Mitla Pass

Mitla Pass From the Russian pogroms of the early s to Israel s Sinai War in Mitla Pass is an extraordinary epic novel of love and war violence and passion and man s eternal quest for freedom from th

  • Title: Mitla Pass
  • Author: Leon Uris
  • ISBN: 9780553282801
  • Page: 383
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • From the Russian pogroms of the early 1900s to Israel s Sinai War in 1956, Mitla Pass is an extraordinary epic novel of love and war, violence and passion, and man s eternal quest for freedom, from the bestselling author of Battle Cry, The Haj and Mila 18.

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    1. Leon Uris

      Leon Marcus Uris August 3, 1924 June 21, 2003 was an American novelist, known for his historical fiction and the deep research that went into his novels His two bestselling books were Exodus, published in 1958, and Trinity, in 1976 Leon Uris was born in Balti, Maryland, the son of Jewish American parents Wolf William and Anna Blumberg Uris His father, a Polish born immigrant, was a paperhanger, then a storekeeper William spent a year in Palestine after World War I before entering the United States He derived his surname from Yerushalmi, meaning man of Jerusalem His brother Aron, Leon Uris uncle, took the name Yerushalmi He was basically a failure, Uris later said of his father He went from failure to failure Uris attended schools in Norfolk, Virginia and Balti, but never graduated from high school, after having failed English three times At age seventeen, while in his senior year of high school, the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and Uris enlisted in the United States Marine Corps He served in the South Pacific as a radioman in combat at Guadalcanal, Tarawa, and New Zealand from 1942 through 1945 While recuperating from malaria in San Francisco, he met Betty Beck, a Marine sergeant they married in 1945.Coming out of the service, he worked for a newspaper, writing in his spare time In 1950, Esquire magazine bought an article, and he began to devote himself to writing seriously Drawing on his experiences in Guadalcanal and Tarawa he produced the best selling, Battle Cry, a novel depicting the toughness and courage of U.S Marines in the Pacific He then went to Warner Brothers in Hollywood helping to write the movie, which was extremely popular with the public, if not the critics Later he went on to write The Angry Hills, a novel set in war time Greece.According to one source, in the early 1950 s he was hired by an American public relations firm to go to Israel and soak up the atmosphere and create a novel about it That novel would be Exodus, which came out in 1958 and became his best known work Others say that Uris, motivated by an intense interest in Israel, financed his own research for the novel by selling the film rights in advance to MGM and writing articles about the Sinai campaign It is said that the book involved two years of research, and involved thousands of interviews Exodus illustrated the history of Palestine from the late 19th century through the founding of the state of Israel in 1948 It was a worldwide best seller, translated into a dozen languages, and was made into a feature film in 1960, starring Paul Newman, directed by Otto Preminger, as well as into a short lived Broadway musical 12 previews, 19 performances in 1971 Uris novel Topaz was adapted for the screen and directed by Alfred Hitchcock.Uris subsequent works included Mila 18, a story of the Warsaw ghetto uprising Armageddon A Novel of Berlin, which reveals the detailed work by British and American intelligence services in planning for the occupation and pacification of post WWII Germany Trinity, an epic novel about Ireland s struggle for independence QB VII, a novel about the role of a Polish doctor in a German concentration camp and The Haj, with insights into the history of the Middle East and the secret machinations of foreigners which have led to today s turmoil.He also wrote the screenplays for Battle Cry and Gunfight at the O.K Corral.Uris was married three times to Betty Beck, with whom he had three children, from 1945 through their divorce in 1968 Margery Edwards in 1969, who died a year later, and Jill Peabody in 1970, with whom he had two children, and divorced in 1989.Leon Uris died of renal failure at his Long Island home on Shelter Island, aged 78.Leon Uris s papers can be found at the Ransom Center, University of Texas in Austin The collection includes all of Uris s novels, with the exception of The Haj and Mitla Pass, as well as manus


    1. This is a fantastic book. I think it is one of Leon Uris' best (and I have read them all). It treads roughly the same ground as his other projects that came from writing Exodus (e.g Mila 18, QB VII). It deals not only with the Zionist project but also the American Jewry. I love the way the history of 3 generations prior effects the psyche of the current generation.

    2. This is a fictionalised autobiography in which Uris also traces his family's roots from Russia and Romania without leaving out the meanness and eccentricities of his family. My 7th book by Uris and the dialogue and the passionate style is present here too.

    3. 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!) To his credit, the book is a page-turner. The characters, while not always three dimensional, are nevertheless captivating. In typical Uris style, the scope is enormous, covering 19th century shtetls, depression-era Jewish Baltimore, the US Communist movement, the Spanish Civil War, alwa [...]

    4. Well, where to start? The concept was interesting and I was happy to find out more about the early days of the modern state of Israel and the conflicts they got involved in, as my knowledge of this period is limited. I also generally quite enjoy stories that go into the history of a family and the characters there-in BUT (and it is a big BUT) it really helps if the cast of characters have a redeeming feature among them! The main character was a self-absorbed, misogynist writer and the majority o [...]

    5. I've read many Uris books, and enjoyed them all. Mitla Pass was so awful I can't believe he actually got it published. After about 25 pages, I didn't like it but thought I should stick with it -- this is a Leon Uris book after all, I told myself. Getting tougher after about 50 more pages, but thought it's got to improve. At 100 I couldn't take it any more. Horribly written, with a jerk protagonist that the IDF is supposedly impressed by and trusts not to tell all the women he screws what he know [...]

    6. Uris takes Mitla Pass and paints a high-speed picture of war-torn Israel, while satisfying history nerds like yours truly with long chapters on Yiddish history, from the ghettos of Poland to the suburbs of Baltimore to the Israeli kibbutz. In true Uris fashion, there's a splash of romance and scandal involved. As usual, the book was a good read, with intermittent lessons about Jewish and American history throughout. I have yet to read something by this author that I don't burn through.

    7. The book follows the life of an American Jewish author, who has experienced a troubled and confused childhood about his religion and family. The book comprises stories narrated by the author's parents, ancestors, wife, girlfriend, Israeli soldiers and even Ben Gurion - the stories cover a timeline that ranges from the early 1800s' until 1956. For those, that have an interest in Israel's history, this will provide some nice insights. In terms of style, the book didnt meander seamlessly for me - a [...]

    8. Millard Pass is not Uris’ s best effort, but understand it would be the best effort of most other authors. Uris’s knowledge of the Jewish culture and battles really shine once again. I got bogged down a little in the family history and the complaining of the father. I have read a number of his novels, but still have some good novels of his left to read. I am looking forward to those.

    9. Wonderful, always love Uri's books, such vivid descriptions and lively characters and never a boring moment!

    10. Though I had read this novel many years ago (I think it was in high school!) I felt like revisiting Leon Uris. Typical of many novels Uris wrote, there is the masculine protagonist, described by one character as "pure driving male." Then there is the lustful, sensitive and determined female strong in war and in love, and in competition with the protagonist's wife. Yes, I know this sounds like a bodice-ripping romance, yet Mitla Pass is a historical novel about the Israeli Suez War of 1956. So, w [...]

    11. FictionDB DESCRIPTION"From the Russian pogroms to the American dream, from Hollywood's heyday to the Promised Land, we witness the dramatic life of gifted young author and troubled war hero Gideon Zadok. 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. Torn between love for his steadfast wife, who supported him thr [...]

    12. This was the first of Leon Uris' books that I'd read and I was pleasently surprised. The book dives back into the history of the Jewish population as it moved from Eastern Europe in the early 19th century and gives an impression of the hardships faced just in living both in the Pale but also in the US. I did find that the flow of the novel was broken by the jumping around from character to character and back history but I managed to get over this and enjoyed the build up to the battle at Mitla P [...]

    13. I first read a book by Leon Uris many, many years ago - Exodus - about the establishment of Israel. I then went on to read almost all of his books because I enjoyed his blend of storytelling with solid historical research. Somehow, I never got around to this one until now. In this book, he returns to Israel, primarily in 1956, during a brief war with Egypt. Mitla Pass is a pass in the Sinai Peninsula only 14 miles long, but somehow the book moves from there to other continents and times to tell [...]

    14. 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. Nevertheless, an extremely entertaining book to read. I wish it had focused more on the goings-on of the Sinai War. I felt like I got a little too bogged down in the back-stories, ultimately leading to Gideon. Needless to say, the character 'Zecheriah' seems to confirm our beliefs about Ariel Sharon. Not surprisingly, this book was written shortly after the Sabra and Sh [...]

    15. This is a very interesting book by Uris. It does not feel like his others. I got curious while I was reading it and looked up a biography of Uris. It appears that almost everything that happens in this book came from his own life story. 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. It is curious that he would choose to tell his story this way but anyone who wants some insight i [...]

    16. 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. This was especially interesting for Uris fans as it's historical fiction wrapped largely around an autobiography (Jewish Author who's first book was about marines in WWII who endeavors to write a book about Israel's fight for independence - huh).

    17. In my opinion not even close to Uris' best work. He is something of a pulp writer so I expect a few cheesy scenes laced with grit but this was a very rough novel. He drew away from his masterful storytelling several times by the awkwardness of his prose and dialogue. This book would have been a definite two star if he hadn't put together the ending so well. If you are a Uris fan it won't hurt to pick it up, otherwise I would read Exodus or Mila 18 as a first Uris novel.

    18. Leon Uris is a wonderful storyteller. In a search to find himself the hero Gideon Zadok becomes involved in Israel's Sinai War. Ultimately this novel isn t quite as memorable as his epic novels "Exodus" about the founding of the Israeli state or "Trinity" about the nineteenth and early twentieth struggles of the Irish.

    19. Pretty good book once you get beyond the first 100 pages or so. I was about to give up on the book when the author got stuck on Gideon's early attempts to become a writer. I was expecting more historical fiction. Once the author got beyond that, though, and focused on Gideon's ancestors, the book became much more interesting.

    20. Gideon Zadok, best-selling novelist and successful Hollywood screenwriter, has come to Israel with his family to research a new novel on the eve of the 1956 Sinai War. His family evacuates and he is permitted to accompany Israeli paratroopers on a desperate mission to seal off the strategic Mitla Pass. It is suggested that this novel may be autobiographical.

    21. I am enjoying the authors account of the Suez Canal struggle between Egypt and Israel. The behind the scenes involvement of France, Britain, the Soviet Union and the United States gives a sample account of how nations can fail each other.

    22. More info about Israel, Egypt, and all the Middle East neighbors and how they got to be friends. This is set in 1956 but go back to Russian pograms, to the Crusades, to Hollywood's heyday, to the 7th century beginning of Islam, etc etc.

    23. Not my favorite Uris book and he is one of my favorite authors. Stylistically it was challenging to read as the narrator kept changing and it keep switching between the present and past. With both of those stylistic devices it was confusing at times.

    24. Mitla Pass in the Sianai. war with Egypy 1956.When isalm came to power the main jewish population of Europe was in the Rhineland. During crusades mAny fle d to Poland and Russia. Yiddish is not the universal language of the Jews. It is used in the ghettos and the shtetls.

    25. I loved this book, great action and a very compelling story based on actual history. I think Uris kind of wants to be in the book instead of the author and I kind of wanted to be in it instead of reading it, but I felt like I was.

    26. Great start. Floundered a lot when the family histories were being recounted. Very similar to his work in _Exodus_, but took great effort to get through to the end. #ReadMemphis

    27. My least favorite book by Uris. I liked it, and learned much about the Jewish people than I knew before. It seems slow, though intriging

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