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The Dream Palace of the Arabs: A Generation's Odyssey par [Ajami, Fouad]
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Revue de presse

"An important and illuminating book . . . a valuable testament to a tragic generation that tried to bridge the Arab past with modern ideals." --The New York Times

"The Dream Palace of the Arabs is an absorbing and sadly moving account of what political and economic failures on a grand scale have meant in human terms and at an individual level." --The Washington Post Book World

"Eloquent. . . . A clear-eyed look at the lost hopes of the Arabs. It opens the door to the thought processes of a society whose motivations have been little understood and often feared. The Dream Palace of the Arabs is a courageous book." --The Christian Science Monitor

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From Fouad Ajami, an acclaimed author and chronicler of Arab politics, comes a compelling account of how a generation of Arab intellectuals tried to introduce cultural renewals in their homelands through the forces of modernity and secularism. Ultimately, they came to face disappointment, exile, and, on occasion, death. Brilliantly weaving together the strands of a tumultuous century in Arab political thought, history, and poetry, Ajami takes us from the ruins of Beirut's once glittering metropolis to the land of Egypt, where struggle rages between a modernist impulse and an Islamist insurgency, from Nasser's pan-Arab nationalist ambitions to the emergence of an uneasy Pax Americana in Arab lands, from the triumphalism of the Gulf War to the continuing anguished debate over the Israeli-Palestinian peace accords.

For anyone who seeks to understand the Middle East, here is an insider's unflinching analysis of the collision between intellectual life and political realities in the Arab world today.


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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 368 pages
  • Editeur : Vintage; Édition : 1st Vintage Books Ed (22 septembre 2009)
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  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B002PYFVVM
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Amazon.com: 4.1 étoiles sur 5 21 commentaires
1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
5.0 étoiles sur 5 Explaining the Middle East 31 décembre 2014
Par Alma Kadragic - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I began reading Fouad Ajami in the Wall Street Journal where he provided occasional op eds and learned about his books only after his death in 2014. He is one of the most sensible definers of the Arab predicament and is able to write from inside and outside having been born and raised in Lebanon and living most of his adult life in the US. He covers the history of Arabs in the 20th century through major literary figures like the Syrian poet Adonis and the Egyptian novelist Naguib Mafouz. He joins Joseph Conrad - one of Ajami's heroes - in writing stylish English prose despite having been educated in a very different language.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A must read 29 juillet 2014
Par Alexey Smolin - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
A must read for anyone who wants a better understanding of Middle East, processes going on in Middle East and Arabs people thought. It is really revealing and educating. It takes you to the very depth of soul of Arabs great poets and thinkers, and many times gives you a different perspective you were unaware of before...

Times to times I felt like the story was "slowing down" a bit and I wanted to get to the next pages faster. But this does not change my perception of the book - this is a serious book on serious and complex (as everything in Middle East) questions and it should be treated like this. So, if Dan Brown's style is the only one you can digest, this book is probably not for you.
5.0 étoiles sur 5 ONE OF THE MOST ILLUMINATING BOOKS 30 décembre 2010
Par Tarek - Publié sur Amazon.com
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One of the most illuminating books I read recently. Ajami analyses the socio-political events that define the Arab modern public psyche. It's a great reading for anyone who wants to understand the Arab-Middle Eastern world. Written in a interesting style and inlcudes many great references

Ajami's view on the Arab world's successes and failures is one of an unbiased academic who lived some of the key defining moments e.g. 1967 war, Khumeini's revolution, Beirut pre-and-post war, petro-economics, Egypt's modern history, and most recently ethnic and sunni-shia sensitivities. It's not a typical history-politics books as it covers a wide array of socio-cultural aspects of the Arab society - poetry, politics, religion, etc...

He also discusses a key issue "modernity and innovation" in the Arab world and presents an interesting point of view that goes beyond the "balme the west and Israel " typical story

Great read, I enjoyed every bit of it !
5.0 étoiles sur 5 A backstory for Arab culture 24 décembre 2014
Par Alfalfa - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I always enjoyed Fouad Ajami's articles in the Wall Street Journal because they went into depth on the events in the Middle East going beyond the superficial events of the day. This book is Mr. Ajami's journey as a child growing up in the thirties and forties in Lebanon and as a expatriate in the US following developments with a unique perspective. As the Arab world once again heads into another dark period I will miss having Mr. Ajami's commentary--he died this past June 2014.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 a look inside 22 décembre 2001
Par simpcity - Publié sur Amazon.com
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(...) I know very little about Arabic literature and poetry, and I have not read extensively about the "Middle East." Once the bar is set at that level, however, I found this book quite approachable.
The Dream Palace of the Arabs focusses on a particular time and space in the Arab world--the brief rise of Nasserism and nationalism generally and its subsequent collapse into bitterness. There is much great contemporary relavance in this 1998 work.
Ajami gives us Beirut and Lebanon, both before and during the terrible war; and he takes us into its rich literary world. He discusses the First and Second Gulf Wars [Iran-Iraq war and Desert Storm], explains the subtext of shia/sunni conflict, tells us a bit about Kuwait and a great deal about Saddam Hussein.
My favorite part of the book is the chapter "In the Land of Egypt." The last chapter "The Orphaned Peace" takes us to the heart of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, post-Oslo to the birth of the Palestinian Authority. Despite the tragedies and sorrows encountered in this book, I was left hopeful for peace.
Not conventional history I suppose, but a fine intellectual history of the last half-century in the Arab world. Inspires me to read some Naguib Mahfuz, where I go next on my journey through amazon...
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