'Journalist Lynch's mission—to unashamedly and sympathetically chronicle... the tragic Palestinian nation and its defiant, inspiring people—is fulfilled in a heartrending account of the suffering of Palestinians under occupation. Lynch has not only covered the big events but also lived in the West Bank, witnessing up close Israeli raids, checkpoint lines and agitated soldiers and the privations created by Israel's 250-mile-long security wall. He impressively and seamlessly combines storytelling with reportage and fact-finding.' - Publishers Weekly
In this vivid account of his time in one of the world’s most contested and volatile regions, award-winning journalist David Lynch brings to life stories from both the Palestinian and Israeli streets.
In A Divided Paradise: An Irishman in the Holy Land, Lynch comes under fire in the occupied West Bank, visits the ‘first Irish pub in Palestine’, and discusses Armageddon with young dispirited Israelis in Tel Aviv. Personal experiences are interwoven with broad historical analysis, and locations are diverse as Hebron and Haifa, Beirut and Brooklyn are viewed through Irish eyes.
A provocative introduction to the political and personal tragedy suffered by the Palestinian people and the continuing wider Middle Eastern conflict.
Captures the tension and beauty of a partitioned paradise. Lynch is studiously fair in mapping out the tragedy of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. – The Irish Times
Writes with truth and energy. Feed your mind and buy this book. – Andersonstown News
An excellent collection of memories intertwined with political analyses and history. With a fresh and very accessible narrative, Lynch has enriched the literature available on the Arab-Israeli conflict. – Digest of Middle East Studies
He (Lynch) evokes very well the daily toil and terror…The book is a very useful introduction, complete with timeline and glossary. Book of the Week. – Metro
It is a searingly honest account. – Trinity News
A heartrending account of the suffering of Palestinians under occupation. . . [Lynch] impressively and seamlessly combines story-telling with reportage and fact-finding. – Publishers Weekly
An endlessly entertaining delve into a serious issue. – The Midwest Book Review
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