Pamela L. Laskin's beautiful and lyrical novel in verse delivers a fresh and captivating retelling of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet that transports the star-crossed lovers to the modern-day Israel-Palestine conflict. Ronit, an Israeli girl, lives on one side of the fence. Jamil, a Palestinian boy, lives on the other side. Only miles apart but separated by generations of conflict-much more than just the concrete blockade between them. Their fathers, however, work in a distrusting but mutually beneficial business arrangement, a relationship that brings Ronit and Jamil together. And lightning strikes. The kind of lightning that transcends barrier fences, war, and hatred. The teenage lovers fall desperately into the throes of forbidden love, one that would create an irreparable rift between their families if it were discovered. But a love this big can only be kept secret for so long. Ronit and Jamil must face the fateful choice to save their lives or their loves, as it may not be possible to save both.
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by Atia Abawi
by Pamela Wechsler
by David Ezra Stein
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by Jerome Groopman, Pamela Hartzband
by James L. Stokesbury
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by David L. Robbins
"This contemporary take on ROMEO AND JULIET moves the action to Israel and Palestine and tells the story of the star-crossed lovers in verse. The sparse yet lyrical text proves a significant challenge for all of the narrators, especially Nira Amiel and Assaf Cohen, who tackle the roles of the young lovers. The voices of the poems are extremely similar, and Amiel and Cohen fail to enliven them with additional personality. The narrators' use of accents creates a strong sense of place, but extremely regular pacing deflates any potential drama. Laskin quotes liberally from Shakespeare's text and from Middle Eastern poets, but without vocal inflection to clearly delineate quotations, the text sounds cluttered and occasionally nonsensical. E.C. © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine"
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