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Amin Maalouf

Author of The Crusades through Arab Eyes

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About the Author

Amin Maalouf was formerly director of the leading Beirut daily, an-Nahar, and editor of Jeune Afrique.

Works by Amin Maalouf

The Crusades through Arab Eyes (1983) — Author — 2,292 copies
Leo the African (1986) 1,574 copies
Samarkand (1989) — Author — 1,484 copies
Balthasar's Odyssey (2000) — Author — 774 copies
The Rock of Tanios (1993) — Author — 579 copies
The Gardens of Light (1991) — Author — 517 copies
Ports of Call (1996) — Author — 476 copies
Origins (2004) — Author — 294 copies
The Disoriented (2012) — Author — 232 copies
Adrift: How Our World Lost Its Way (2019) — Author — 123 copies
L'Amour de loin (2001) 73 copies
Un fauteuil sur la Seine (2016) — Author — 56 copies

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Read to page 76 and had a hard time staying with it. Although it was good and I may try it again.
glorians | 31 other reviews | Jun 4, 2024 |
All I knew before reading this fictional biography was that St. Augustine converted from this faith to Christianity, so this book was a revelation. Not much is known about Mani's life historically, other than the highlights. He formed his philosophy [?]/Syncretic dualistic religion [?], Manichaeism, promulgated it under the protection of one ruler of ancient Persia, and was killed by a successor. Beautifully written and, I thought, logically, for its subject. He brought Mani alive to me.
janerawoof | 13 other reviews | Mar 13, 2024 |
The Disoriented opens with a phone call from an "Old Country", about a dying friend who hasn't talked to Adam, the protagonist, for 25 years. Immediately, Adam drops everything and goes back "home" on a "pilgrimage" of a sort, to find pieces of his lost youth, as well as to try to get his old group of friends scattered across the world back together for one last time.

This book was nothing like I imagined. I expected a much heavier read, but I got a breezy, enjoyable fiction that wasn't lacking in substance. There were many beautiful paragraphs about heavy, important topics that are very close to my heart. Even though I'm not from the Middle East, I found so many similarities to the part of the world that I'm from. It is a region that went through a similar crisis and transformed very much like author's native Lebanon (which remains unnamed in this book).

The parts that describe leaving one's homeland and coming back to face the ones who never left were especially powerful. There is a particular dynamics between those who leave and those who stay, to quote E. Ferrante, that Amin Maalouf masterfully recreated in this novel. But, as I said, there is a certain effervescent quality in his writing, written by an old-world erudite without pretentiousness, that is rare in contemporary fiction. The book has such a beautiful humanist outlook. I found it very refreshing.

If I'd change anything it is the end, but the more I think about it, the more it is exactly as it should be.
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ZeljanaMaricFerli | 12 other reviews | Mar 4, 2024 |
AnkaraLibrary | 23 other reviews | Feb 23, 2024 |



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