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    THE DOG AT MY HOMEWORKI read this book months back when recovering from an ankle replacementMy husband bought us new iphones He took my old iphone into the Verizon store to make the transfer The 'only' thing they didn't transfer was my 'notes' 'All' my book reviews are gone We went to the Apple store yesterday crying for help Yep mistake was made Next time we go only to the Apple store to begin with Here is what I remember Karim is a medical doctor who has return to Beirut He left his wife and daughters back in France He re connects with his twin brother Nasim after many years with plans to build hospitals together Being back home brings up incomplete memories for Karim He had been homesick but what he really wanted to do was track down an old 'phantom' of the civil war The author explores Lebanon's history of violence displacement and raises moral complex uestions what to justify and what not to The author also paints us a picture of this the brothers personals messy lives present and past memories A woman that Karim loved is now married to Nasim Both brothers cheat on their wives normal behavior in in 1989 Beirut?Karim is sensitive intelligent and joined the leftist Palestinian forces Nasim street smarts and joined the Christian Phalangists There was many person stories deaths murders and loss love heroes and villains A running theme in the book was 'why did Karim return to his home country? What was he most looking to achieve? Seems to me he was trying to piece together the many broken pieces of his past life personal and historical to his country that were still haunting him like the title of the book suggests The Broken Mirrors The storytelling is complex yet intimate I've been to the Middle East in 1973 so it helped me visualize the setting even the dialogues A little about the author just a little talented ha VERY At various stages of his life Elias Khoury has been a dramatist a literary critic a journalist and a professor of Middle Eastern studies At the same time he has written novels a number of which play out against the civil war and political upheaval in his native Lebanon


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    BEIRUTThe Broken Mirrors Sinalcol is a complex and complicated novel set in Beirut It explores the Lebanese Civil War from 1975 to1990 through the eyes of one family Karim a doctor married and living in Montpellier revisits Beirut as the war draws to a close He is as Khoury says a typical Lebanese – only happy when on a plane either fleeing from a city which has become too frightening and oppressive or heading back to a city he cannot live withoutThe base story is the relationship between Karim and his ‘twin’ brother Nasim who had not fled Lebanon but had stayed in Beirut and prospered during the war years His ‘twin’ because his father declared them to be such and brought them up as such – even though they were born weeks apart from different mothers In many ways Karim sees the broken mirror of himself in Nasim – Nasim has not made his money by entirely legitimate means Nasim has also married a girl who was going to marry Karim their relationship is confused and murky – an allegory for much of what happens in Beirut where the truth is often hard to fathom Nasim and Karim behaved as ‘one person’ in their youth and in many ways that is what they still areThe story is told through flashbacks to the height of the civil war That was when I understood the fighters It’s funny really A fighter goes to fight and he’s dying of fear So to stop being afraid he shoots someone It’s like the merry go round the children play on We learn about the different groups and the intricate interplay between them About the Christian Phalangists and their Israeli allies about the Fedayeen guerillas fighting with Palestinians against Israel – and the crossover between the two based on the practicalities of co existing in one community Nasim is a Phalangist and Karim fights with the Fedayeen but that does not stop them leading a ‘normal’ family life We learn of the massacre by the Phalangists with Israeli soldiers standing by at the two Palestine refugee camps Shatila and Sabra The Muslims and Arabs seem to have become the Jews of Europe now Strange how people are put together Capitalist societies seem to need anti Semitism to release their inner complexes The Arabs and Muslims are becoming the Jews of Europe and the Palestinians have become the Jews of the Jews It’s bewilderingBeirut comes though the book as a thoroughly confusing and contradictory place indeed the city is ”bewildering” The months he’d spent in his city had been enough to reveal Beirut’s secret which was that the city was made up of mirrors and that the individual was not one but a collection of individuals who had made from their misery mirrors for their souls An example of this is Sinalcol of the title Sinalcol is a legendary figure in the civil war with a reputation for great bravery We are led to believe that he could or could not be Kasim himself We never know for certain – but most likely he is a cracked mirror image of someone Kasim believed he might have beenThere is no doubt that The Broken Mirrors Sinalcol is a BIG book It describes extremely well and sensitively the relationship between Nasim and Karim the battles they have had and the women they have or have not shared But it does this against an authentic historical background of great complexity Khoury fought with the Fedayeen before becoming a researcher with the Palestine Liberation Organisation and clearly knows what he is writing about He also enlisted the help of Jim Muir the BBC’s correspondent in Beirut to ensure the accuracy of recent Lebanese history There are eighteen pages of glossary at the end of my edition to keep the reader fully up to speed with all that is going on – it is not an easy book but it is a very worthwhile oneA fascinating insight into an extremely significant part of recent Middle East history Travel fiction at its best


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    Rose of LebanonHis life had become a broken mirror He'd lied a lot and they'd lied to him a lot but his return to Beirut and his consent to his brother's hospital construction project were the mistakes that had brought his whole story out into the open and shattered it making it hard to gather up the slivers and put flesh back onto a life that had been smashed to piecesIn the opening chapter of this long novel Karim Shammas a Lebanese physician is about to leave Beirut to return to Montpellier in France where he practices in a hospital But Khoury no sooner mentions this departure which is interrupted by shelling than he goes back to his earlier one when Karim left Beirut for the first time This is but one example of the author's tendency to conflate and telescope time He does the same with people In a single sentence we learn about the recent death of Karim's father a wealthy pharmacist and his twin brother Nasim's plan to build a hospital In six lines on the first page Karim mentions four women that he has loved Ghazala Muna Bernadette and Hend No explanation just the namesMy first impression was that I was reading a later volume in a multi part saga and that those who had started from the beginning would know all these names and their stories to date But no it is simply Khoury's narrative method which may well have roots in some Middle Eastern storytelling tradition He presents a tight knot of family lovers and families of lovers folded together like a furled rose and then watches it come into bloom returning again and again to characters and events as the petals open adding details seeing the same thing from different angles It is a slow almost hypnotic approach but you keep reading for two reasons One is that like a rose it also has a scent the smell of labneh zaafar and Lebanese apples that come back to Karim in distant France while he is making love awakening a devastating homesickness The whole novel is a love poem to his shattered countryThe other reason to keep reading is that the country is shattered and Khoury's narrative will eventually turn back to the thorns and stem of that rose the various wars that have torn it apart and in some respects still continue to do so When these are added to the mix the novel is no longer merely about family and sexual dynamics But while opening out in subject matter it continues to furl in upon itself obsessively reexamining the same elements And although the viewpoint keeps subtly shifting and new insights continue to emerge the process may be too slow to hold many readers' interest


  4. says:

    This is a complex novel and unfortunately I found that the rewards weren’t enough to compensate for the effort reuired to read it It’s the story of brothers Karim and Nasim set against the background of the Lebanese Civil War 1975 1990 and Khoury explores the dislocating effects of the war on Beirut and the brothers themselves especially as they take different sides in the conflict The narrative is discursive and jumps about a lot There are allusions and ideas that I felt were there but which usually escaped me My fault perhaps but nevertheless this had an alienating effect I know that Khoury is considered one of the giants of Arabic literature but I find his style difficult and confusing and I must admit to giving up on the book something I am always reluctant to do when reviewing for Netgalley But I simply wasn’t enjoying it


  5. says:

    Wonderfully translated evocative read An reliable narrator make for broken stories with the readers opinion of the situation and characters changing with each new viewpoint revealed or added piece of the story unfurling A book written on many levels Part family drama part social comment part history part political Layered and atmospheric Worth the concentration needed for the plot turns not twists it is too clever for a twist It weaves and winds back wards and forwards lost and sad Loved it


  6. says:

    Abandoned it at page 70 due to exaggerated abundance of unnecessary bed details and sex scenes and non logical relationships and lots of drinking which completely covered the joy of reading and the main point of the story Disappointing compared to the review on the book’s cover Never read anything by the author and so this is not encouraging me to read anything else written by him


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    what a big sometimes wonderful sometimes tiring mess of a book Broken Mirrors is all about fragments so many stories so many people all in the middle of the war in the mid 70's to 1990 in Lebanon The book makes sense but is not an easy book to love A 35


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    In his introduction to Elias Khoury’s Little Mountain Edward Said attributes to him the following uote about Lebanon “the past is discredited the future completely uncertain the present unknowable” That could well be the blurb of Khoury’s latest novel The Broken Mirrors Sinalcol Sinalcol is the story of Karim who flees Lebanon soon after the outbreak of the Civil War Karim wants to build a new world for himself in Montpellier abandoning “his life among the bombs that had made gaps in his soul and his memory precisely so that he could begin a new one” p 204 to “erase his memories and manufacture new ones” p 227But now at the age of forty with a successful dermatology practice married to a Frenchwoman and with two daughters Karim inexplicably accepts his brother’s invitation to return to Beirut and help set up a hospital during the temporary truce And from the outset it is clear to Karim that the hospital is no than a reason of convenience When he had left Lebanon he had done so under the shadow of personal and political betrayal “his life like a rubble of events and memories that it was beyond him by then to reorganize” p 204 The intervening years in a faraway country have only served to heighten his own sense of dislocation Even as the Lebanese Civil War intensifies his brother marries Hend his lover whom he had left behind when he fled and his father dies So now after all these years Karim is driven to return to “repair his mirror and redraw his image” p 267 and to “find” once an enigmatic individual lost to him in the northern Lebanese city of Tripoli who goes only by the name of “Sinalcol” expectedly we are left in uncertainty until the very end about whether Sinalcol exists at all whether he’s alive or dead or simply an invented alter ego of Karim’sFull review here


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    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest reviewThe story of two brothers during the Lebanese civil war is insightful and poignant as the brothers take opposing sides Perhaps due to translation or ? the writing seemed disjointed Although well written I had difficulties with Elias Khoury's style of story telling


  10. says:

    Got very into this Khoury is an incredibly deft and adept storyteller Loved the interweaving of the relationships between the protagonist and his father and brother with his relationships with women all measured against the yardstick of language It dragged on for me a bit towards the end but overall I really enjoyed it


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المترجم، ينتقل من كلام اللسان إلى كلام الجسد، كأنه يترجم الحكي ويُعيد تأليفه، هذه هي حكايته مع غزالة الياس خوري روائي لبناني، من مواليد بيروت 1948، رئيس تحرير مجلّة الدراسات الفلسطينيّة، وأستاذ في جامعة نيويورك تُرجمت رواياته إلى العديد من اللغا what a big sometimes wonderful sometimes tiring mess of a book Broken Mirrors is all about fragments so many stories so many people all in the middle of the war in the mid 70's to 1990 in Lebanon The book makes sense but is not an easy book to love A 35 Beans and Rice, Rice and Beans is all about fragments so many stories so many people all Lords of Misrule: Mardi Gras and the Politics of Race in New Orleans in the middle of the war The Miracle Match: Chappell, Lillee, Richards and the most electric moment in Australian Cricket in the mid 70's to 1990 The Dreadlock Journey in Lebanon The book makes sense but Lunastus is not an easy book to love A 35

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كان خلال إقامته الطويلة في فرنسا يحلم بالتفاح اللبناني، يمزج عطر التفاح برائحة البن، وينتشي بطفولتهلم يفهم كريم معنى رائحة الطفولة إلاّ في الغُربة، هناك، في المدينة الفرنسيّة البعيدة، شعر كريم بعذاب الرائحة التي اختفت قال لبرناديت عن رائحة ال Rose of LebanonHis life had become a broken mirror He'd lied a lot and they'd lied to him a lot but his return to Beirut and his consent to his brother's hospital construction project were the mistakes that had brought his whole story out into the open and shattered it making it hard to gather up the slivers and put flesh back onto a life that had been smashed to piecesIn the opening chapter of this long novel Karim Shammas a Lebanese physician is about to leave Beirut to return to Montpellier in France where he practices in a hospital But Khoury no sooner mentions this departure which is interrupted by shelling than he goes back to his earlier one when Karim left Beirut for the first time This is but one example of the author's tendency to conflate and telescope time He does the same with people In a single sentence we learn about the recent death of Karim's father a wealthy pharmacist and his twin brother Nasim's plan to build a hospital In six lines on the first page Karim mentions four women that he has loved Ghazala Muna Bernadette and Hend No explanation just the namesMy first impression was that I was reading a later volume in a multi part saga and that those who had started from the beginning would know all these names and their stories to date But no it is simply Khoury's narrative method which may well have roots in some Middle Eastern storytelling tradition He presents a tight knot of family lovers and families of lovers folded together like a furled rose and then watches it come into bloom returning again and again to characters and events as the petals open adding details seeing the same thing from different angles It is a slow almost hypnotic approach but you keep reading for two reasons One is that like a rose it also has a scent the smell of labneh zaafar and Lebanese apples that come back to Karim in distant France while he is making love awakening a devastating homesickness The whole novel is a love poem to his shattered countryThe other reason to keep reading is that the country is shattered and Khoury's narrative will eventually turn back to the thorns and stem of that rose the various wars that have torn it apart and in some respects still continue to do so When these are added to the mix the novel is no longer merely about family and sexual dynamics But while opening out in subject matter it continues to furl in upon itself obsessively reexamining the same elements And although the viewpoint keeps subtly shifting and new insights continue to emerge the process may be too slow to hold many readers' interest Waiting for the Rainbow into the open and shattered Der Talisman Des Rosenkreuzers Roman it making Oi! 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فّاح والبنّ، لكنّه عجز عن وصفها، كيف نصف الرائحة لمن لم يشمّها أو يتذوّقها اكتشف كريم عجزه عن الكلام لأنّه لا يستطيع أن يترجم ذاكرته، وتوتّر الحنين الذي يفترسه في كلمات، لينتهي بعد ذلك إلى اكتشاف أنّ ممارسة الحبّ ليست إلاّ ترجمة للكلامالعاشق، ك This is a complex novel and unfortunately I found that the rewards weren’t enough to compensate for the effort reuired to read it It’s the story of brothers Karim and Nasim set against the background of the Lebanese Civil War 1975 1990 and Khoury explores the dislocating effects of the war on Beirut and the brothers themselves especially as they take different sides in the conflict The narrative is discursive and jumps about a lot There are allusions and ideas that I felt were there but which usually escaped me My fault perhaps but nevertheless this had an alienating effect I know that Khoury is considered one of the giants of Arabic literature but I find his style difficult and confusing and I must admit to giving up on the book something I am always reluctant to do when reviewing for Netgalley But I simply wasn’t enjoying it