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Salam Pax: The Clandestine Diary of an Ordinary Iraqi

by Salam Pax

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This was an interesting book. I think when I think of the blogs I frequent they tend to be on the more flippant variety of celebrity or fashion variety so it's good to have a reminder sometimes what type of less frivolous things can get be conveyed with the medium. Salam Pax was an internet blogger who became famous due to his input on his blog about Iraq pre, during and post the invasion. He's a 180 from what most people would think of the stereotypical Iraqi - for one he drops the names of 'Western' music into his blogs and in every regard he is a guy you could find anywhere in the world. It's not something you see portrayed very often.

The book was interesting purely from a sociological standpoint as you see how the knowledge that your country is going to be bombed at any moment and how that affects your everyday life and, more bizarrely how it doesn't affect your life. There are some dark moments stated in passing about seeing a man on the street without a leg after the grenade he was carrying went off, or how someone couldn't go out because there was part of a dead person on their lawn but these are balanced by lighter moments as well.

In my opinion it's not great but it's insightful and it's a wonderful thing to see how the world has moved on where, even in the middle of a warzone, we can still get internet coverage of what's going on. A blurb on the front cover says that it's similar to Anne Frank - I don't agree with it. With Anne Frank's diary we had an emotional connection with her and it was the little details - the complaining, the angst, the spoiled tantrums that we were never meant to see because they were in her diary that made her story so heartbreaking. Pax admits that people reading his blog, designed for public consumption, don't really know him - they see the side of him that he wants to portray and that's fine. Maybe that's the modernity of things - more facts, more access but less emotive.

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  sunnycouger | Sep 20, 2013 |
Taken from the blog of Iraqi Salam Pax, from the days leading up to the U.S. invasion and those following. Salam is a great blogger, full of real feeling, ranting and commenting on life in Baghdad. This is a man who knows what Saddam Hussein is, but knows that the U.S. coming in as "liberators" is not the answer. A great fan of music, films, books, his entries are witty, funny as well as giving a rarely heard Iraqi perspective of what was happening. ( )
  soffitta1 | Oct 13, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0802140440, Paperback)

Salam Pax has attracted a huge worldwide readership for the Internet diary he kept during the buildup, prosecution, and aftermath of the war in Iraq. Bringing his incisive and sharply funny Web postings together in print for the first time, Salam Pax provides one of the most gripping accounts of the Iraq conflict and will be the subject of global media attention. In September 2002, twenty-nine-year-old Iraqi architect calling himself "Salam Pax" began posting daily accounts of everyday life in Baghdad onto the Internet. Salam daily risked retribution from Saddam's regime, as more than 200,000 people went missing under Saddam, many for far lesser crimes than the open criticism of the regime that Salam voiced in his diary. Salam Pax's sharp, candid, and often dryly funny articles soon attracted a worldwide readership. In the months that followed, as a huge American-led force gathered to destroy Saddam's hated regime, Salam's Internet diary became a unique record of the anticipation, anger, resentment, humor, and sheer terror felt by an ordinary man living through the final days of Saddam Hussein's twenty-five-year dictatorship, and the aftermath of its destruction.

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"In September 2002, a young twenty-nine-year-old Iraqi architect calling himself Salam Pax began posting in English daily accounts of everyday life in Baghdad onto the Internet. Salam Pax attracted a huge worldwide readership for his incisive and sharply funny Web postings, which provided a unique account of the anticipation, resentment, amusement, and sheer terror felt by an ordinary man living through the final days of a long dictatorship, and the chaos that followed its destruction." "Bringing these writings together for the first time, Salam Pax: The Clandestine Diary of an Ordinary Iraqi provides one of the most gripping accounts of the Iraqi conflict."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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