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Bombs and Bougainvillea by Linda Decker

May 7, 2021

I didn’t know what to expect with this memoir when I started reading it. I won it in a draw and somehow had the feeling it was going to be deeply serious. I was wrong. Linda Decker’s lively and engaging writing style and her wry sense of humour bubble out of every page of this fascinating book.

With her background of living in Jordan for several years and her knowledge of middle-eastern culture, the author shows her empathy for the complexity of the situation in Israel, and Jerusalem in particular. This account is a personal memoir of the family’s time in the country, but it also gives valuable insights into the cultures of all the city’s diverse inhabitants.

Ms Decker’s descriptions on the lifestyle, the people, the fears, the tensions and the friendships she made in this sacred city are authentic and rich. Who knew that so many different foods could be kosher? I didn’t. I also didn’t know that even babies could be kosher or not. Nor did I know there were so many historical and archaeological buildings and remains in Jerusalem; remains that are important to all the communities there. It was enlightening to read so much about the history and culture of each of the different sectors.

Altogether, this was a great read and one I’ve thoroughly enjoyed.

The link to the book is here

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