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“Los Angeles has Joan Didion and Raymond Chandler, and Istanbul, Orhan Pamuk. The beautiful, resilient city of Beirut belongs to Khoury.” ―Laila Lalami, Los Angeles Times
“In Lebanon, there is passion and there is blood. Elias Khoury's new novel, Yalo, heavy with both, is a dizzying journey into the extremes of human experience--into the intense sensuality and stomach-turning violence.” ―Adam LeBor, The New York Times Book Review
“Memserizing . . . As bold a gambit as Nabokov's tale about Humbert Humbert in Lolita . . . A vortex of memory and self-deceit, which Khoury beautifully portrays.” ―John Freeman, The Denver Post
“No Lebanese writer has been more successful than Elias Khoury in telling the story of Lebanon. . . . Khoury is one of the msot inventive novelists in the Arab world.” ―Samir El-Youssef, The Washington Post Book World
“Yalo is replete with vivid description. . . . Khoury builds a splintering narrative structure of imagination, memory, brutality, speculation, and delusion.” ―Drake Stutesman, Bookforum
“Yalo speaks to our universal humanity, to our profound longing for a realization of self and connection to others. That such a vision should, at this moment in history, come to the American reading public from a great Arab novelist makes this an extremely important publishing event.” ―Robert Olen Butler
This book is set in Beirut during the war. Or rather, one of the recent wars. So I guess I shouldn't have been surprised at the insanity of the (unreliable) narrator. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Prof Lesa
This book was different than what I thought it would be. I assumed I would learn something about living in Lebanon but there was little of that here. Read morePublished on March 19, 2008 by J. S. bartley