Grains of Sand: The Fall Of Neve Dekalim – Instant Read


Grains Of Sand: The Fall Of Neve Dekalim puts a human face to the people of Gush Katif as it closely follows the story of an Israeli family from pre-Intifada leading up to the forced removal of Israeli citizens from Gush Katif in the Gaza Strip in 2005. The reader is given a rare opportunity to look into the hearts and souls of Gush Katif residents. This novel is historic fiction based upon the author’s life and experiences in Gush Katif, as well as those of friends and neighbors. It vividly reflects the thoughts and feelings of the people who lived there during those difficult times. The author, a teen at the time she wrote this book, was herself an expellee.

  • Author: Shifra Shomron

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  1. Robert F. Pepe
    5.0 out of 5 stars Grains of Sand

    I would like to begin by stating that I was not very well versed on the subject matter of this book prior to reading it. I knew of Jewish settlements in Israel and thought they were no more than a political football that was kicked around by both sides. This book changed everything..
    The book takes you right into the heart of the Gush. It made you feel that you were right alongside the main characters as they led a happy and productive lives amidst falling mortars and terrorist attacks. They were not naive to the terror surrounding them but they also didn’t let it stop them from living their lives.

    As news began to circulate about the upcoming disengagement. We followed the family as they go from modest curiosity to disbelief to finally despair. The book is written through the hopeful but not naive eyes of a High School student whose love of her hometown is felt on every page.

    After finishing the book I understood why the first few chapters went into so much detail about the somewhat ordinary lives of the characters. Its purpose was to make the reader part of their family and it succeeded. By the end of the book I felt a pit in my stomach as the days got closer and the hope for saving their hometown became dimmer and dimmer.

    This book moved me. It has stayed with me daily since finishing it. Everyone should read this book and learn about what happened to the Gush and work towards never letting it happen again anywhere in Israel.

    The flow of the book was great. It was a well paced and it was very difficult to put down.

    I could not recommend this book any higher.

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