LETTERS FROM JERUSALEM by Mary Clawson

LETTERS FROM JERUSALEM

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KIRKUS REVIEW

The author grew to love Jerusalem during her stay there while her husband had a post with the U.S. Government. The letters to her mother, relatives and friends are filled with enthusiasm, attachment and unmitigated approbation for the new country, its mixture of people and cultures. Some letters are primarily informative, telling of the efficacy of the Histadrut, the ultra-orthodox Jews, the composition of the Knesset, political structures and history. Most of the letters, however, are on a more personal level -- the traffic problems; the complications of getting a driver's license; the charming episodes concerning her two children and their progress with Hebrew; the sanctity of the Sabbath; shopping and cooking with rations and minimal facilities; Ovadi?h, the guard of their shikun (living area); her reception as a Gentile by the Israelis. The letters are light and while they are rarely critical, they indicate a kind of enchantment with Jerusalem.

Pub Date: Sept. 14th, 1957
Publisher: Abelard-Schuman