Apeirogon

Apeirogon

A Novel

Large Print - 2020
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"Bassam Aramin is Palestinian. Rami Elhanan is Israeli. They inhabit a world of intractable conflict that colors every aspect of their daily lives, from the roads they are allowed to take to the schools their daughters, Abir and Smadar, each attend. Theirs is a life in which children from both sides of the wall throw stones at one another. But their worlds shift irreparably when ten-year-old old Abir is killed by a rubber bullet meant to quell unruly crowds, and again when thirteen-year-old Smadar becomes the victim of suicide bombers. When Bassam and Rami learn one another's stories and the loss that connects them, they become part of a much larger tale that ranges over centuries and continents. Apeirogon is a novel that balances on the knife edge of fiction and nonfiction. Bassam and Rami are real men and their actual words are a part of this narrative, one that builds through thousands of moments and images into one grand, unforgettable crescendo"--
Publisher: [New York] :, Random House Large Print,, [2020]
Edition: First large print edition.
Copyright Date: ℗♭2020
ISBN: 9780593207819
0593207815
Branch Call Number: LT FIC MCCA
Characteristics: 642 pages (large print) : illustrations ; 24 cm
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EmilyEm
Mar 17, 2020

Two fathers, one Israeli and the other Palestinian, become friends when they meet in a group for parents whose children have been killed in their country’s long-running conflicts. But, that’s just the simplest description. Like other of his books, which echo in this one, readers are taken through an extraordinary number of random coincidences that reflect our shared humanity.

Amazing way to tell these families’ stories, experiencing the grief and guilt that stays with them and their navigation through ordinary life called by them, the Occupation. But, the book is so much more, although hard to describe. Highly recommended. Almost an experience just to read it!

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brangwinn
Mar 08, 2020

I must preface this review, by saying that I had to read the New York Times book review before I appreciated this book. I don’t like reading other opinions before I read this book, but there was so much information about why McCann wrote this in such short chapters. Once I understood what an apeirogon was, things started to make sense. It is a polygon with an infinate number of sides. It a novel based on the death of two girls in Israel. One is Jewish and one is Muslim. The two fathers became friends and have spent countless hours talking about creating a peaceful world. Voices of many people are heard in this 457-page book. It is not a book to be read quickly, but rather a book to grief the death of innocent people as well as hope that things can change.

debwalker Feb 29, 2020

Reframing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Brothers united in grief for their daughters. Brilliantly told in 1,001 fragmentary chapters, an allusion to the Arabian Nights.

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luv4pez
Feb 28, 2020

This is the best book I've read so far in 2020. I don't remember the last time I rated a book this high. I can't say I "enjoyed" it or "liked" it, because those words aren't appropriate for this book. I don't "enjoy" reading about the deaths of children. I don't "like" graphic descriptions of bombings. This is a difficult book to read because of its subject matter and structure, but it's an important book we should all read.

Apeirogon is a brilliant book. McCann attempts to tell the story of a huge subject (the Israeli-Palestinian conflict). His novel is an apeirogon; it shows the many different sides to a complex and confusing history.

My full review can be seen on my blog, MySplendidMess.com.

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