Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me

Pekar, Harvey

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me
Harvey Pekar's mother was a Zionist by way of politics. His father was a Zionist by way of faith. Whether Harvey was going to daily Hebrew classes or attending Zionist picnics, he grew up a staunch supporter of the Jewish state. But soon he found himself questioning the very beliefs and ideals of his parents. In Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me , the final graphic memoir from the man who defined the genre, Pekar explores what it means to be Jewish and what Israel means to the Jews. Over the course of a single day in his hometown of Cleveland, Ohio, Pekar and the illustrator JT Waldman wrestle with the mythologies and realities surrounding the Jewish homeland. Pekar interweaves his increasing disillusionment with the modern state of Israel with a comprehensive history of the Jewish people from biblical times to the present, and the result is a personal and historical odyssey of uncommon power. Plainspoken and empathetic, Pekar had no patience for injustice and prejudice in any form, and though he comes to understand the roots of his parents' unquestioning love for Israel, he arrives at the firm belief that all peoples should be held to the same universal standards of decency, fairness, and democracy. With an epilogue written by Joyce Brabner, Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me is an essential book for fans of Harvey Pekar and anyone interested in the past and future of the Jewish state. It is bound to create important discussions and debates for years to come.

Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, c2012
ISBN: 0809094827
Branch Call Number: GN 956.94 PEKAR 2012
Characteristics: 172 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm
Additional Contributors: Waldman, JT.


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For all of us who have mixed feelings about the whole Israel situation, this book is for us. It's a wonderful exploration of Pekar's relationship to Zionism and Israel.

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Nov 23, 2014
  • Omnivores38 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this brief history of the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. Despite it being a comic, the illustrations didn't add much to the account. If the goal was to illustrate (sorry) the complexity of this issue and inspire the reader to delve deeper into the history then I say well done.

Mar 24, 2013
  • kristigo rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This may be Pekar's best. Waldman's art is incredible and well suited to the subject.

Jan 30, 2013
  • SkycycleX2 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is Harvey Pekar's journey of growing up with Zionist parents to questioning Israel's actions. He tells the history of the Jewish people and Israel as a nation along with his own developing opinions and covers similar terrain as Sarah Glidden's graphic novel "How to Understand Israel in 60 Days of Less." I enjoyed it more than Glidden's book because the artwork here by JT Waldman is better than Glidden's and Pekar's point-of-view and personality is more engaging (and grouchy). Pekar doesn't offer any more answers or solutions than Glidden did but I recommend it more for Pekar and Waldman's relatability. This, incidentally, was Pekar's last book and has an epilogue by Pekar's wife, Joyce Babner and Waldman that is poignant in it's adherence to Pekar's unsentimental style.

Oct 02, 2012
  • okbookgirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Insightful and sensitive exploration of Pekar's relationship to Zionism and Israel. This is an autobiography, and a quick but fascinating work of history. Pekar's best, in my opinion. He is gone too soon.


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