The Settlers Author:Meyer Levin As if all his life had been moving him irresistibly toward this one great book, Meyer Levin - the distinguished author of such works as The Old Bunch and Compulsion - has produced in The Settlers a massive, moving, richly colored and enduring epic novel that embodies in the story of one family his central concern with the Jew and the return to t... more »he Jewish homeland - once Palestine, now Israel, always Eretz Yisroel...
Set in Palestine from the turn of the century to the Balfour Declaration, The Settlers encompasses over a quarter centruy of hardships, toil, war and finally triumph. At the core of the novel is the Chaimovitch family, fleeing from the dangers and brutalities of Czarist Russia to teh uncertainties of life in a barren, alien land:
Yankel is the head of the family - a stern father, loving husband, and unsuccessful small trader and horse dealer with a devout passion for Zionism.
Feigel, his wife, is a woman whose meekness conceals a strength of will equal to that of her husband.
Of their many children, several stand out in the narrative: Reuven, the idealist; Leah, with the strength and determination of a man; Gidon, the fighter; and Dvora, the beauty - all of them growing up with freedoms and responsibilities unknown to their elders.
No writer before has captured so perfectly and with such power the emotions, the language, the events, the drama of the Jewish destiny as Meyer Levin has. His novel is a milestone in his own career, a triumphant, vast and compellingly readable celebration of the Jewish dream fulfilled.« less