One of these days I will. But I’m not going to do it to placate you. Knowing that a screenplay leaves out a lot of the story and knowing that Dalton Trumbo wrote the screenplay, I can guess or extrapolate back that it (the novel) is probably accurate. It goes into the inner struggle of groups like the Irgun and Haganah. The struggle with the British and the Mufti. The post war detention camps and the people determined to die to find a home. What some went thought in the Nazi camps. Etc., etc. It’s a level of accuracy needed to tell the story. Nothing more.
One could say that “The Right Stuff” has historical distortions and heavily contrived stereotypes but I wouldn’t hesitate to present it in a history class to introduce the student to the space program.
Do you understand anything? You have the historical backdrop and then you fill it with a love story or a story about the hero, etc. The characters aren’t meant to be factually historical even though some will be based on real people, such as Ari may be based on Moshe Dayan. This is why in my original post I believe that Uris had probably incorporated Ruth’s thoughts on certain things, especially some things with life in the kibbutz. How much more accurate can you be than to incorporate the thoughts of those that were actually there?
I would love to read this story and compare it to the screenplay and the film. But it would probably be better if you do it. I already know what to expect. So I would be biased as you would probably put it. You could more easily point out what you consider inaccurate.
Uris is but one source. I guess you expect only to get your information from one source, whatever that may be. I try to have a broad collection of points of view. When you have such a broad base, you can usually discern what actually happened.
I would never read historical fiction in the place of real history written by a real historian. And no, all the Arab characters in the book were all represented popular stereotypes. Simplistic ... yes! Accurate... NO!
By fact, none of the main characters are ... Arab? No. Which means the reader is only going to read a biased one view propagandist fictional rubbish. Why would I want to read Exodus when there are no major Arab characters? And what Arab characters there are, they are popular western stereotypes.
Now one historical fiction writer I would consider reading and know I read some great history in fictional trappings is Nigel Tranter. I do want to read this author's trilogy on Robert The Bruce and other works.