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ALL THE RIVERS BY DORIT RABINYAN

PUBLISHED BY ALLEN & UNWIN
REVIEW BY HAYLEY ROHEAD

Whilst I am not the world’s biggest fan of love stories, I was drawn to All The Rivers by the tension that would obviously be created by a relationship between an Israeli and Palestinian living in New York City. The fear that family will find out, makes for an interesting dynamic for these two lovers. Their behaviour to one another at times is infuriating, but in the end, they always love each other; the war between their nations be damned. All The Rivers is not just a love story, but also a tragedy, so grab some tissues!

Dorit Rabinyan writes beautifully and the words flow across the page. I didn’t want to put it down, determined to discover how things end for the unlikely match. Beauty, despair, love and calamity are all painted in a very poetic (no rhymes, I promise) way from character’s point of view. However, there is no over description, which is why I love this book so much. I find most love stories like to go into detail about unimportant aspects, but Dorit Rabinyan keeps descriptions minimalistic. This makes the work much easier to read and really feel. The struggles and moments of pure happiness are easily relatable and I look forward to reading more from Dorit Rabinyan. 

Find this novel in store at Planet Books. Ask the friendly staff for guidance too, and they’ll be more than happy to order you in a copy if it’s already sold out.