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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Laqueur, Walter, 1921-
Thursday's child has far to go.
New York : Charles Scribner's Sons ; Toronto : Maxwell Macmillan Canada ; New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1992
|Named Person:||Walter Laqueur|
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|Notes:||"A Robert Stewart book."
|Description:||xiv, 418 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.|
exists - Nazi Germany - and tells what it meant to grow up there. Thursday's Child Has For to Go is not about high politics but about families of yesteryear, early friendships, school, "the group," the fears and hopes of an adolescent uprooted from his native country, a young wanderer through various worlds. Laqueur then shifts to Palestine on the eve of World War II, and describes his life as an agricultural laborer in a kibbutz, the joys of guard duty in the fields,
and cowboy life among Bedouins and Arab herdsmen. As the war ends, we follow the author to cosmopolitan Jerusalem and Cairo. Unencumbered by formal education and academic degrees, he enters the world of journalism; as a political journalist he covers the critical years prior to the establishment of the state of Israel. These are memoirs of peace and war in yet another world that no longer exists, of the uneasy coexistence of Jews, Arabs, and British in Palestine. It is.
the record of living through yet another war in which survival was not a foregone conclusion. The memoir ends with the impressions of a postwar grand tour of Europe and the Soviet Union that led the young man from the provinces to London, to Left Bank Paris, and to the wild mountains of the Caucasus. This journey was a belated apprenticeship for a subsequent career as one of the leading historians of Europe and an internationally known and widely respected commentator on.
world affairs. Here is an extraordinarily moving account, told with honesty and skill. It is written from a point of view seldom tried before - that of the child, the adolescent, and eventually the young man - a book of nostalgia and, at the same time, written with almost clinical detachment.