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Revenge: A Story of Hope

Revenge: A Story of Hope

Written by Laura Blumenfeld

Narrated by Laura Blumenfeld


Revenge: A Story of Hope

Written by Laura Blumenfeld

Narrated by Laura Blumenfeld

ratings:
4.5/5 (2 ratings)
Length:
6 hours
Released:
Apr 1, 2002
ISBN:
9780743548458
Format:
Audiobook

Description

In 1986, Laura Blumenfeld's father was shot in Jerusalem by a member of a rebel faction of the PLO responsible for attacks on several tourists in the Old City. Her father lived, but Blumenfeld's desire for revenge haunted her. This is her story.
Traveling to Israel, Blumenfeld gathers stories and methods of avengers as she plots to infiltrate the shooter's life. Through interviews and extensive research, she explores the mechanics and the psychology of vengeance.
But ultimately it is a journey that leads her back home -- where she is forced to confront her childhood dreams, her parents' failed marriage, and her ideas about family. In the end, her target turns out to be more complex -- and in some ways more threatening -- than the stereotypical terrorist she'd long imagined.
A rare, ambitious, personal, and intellectual tour of dark urges often denied, Revenge: A Story of Hope is a beautifuly written story about family, loyalty, and home, about the personal passions behind public events, and about the thin line between love and hate.
Released:
Apr 1, 2002
ISBN:
9780743548458
Format:
Audiobook

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  • (5/5)
    I Picked this audio book up at a thrift store having an interest in Israel and the Jewish people. I have the edited version, only 4 cassette tapes long but I love it already after only the 2nd tape. Laura Blumenfeld, an American Jew, researches the random shooting of her father who was in Jerusalem at the time. Although he was not killed, the attack on her father caused Laura to research the reasons for revenge in various cultures. Told in the first person with raw honesty and intelligent inquiry,her research takes her into the Palestine homes of convicted shooters and terrorists, and discovers the reasons and irrational rational that leads to generational revenge. The Palestinians she interviews obviously do not know she is Jewish or that she is a family member of one of their victims. Very honestly told.
  • (4/5)
    Americans living or working in the Middle East or Eastern Europe would profit from reading this book. As she sought to come to terms with her father's injury at the hand of a Palestinian terrorist in Israel, Laura Blumenfeld interviewed many religious, political, and cultural leaders about the morality of revenge. Most Americans probably think of revenge as something a “nice” person wouldn't consider. However, the responses Ms. Blumenfeld receives illustrate that, in many cultures, revenge is considered a moral, honorable, and appropriate response to personal insult or injury.