Miriam's Song is one of the most emotional books that I have read in a long while. Miriam Peretz shares her story beginning with her parents and their background and ending with the impact that she has made in the world by staying strong.
Judging the Book by its Cover - a first glance review:
The cover shows the sun on the horizon. It is not clear if the sun is rising or setting, but Miriam's life is kind of like that as well. At times of celebration, there was hardship, but there was also lots of consolation in times of hardship.
Some Details I Liked:
I like that the book spans many years. It is nice to read how Miriam and her husband met and started out. The details of how the boys who grew into IDF soldiers, had fond childhood memories of what is now Sinai, helps the reader understand the historical and political connections.
I also very much appreciated reading the siblings' writings. Miriam's children definitely echo her song of focusing on the future and making the world a better place.
Who This Book is For:
It is hard to say who this book is for. It is a powerful non-fiction work with many lessons. The writing style is smooth, even though it was translated from Hebrew.
Who This Book Isn’t For:
This book may not be a good read for a mother with children serving in the army or even a sibling of a soldier. On the other hand, anyone in that position knows the reality of the situation, so maybe this would be a source of strength for them.
Miriam's Song does discuss some parts of a lifestyle that is not strictly ultra-religious, such as Miriam wearing pants or not covering her hair.
I think this book takes guts to read, but it takes so much more than a regular person to have this story and to share it with us. There is much to be learned from every person, but especially those who enter the public eye due to tragic circumstances.
I received this book for the purpose of reviewing it, but that it no way changed the way I read it and reviewed it.