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  • Title: Hoppet
  • Author: Herman Wouk
  • ISBN: 9146165746
  • Page: 335
  • Format: Hardcover

Unlimited Hoppet - by Herman Wouk Unlimited Hoppet - by Herman Wouk - Hoppet, Hoppet Herman Wouk is one of this century s great historical novelists whose peerless talent for capturing the human drama of landmark world events has earned him worldwide acclaim In The Hope his long awa

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  1. Herman Wouk

    Herman Wouk is a bestselling, Pulitzer Prize winning Jewish American author with a number of notable novels to his credit, including The Caine Mutiny, The Winds of War, and War and Remembrance.Herman Wouk was born in New York City into a Jewish family that had emigrated from Russia After a childhood and adolescence in the Bronx and a high school diploma from Townsend Harris High School, he earned a B.A from Columbia University in 1934, where he was a member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity and studied under philosopher Irwin Edman Soon thereafter, he became a radio dramatist, working in David Freedman s Joke Factory and later with Fred Allen for five years and then, in 1941, for the United States government, writing radio spots to sell war bonds He lived a fairly secular lifestyle in his early 20s before deciding to return to a traditional Jewish way of life, modeled after that of his grandfather, in his mid 20s.Wouk joined the United States Navy and served in the Pacific Theater, an experience he later characterized as educational I learned about machinery, I learned how men behaved under pressure, and I learned about Americans Wouk served as an officer aboard two destroyer minesweepers DMS , the USS Zane and USS Southard, becoming executive officer of the latter He started writing a novel, Aurora Dawn, during off duty hours aboard ship Wouk sent a copy of the opening chapters to Irwin Edman who quoted a few pages verbatim to a New York editor The result was a publisher s contract sent to Wouk s ship, then off the coast of Okinawa The novel was published in 1947 and became a Book of the Month Club main selection His second novel, City Boy, proved to be a commercial disappointment at the time of its initial publication in 1948.While writing his next novel, Wouk read each chapter as it was completed to his wife, who remarked at one point that if they didn t like this one, he d better take up another line of work a line he would give to the character of the editor Jeannie Fry in his 1962 novel Youngblood Hawke The novel, The Caine Mutiny 1951 , went on to win the Pulitzer Prize A huge best seller, drawing from his wartime experiences aboard minesweepers during World War II, The Caine Mutiny was adapted by the author into a Broadway play called The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, and was later made into a film, with Humphrey Bogart portraying Lt Commander Philip Francis Queeg, captain of the fictional USS Caine Some Navy personnel complained at the time that Wouk had taken every twitch of every commanding officer in the Navy and put them all into one character, but Captain Queeg has endured as one of the great characters in American fiction.He married Betty Sarah Brown in 1945, with whom he had three sons Abraham, Nathanial, and Joseph He became a fulltime writer in 1946 to support his growing family His first born son, Abraham Isaac Wouk, died in a tragic accident as a child Wouk later dedicated War and Remembrance 1978 to him with the Biblical words, He will destroy death forever In 1998, Wouk received the Guardian of Zion Award.Wouk is still alive as of March 2014 and living in California.

759 thoughts on “Hoppet”

  1. I came across this book and its sequel The Glory while browsing in a second hand bookstore I had heard about the author s The Caine Mutiny so I read the blurbs and decided to give the books a try.The Hope tells the story of the birth of the state of Israel in 1948 and continues till the Six Day War in 1967 As in historical novels, the story is told through some real and some fictional characters The descriptions of life in Israel, hostilities with the neighbouring Arab nations and the Soviet Uni [...]

  2. This is definitely the best book I ve read for a while It is an outstanding depiction of the early years of the Jewish state, the wars they fought, and an interesting story about some of the real characters as well as fictional characters who were involved I ve always enjoyed this author s work, but this may be his best effort.

  3. The Hope is an historical drama, painted in fairly broad brush strokes, charting the days immediately following Ben Gurion s proclamation of the Jewish state of Israel in 1948 after the British withdrawal, continuing up to the astonishing military successes of the Six Day War Gurion is himself a character paunchy and punchy, fierce yet flawed but the narrative centres around a trio of fictional surrogates whose collective ubiquity enables Wouk to give first hand accounts of all the ambassadorial [...]

  4. This epic work by Herman Wouk takes place in Israel from the 1948 War of Independence to the 1967 Six Day War.Both remarkable testaments to the strength of the Jewish people and The State of IsraelWe meet real characters who played a key role in the history of Israel such as David Ben Gurion,Moshe Dayan,,Rafael Eitan,Yitzhac Rabin,Ariel Sharon and other great leadersAgainst this backdrop we read about the lives of several men and women who are the key characters in the story Zev Barak Viennese J [...]

  5. The Hope and The Glory are my alltime favorite books I have read them at least once a year for the last 15 years Wouk tells a very gripping story of war, hope, friendship and love in a tale that spans decades In an approach known from Winds of War and War and Rememberance he lets his fictional protagonists intermingle closely with historical events and real characters without detouring too much from history as it really unfolded.His characters are very well portrayed and nicely worked out One ca [...]

  6. I think Wouk is always worth reading, even if, as in the case, the book is not up to his usual standard What bugged me in particular with this book is the Barak Emily relationship, which seemed to me a pallid copy of Pug Pamela from Winds of War War and Remembrance.

  7. This is the first book of the saga The Hope and the Glory.This book covers the history of Israel, starting from the 1948 War of Independence, covering the Suez crisis and the Six Day War of 1967.Through the main characters, such as Zev Barak and Joseph Blumenthal nicknamed Don Kishote , the author portrays several real life Israeli leaders David Ben Gurion, Moshe Dayan, Golda Meir, Mickey Marcus, Yigael Yadin, Ariel Sharon, Motta Gur, among others.Even if it s a novel of fiction, the entwinement [...]

  8. It is no surprise, Herman Wouk is a master storyteller, and in The Hope he delivers This historical novel that encompasses the fight to establish Israel in 1948 to hold on to it during the Six day War in 1968 is told through the eyes of fictional characters who are as different in background and share nearly nothing in common The one thing that binds them together is their willingness to live and die in order to establish a country that they can call their own Wouk has deftly woven his character [...]

  9. I expectedto enjoy this book, and I expected to learn from it I was totally surprised by just how much I did both At first I wanted to say that this was the perfect time to be reading this, given the current situation where Isreal is attacked and then condemned for defending herself But of course that is the constant state in which Isreal lives, now and since 1948 Herman Wouk did a masterful job of bringing the country and it s people to life and did so honestly and fairly This is one of those b [...]

  10. It s a lot of book if you read an actual book, as I did, you can do your weightlifting and reading simultaneously , but it s worth the read I much prefer reading history written as a story If the subject of Israel between 1948 and 1968 interests you, this book is a must read However, if you re not already interested in that period of history, then don t bother Although the fictional side of the book is certainly present, it s a means to tell the history, and not enough on its own to make the boo [...]

  11. The Hope is an historical novel about the birth of Israel in 1948 through to the Six Day War in 1967 I don t believe that this was as good as some of Wouk s other novels Or perhaps none of them are especially brilliant merely interesting and I am only realizing it now.I find the use of fictional characters seemingly inevitable infidelity as a device to move the novel forward tedious, predictable, and obnoxious To my mind it cheapens and weakens the historical drama already inherent in Israeli hi [...]

  12. As was my intent, I learned so much by reading this novel, which takes place in Israel between 1948 and 1967 the birht of the country and the amazing six day War with the Egyptions and by default the rest of the world I came to understand some Jewish traditions and the difference in looking at international affairs from the perspective of such a small country.Wouk is such a good storyteller.

  13. just finished this and The Glory Combined, I d say they constitute the best reading experience I ve ever had I am sad that I am done.

  14. 1948, the year succeeding our year of independence and thus is of not much of significance for us but this was the year which carried the beacon of hope for the million Jews scattered around the globe This was the year when much disputed state of Israel was created by the British as they prepare to embark on the journey back home After the slaughtering by the hands of Germans in the second world war , it was felt that the Jews need a state of their own in order to survive and that gave birth to [...]

  15. I d recommend this to anyone who is interested in learning the history of Israel Like Wouk s fantastic Winds of War and War and Remembrance this is the first of a two part piece of historical fiction which couples an entertaining story with a good deal of well researched information My only complaint is that the blueprint to this story is just a little too similar to those other books The main character could almost be the same person down to his career path and romantic entanglements I still li [...]

  16. I learned a lot about how Israel got its start from this book It s amazing what the Israeli Army accomplished out of sheer determination The characters Wouk developed to tell the story were very interesting, and they developed pretty complex relationships throughout the book, but I thought he did a terrible job of balancing the character relationships with the historical descriptions of Israel throughout the book Each chapter was either strictly a description of what unfolded militarily, or it w [...]

  17. Without the Elizabethtown library passport program, I would never have know of Herman Wouk, nor read this excellent novel It got long near the end It is 668 pages with descriptions of battle after battle and political debate after debate, but it is, after all, the story of the nation of Israel, and even these descriptions were engaging I wouldn t choose to read about illicit and not so secret affairs, but these were sadly palatable in their context Wouk did an excellent job of keeping the story [...]

  18. This is a great book for learning the history of modern day Israel in its earliest years Overcoming overwhelming odds against survival, those in positions of authority in government and the military hardly blink when doing what they must In light of the Holocaust these Israeli Jews have a determination that as a country, as a religion and as a culture they will always have their own place They are the best because they believe they have no choice The stories behind the characters are constantly [...]

  19. Mesmerised I have been mesmerised thru all the four books I have read so far from Herman Wouk Thank you for these amazing recommendations.Israel s independence happened about 20 years before I was born and I had an idea thru other books and movies of what happened but never thought a book could take me so deep into their wars and their struggles As big as the books are I feel a sadness when I finish them and have to let go of the characters Herman Wouk portrays them so well that they become a pa [...]

  20. This book is some great historical fiction on the period of time from 1948 when the modern nation of Israel was born until their successful war of 1967 Some very interesting history and details on how the Israelis continually had to fight to survive Pretty good fictional characters as well, especially Don Kishote, but I was disappointed in that the author writes a lot about married people falling in love with other people than their spouse Not sure exactly why that fascination Otherwise very goo [...]

  21. Although long and full of Jewish words, this book was fascinating for the history I was aware of the many wars the Israelis had to battle to gain a foothold in their ancestral country, I had forgotten much of this The love stories that were woven through were the glue that kept me engrossed Well done.

  22. I would consider calling this my all time favorite book The story line is rapturing and full of heart and action The book also incorporates facts about Israel s independence while creating a picture of daily life at the time perfect historical fiction.

  23. A saga of Israel it follows the 1948 War of Independence to the triumph of the Six Day War in 1967 and the lives of four army officers and the women they love Very good fictionalized account of that period in Israel.

  24. Mostly ok I liked learning about Israel s beginning s The infidelity with Emily was yucky I was glad when she finally got confronted a bit Otherwise I enjoyed the characters fairly well The writing didn t flow great all the time, but when it did I get lost in the story.

  25. This is The Winds of War, set this time in Israel Once again, a fine historical work, well researched, except for it s obvious Israeli bias But it s Herman Wouk, for cryin out loud Go figure Still a beautiful read.

  26. Historical saga of the Israeli Arab wars Can be a little cheesy but is a good read, especially if you like historical fiction Definitely written for a pro Israel audience If you are not one of those people, you will probably hate this book.

  27. This is part one of an incredible historical work of fiction by Herman Wouk It tells the story of Israel s fight for independence against incredible odds

  28. One of my all time favorites Have to plan to read this with The Glory, its sequel I have read this two or three times and it draws me in every time.

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