Unique Historical Fiction: The Lonely Tree by Yael Politis
OMGoodness I haven’t been on here in too LONG! Again, I will lay the blame on library school : ) However, I did just finish two great books, The Lonely Tree by Yael Politis and the last book in the Fairwick trilogy by Juliet Dark, The Angel Stone (“fun” reading keeps me sane! Therefore, I do make time for it!) . I’ll give you a quick review of Politis’ book now and the promise of a review of the wonderful ending to a trilogy, The Angel Stone by the end of the week.
I received The Lonely Tree by Yael Politis from the publisher, Holland Park Press, and am extremely grateful. This was a very moving story told from a unique point of view. It takes place in Palestine and tells of the extreme hardships faced by people there between the years of 1934 and 1967. Going into this story, I knew absolutely nothing about this period of time in Palestine, as I’ve always read about the main focus of the time period: Hitler, concentration camps, and Nazis. While this is briefly touched upon, it is certainly not the main focus. I found learning about kibbutz, the British Mandate in Palestine, and the history of the time fascinating, however, it was also a bit confusing for me too at times.
While the reader learns a lot about history through this story, there is also a love story going on and some believable (if hard to read at times) family dynamics adding to the richness of the novel. The main character, Tonia, was lovable at times and at others I just wanted to go shout some sense into her…
So, if you are in the mood for something deep, unique, and thought provoking…you may want to give this a try!
Now I am off to work and I will talk to you lovely readers later!