The Tower of Babel



The Tower of BabelSet In The Middle East On The Brink Of War, This Novel Portrays The Arab Jewish Confrontation The Successful Terrorist Becomes A Statesman And A National Hero The Unsuccessful One Is Branded A Criminal But They All Know Themselves To Be Heroes

Morris Langlo West was born in St Kilda, Melbourne in 1916 At the age of fourteen, he entered the Christian Brothers seminary as a kind of refuge from a difficult childhood He attended the University of Melbourne and worked as a teacher In 1941 he left the Christian Brothers without taking final vows In World War II he worked as a code breaker, and for a time he was private secretary to former prime minister Billy Hughes After the war, West became a successful writer and producer of radio serials In 1955 he left Australia to build an international career as a writer With his family, he lived in Austria, Italy, England and the USA, including a stint as the Vatican correspondent for the British newspaper, the Daily Mail He returned to Australia in 1982.Morris West wrote 30 books and many plays, and several of his novels were adapted for film His books were published in 28 languages and soldthan 60 million copies worldwide Each new book he wrote after he became an established writer soldthan one million copies.West received many awards and accolades over his long writing career, including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize and the W.H Heinemann Award of the Royal Society of Literature for The Devil s Advocate In 1978 he was elected a fellow of the World Academy of Art and Science He was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia AM in 1985, and was made an Officer of the Order AO in 1997 Morris West died at his desk in 1999.

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  • 361 pages
  • The Tower of Babel
  • Morris L. West
  • English
  • 24 November 2019
  • 0434859079

10 thoughts on “The Tower of Babel

  1. Sondra says:

    I must admit that I had some difficulty following the complexities of the plot at times, but that did not stop me from thoroughly enjoying this novel of espionage, intrigue, and betrayal in the Middle East The story opens with a kind of false flag operation in which Israeli military forces plan to evacuate a Jordanian village before demolishing the village with air strikes designed to provoke a retaliatory attack from Arab forces, for reasons that were not quite clear to me What sets this book I must admit that I had some difficulty following the complexities of the plot at times, but that did not stop me from thoroughly enjoying this novel of espionage, intrigue, and betrayal in the Middle East The story opens with a kind of false flag operation in which Israeli military forces plan to evacuate a Jordanian village before demolishing the village with air strikes designed to provoke a retaliatory attack from Arab forces, for reasons that were not quite clear to me What sets this book apart from the average thriller espionage novel is its depth of characterization, descriptive settings, and level of historical detail seldom found in other novels of this genre The author has an impressive knowledge of Middle Eastern history, geography, politics and culture, which gives the novel an authenticity beyond what is usually found in fictional accounts of the Arab Israeli conflict The action shifts relentlessy between Damascus, Beirut, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem and these exotic settings are described with a level of sensory detail that creates a strong sense of place and really brings the characters and their struggles to life The characters are multi dimensional Whether it be the arrogance of the Jordanian financier, Nuri Chakry, desperate to save his failing bank, or the artist in Haifa struggling to come to terms with her failed marriage to an Israeli spy, or the conflicting emotions of the double agent Adam Ronen, all the characters shine with their own individuality Perhaps what impressed me most about this novel is how author Morris West managed to delve deep into the Middle Eastern conflict without taking sides Whether Arab or Jew, Syrian or Palestinian, the characters on all sides are depicted as complex human beings motivated by the full range of human emotions No nationality is overly demonized or praised, and this is a difficult thing for an author to pull off when writing about a globally significant struggle of this magnitude

  2. Wessel van der Merwe says:

    It is a spy novel with its setting in the Middle East The book is written in a city format what is happening in Haifa, then Jerusalem and then again Damascus as well as other places As it unfolds the links become clear and the whole rationale for a spy network becomes clear The opposite is also happening that is the detection of such a spy network its funding through banks and its operations The personal love life of the operatives and their families, the problems which are unavoidable bec It is a spy novel with its setting in the Middle East The book is written in a city format what is happening in Haifa, then Jerusalem and then again Damascus as well as other places As it unfolds the links become clear and the whole rationale for a spy network becomes clear The opposite is also happening that is the detection of such a spy network its funding through banks and its operations The personal love life of the operatives and their families, the problems which are unavoidable becomes very clear

  3. Mike Cook says:

    An absorbing tale.

  4. Dale Knapp says:

    Intriguing enough that I googled wars between Israel and neighboring countries to find this book was published a year after the 6 day war in 1967 and pretty much predicted the October war to come in 1973 It helped me to consider how international financing plays such a part in wars It was also helpful in understanding the mindset for unrest that is still present in the area today, especially with Syria currently in such turmoil.

  5. Grace says:

    This is an old book that honestly bored me to sleep I tried, but I really couldn t get into it 60% into the book I scanned the end and called it good enough Something tells me it would have been better if it hasn t been a Reader s Digest copy.

  6. Babel says:

    It s muchthan a novel

  7. Diane Wachter says:

    RDC B V 2 1968 5 80 Set in the Middle East Arab Jewish relations.

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