A Month by the Sea by Dervla Murphy

Dervla Murphy

Dervla Murphy is one of Ireland’s greatest writers, and my review of her latest book, A Month by the Sea: Encounters in Gaza, was published in this week’s issue of Booklist Magazine.

Murphy’s powerful exposé of modern life in the Gaza Strip is a vital, eye-opening chapter in the history of the Middle-East. At the ripe age of 80, she travels alone throughout one of the world’s most devastated places. Her interviews and insights challenge the traditional Western narrative of the conflict between Israel and Palestine. In her eyes, and in those of the Gazans she meets, the problem isn’t primarily a religious one.

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