The Return

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Atheneum, 1987 - Juvenile Fiction - 213 pages
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Desta and the other members of her Falasha family, Jews suffering from discrimination in Ethiopia, finally flee the country and attempt the dangerous journey to Israel. Jews suffering from discrimination in Ethiopia, Desta and the other members of her Fal

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While the subject matter is indeed compelling, the author is as biased, bigoted and propagandist as the late Leon Uris; all Jewish characters are good/all Christian characters are bad/evil. Over-sensationalist and cliche' is how I would be describe the characters in this story and style of writing. The author completely overlooks the struggles and politics of the time...which were the same for ALL peasants in the region under the Dergue (Communist regime), Beta Israel or not. 20 years on, we now see that Israel is not the land of milk and honey for Ethiopian Jews, who face discrimination and humiliations of all kinds from those of European decent (i.e. throwing out their donated blood, which was considered "black, not Jewish"). Now that the facts are out, it would be interesting if the author would now take a more unbiased and updated version of this book. But I doubt propagandists have that ability, so not expecting anything soon. In sum, the author does not do justice to the Felasha, Ethiopia or anyone involved with or who experienced what went on then; a slap in the face to those of us who did. 


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Sonia Levitin is the author of more than thirty books for young readers. Her best-known work is the middle-grade trilogy that begins with Journey to America,

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