ISRAEL: An Uncommon Guide by Joan Comay

ISRAEL: An Uncommon Guide

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This sunny, upbeat, but hardly uncommon tourist guide by the wife of the former Israeli representative to the UN will serve to provide more light unto the Gentiles, since, presumably, most Jews have some acquaintance with the historical high points included in the chapter, ""The Last Four Thousand Years."" Mrs. Comay details the ""Human Landscape"" investigating the origins and modus vivendi of the many varied peoples of Israel; the organization and workings of the government; the aspects of economic growth. The author then wanders through the exotic, rugged and historic countryside and cities--from Jerusalem to the coast, from the Negev to the modern city of Tel Aviv, leaving no ancient stone unlearned, no lovely scenery or cheering signs of progress unappreciated. The specific advice is somewhat sketchy and Chamber-of-Commerce neutral, although what other country could stir the heart with merely a rainfall report: ""Jerusalem... 25 inches, Upper Galilee... 40 inches; Beersheba... 8 inches...."" A good, general if uncritical guide, excellent for the serious tourist with archeological, religious, political interests.

Pub Date: June 18th, 1969
Publisher: Random House