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Book Title: Jericho Mosaic|
The author of the book: Edward Whittemore
ISBN 13: 9781882968251
Edition: Old Earth Books
Date of issue: November 28th 2002
Format files: PDF
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The final book in the Jerusalem Quartet feels different to the other three in many ways. The familiar faces from the rest of the series have vanished, their stories largely wrapped up one way or another, and Jericho Mosaic instead picks up and follows a couple of minor characters from the preceding book, Nile Shadows. With the cast change, the timeline also moves forward, quite rapidly too - Jericho Mosaic begins with the birth of the nation of Israel, and concludes in the early 80s, covering a wider span of time in one book than the rest of the series managed in three. The more fantastical and absurdist elements of the series have also fallen away, the series growing more grounded as the 20th century itself ages into our own modern time, though a tinge of mysticism always lurks around the edges. A sense that time is moving on and things are being lost, or replaced, that ideas and ideals are being slowly transformed into something baser, more practical.
There are moments, long stretches of the book even, that are as moving and powerful as anything else in the series, like the gruelling, grunt's-eye-view of the Six Day War or the sad, doomed friendship between an undercover Mossad agent and a failed Syrian journalist. There's a lot of searching in the book, people looking for purpose and meaning, and the fact that Whittemore was actually dying as he wrote it gives those journeys incredible pathos. This isn't the ridiculous and scathing satire of the intelligence world that Whittemore portrayed in Jerusalem Poker, but a much more somber and reflective investigation of the hidden nature of humanity, the cost of idealism, the death of an old world and the birth of a new one.
It's a hell of a series. It's a secret history of the Middle East, a magical fantasy tale, a gritty espionage thriller, a love story and a bible, and it manages to balance all of that without feeling overstuffed. I really loved these books.
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Read information about the authorEdward Whittemore (1933–1995) graduated from Yale University in 1955 and went on to serve as a Marine officer in Japan and spend ten years as a CIA operative in the Far East, Europe, and the Middle East. In addition to writing fiction, he managed a newspaper in Greece, was employed by a shoe company in Italy, and worked in New York City’s narcotics control office during the administration of Mayor John V. Lindsay. He wrote the Jerusalem Quartet while dividing his time between New York and Jerusalem.
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