Roads to Zion: Four Centuries of Travelers' Reports; In the Heart of the Seas, by S. Y. Agnon; Under the Fig Tree, by Yitzhak Sh
Of several Jewish attitudes toward Palestine to be found in these three books, the only surprising one is disappointment. In Roads to Zion, the prevailingly realistic tone of the writing conceals the disappointment through protective coloration, enclosing it in an atmosphere of hardship—the journey and life in Palestine are difficult and full of danger. In the Heart of the Seas, a short novel concerned mostly with the journey, accomplishes the same concealment through fantasy. In Under the Fig Tree, a book of short stories, and the most modern of the three in the time of its action, the disappointment is clearly admitted.
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