I enjoyed references to singers and poets of the Middle East and found myself and through the use of you-tube have now been exposed to a wider variety of music than I would normally be accustomed to. She is very successful in describing the different areas in the region and the ways the past affects the future in a way that makes in understandable for all. The transition was jarring, but it was from this uncomfortable situation that Ayed first observed the people whose heritage she sha. I have always admired Ayed's reports. I did not love this book. I started to enjoy the book again at the end when Ayed reflects on her experience in the Middle East.
Seh tells her own tale form the time she was a child born into a winnipeg suburb, her family moving to a refugee camp in Amman Jordon, then back to Winnipeg, and an educaio. Living first in a tent, then in a concrete house, Ayed meets her extended family and learns of the sorrows of generations of disp. For my journalism class we have to read A Thousand Farewells by Nahlah Ayed and blog about it. I'd be interested to read other books by this author, if she chooses to write any. The apathy had existed so long as they hadn't found a way out of despondence. The deflation I felt as I moved out of the Middle East in 2009 had vanished.
At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More, Spend Less. At the top of that like list — being beaten by a mob in Baghdad and still continuing her job. From that perspective, this book was truly enlightening. While telling her story, Nahlah gives you a firsthand account of the political tensions in the Middle East, the violence of the various Middle Eastern regimes, and the risks she faced as a journalist with Middle Eastern heritage, to boot in the region. Finally, a much more seasoned Ayed covered the full-fledged popular revolutions that engulfed Tunisia, Egypt and Libya, including experiencing the magical bedlam of Cairo's Tahrir Square in full revolution mode.
She refused to talk about it for a long time because she didn't want her story to distract from those who'd died in the blast. How could they eventually gain freedom? I was looking for more insight to why there continues to be uprisings and wars and this book did not address the issues. Ayed was born in Canada to parents who had grown up in Middle Eastern refuge camps. There were pictures of the protests, fire, guns, and a memorial for those who died. In between I filed from London, covering the summer riots there and a number of other stories.
They lived in a Palestinian refugee camp with their relatives in Amman, Jordan. I'm not much of a news junky, but the events covered here were all front and centre l I really enjoyed reading this book. The sheer respect I have for Nahlah Ayed and her coverage of the Middle East would tempt me to give the book five stars. They lived in a Palestinian refugee camp with their relatives in Amman, Jordan. When she was 6 years old, her parents worried that their kids would become too Westernized. Although her impressions of the region were neither sanguine nor given extremes of refugee life representative, they had been humanizing. Ayed was born in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1970 and is of Palestinian descent, fluent in Arabic and English.
While I found the book interesting, in that it provided a closer look at recent history, it seemed to be lacking in personal involvement with the events. A wonderful memoir and and insightful on-site reporting of the wars and revolutions in the Middle East and Maghreb, in the process bringing to light the complexity of the Arab condition; giving the reader a better understanding of the people who have long lived under oppression, loss and humiliation and their quest for a hopeful future. There is little in A Thousand Farewells that would surprise even a casual observer of recent events in the region. In my opinion, the beginning of the novel where she describes her childhood was the most cohesive part and featured the best writing in the novel. Nearly twenty years ago Anne Sebba released Battling For News, a history of women reporters overcoming sexism, and is now re-releasing the book with a new foreword cautioning young female journalists about the dangers of reporting in the Middle East. Ayed explains the Middle East in what I think is the simplest way possible.
On paper, I fit squarely into a demographic that should love this book. Yet with the exception of Arabic music, which Ayed discusses evocatively, other important socio-cultural subjects receive short shrift. Description: 356 pages ; 24 cm Contents: My father's camera -- Refugees by design -- The store -- War -- Jordan, again -- Sick -- Ghosts -- On the run -- A protest to end all protests -- Escape route -- Disillusion -- Watch Egypt -- Revolution -- Victory or death -- The revolution continues. You must know something of the people's daily challenges before you could credibly speak to their frustrations. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. What is it like to love your country but hate your government to the point of uprising, to have friends and neighbours who suddenly turn on you because of your religion, to be shot at because the religious texts you read carry a description of events that varies slightly from those of other texts? While telling her story, Nahlah gives you a firsthand account of the political tensions in the Middle East, the violence of the various Middle Eastern regimes, and the risks she faced as a journalist with Middle Eastern heritage, to boot in the region. It is a deeply personal stroy which gives a very understandable , comprehensive viewpoint of the Arab World form 2001 to 2011, focusing on the people in the Middle East I really loved this book.
Through her own personal experiences Ms. Tightly bound with a bright, clean, text. The rest of the book describes her 10 years covering conflicts in Iraq, Iran, Syria, Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon and Egypt. Like Ayed you hope that change will come but the struggles are so deep-seeded and ingrained. And you cannot know what people are thinking by reading wire reports. Preface to The Lucky Chance. It also helps understand the effect of these wars on people, how after suffering so many traumas and a I just listened to NahlahAyed's interview in The Current and want to read her book.
It lets the reader understand the psyche of Middle Eastern people from the foundation of Israel and its effect on people up to the Arab Spring of 2011. Page 322-323 It had been an exceptional year. Who am I to criticize her, when she has accomplished far more than I have as a journalist? I felt the narrative was very guarded - and the plot relatively free from the kinds of details I would have wanted to learn. But then there is an unexpected detour. She continues to cover the recent upheavals in Egypt and Libya. Subtitled: A Reporter's Journey from Refugee Camp to the Arab Spring.
I love to run, eat clean, and be healthy! Download at full speed with unlimited bandwidth with just one click! One of my favourite examples, that made me teary eyed, was on page 227. People are the story, always 323-324. I wanted that insight not so much to hear her story exclusively but to gain her understanding of what these events meant to the people going through them. Another thing I've often wondered about when I see the news from war torn countries is just exactly how do the people survive and what are their experiences on a daily basis? I just listened to NahlahAyed's interview in The Current and want to read her book. Through her own personal experiences Ms. Apparently the Lebanese told her to start sleeping with one window open, as it apparently reduces the pressure and you're more likely to survive.