Mitla Pass [Leon Uris] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Writer Gideon Zadok leaves the glitter of Hollywood for the newly created State of . Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. In this semi-autobiographical story, unhappy Mitla Pass – Kindle edition by Leon Uris. Download it once and read it . I’ve really enjoyed the books of Uris I’ve read so far, especially “Exodus” and “The Haj”. So when I found out that he has another book on the.

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I wish it had focused more on the goings-on of the Sinai War. Once the author got beyond that, though, and focused on Gideon’s ancestors, the book became much more interesting.

Mar 22, Susan rated it did not like it. I felt like revisiting Leon Uris. The main character was a self-absorbed, misogynist writer and the majority of his ancestors seemed to be abusive husbands or men-haters depending on their sex. He does much better at Mitla; and just before he tells Natasha goodbye to join his wife in Rome, he absolves himself of his guilt, presumably going on to write a magnum opus. He drew away from his masterful storytelling several times by the awkwardness of his prose and dialogue.

Be the first to discover new talent! Mar 02, Mary rated it really liked it.

Mitla Pass by Leon Uris

Gideon’s mother and stepfather, a communist labor organizer, give him a peripatetic and mostly unloving childhood, paass only by his relationship with a grade-school teacher who deserts him to fight the Fascists in Spain where she gets Hemingway to drop him a line about the rigors of writing. Jan 01, Jacob rated it liked it.

Languages Svenska Edit links. I was disappointed that he chose not to here. Feb 20, David rated it liked it. In spite of all that, Uris still tells a good story, and that’s the main thing, I guess. In typical Uris style, the scope is enormous, paxs 19th century shtetls, depression-era Jewish Baltimore, the US Communist movement, the Spanish Civil War, alwa You know what to expect with Uris – epic plots, larger than life hypermasculine characters, Judaism both held aloft for admiration and critiqued for its shortcomings without the humor or skill of Phillip Roth!


I have seen this referred to as a semi-autobiographical novel, and certainly parts of it seem to follow what little I know of Leon Uris’ life, but you do wonder why he would paint such an unflattering picture of himself Want to Read Currently Reading Read. In an epic search for himself, his art, and his heritage, Gideon journeys to Israel, where he is captivated by the lovely Holocaust survivor Natasha Solomon, whose soulful, tough passion for him unleashes his own smoldering desires.


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This shows most firmly in the characters. Is it that he was criticized for highlighting the positive stereotypes too much in earlier books?

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It is curious that he would choose to tell his story this way but anyone who wants some insight i This is a very interesting book by Uris.

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To ask other readers questions about Mitla Passplease sign up. For comments, please send me an emailor reach out on on Twitter. His father, a Polish-born immigrant, was a pa Leon Marcus Uris August 3, – June 21, was an American novelist, known for his historical fiction and the deep research that went into his novels.

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Book review: “Mitla Pass” by Leon Uris – Eli Bendersky’s website

Nevertheless, an extremely entertaining book to read. With both of those stylistic devices it was confusing at times.

I was expecting more historical fiction. Get started on his works. I wonder if this is kind of Uris’s attempt at redemption no pun intended for the blatant bias apparent in Exodus and The Haj. This is a fantastic book. This foray draws heavily on the writer’s own life, his experiences in Hollywood, and the Jewish immigrant heritage that by turns drag him down and, when finally confronted, allow him to realize himself.


Marines in the Pacific. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Mila 18, a story of the Warsaw ghetto uprising; Armageddon: This is not my favorite, but it’s still out of this world fantastic. His two bestselling books were Exodus, published inand Trinity, in Leon Uris is one of my favorite authors and I just recently read this book, which was the only Uris book excluding books written with his wife I had not read.

I am looking forward to those. He derived his surname from Yerushalmi, meaning “man of Jerusalem. He at least lets the reader know he’s aware of these issues in his work, and his supermacho protagonist is just as often undone and made miserable by the ideal of masculinity to which he has held himself hostage.

A page-turner from Uris I read all the Leon Uris books many years ago and have decided they were so good I need to read them again. I have read all of this books and this one was not one of his best and I think the fact he may have approached it as a fictionalized autobiography is the reason why.

I love the way the history of 3 generations prior effects the psyche of the current generation. Later he went on to write The Angry Hills, a novel set in war-time Greece. In typical Uris style, the scope is enormous, covering 19th century shtetls, depression-era Jewish Baltimore, the US Communist movement, the Spanish Civil War, always coming back to center around the Sinai war between Israel and Egypt.

This page was last edited on 22 Novemberat I was about to give up on the book when the author got stuck on Gideon’s early attempts to become a writer. Dec 01, Aparna Dubey rated it liked it Shelves: