Jewish Values: When I Was a Soldier

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2003
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250 p.
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Zenatti's memoir, originally written in French, reveals what is is like to be an Israeli teenager and soldier. She writes about her home in Beersheva, school, friends, pop stars, romances, first sex, getting plastered - all with the same flippant, somewhat cynical tone used to describe her army experiences. Despite the subject, which should be interesting for its insider look at modern Israel and (some) modern Israeli teens, Zenatti's account is bogged down by too much self-absorbtion and not enough self-knowledge. Her point of view is that of a romantic radical, who sympathizes with Palestinians and condescends toward her fellow soldiers, as well as toward almost everyone else in the book. Covering about two years in Valerie's life, neither change nor growth is apparent. The editing of this English language version leaves much to be desired. Some of the vocabulary, like "gobsmacker" and "jobsworth" and weight expressed metrically will befuddle American readers. Marginally recommended.
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ISBN: 
1582349789
Book ID: 
795
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No
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