Palestine and the Gaza Strip.

It follows the life of Ichmad as he grows up in some extremely bad conditions and despite all of this he manages to pull through, but on the other hand his closest brother doesn´t. It is a very emotional book.

The title hits the spot, but I wasn´t keen on the cover art.

This is one book that will stay with me for some time a great start to a promising career. Recommended.

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