ONE GREAT READ RETURNS!
Once again the West Lafayette Public Library joins with the Tippecanoe County Public Libraries, Civic Theater, TAF, WALLA, Barnes and Noble and Robots and Rogues Book Shop to present a community read.
Muslim Journeys Presents: In the Country of Men
Muslim Journeys- Let's Talk About It Presents:
In the Country of Men by Hisham Matar
Thursday, August 28, at 6:30 pm in the Elm Room at the West Lafayette Public Library
Discussion Led by Dr. Idrissi Alami Dahmen and Dr. Lynne Dahmen
Shortlisted for the 2006 Man Booker Prize, Matar's debut novel tracks the effects of Libyan strongman Khadafy's 1969 September revolution on the el-Dawani family, as seen by nine-year-old Suleiman, who narrates as an adult. Living in Tripoli ten years after the revolution with his parents and spending lazy summer days with his best friend, Kareem, Suleiman has his world turned upside down when the secret police puts the family in its sights. Though Suleiman does not know it, his father has spoken against the regime and is a clandestine agitator—along with families in the neighborhood. When Kareem's father is arrested as a traitor, Suleiman's own father appears to be next. The ensuing brutality resonates beyond the bloody events themselves to a brutalizing of heart and mind for all concerned. Matar renders it brilliantly, as well as zeroing in on the regime's reign of terror itself: mock trials, televised executions, neighbors informing on friends, persecution mania in those remaining. By the end, Suleiman's father must either renounce the cause or die for it, and Suleiman faces the aftermath of conflicts (including one with Kareem) that have left no one untouched. Suleiman's bewilderment speaks volumes. Matar wrests beauty from searing dread and loss.
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NO GRAVES YET by Anne Perry
One hundred years ago this month Sir Edward Grey wrote "The lamps are going out all over Europe, we shall not see them lit again in our life-time" as the First World War began.
Novelist Anne Perry takes us deep into the British psyche that fateful summer of 1914 with this murder-mystery where we meet characters whose idyllic lives at Cambridge University are torn apart by murder, deceit and the looming darkness of continental war.
A marvelous introduction to a world that is now only a memory, seen through the eyes of characters we celebrate with and mourn over losing. Quite the Summer Read!
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