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Alice Walker’s praise for TGS

Alice Walker, whose complex and beautiful novel The Color Purple earned the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, has contributed a fabulous Foreword to The General’s Son: Journey of an Israeli in Palestine. In recent years, Ms. Walker has taken several courageous and risky stands in favor of Palestinian, as well as Israeli, rights. In the Foreword to Peled’s book she writes, “There are few books on the Palestine/Israel issue that seem as hopeful to me as this one… ”

Here’s some more of what Alice Walker has written about The General’s Son:

What is the prevailing feeling, having read this moving book, given how determined our testosterone driven world seems to be to make continuous, endless war, and, perhaps, to blow all of us up in one? … I feel immense relief, and gratitude. Someone(s) must take responsibility for being the grown-ups of our human Universe. There must be people, in all walks of life, who decide: Enough’s enough; there are children here

Miko Peled, at first terrified of reaching out to Palestinians because of the false reports he was, since childhood, given of them, realizes the insanity of remaining enemies of a people he has had no opportunity to truly know. What he discovers energizes and encourages him. He begins to understand the danger inherent in living in ignorance of the so-called “other” and begins to realize he would be a far different, a far less open and loving person, had he not, despite his fears, freed himself in this way. His freedom to be at ease with the very people he was taught to hate is, of course, a bonus for his own children and for the next generation of Israelis and Palestinians…

2 Comments leave one →
  1. salomary permalink
    July 20, 2014 6:16 am

    Without knowing the other and without confessing our maltreatment of the other we shall live in hatred and we shall die in anger. We appreciate embracing the transcendent truth, and we appreciate transcending dirty elite politics and false heroic tactics to end the other after usurping their basic human rights.

  2. Maryam Lowen permalink
    August 3, 2014 3:52 am

    Although comfort is impossible to find as the bombing and siege of Gaza continue, Ms. Walker’s appreciation of Miko Peled’s work and Peled’s growth as a human being give a way to endure the inhumanity of the Israeli occupation and to continue towards the visions of both these great human beings – a world of shared human love and responsibility.

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