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Out Of It (2012)

by Selma Dabbagh(Favorite Author)
3.38 of 5 Votes: 4
1608198766 (ISBN13: 9781608198764)
Bloomsbury USA
review 1: The initial pages of the book were a bit puzzling as the narrative style is pretty complex. Slowly, as you read the book you will get used to 'b' being talked about before 'a'. It is an interesting read. I shall give it three stars as the end was pretty vague. Also if the author has included a character similar to Leila Khaled, the great Leila Khaled of the Palestinian revolution, then she hasn't developed it well making her weak at some points. This was a disappointment. The novel is about the influential in Palestine, what about people on the margins.
review 2: A first-reads giveaway win for me, Out of It was a perfectly fine book, but it was just missing something for me. I will readily admit I should know more about Palestine and Israel, but I really only
... morehave the most basic of understandings of it. I felt this book was expecting the reader to already know more, such as an understanding of the politics and resistance movements within Palestine in it's struggle for the land it was promised to keep. I also, just did not particularly relate to the characters, it was lacking something to really draw me to them and make me really care about them. I felt that if there is such a thing as spoiled brats in Palestine, then Rashid and Iman fit the bill, especially Rashid. When he was complaining about his mom killing his pot plant, I just wanted to sock him. I thought he was going to have a redemptive moment when he planned to make the ultimate sacrifice, but that didn't happen. It just felt to me that these characters were supposed to represent the youth of Palestine, but all they wanted was to escape it and they really did a whole lot of nothing. less
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