Leon Uris is rightly famous for his historical novels. The Haj is a fictional story about families who participate in the creation and defence of Israel seen from opposing Israeli and Arab perspectives. While the detail is amazing it demands stamina and attention. I was forced to scan many pages so as to finish the book before I die (I am nearly 80). It is well worth the effort of reading this huge story partly as an education, but also as a tribute to a great writer.