How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less

Glidden, Sarah

Book - 2010
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
How to Understand Israel in 60 Days or Less
When Sarah Glidden took a "Birthright Israel" tour, she thought she knew what she was getting herself into. But when she got to Israel, she found that things weren't quite so simple. HOW TO UNDERSTAND ISRAEL is Sarah's memoir not only of her Israeli governmentsponsored trip through Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, the Golan Heights, Masada and other famous locations, but of the emotional journey she never expected to take while she was there. Her experience clashes with her preconceived notions again and again, particularly when she tries to take a non-chaperoned trip into the West Bank. Sarah is forced to question first her political beliefs and, ultimately, her own sense of identity, until she finds that to understand Israel she first must come to understand herself.

Publisher: New York : Vertigo/DC Comics, c2010
ISBN: 9781401222338
Branch Call Number: GN 956.94054092 GLIDDEN 2010
Characteristics: 206 p. :,chiefly col. ill. ;,24 cm


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A travel memoir in which the author’s political beliefs and sense of self-identity are challenged.

Another great exploration of how to reconcile Jewish identity with the history and governmental policies of Israel. Sarah Glidden is ambivalent about taking her Birthright trip and she spends her visit to Israel grappling with this ambivalence.

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Oct 01, 2014
  • mclarjh rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Very well organized, good colourful drawings, thoughtful narrative and dialogue.

Aug 03, 2013
  • ju4ncisneros rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I found this book to be very young. young in the sense that the illustrations have a doodling quality, the level of emotions real but still seem to come from an author who is wet behind the ears in life. this is all self admitted even in the title which is more of a sarcastic glimpse of whats to come. As by the end of the book, a lot about the region is explained but because of the deep history and entrenched beliefs regarding the subject, the author comes away realizing that despite her overwrought attempts to understand the conflict and her history, she finds her firm preconceptions shadowed in doubt and ambivalence.

Jan 23, 2012
  • SkycycleX2 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I was disappointed in this book because I read it based on some good reviews that it received. The artwork is mediocre and often just too awkward to be appealing. I didn't like looking at the drawing. If it all was on the level of the cover it would have been great but it rarely is. The story, too, is not particularly engaging. The artist takes her readers on her journey to learn about Israel. In the end we come away with a little better understanding of the country but no clear answers to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. I understand that might be too much to expect but I don't think it's too much to expect at least an emotional journey. In my opinion, the book didn't deliver that, either.


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