From Kirkus Reviews
Ports Of Call ($24.00; Nov. 30; 197 pp.; 1-86046-446-7): The native Lebanese (now French) author of such exotic fiction as The Rock of Tanios (1994) and The Gardens of Light (p. 177) offers here the winsome (though strangely uninvolving) story of Turkish-Lebanese nobleman Ossyane Ketabdar's renunciation of both his father's revolutionary ardor and Clara, the Jewish woman whom their respective cultures, a world war, and the later (1948) Arab-Israeli War keep apart for many years, before a final bittersweet meeting seals their fates. Ossyanes recall of his thwarted life, recounted to Maalouf's sympathetic narrator, has several fine moments (especially when focused on his experiences, while living in Paris, with the Resistance). But, overall, both his pacifism and his passivity seem unfortunately generic, and his plight never fully engages our emotions. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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"Ports of Call
manages to evoke a touching love story and it is limpid and delicate in the telling." -- Lucy Dallas, The Times Literary Supplement
"Maalouf's novels re-create the thrill of childhood reading, that primitive mixture of learning about something unknown or unimagined . . ." -- Claire Messud, The Guardian