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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Koolids for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Koolaids alamedsine Rabih Alameddine. The Art of War by Rabih Alameddine. Detailing the impact of the AIDS epidemic and the Lebanese civil war in Beirut on a circle of friends and family, “Koolaids” tells the rabib of characters who can no longer love or think except in fragments of time, each of which goes off along its own trajectory and immediately disappears.
Clips, quips, vignettes and hallucinations, tragic news reports and hilarious sho Detailing the impact of the AIDS epidemic and the Lebanese civil war in Beirut on a circle of friends and family, “Koolaids” tells the stories of characters who can no longer love or think except in fragments of time, each of which goes off along its own trajectory and immediately disappears.
Clips, quips, vignettes and hallucinations, tragic news reports and hilarious short plays, conversations with both the quick and the dead, all shine their combined lights to reveal the way we experience life today in this ambitious novel. Hardcoverpages. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about Koolaidsplease sign up. Lists with This Book. I adore many parts of the book, I dislike a few and I don’t know what to think about some others This one is not easy to review for me But I am going to review it. A Novel to read. This man CAN write.
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I wasn’t able to say for sure WHO was narrating at the moment. But I also noticed that I didn’t c 3. But I also noticed that I didn’t care. It is not important in THIS structure. It doesn’t actually play any role.
IT is only about HOW and it is great. I admire his love for his homeland. I ragih I could understand the difficult history behind. In the second half of the book the author became more klolaids, specific, political and. I CAN’T share his opinion. Even if his point of view understandable. But every coin has two sides. Borges told me historical truth is not what took place; it is what we think took place.
Can’t they koolajds get a gay man to write one of those, as opposed alsmeddine the constant crap we have to be subjected to? As usual, with that lovable son of a bitch, he was lying. He was never a Raphael. On the other hand, when I was twelve I could draw better than Picasso.
I always wished I could have met him to tell him that. The day he died, I was thirteen. God destroys the faggots with fire and brimstone. He turns a disobedient wife into salt.
But he asks us to idolize drunks who sleep with their daughters of offer them to a horny, unruly mob. This is the lesson of Sodom and Gomorrah: A deeply philosophical time of the year when I ponder what on earth a bunny rabbit has to rabihh with eggs and why, if they beat you, spit on you, and nail you to cross, you’d want to call that particular Friday a Good Friday?
It is so fucking rbih. Beirut is probably the greatest city in the world. One of the oldest, if not the moolaids, with more history in one of its neighborhoods than all the cities of the United States. It really irritates me. Of course, the corollary statement, ” I hear Beirut used to be the Switzerland of the Middle East” is just as inane.
There is no comparison. Paris is Paris and Beirut is Beirut. The people who say such idiotic statements have never been in Beirut, of course. If it weren’t for the war, they would never have heard of it. Just like people who say, “Some of my best friends are gay.
I hate people who say that. View all 9 comments.
Koolaids — Rabih Alameddine
View all 4 comments. Nov 06, Michael rated it it was amazing. One of the best books I’ve ever read: A series of vignettes told from a variety of voices; time and location fold on themselves, and I am left wondering who is speaking and realizing, somewhat ironically, that it doesn’t matter.
Humorous in its serious understanding of futility and hope and death and longing.
Mar 19, Margot rated it liked it Shelves: I read this book after being blown away by The Hakawati speaking of underlining book titles, the MLA has changed their guidelines to suggest italics insteadand wanted to read something else by Alameddine.
There is not much of comparison between the two works. The multiple narrative perspectives are there in both books, Lebanon as seen by an expatriot, but the similarities end there.
Koolaids makes parallels between war-torn Lebanon and the gay community torn apart by the AIDS epidemic. The ma I read this book after being blown away by The Hakawati speaking of underlining book titles, the MLA has changed their guidelines to suggest italics insteadand wanted to read something else by Alameddine. The main perspective is Mohammad, a painter from Lebanon who moves to the United States and is part of a close community of gay men.
We experience the civil war in Lebanon and the AIDS epidemic through the lenses of several characters: The narrative unravels like the delirious end-of-life ramblings of an invalid, and it is often difficult to tell who is who.
Let’s see a sample: In this case, it was the kiss of death. We would have been spared reading so many dull books. But he asks us to idolize drunks who sleep with their daughters or offer them to a horny, unruly mob. It sounds like a tag team professional wrestling match with too many referees.
Those infected with the virus are known to close their eyes, and fire, hoping to hit something. You know, AIDS TM is a registered trademark of Burroughs Wellcome, use of this trademark without paying royalties to its rightful owner is a crime punishable by a slow, torturous, torturous death.
For us Muslims, we just stone adulterers to death, which is much more humane than guilt. A deeply philosophical time of the year when I ponder what on earth a bunny rabbit has to do with eggs and why, if they beat you, spit on you, and nail you to a cross, you’d want to call that particular Friday a Good Friday? When you write a book about AIDS and what it brings in its wake, is not an easy task for sure.
The book just jumped at readers and they I think too notice of him then. I cannot for the life of me imagine something like this happening to me or my loved ones, so whenever I read something like this, I am completely overwhelmed by it.
It is a fresh new voice then when the book released and is very different from his other books. The characters are plenty — they love and dream in fragments. As a reader, I just gave in to the book without trying to make much of it in the first fifty pages and when I started, I was too entranced by the language and over all plot to care about the writing.
It is stories such as these alamedddine deeply affect us and our lives. Apr 09, Denny rated it really klolaids it. Have loved the books by Rabih Alameddine so this was a disappointment compared to those. Laameddine of the problem for me was the constantly changing narrator and I couldn’t always tell who was who.
So couldn’t tell whose opinion on certain things I was hearing. It was frustrating, but also went in with very high expectations and those are hard to live up to sometimes.
Sep 07, Lilium rated it liked it. I liked so many parts of koolais book, I just wish it’s a little more cohesive, at times I didn’t knew who the hell is narrating which part. I think I’ll koolaies it a few times,just to grasp it better.
On page Alameddine explains the book: It would have no beginning and no end. It would not flow in order. The tenses would make so sense.