- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Liveright; 1 edition (January 10, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1631492551
- ISBN-13: 978-1631492556
- Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.4 x 8.6 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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The New Odyssey: The Story of the Twenty-First Century Refugee Crisis 1st Edition
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“[A] a deeply reported account… Kingsley gives a sympathetic and often damning portrayal of the extraordinary risks and efforts that so many refugees have taken to find a new life. He puts a human face on the hyper-politicized refugee crisis while conveying the magnitude of the crisis.”
- The Washington Post
“[A] fascinating study…The New Odyssey start[s] to do for the refugees what British abolitionists did for the slave trade. [It] mobilize[s] eyewitness testimony to promote empathy, and through empathy, better policy.”
- Maya Jasanoff, Guardian
“Tremendously impressive…The details are vivid, sometimes shocking, always telling; and the desperation and courage of those such as Hashem al-Souki are profoundly moving. The story of what lies behind the continuing and appalling news from the Mediterranean has rarely been told so strongly.”
- Phillip Pullman
“[An] an urgent appeal to humanity and reason…a compelling read.”
- New Republic
“Kingsley is doing the world an invaluable service by showing that migrants are particular and human, not collective and a group, and that each of them―just like us―has a story of their own.”
- David Hare
“[One of] the most important books you will read this year…[Kingsley’s] experience reporting from the front lines of the crisis gives an unrivaled perspective…powerful.”
- Suzanne Lynch, Irish Times
“A lucid and unflinching book that captures the ripples of the largest wave of mass migration since World War II. The New Odyssey delicately grapples with the task of encapsulating the crisis without diminishing its sprawling horror...The New Odyssey is a story that you cannot avoid.”
- Lauren LeBlanc, St. Louis Post Dispatch
“Bravely following the refugee crisis from the Middle East to the European Union as it gains volume and urgency…Kingsley (How to be Danish: A Journey to the Cultural Heart of Denmark, 2014) takes both a personal and altruistic approach to the massive migration of peoples fleeing Syria and other global hot spots…A powerful firsthand account of a crisis that will continue to receive even more attention in the years to come.”
- Kirkus (starred review)
“A vivid picture of the human suffering that migrants face during their journey. . . . Anyone who thinks that the refugee crisis is a straightforward problem – to be solved with iron fences or with welcoming committees – will benefit from The New Odyssey...By looking at warm-hearted rescuers as well as cold-blooded smugglers, and possible solutions as well as grave problems, Kingsley finds the good – and the hope – in a truly massive challenge to our collective humanity.”
- James Norton, Christian Science Monitor
“An essential account of a crisis we’ve hardly begun to grapple with.”
- O, The Oprah Magazine
“Policymakers can often forget the plight of the individual men, women, and children who have migrated. . . . The New Odyssey . . . chronicle[s] the uncertainties and fears of the courageous, desperate, and sometimes foolhardy voyagers. They offer an important rejoinder to the idea, widespread across Europe, that such journeys are acts of pure opportunism.”
- Elizabeth Collett, Foreign Affairs
About the Author
Patrick Kingsley is the Guardian’s inaugural migration correspondent. An award-winning journalist, he has reported from more than twenty-five countries and is the author of The New Odyssey and How to Be Danish.
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Kingsley also puts today’s mass migration into context: people have been migrating to Europe for centuries, and in large numbers since the 1960s, so the current movement should be no surprise. For the most part, Kingsley lets the stories stand on their own, and allows the reader to decide what should be done to change this situation. As of today, trends in migration to Europe show no sign of abating, so even this story of refugees in 2015 remains relevant and important.