It's Easier To Reach Heaven Than The End Of The Street: A Jerusalem Memoir

It s Easier To Reach Heaven Than The End Of The Street A Jerusalem Memoir Emma Williams arrived in Jerusalem with her three children in August to join her husband and to work as a doctor A month later the second Palestinian Intifada erupted For the next three years she

  • Title: It's Easier To Reach Heaven Than The End Of The Street: A Jerusalem Memoir
  • Author: Emma Williams
  • ISBN: 9780747585596
  • Page: 304
  • Format: Paperback
  • Emma Williams arrived in Jerusalem with her three children in August 2000 to join her husband and to work as a doctor A month later the second Palestinian Intifada erupted For the next three years she worked with Palestinians in Ramallah by day and spent her time with Israelis in Tel Aviv This is her story.

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    • Sue says:

      What an important book and what a profoundly sad story. Williams writes of her time in Jerusalem while her husband was posted to Israel by the UN. She spent her time there raising her three children (and giving birth to a fourth), continuing with her career by participating in public health work, and observing and recording what was happening around her.She and her family lived in a Palestinian neighborhood which allowed her to learn first hand many of the hardships that her friends and neighbor [...]

    • Wendy says:

      I would have to say that this book was one of the most difficult books I have ever read. Not because the writing style was awkward or cumbersome, but because the story shared by Emma Williams was beyond disturbing. Emme Williams is a British phsycian who moved to Jerusalem just 1 month before the start of the second Intifada. Williams and her husband stayed for 3 years, together with their 3 children, and then a 4th born while they were there. Williams shares her experiences as a doctor working [...]

    • Shannon Greene says:

      Very informative, but very dry. Hard to get through. About 100 pages too long.

    • Esther says:

      Didn't have time to get through it all so it was more of a skim, so I'm still not completely clear on the situation over there. Super complicated and so many nuances and feelings involved. But it opened my eyes to the horror the Palestinians experience, and the Israelis, because of the extremists and leaders who won't allow peace. And how we get more of a one-sided view here- the Palestinians day-to-day lives are destroyed, but it's only the suicide bombers or big attacks that get on the news.

    • HBalikov says:

      Personal memories of several years spent recently in Israel and Palestine. Very sympathetic treatment of how the day to day lives of those in the region have been colored by the conflict. It was a window for me into a lot of the behavior "under the radar" of the usual peace negotiation discussions.

    • Sally says:

      I found this memoir illuminating. It gives great insight into the human dimension of the Israeli/Palestinian situation, information on what actually goes on day to day, and year after year, that is virtually absent from the US media. I highly recommend this book.

    • Jamie says:

      I loved this book. It presents a completely different view of the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Very different from what the American media usually covers.

    • Jennifer Abdo says:

      This is not your typical memoir. But that's a good thing- and actually probably pretty typical when your memoir is set in Jerusalem and you are as thoughtful as she is and have access to UN, doctors on both sides, and officials. There is a lot of politics and references to historical events and recent events, but I can see this as a memoir because she's honestly trying to sort this out while she's over there. It is one of the most honest attempts I've seen. It is a little hard to tell what her o [...]

    • Susan O says:

      Emma Williams' memoir of her time living in Israel is an important book to read if you want to understand the nuances of the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Williams and her family moved to Israel just prior to the beginning of the second Intifada in August, 2000. Her husband works for the UN; she is a doctor who tries to work and provide some normalcy for her 3 children and a 4th born in Bethlehem. They live in Jerusalem in a village with one Jewish family and an extended Palestinian fami [...]

    • Aya says:

      This book is a 'neutral' description of the 'situation' in Jerusalem, the West Bank and 'Israel' as was witnessed by a British woman who moved to Jerusalem just weeks before the second Intifada with her husband and kids. Emma when arrived was completely 'neutral', she has Palestinian friends and Israeli friends. I think she could not just see what was happening there and just ignore it, or get used to it. The wall, invasions, assassinations, killing children, check points, closures are all detai [...]

    • Muhammad says:

      Pergaulan Emma Williams dengan sahabat-sahabatnya di Israel dan juga interaksinya dengan sesama petugas medis dan pasien-pasien berkebangsaan Palestina di rumah sakit tempatnya bekerja membuat buku ini memandang konflik Tepi Barat dari sudut pandang baru. Keberpihakan tetap ada, namun tidak pada satu sisi. Buku ini memotret dampak perang berkepanjangan yang dapat terjadi pada siapa saja, entah mereka Islam, Kristen, maupun Yahudi.Salah seorang mayor dari tentara cadangan Israel menjelaskan penol [...]

    • Cherop says:

      I started this book in late May or early June 2012 but only read it a few pages at a time. It is densely packaged with information and human tragedy and I found I couldn't read more than a few pages at a time. I read about half of it in this manner. Then I decided I might get more out of it if I read it quickly so I read the second half over a day. It is a small book with small print and is just over 400 pages with tons of footnotes. It is hard to read because in doing so, one is confronted with [...]

    • Kay says:

      I read as much of this as I could stand. I did not finish it because it was poorly written but for the opposite reason. In this memoir of living in Jerusalem during the second intifada, the author does an excellent of conveying just how complex and entrenched "the situation" is; she effectively communicates the creep of suffocation, frustration and despondancy of the Palestinians as well as the mixture of fear, hope and hyper-defensiveness of the Israelis. Her sympathies lie with the Palestinian [...]

    • Imas says:

      Cukup lama waktu yang dibutuhkan untuk membaca buku ini. Diselingi dengan buku-buku lain. Bukan karena tidak menarik, selain memang tebal, membaca kisah tentang konflik terus menerus ternyata tidak mudah juga. Emma Williams menuliskan pengalaman hidupnya selama 3 tahun mengikuti suami yang bekerja di PBB bermukim di Yerusalem. Sebagai daerah konflik antara Paletina dan Israrl, banyak peristiwa dan tragedi kemanusiaan yang terjadi didepan matanya. Ketakutan, kesedihan dan kehilangan terjadi di ke [...]

    • PDXReader says:

      The focus of the book is the conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians. It was fascinating, and I enjoyed it, but I would have preferred the author had given it more "heart." It was more informational than what I expected to find in a book billed as a memoir - I was hoping for something that felt more personal. I'd guess that many people will find the author biased, but it's hard to say what's bias and what is simply ugly fact. Definitely not a light read.

    • Sean says:

      An important book in understanding the nuances and grey areas of the conflict between Palestine and Israel. Williams does not give a clear 'winner' in this situation. She paints the picture as best as she can. She shows us the trials and tribulations of everyday live for foreigners living there as well as locals. Christians would do well to read this book because it is an important book in understanding their relationship with the state of Israel.

    • Becky Ahrendsen says:

      told of the issue from a pediatrician who moved to Jerusalem to be with her husband who worked for the UN. She had Palestinian and Jewish friends. 2000-2004 written like a diary. kind of like a text book. well referenced.

    • Marge Lang says:

      The story, i.e. a journalistic type report of a family stay in war laden Israel. Complex, annotated, revealing and compelling. Written from a woman's view point.

    • Jessica Levitt says:

      This is one of the best accounts of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict I have read. Extremely well-researched. Eye-opening if you have grown up with a one-sided perspective, as I have.

    • Karen says:

      hard to imagine what has and is still happening, no matter which side you. want to be on. living in constant fear is not my idea of happiness.

    • Kate says:

      Had to take a break from reading this because--while fascinating and factual--the sheer inhumanity described within gets to be too much to bear.

    • Alison says:

      The parts I loved best were her personal stories. I know she needed to share history and facts too, but I sometimes glazed over at those.

    • Kathy says:

      Aunt Marilyn suggested this book.

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    • Ghada Arafat says:

      I really enjoyed reading this book. One of the few that do not only talk about how people feel but also why. It gives the true human reality of living in a conflict.

    • Sarah says:

      I started out reading every page but then it got to be too much: too much war to read about. However, I definitely gained a better understanding of this conflict.

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