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Laila Halaby is a deeply gifted writer. She describes complicated, culture-spanning lives in a poetic prose that is clean and compelling. There is no glossing over pain here, but the power of telling-richly human voices and the redemption of honesty.--Naomi Shihab Nye, author of 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East

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Laila Halaby was born in Beirut, Lebanon, to a Jordanian father and an American mother. She speaks four languages, won a Fulbright scholarship to study folklore in Jordan, and holds a master's degree in Arabic literature. Her first novel, West of the Jordan, won the prestigious PEN Beyond Margins Award. She lives in Tucson, Arizona, with her family. 


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If you really wanna know 29 août 2003
Par Marvin Jawahery - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I read this book in many of it's stages; it combines the writers maturity and artistic complexity along with the ability to present complex characters on a simple and attractive plate of interwoven stories. If you really wanna know what it means to be a palestinian girl living under constant deprivation of stable mental conditions .. read this book.
4 internautes sur 4 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Realistic and Intriguing 28 septembre 2005
Par Kem Laurin Kramer - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This book is real and touching on so many levels. I can see and touch the characters and feel their pain with each turn of the pages. I must say that I was initially deceived by the simplistic language in rendering the story - only to realize that the writer had no choice but to simplify the complex in a way that was palatable for those of us not from the Arab-Muslim world. And while I do not come from the East, many of the scenes mirror my own cultural experience and held a fascination in itself. It also reassures me that in the scope of things, we are more similar than different. I was also amazed by the speed of reading and saddened when I realized that the pages were all almost read.
6 internautes sur 7 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Beautifully Done 11 novembre 2003
Par Lina Fairchild - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
This insightful first novel by Jordanian-American author Laila Halaby shows that the influences that shape the lives of many Arab women are the same ones that affect their American sisters: upbringing, religion, the urban-rural divide and economic and educa-tional circumstance. Halaby writes about four young Arab women, cousins with deep family roots in Palestine. One still lives in the occupied West Bank, one is torn between her family in Jordan and her studies in Arizona, two live with their immediate families in unfamiliar California. The novel speaks through different voices in successive chap-ters, and the chapters overlap in the narrators' shared memories of their collective ex-tended family: grandparents and a spectrum of aunts and uncles, cousins, brothers and sisters. Halaby interweaves the women's stories, allowing us to see each cousin from multiple points of view. Her dialogue is comfortably authentic, whether traditional or transplanted. The four women relive the oft-repeated legends of their origins in Pales-tine: tales of births, weddings and funerals captured in photo albums and replayed on videotapes. Individual lives become fragments in a rich and intricate mosaic as the lar-ger family history unfolds.
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If you really wanna know 29 août 2003
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
I read this book in many of it's stages; it combines the writers maturity and artistic complexity along with the ability to present complex characters on a simple and attractive plate of interwoven stories. If you really wanna know what it means to be a palestinian girl living under constant deprivation of stable mental conditions .. read this book.
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Interesting... 3 avril 2005
Par Megzi - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché
Being of Arab descent myself (my grandmother was Lebanese) I personally found this book interesting because I'd like to learn more about my heritage. At times it could get a little slow, especially when Mawal's narratives came in, but overall it was different and original. One odd thing I noticed about the characters was that they did not consider themselves 'white'. This I found a little odd, because the U.S. Census does consider Arabs Caucasian, so I wasn't sure if I was unaware of something or if they were (if they were right, I guess I'm multiracial then!). It's an interesting book and if you're into ethnic things and enjoy learning about other people's cultures then this book is for you.
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