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Ashes and Other Stories

by Naomi Shepherd

If you want to get a feel for life in Israel read these short stories. The themes are universal - immigration, retirement, teenage rebellion, adultery - but the characters' reactions to their dilemmas could happen nowhere else in the world. I found it a fascinating book but very sad.

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He had assumed that Edouard, with his European education and tastes, served his own priests and tribesmen with the same devotion with which he himself served a country he did not know, and where perhaps he did not quite belong. He recalled what Hans had once said to him: 'People like ourselves not only are obedient servants whatever the regime. We also attribute our own standards to every rascal we encounter.'

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