Bookishness, Snippets

Lucky #19


O Jerusalem

O Jerusalem! by Larry Collins & Dominique Lapierre

The classic retelling of the spellbinding events of the birth of Israel. Moment by moment, Collins and Lapierre weave a brilliant tapestry of shattered hopes, fierce pride, and breathtaking daring as the Arabs, Jews, and British collide in their fight for control of Jerusalem. O Jerusalem! meticulously recreates this historic struggle.

Collins and Lapierre profile the Jewish fighters, from the commanders Ben Fusion and Golda Meir to the solders, rabbinical students, and refugees taken directly from their shops to fight; and the Arab soldiers, from the explosives expert planting bombs to the charismatic chieftain whose death in battle doomed the Arab cause but inspired a generation of Palestininans; as well as the British efforts of peacekeeping after General Allenby’s conquest of Jerusalem to their departure in the face of the onslaught.

O Jerusalem! is a towering testament to the fiery birth of Israel and an unforgettable tale of faith and violence, of betrayal and indomitable courage.

I first heard about this book about a couple of years ago, when my boss brought up a couple of incidents of miracles that he said were mentioned in O Jerusalem! He told the few of us present that it was a ‘must read’ as the history of Israel, as recorded by these two brilliant historians (I had heard of Freedom at Midnight), was fascinating.

I have, since then, had this book on my wish list, and finally got myself a copy of it earlier this year. I am looking forward to delving into it. The size is a little daunting at 566 pages. But they also appear to have added chapter notes (I’m assuming they’re summaries), and a few biographical details of the important ‘players’ in this book. I’m in the right mood for O Jerusalem!


Classics Club Spin #20

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I’m in again!

  1. Mere Christianity – C.S.Lewis
  2. The Screwtape Letters – C.S.Lewis (re-read)
  3. The Abolition of Man – C.S.Lewis
  4. The Great Divorce – C.S.Lewis
  5. The Problem of Pain – C.S.Lewis
  6. Miracles – C.S.Lewis
  7. A Grief Observed – C.S.Lewis
  8. The Confessions of Saint Augustine
  9. In His Steps – Charles M. Sheldon
  10. Wisdom of Sadhu Sundarsingh
  11. The Gospel and Islam – Ibrahimkhan O. Deshmukh
  12. The Cost of Discipleship – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  13. The Last Chapter – A.W.Rasmussen
  14. Secret Power – D.L. Moody
  15. It’s Time to Rock the Boat – Michael L. Brown
  16. The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow – Jerome K. Jerome
  17. Three Men on the Bummel – Jerome K. Jerome
  18. The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches – Matsuo Basho
  19. O Jerusalem (need to purchase) – Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre
  20. Paradise Lost – John Milton

Save for Paradise Lost there is no fiction on my spin list. This is deliberate, of course. I am not in the mood for stories. Looking forward to seeing which one of these I will be reading during this summer heat!!

Bookishness, Snippets

Classics Club Spin #19

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Their 19th Spin and I want in!

  1. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall – Anne Bronte
  2. Nineteen Eighty-four – George Orwell
  3. The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow – Jerome K Jerome
  4. Three Men on the Bummel – Jerome K Jerome
  5. A Book of English Essays – various
  6. Freedom at Midnight – Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre
  7. O Jerusalem! – Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre
  8. Mere Christianity – C S Lewis
  9. The Confessions of Saint Augustine – Saint Augustine
  10. The Cost of Discipleship – Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  11. The Abolition of Man – C S Lewis
  12. Miracles – C S Lewis
  13. The Gospel and Islam – Ibrahimkhan O Deshmukh
  14. Paradise Lost – John Milton
  15. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
  16. Emma – Jane Austen
  17. Pride & Prejudice – Jane Austen
  18. Jack & Jill – L M Alcott
  19. The Screwtape Letters – C S Lewis
  20. The Narrow Road to the Deep North & Other Travel Sketches – Matsuo Basho

I’ll know which book I’ll be challenged to read by the end of January, 2019 on 27 November, 2018. I don’t think I’m rooting for anything. I only know I’m rooting to finish whichever one gets picked!