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Lebanon--Where East Meets West

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On turning forty the author leaves Paris and the West for Asia. En route he spends a Summer teaching English in Beirut, a city that was once a byword for civil war, terrorism and the clash between East and West. Twenty years after the war ended, there are still scarred buildings and psyches, and religious and ethnic fault lines, but the country has been reborn. Few countri ...more
Published 2012
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Part travelogue, part essay and part history, this book is absolutely essential reading for anyone planning to visit Lebanon. Despite his relatively short stay, it is clear that Donnelly immersed himself in Lebanese life, and presents a witty reflection on his experiences. Apart from Beirut life, we are also treated to stories of his experiments in tourism, not only in Lebanon but also in Syria - and these really are laugh-out-loud. This is an entertaining book for sure, but it's also an educati ...more
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Apr 30, 2012 Phillip Donnelly rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
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"More a diary than a guide book, the author manages to be both humourous and informative." Dr K Katt, Professor of Feline Studies.
"We learn that Lebanon is richly layered and deeply intriguing, but most of all, we learn that it is fun!" A Ego, noted journalist with the Frontal Lobe Echo
"In this short book we learn something of Lebanon today and something of Lebanon's past, and like the author, we are always left wanting more." P Humbug, Chief Editor at the Alien Press Enterprises
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