Book Review 4

Full Circle-Escape from Baghdad and the return

Authors : Saul Silas Fathi
Abstract by: Shirley Roe / 600 / 7 April 2006 / Rating: 5
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Genre: Memoir/Non fiction
Title: Full Circle; Escape from Baghdad and the return
AUTHOR: Saul Silas Fathi

Saul Silas Fathi was born to a prominent Jewish family in Baghdad, Iraq in 1938. Full Circle is the story of his life in Baghdad, his escape to Israel and finally his journey to Brazil and then the United States. The book is divided into sections each chronicling a portion of Saul’s life. Section One, IRAQ is filled with anecdotes and short stories of the people and places that young Saul experienced. Readers are delighted by the humorous and saddened by the terrible injustices that this young boy faces. Section Two, Israel allows insight into the newly formed state of Israel with all of its ethnic mix and beautiful countryside. Saul and his brother Yeftah must learn to exist alone in a strange country without parents or siblings. Eventually they are united with the family and Saul turns from boy to man. In 1958 at the age of 20, Saul and his cousin Sabah leave Israel for Brazil. Although Saul’s sister Berta has settled in the United States, immigrating is difficult and complicated if not impossible at that time. Brazil becomes the second choice of the two adventurers. First traveling to Italy, Spain and France they eventually arrive in Santos, south of Sao Paulo, Brazil. What the young men discover about their Jewish faith and how it is being once again down trodden does not bring them the happiness that travel had promised. Finally in 1960 he arrives in New York and the story of Saul the man continues in Section Three and Four. The book is interspersed with photographs of Saul, his family and friends providing the reader with another visual tool in getting to know these wonderful people. Author Saul Silas Fathi is a gifted storyteller. His descriptions of places and people are vivid and entertaining. An interesting and enlightening read for anyone interested in varying world cultures and religious practices. Reviewer: Shirley Roe, Allbooks Reviews.

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Title: Full Circle
Author: Saul Silas Fathi
Publisher: Xlibris
ISBN: 1-4134-9458-7
Pages: 632
Price: $28.95
Jan. 2006

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