Poetry Madness
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | April 11, 2014

Paul Laudiero: IMG Shit Rough Draft



I was sitting in a British and Irish romantic drama class my last semester in college when the idea for Shit Rough Drafts hit me. I was working... Continue »
  1. $9.07 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$8.00
List price: $12.95
Used Trade Paper
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
available for shipping or prepaid pickup only
Available for In-store Pickup
in 7 to 12 days
Qty Store Section
1 Partner Warehouse General- General

More copies of this ISBN

Learning English (07 Edition)

by

Learning English (07 Edition) Cover

 

Synopses & Reviews

Please note that used books may not include additional media (study guides, CDs, DVDs, solutions manuals, etc.) as described in the publisher comments.

Publisher Comments:

No matter how hard Rachid tries to recreate himself, to become educated and worldly-to "learn English"-it is impossible for this hip Beiruti with his cell phone and high-speed internet to sever the connection to his past in the Lebanese village of Zgharta, known for its "tough guys" and old-fashioned clan mentality. When the news of his father's murder, a case of blood revenge, reaches him by chance through a newspaper report, it drags him inescapably back into the world of his past. Suddenly he is plunged once again into the endless questions that plagued his childhood. The accomplished al-Daif hooks his readers from page one of this novel-partly with pieces and fragments of suspense-filled plot and partly with his typically idiosyncratic narrator, whose bizarre stories, comical asides and uncannily perceptive comments on human nature lead us through this tantalizing, funny, and sober book about the hold the past has on Lebanon, and on us all.

Review:

"A riveting interior monologue by Lebanese novelist al-Daif (This Side of Innocence) penetrates the deep-seated anxiety of a middle-aged Beirut-based literature professor after he hears about his father's tribal murder. First-person narrator Rashid prides himself on being "a contemporary person," educated in French, learning English (it is "the language," according to Rashid) and happily removed from the primitive customs of his hometown, Zgharta. However, the shocking news he hears secondhand of his father's murder by "blood revenge" plunges him into his family's shameful history and draws into question his own paternity. Over the course of a day spent at home awaiting more news from Zgharta, Rashid sifts through his memories of his mother and father's troubled marriage: his father's cruelty toward his mother when he discovered she had lost her virginity to his rival, the role of scheming uncles and his mother's love for and abandoned plans to escape with the other man. Narrator Rashid dredges these conundrums without resolution, while feeling pulled to return home as his father's son and make order of the chaotic household. The Haydars' pristine translation captures Rashid's conflictedness and leaves intact al-Daif's wordplay, making this a fine introduction to Arabic fiction. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"'A riveting interior monologue by Lebanese novelist al-Daif (This Side of Innocence) penetrates the deep-seated anxiety of a middle-aged Beirut-based literature professor after he hears about his father's tribal murder. First-person narrator Rashid prides himself on being 'a contemporary person,' educated in French, learning English (it is 'the language,' according to Rashid) and happily removed from the primitive customs of his hometown, Zgharta. However, the shocking news he hears secondhand of his father's murder by 'blood revenge' plunges him into his family's shameful history and draws into question his own paternity. Over the course of a day spent at home awaiting more news from Zgharta, Rashid sifts through his memories of his mother and father's troubled marriage: his father's cruelty toward his mother when he discovered she had lost her virginity to his rival, the role of scheming uncles and his mother's love for and abandoned plans to escape with the other man. Narrator Rashid dredges these conundrums without resolution, while feeling pulled to return home as his father's son and make order of the chaotic household. The Haydars' pristine translation captures Rashid's conflictedness and leaves intact al-Daif's wordplay, making this a fine introduction to Arabic fiction. (June)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781566566742
Author:
Al-da'if, Rashid
Publisher:
Interlink Books
Translator:
Haydar, Paula And Adnan
Translator:
Haydar, Adnan
Translator:
Haydar, Paula
Author:
Al-Daif, Rachid
Author:
Haydar, Adnan
Subject:
General
Subject:
Lebanon
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Series:
Interlink World Fiction
Publication Date:
20070531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
161
Dimensions:
7.96x5.34x.49 in. .45 lbs.

Other books you might like

  1. Wuthering Heights (World's Classics) Used Trade Paper $4.50
  2. Frankenstein (Penguin Classics)
    Used Trade Paper $4.95
  3. Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem...
    Used Trade Paper $6.95
  4. Cairo Used Hardcover $9.95
  5. The Journal of Eugene Delacroix... New Trade Paper $11.95
  6. Selected Poems Used Trade Paper $5.91

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

Learning English (07 Edition) Used Trade Paper
0 stars - 0 reviews
$8.00 In Stock
Product details 161 pages Interlink - English 9781566566742 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "A riveting interior monologue by Lebanese novelist al-Daif (This Side of Innocence) penetrates the deep-seated anxiety of a middle-aged Beirut-based literature professor after he hears about his father's tribal murder. First-person narrator Rashid prides himself on being "a contemporary person," educated in French, learning English (it is "the language," according to Rashid) and happily removed from the primitive customs of his hometown, Zgharta. However, the shocking news he hears secondhand of his father's murder by "blood revenge" plunges him into his family's shameful history and draws into question his own paternity. Over the course of a day spent at home awaiting more news from Zgharta, Rashid sifts through his memories of his mother and father's troubled marriage: his father's cruelty toward his mother when he discovered she had lost her virginity to his rival, the role of scheming uncles and his mother's love for and abandoned plans to escape with the other man. Narrator Rashid dredges these conundrums without resolution, while feeling pulled to return home as his father's son and make order of the chaotic household. The Haydars' pristine translation captures Rashid's conflictedness and leaves intact al-Daif's wordplay, making this a fine introduction to Arabic fiction. (June)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'A riveting interior monologue by Lebanese novelist al-Daif (This Side of Innocence) penetrates the deep-seated anxiety of a middle-aged Beirut-based literature professor after he hears about his father's tribal murder. First-person narrator Rashid prides himself on being 'a contemporary person,' educated in French, learning English (it is 'the language,' according to Rashid) and happily removed from the primitive customs of his hometown, Zgharta. However, the shocking news he hears secondhand of his father's murder by 'blood revenge' plunges him into his family's shameful history and draws into question his own paternity. Over the course of a day spent at home awaiting more news from Zgharta, Rashid sifts through his memories of his mother and father's troubled marriage: his father's cruelty toward his mother when he discovered she had lost her virginity to his rival, the role of scheming uncles and his mother's love for and abandoned plans to escape with the other man. Narrator Rashid dredges these conundrums without resolution, while feeling pulled to return home as his father's son and make order of the chaotic household. The Haydars' pristine translation captures Rashid's conflictedness and leaves intact al-Daif's wordplay, making this a fine introduction to Arabic fiction. (June)' Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.