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Origins: A Memoir Hardcover – Bargain Price, May 13, 2008
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Maalouf's interest in his own origins, and its impact on his writings is made known when he reveals in one of the chapters how a story of a cousin who goes on a hunger-strike to challenge family's objection to his desire to further pursue his studies has inspired the story of the struggle through which the main protagonist in his book, The Rock of Tanios, had to go through.
The Maaloufs may have led a very ordinary life, but the presentation of their lives and the branching out that had subsequently occurred within the family, allowing it to stretch throughout various continents is what makes it an extraordinary story. Moreover, the author's personal journey, both emotional and physical, to trace the lives of great-uncles and great-grandfathers relying solely on surviving correspondences that were saved by family gives the narrative an intense edge, transforming it into a scintillating cinematic spectacle in the mind's eye of the reader. The book, unfortunately, ends too soon before the reader's curiosity is satiated. We are made aware that the author's primary source and window on the past was his father, but there is little said about Rushdi, whose name is mentioned only once in the book. I wonder, will the author follow this one with a sequel? I do hope so.
Origins is very original and enjoyable. I suddenly feel a strong and intimate belonging to the village of Machrah. Lebanon is the land of mythical real-life stories and brilliant story-tellers.
Matt Brown, Spokane, WA
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Very educational and interesting. I found it very fascinating too because it takes place around the time my forebears emigrated from Lebanon in the late 19th century.Published on November 30, 2013 by Wallace J. Tubell
I rarely opt to discard a book part way through. But I'm going to leave this one less than a third in. The writing is solid, but I found it too slow to hold me. Read morePublished on October 8, 2013 by Bunny A. Goodjohn