My Glorious Brothers



For Years, The People Of Judea Suffered Under The Oppressive Rule Of King Antiochus And The Syrian GreeksThe Strength Of Five Brothers Will Define A NationMy Glorious Brothers

Howard Fast was one of the most prolific American writers of the twentieth century He was a bestselling author ofthan eighty works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays The son of immigrants, Fast grew up in New York City and published his first novel upon finishing high school in 1933 In 1950, his refusal to provide the United States Congress with a list of possible Communist associates earned him a three month prison sentence During his incarceration, Fast wrote one of his best known novels, Spartacus 1951 Throughout his long career, Fast matched his commitment to championing social justice in his writing with a deft, lively storytelling style.Pseudonyms Walter Ericson, E.V Cunningham

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  • 272 pages
  • My Glorious Brothers
  • Howard Fast
  • English
  • 04 May 2019
  • 140227193X

10 thoughts on “My Glorious Brothers

  1. says:

    This review is dedicated to all the sons and daughters of Israel who have fell in defence of that remarkable land.This wonderful book is essential for any Jew who wants to learn about his or her roots, any Christian who wants to learnabout the Judaic roots of his or her faith, and anyone else who wants to learn about the soul of the Jewish people This is the story of the Maccabees 5 glorious brothers who lead the rebellion by the Jewish people of Judea, against the cruel tyranny of that This review is dedicated to all the sons and daughters of Israel who have fell in defence of that remarkable land.This wonderful book is essential for any Jew who wants to learn about his or her roots, any Christian who wants to learnabout the Judaic roots of his or her faith, and anyone else who wants to learn about the soul of the Jewish people This is the story of the Maccabees 5 glorious brothers who lead the rebellion by the Jewish people of Judea, against the cruel tyranny of that land s Greek and Syrian occupiers.It is particularly relevant today, when the Jewish State is fighting for its life against cruel and ungodly forces that have decided that the Jewish people are no longer entitled to their homeland, and that Israel must disappear We where slave in Egypt and we will never forget that we where slaves in Egypt So it must have been then, in the long ago, when our people, twelve tribes of them, sick with wandering and longing for rest, came out of the desert and saw the wooded hills and fertile valleys of Palestine.Oncethe Jews have returned from their homeland, this time after two thousand years of persecution, and soon the lion will be awaken in the souls of the Jewish people to protect their land, from those who would kill their children and take it way, as the Maccabees did so with the Greek and Syrian invaders.We read how a pretty eight year old girl, Deborah, the daughter of the schoolmaster Lebel is brutally murdered on the orders of the Greek warden of Judea, Apelles, and we are reminded of the slaughter of Jewish children by Arab terrorists, who much of the world, today support It is these many incidents of cruelty and the desecration of the Jewish peoples holy places that leads the peace loving people of Judea to become fierce warriors who s message to the world is We have extracted the price of freedom, which is always counted in blood, even as Moses did, and Joshua and Gideon too From here on, we will not ask forgiveness, only for strength, for strength In a chillingly familiar parallel the attitude of those who support Palestinian terror,we read of the edict by the Greek King Antiochus, that to kill a Jew is no longer a crime but a virtue.We learn how the peaceful Hebrew people, a people who ask nothingthan to determine their own future, in their own homeland, are forced to become warlike and to avenge the blood of its children They will pay for every lick of flame, for every drop of blood, for every hurt There is always a message of hope Simon a free people cannot be conquered for us it is always the beginning, always the beginning It is this hope enshrined in the depiction of the beauty of the land of Israel, the only homeland of the Jewish people, and the beauty of it s children living in peace Never was Israel like this before in all it s time, for the children played without fear, laughing as they ran through the grass, and splashed in streams On the hillsides, the white lambs bleated for their mothers, and between the rocks pink and white flowers grew Nowhere was there a break in the terraces layer upon layer, they climbed the slopes, and the crop was a good thing to see, so rich and verdant Who could see such things and deny that this was the land of milk and honey, blessed and thrice blessed

  2. says:

    A entertaining if rather brief novel about the revolt of the Maccabees in the second century BCE Told in first person narrative by one of the brothers, Simon, it s pretty much an action novel but there is plenty of views on Judaism and why it is necessary to always fight for freedom Some modern idiom and a bit of repetition at times, but still fairly readable and not too dated Four stars overall, and worth the hunt For the longer review, please go here A entertaining if rather brief novel about the revolt of the Maccabees in the second century BCE Told in first person narrative by one of the brothers, Simon, it s pretty much an action novel but there is plenty of views on Judaism and why it is necessary to always fight for freedom Some modern idiom and a bit of repetition at times, but still fairly readable and not too dated Four stars overall, and worth the hunt For the longer review, please go here

  3. says:

    This historical novel has gotten many rave reviews since it was first published in 1948 It covers the Maccabee revolt against Greece in 167 B.C Hanukkah has its roots in the events of this period, and I learned a lot about things I knew almost nothing about Five Maccabean brothers are at the heart of the story, and the author does a good job exploring the characters of each, but overall the book reminded me a little too much of an Irving Stone novel Historical fiction styles have changed, an This historical novel has gotten many rave reviews since it was first published in 1948 It covers the Maccabee revolt against Greece in 167 B.C Hanukkah has its roots in the events of this period, and I learned a lot about things I knew almost nothing about Five Maccabean brothers are at the heart of the story, and the author does a good job exploring the characters of each, but overall the book reminded me a little too much of an Irving Stone novel Historical fiction styles have changed, and this book felt outdated in its approach

  4. says:

    An epic story.

  5. says:

    A retelling of the story of the Maccabees from the Bible, My Glorious Brothers is a historical novel that seems to do its job well The story is told from the point of view of Simon, one of the Maccabees, as he remembers his youth in the Jewish revolt against the oppressive Greek empire This is an older novel, and it reads like it The writing is a bit stilted at times, and Simon s interactions and reactions with other characters aren t entirely clear, but it was not that hard to get through A retelling of the story of the Maccabees from the Bible, My Glorious Brothers is a historical novel that seems to do its job well The story is told from the point of view of Simon, one of the Maccabees, as he remembers his youth in the Jewish revolt against the oppressive Greek empire This is an older novel, and it reads like it The writing is a bit stilted at times, and Simon s interactions and reactions with other characters aren t entirely clear, but it was not that hard to get through His sideplot about the love of his life, as well, felt a little hokey, but once past that, this novel was pretty good I liked the descriptions of the workings of the revolt, reading about the tactics and strategies used by the Maccabees and how they utilized the terrain to their advantage After all, this revolt is historical, and it was pretty remarkable as well Since the majority of the story is about this, I can say I enjoyed it I also enjoyed the ritual of it all, how the revolt was tied up with their religion, culture, and history, and I think the author took a fair look at the Jewish culture by presenting it both in Simon s eyes and the eyes of an outside, the Roman who was receiving the story in a framing device Overall, a good read For those of you who feel put off by overt religious themes, you won t really find them here As mentioned before, the majority of the book is about the workings of the revolt itself and the culture of the Jewish people, and it doesn t come off as preachy at all

  6. says:

    Wonderful historical fiction book about the Maccabean Revolt in 167 BCE Mr Fast is also a wonderful writer, describing Judea in vivid detail Simon is also a very complex and conflicted character I think my favorite part was the part from the point of view of the Roman legate At first it was jarring, but then he painted an outsider s view of how the Jews were seen as well When you pit this all against the fact that the book was published in 1948, it s a fascinating work from a Jewish author Wonderful historical fiction book about the Maccabean Revolt in 167 BCE Mr Fast is also a wonderful writer, describing Judea in vivid detail Simon is also a very complex and conflicted character I think my favorite part was the part from the point of view of the Roman legate At first it was jarring, but then he painted an outsider s view of how the Jews were seen as well When you pit this all against the fact that the book was published in 1948, it s a fascinating work from a Jewish author

  7. says:

    I read this book which came out in 1948 for my book club It tells the story of the Macabbees from Modiin Judas and his five brothers Lots of descriptions of life under the Greeks, the temple, farm and village life too They make it clear how the Jews held out for over 30 years The book does not deepen your understanding of the Hanukkah story I m not sure where any of the information like fighting the phalanx comes from so the book is hard to appreciate.

  8. says:

    This review is dedicated to all the sons and daughters of Israel who have fell in defence of that remarkable land.This wonderful book is essential for any Jew who wants to learn about his or her roots, any Christian who wants to learnabout the Judaic roots of his or her faith, and anyone else who wants to learn about the soul of the Jewish people This is the story of the Maccabees 5 glorious brothers who lead the rebellion by the Jewish people of Judea, against the cruel tyranny of that This review is dedicated to all the sons and daughters of Israel who have fell in defence of that remarkable land.This wonderful book is essential for any Jew who wants to learn about his or her roots, any Christian who wants to learnabout the Judaic roots of his or her faith, and anyone else who wants to learn about the soul of the Jewish people This is the story of the Maccabees 5 glorious brothers who lead the rebellion by the Jewish people of Judea, against the cruel tyranny of that land s Greek and Syrian occupiers.It is particularly relevant today, when the Jewish State is fighting for its life against cruel and ungodly forces that have decided that the Jewish people are no longer entitled to their homeland, and that Israel must disappear We where slave in Egypt and we will never forget that we where slaves in Egypt So it must have been then, in the long ago, when our people, twelve tribes of them, sick with wandering and longing for rest, came out of the desert and saw the wooded hills and fertile valleys of Palestine.Oncethe Jews have returned from their homeland, this time after two thousand years of persecution, and soon the lion will be awaken in the souls of the Jewish people to protect their land, from those who would kill their children and take it way, as the Maccabees did so with the Greek and Syrian invaders.We read how a pretty eight year old girl, Deborah, the daughter of the schoolmaster Lebel is brutally murdered on the orders of the Greek warden of Judea, Apelles, and we are reminded of the slaughter of Jewish children by Arab terrorists, who much of the world, today support It is these many incidents of cruelty and the desecration of the Jewish peoples holy places that leads the peace loving people of Judea to become fierce warriors who s message to the world is We have extracted the price of freedom, which is always counted in blood, even as Moses did, and Joshua and Gideon too From here on, we will not ask forgiveness, only for strength, for strength In a chillingly familiar parallel the attitude of those who support Palestinian terror,we read of the edict by the Greek King Antiochus, that to kill a Jew is no longer a crime but a virtue.We learn how the peaceful Hebrew people, a people who ask nothingthan to determine their own future, in their own homeland, are forced to become warlike and to avenge the blood of its children They will pay for every lick of flame, for every drop of blood, for every hurt There is always a message of hope Simon a free people cannot be conquered for us it is always the beginning, always the beginning It is this hope enshrined in the depiction of the beauty of the land of Israel, the only homeland of the Jewish people, and the beauty of it s children living in peace Never was Israel like this before in all it s time, for the children played without fear, laughing as they ran through the grass, and splashed in streams On the hillsides, the white lambs bleated for their mothers, and between the rocks pink and white flowers grew Nowhere was there a break in the terraces layer upon layer, they climbed the slopes, and the crop was a good thing to see, so rich and verdant Who could see such things and deny that this was the land of milk and honey, blessed and thrice blessed

  9. says:

    A great piece of historical fiction strongly recommendedWhen I teach world history I always give my students a project in which they are to read a piece of historical fiction and do a bit of research This book is exactly the type of book I recommend for them to read and why I created the project in the first place My Glorious Brothers is well written and re creates a little bit of the historical world for the reader.Set in 2nd Century B.C Israel, this is a story of national liberation a A great piece of historical fiction strongly recommendedWhen I teach world history I always give my students a project in which they are to read a piece of historical fiction and do a bit of research This book is exactly the type of book I recommend for them to read and why I created the project in the first place My Glorious Brothers is well written and re creates a little bit of the historical world for the reader.Set in 2nd Century B.C Israel, this is a story of national liberation and freedom of religious expression Many Protestants will be unfamiliar with the Maccabees since Maccabees 1 4 is not included in the Protestant Bible This book is an ideal place to start to explore that time between the exile in Babylon and the Roman occupation that is featured in the New TestamentReadat

  10. says:

    If you like violent, blood thirsty tales of mass murder, revenge, senseless killing, torture, bodily mutilation, and gloating over the murder of adversaries, then this is the book for you If you want all your characters to be either glorious or innocent good guys, or evil despicable bad guys then so much the better Should, in sooth, verily thou take unto thine heart writings beclothed in cheesy pseudo biblical language, then you will love this If you require that all references to sexual matt If you like violent, blood thirsty tales of mass murder, revenge, senseless killing, torture, bodily mutilation, and gloating over the murder of adversaries, then this is the book for you If you want all your characters to be either glorious or innocent good guys, or evil despicable bad guys then so much the better Should, in sooth, verily thou take unto thine heart writings beclothed in cheesy pseudo biblical language, then you will love this If you require that all references to sexual matters should be ambiguous, euphemistic and prudish , whilst nothing is held back in the graphical description of violent acts of physical desecration, then read this book.If I believed the history presented in this book is accurate, I would be reluctant to light the Hannukah candles ever again OK, maybe it redeemed itself a little in the final chapter

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