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I Saw Ramallah Paperback – May 13, 2003
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This is not a light read. The author addresses emotionally draining topics. But there was a sense of healing through the journey and resolution of the book, and a universal spirituality that unites humanity. It is a very powerful book.
This book was given to me, and I'm very glad because I would never have sought it out on my own. It is a surprising story which tells of pain and loss, and still offers hope.
This is not a book that can be slotted with the usual political commentaries that line the shelves. Mourid is first a poet and everything else comes next and this book confirms that. What you will find is a poignant and lyrical description of life as a displaced Palestinian and Barghouti's first hand account, tells of the struggle with a clarity of experience that is sure to shake the most cynical of readers. For, displacement is a journey that threatens with a new reality every day; an insecurity that forces frequent adaptation to its ever-changing circumstances. Situational adjustments are forced out of people for sheer survival and come with potent mixtures of confusion, shame, anger, grief and loneliness. Mourid's journey describes all this and more, compelling a new understanding that is heavy on the soul.
The text is interlaced with his translated poetry and in every instance where a poem is used to accentuate sensibilities, the blend with prose is seamless, fluid and successful. Aside from the overall impact of the book, two things that I would like to single out: the powerful metaphorical symbols of the bridge and the swing and the little anecdotes of growing up in Ramallah, the fig tree, Big Uncle Fakhri, Sanduqa bookshop. They left me marveling at the remarkable ability of the people to effect some small stab at normalcy and innocence and Mourid's dogged resolve to document that.Read more ›
Identified as a dissident in the aftermath of 1967, he was expelled from Egypt where he had been a university student, was married and had become a new father. Barghouti has since lived as a displaced person in several different countries, a member of the Palestinian diaspora. He writes of his particular kind of homelessness with poignancy and sharp clarity. Interwoven are accounts of the deaths of friends and his brother Mounif, lost to the dark forces of political strife. Not surprisingly, there is anger, as well, in Barghouti's book. Anyone with an interest in the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine would do well to hear him out.
Now with this very valuable book, the reader comes to feel that he/she has been banned from their own home, and the desolation of the spirit at such a horrifying turn of events is sooooo painful.
I wish more people were reading this book. It's a beauty, written by a poet with enormous talent. It makes me wish more than ever that those who have lost their homes, could all return to the days once lived, and that peace would finally come to the land of Israel.
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Quality book in fine condition delivered in a timely way. Thanks.Published 11 months ago by thomas e.
Very good book. Describes the Palestinian refugee feelings when he comes back to the Homeland.Published 14 months ago by georgette Habchi
This book is not fiction but it gives a point of view and is very expressively written. I read it along with My Promised Land by Ari Shavit and I am so glad I read them both. Read morePublished 14 months ago by L. Schneemann
Movingly written prose that betrays Barghouti's primary profession of "poet", this fine book provides the reader with a window into the conflicted life of a Palestinian... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Minnesotan
A human face to Palestine from a man with poetic sensiblities. Damn the politics !!! Palestine has a very legitimate argument concerning their rights and the wrongs they suffer... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Robert Slack
This is a lyrical and eloquent account of exile and displacement caused by the Palestinian conflict. Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by Amazon Customer