However, as the title suggests, Said's memoir is a far more ambivalent and at times personally painful account of his early years in Palestine, Egypt, and Lebanon, as well as the often paralyzing embrace of his loving but overbearing parents. Said's memoirs are powerfully informed by his sense of personally, geographically, and linguistically "always being out of place." Born to Christian parents and caught between expressing himself in Arabic, English, and French, he evokes a vivid, but often very unhappy, portrait of growing up in Cairo and Lebanon under the crushing weight of his emotionally intense and ambitious family. The early sections of the book paint a poignant picture of the oppressive regime established over the awkward, painfully uncertain young Edward by his loving mother and expectant, unforgiving father, both of whom cast the longest emotional shadows over the book. Those expecting an account of Said's subsequent intellectual development will be disappointed; apart from the final 50 pages, which deal with Said's education at Princeton and Harvard, Out of Place is, as Said himself says, primarily "a record of an essentially lost or forgotten world, my early life." It is this carefully disclosed record that accounts for Said's deeply ambivalent relationship with both his family and the Palestinian cause. Composed in the light of serious illness, Out of Place is an elegantly written reflection on a life that has movingly come to terms with "being not quite right and out of place." --Jerry Brotton, Amazon.co.uk --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
quite a story, interesting insights into the mind of a young arab in the dramatic times of change, but strangely repetitive.Published 9 months ago by Bettina Buchholtz
I very much connected with this book where Edward Said is narrating with great sincerity his feelings and interactions with the details influenced him and his upbringing as an... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Hala Y Alkarib
Riddled with embarrassing malapropisms ( e.g. 'expostulations of delight') . 'Irrecusably' empty in style . Read morePublished 21 months ago by David Riordan Kotler
Think the title says it all. This is the MOST BORING book I have ever read.... For about 80% of the time he is whining and complaining about his mommy and daddy isssues... Read morePublished 23 months ago by addie
I read it twice and welling to read it again. Amazing classic English work.
I love Edward Said.. My God grant him happiness.
What a waste--Out of Place, which could have been a fascinating account of a childhood spent torn between worlds, turned out to be a dry, repetitious, disjointed grind through a... Read morePublished on September 12, 2012 by Brooklyn Reader
Said's memoir is an extraordinary story of exile - a narrative of an irrecoverable past. Born in Jerusalem in 1935, Said writes with great passion and wit about his family and... Read morePublished on April 22, 2011 by AWAIR Reviews
I am an enormous fan of Edward Said's work. However, his memoir, though beautifully written, is painfully boring. Read morePublished on December 31, 2010 by Sara