Book Review

Bombs and Bougainvillea: An Expat in Jerusalem by L.E. Decker

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


When a family moves to a new country with all their worldly goods, it is a big commitment. Linda and her family are moving from Jordan to Jerusalem and she describes the complexities of immigration, customs bureaucracy, settling into school, finding somewhere to rent and setting up links with the outside world. Then she begins to explore and describe the sights and sounds of this complex city.

With dividing walls and checkpoints, the real threat of violence and further conflict is ever-present in this ancient, religiously and politically divided region. Meanwhile, people do their best to care for their families, friends and neighbours, and get on with their everyday lives.

Linda describes the traditions of the different religious and ethnic groups, illustrating the complexities and differences within each one, which are not immediately apparent to the outsider.
The more I find out, the more I realise how little I know about this part of the world and the inherent difficulties it faces. I was grateful for this account and I now feel I understand these difficulties a little better.

A very interesting and informative read.



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By helenstephensonauthor

Author of SIDNEY DELICIOUS: the memoir of a Spanish rescue dog

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