Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me

Not the Israel My Parents Promised Me

Book - 2012
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Over the course of one day, traces the loss of the author's Zionist faith against a backdrop of Jewish history, recounting how his growing disaffection with the modern state of Israel was shaped by the mythologies and realities of the Jewish homeland.
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, c2012.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780809094820
Branch Call Number: 741.5973 Pek
Characteristics: 172 p. : chiefly ill. ; 24 cm.


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One of the last things that Harvey Pekar wrote before he died, NOT THE ISRAEL MY PARENTS PROMISED ME is a graphic rendering of a discussion the author has with the artist JT Waldman about Pekar's estrangement from the state of Israel. The dividing line for Pekar is the 1967 war. After Israel destroys the Egyptian air force, Pekar can find no justification for the seizure of the Golan Heights, the Sinai, and the West Bank. To Pekar it makes no sense for a victimized people like the Jews to become colonial overlords. What was helpful to me was less the 20th century stuff and more the ancient history.

Omnivores38 Nov 23, 2014

I enjoyed this brief history of the Israeli - Palestinian conflict. Despite it being a comic, the illustrations didn't add much to the account. If the goal was to illustrate (sorry) the complexity of this issue and inspire the reader to delve deeper into the history then I say well done.

Mar 24, 2013

This may be Pekar's best. Waldman's art is incredible and well suited to the subject.

SkycycleX2 Jan 30, 2013

This is Harvey Pekar's journey of growing up with Zionist parents to questioning Israel's actions. He tells the history of the Jewish people and Israel as a nation along with his own developing opinions and covers similar terrain as Sarah Glidden's graphic novel "How to Understand Israel in 60 Days of Less." I enjoyed it more than Glidden's book because the artwork here by JT Waldman is better than Glidden's and Pekar's point-of-view and personality is more engaging (and grouchy). Pekar doesn't offer any more answers or solutions than Glidden did but I recommend it more for Pekar and Waldman's relatability. This, incidentally, was Pekar's last book and has an epilogue by Pekar's wife, Joyce Babner and Waldman that is poignant in it's adherence to Pekar's unsentimental style.

Oct 01, 2012

Insightful and sensitive exploration of Pekar's relationship to Zionism and Israel. This is an autobiography, and a quick but fascinating work of history. Pekar's best, in my opinion. He is gone too soon.


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