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Child In Jerusalem Felicity Ashbee

Child In Jerusalem

Felicity Ashbee

Published February 29th 2008
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Kindle Edition
166 pages
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The year 1919 in Jerusalem marked the conclusion of hundreds of years of Ottoman rule and the beginning of British occupation, a period of great change that would transform the city. Felicity Ashbees captivating memoir gives the reader a trulyMoreThe year 1919 in Jerusalem marked the conclusion of hundreds of years of Ottoman rule and the beginning of British occupation, a period of great change that would transform the city. Felicity Ashbees captivating memoir gives the reader a truly original portrait of life in post-WWI Jerusalem as seen through the eyes of a spirited young English girl. The daughter of Charles Robert Ashbee, a disciple of William Morris and prominent player in the Arts and Crafts Movement, Ashbee spent four years, from age six to ten, living in Jerusalem while her father spearheaded the effort to architecturally and artistically restore the city. That golden period of restoration and peaceful mingling of faiths would be brief, thus imbuing the Ashbees time in Jerusalem with a retrospective poignancy.Vividly capturing a childs ingenuous perceptions of place, Ashbees story recreates classic moments of childhood experience against richly detailed views of her surroundings.Yet it also resonates with constant undertones of radical ideas, from the Ashbees own socialist tendencies and engagement in the modernist art movement to the establishment of religion-centered political factions that would erode much of Charles Ashbees work soon after his departure. It is this union of childs-eye viewpoint and historical backdrop that makes Ashbees work such a compelling memoir.