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A fascinating, non-partisan exploration of an incendiary region
Say the word Israel” today and it sparks images of walls and rockets and a bloody conflict without end. Yet for decades, the symbol of the Jewish State was the noble pioneer draining the swamps and making the deserts bloom: the legendary kibbutznik. So what ever happened to the pioneers’ dream of founding a socialist utopia in the land called Palestine?
Chasing Utopia: The Future of the Kibbutz in a Divided Israel draws readers into the quest for answers to the defining political conflict of our era. Acclaimed author David Leach revisits his raucous memories of life as a kibbutz volunteer and returns to meet a new generation of Jewish and Arab citizens struggling to forge a better future together. Crisscrossing the nation, Leach chronicles the controversial decline of Israel’s kibbutz movement and witnesses a renaissance of the original vision for a peaceable utopia in unexpected corners of the Promised Land. Chasing Utopia is an entertaining and enlightening portrait of a divided nation where hope persists against the odds.
In 1988, David Leach ran away from university to live on a kibbutz in Israel. He is now the chair of the Department of Writing at the University of Victoria, in British Columbia. His award-winning feature writing has appeared in Canadian Geographic, Financial Post Business, Communities, Explore Magazine, and other publications. His first book, Fatal Tide: When the Race of a Lifetime Goes Wrong, investigated our modern appetite for extreme” experiences. He lives in Victoria, B.C.
Table of Contents
Prologue: It Is Dangerous to Read Facebook Part One: Who Killed the Kibbutz? Chapter 1: Ghetto Life in the Finger of Galilee Chapter 2: Between the Hammer and the Anvil Chapter 3: A Few Grams of Courage Chapter 4: A Village Under Siege Chapter 5: The Final Solution Chapter 6: Stories from the Ass Chapter 7: Moving the State Chapter 8: The Shouting Fence Chapter 9: The Architecture of Hope Part Two: Look Back to Galilee Chapter 10: Born This Way Chapter 11: Buried History Chapter 12: Buying Cat Food with the King of Achziv Chapter 13: Living in Glass Houses Chapter 14: A Dry Season in the Garden of Eden Chapter 15: Love and Rockets Chapter 16: More Than a House Chapter 17: Broken Promises in the Promised Land Chapter 18: Revival of Faith Chapter 19: Boxing Hope Sources Acknowledgements