Quicksand, Oil and Dreams

The story of one of five million dispossessed Palestinians


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Readers' Comments

Last night I began reading "Quicksand, Oil and Dreams" and couldn't put it down.  It was good to read about the "giants" in the history of the Friends Schools and about Middle Eastern politics.  I am sure a great number of students as well as graduates of the Friends Schools will enjoy reading your book.  As I believe the book will be in demand could you please tell us how we can get a few more copies.

*****

This book means a great deal to me. It puts a human face on a struggle for freedom that most people see only through the black and white of newsprint.

*****

I highly recommend "Quicksand Oil and Dreams." If you ever wonder what it is like to be a Christian Arab, or what it was like when Jews and Arabs got along in pre-Israel Palestine, or what Saudi Arabia was like (for expatriates), I highly recommend you read it.

*****

I especially appreciated Mike's moving account of life, suffering, and acts of kindness in a part of the world so very different from my own.

*****

The stories in "Quicksand, Oil and Dreams" are a testament to the perseverance of all refugees, regardless of where they've been displaced from. Mike has been able to capture our history in a way that gives me hope for the future.

*****

Your book is extremely important to us, the children of refugees, who may not know or appreciate the detailed accounts of the suffering of the Palestinians during the creation of Israel. It is also important to those on the outside looking in, who may be ignorant of a true and fair history of the Middle East.

*****

Your book puts a face on the faceless accounts we read about in the history books, and puts humanity into the unemotional texts of UN declarations, the empty presidential speeches, and meaningless propaganda we have unfortunately come to expect. Thank you.

*****

Congratulations on the superb book you have just published, a true story of our life in this world. It brings a lot of happy and sad memories from the past. I am glad that you documented your feelings and thoughts in a well-written book. Hope all will enjoy it as we did.

*****

You brought back some beautiful memories of our youth. As I was reading, I could only remember the same teachers you talked about but not the others. They were great teachers. I too owe them a lot. Again thanks for the memories.

*****

Mike's book brought tears to my eyes...very moving. Man's inhumanity to man is without a doubt life's greatest tragedy. It was interesting to hear of Mike's father's years in a Lutheran orphanage. I am a member of the Lutheran Church.

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I finished your book last night, and I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. The last chapter was especially touching.

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I told some friends about the book and encouraged them to contact you. I really hope they do.

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I hope one day my dad will formally scribe his life story, perhaps not so formally, just a few pages, especially about the early part of his life. Like your children, I've heard the "stories", but we are forgetful, and having a permanent history in the form of a book is special. I am sure their children, and their children's children will be just as appreciative.

 

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