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The Tiller of Waters By Hoda Barakat,

  • Title: The Tiller of Waters
  • Author: Hoda Barakat
  • ISBN: 9789774248634
  • Page: 229
  • Format: Paperback
  • This spellbinding novel narrates the many layered recollections of a hallucinating man in devastated Beirut The desolate, almost surreal, urban landscape is enriched by the unfolding of the family sagas of Niqula Mitri and his beloved Shamsa, the Kurdish maid Mitri reminisces about his Egyptian mother and his father who came back to settle in Beirut after a long stay inThis spellbinding novel narrates the many layered recollections of a hallucinating man in devastated Beirut The desolate, almost surreal, urban landscape is enriched by the unfolding of the family sagas of Niqula Mitri and his beloved Shamsa, the Kurdish maid Mitri reminisces about his Egyptian mother and his father who came back to settle in Beirut after a long stay in Egypt Both Mitri and his father are textile merchants and see the world through the code of cloth, from the intimacy of linen, velvet, and silk to the most impersonal of synthetics Shamsa in turn relates her story, the myriad adventures of her parents and grandparents who moved from Iraqi Kurdistan to Beirut Haunting scenes of pastoral Kurds are juxtaposed against the sedentary decadence of metropolitan residents Barakat weaves into her sophisticated narrative shreds of scientific discourse about herbal plants and textile crafts, customs and manners of Arabs, Armenians, and Kurds, mythological figures from ancient Greece, Mesopotamia, Phoenicia, and Arabia, the theosophy of the African Dogons and the medieval Byzantines, and historical accounts of the Crusades in the Holy Land and the silk route to China.
    The Tiller of Waters This spellbinding novel narrates the many layered recollections of a hallucinating man in devastated Beirut The desolate almost surreal urban landscape is enriched by the unfolding of the family sag

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    1. hoda barakat reveals a invesitgation of where our minds would go were we to be left alone thankfully her protaganist wasn t a politican this book took me some time to become invested in its brevity hasn t been an incentive to finish it quickly but there are precious nuggets of wisdom within the book it does the reader the favor of mentioning the breadth of destruction in beruit and insinuations of israeli militancy this nuance is important for two reasons the relief to read a commentary on war i [...]

    2. A very interesting book about a war in Lebanon and a person stuck in the middle of it But the book is also about material, and weaving, and cloth and there is a beautiful section near the end about silk Here is a small example of the beautiful use of language this section is about silk Come a little nearer, and close your eyes so that their energy will pass into your ears What do you hear the sound of a pent up brook suddenly freed, or a wave crashing onto hot sand, or the escape of a breath tha [...]

    3. A surreal novel for those who are familiar with the landscape of middle east Flowing fabrics and weavers dominate this prose There is no plot if you are looking for one Initially the book will enchant you with beautiful descriptions but slowly the devastated landscape of Beirut will take you deeper into the rubble of war where a man in his futile ambition to grow a garden on the ruins of his cloth shop looks for new plants Also, it unfolds the Kurdish mythology of how KURDS , came into being, wh [...]

    4. This was one of the most descriptive books I have ever read not always for the best but you ll need to finish it to make up your mind personally the ending really struck a cord with memple yet powerful.

    5. Un romanzo che partendo dalla storia sia passata che recente ha continui salti nel visionario o nel ricordo Un po offuscata l ultima parte.

    6. The Tiller of Waters is a beautiful novel that is vulgarly illusive Don t take me wrong I have no grudge against it you ll find the opposite at the end of this review I use vulgarly illusive to denote the novel s quality for being illusive elusive and telling us so upfront It opens with a list of epigraphs, two of which from Jorge Luis Borges and another from a pre modern Chinese philosopher that sounds so much like Borges The novel presents a narration by Niqula, a Beiruti young man who finds h [...]

    7. Okay, I loved the book I couldn t finish it before it was due back to the library but I read most of it I m a slow reader and whenever I did pick it up and read even a bit, I enjoyed it It s a disturbing war novel taking place in Beirut during the civil war The main, and nearly only, character, after losing his house to squatters, wanders in the bombed out city until he comes to his father s fabric shop It has been bombed and the main floor burned and all of its cheap fabrics melted But in the b [...]

    8. Couldn t get into it The narrator was not likeable, and the whole thing moves too slowly I didn t care for the tone of the books the story within the story took too long to get to I m reading the English translation Maybe it s better in Arabic.

    9. It was OK I read it as a sample of literature for my studies on Lebanese civil war I believe that Hoda Barakat albeit being a great writer does not master the male voice in her writing It is a plotless novel, original in its take theme exploration Surrealism meets magical realism.

    10. A complex narrative created with high literary skills You can watch our YouTube review here youtu Cao5agDRRRI.

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