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The Road to Chlifa

3.28 of 5 stars 3.28  ·  rating details  ·  408 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Karim has journeyed a long way from his home in war-torn Beirut to his new high school in Quebec. He now faces many challenges including contempt and racism. But he does find a new companion who helps see him through this huge adjustment.
Published (first published October 21st 1992)
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Abbe "The Awesome Senior" Hinder
I read this in French for my French class. My exam was on this book and let me tell you, it took everything in me to finish this. Nothing happens until(view spoiler) So, for the first 200 pages it's just Karim in Montreal hating everything then back in Beyrouth where the civil war is still going on. And in Beyrouth all the way to Chlifa it's just them walking...and walking...and walking. They run into close to no danger, there is no action, and most of a ...more
I absolutely and completely hated this book with the loathing power of eighty suns. The characters were tolerable at best, and at worst, I don't even want to go into it. The storyline was vicious and upsetting and just generally not good. I would never recommend this unless I didn't like you at all. That's all I can say.
Petit roman,,,,je n'ai pas aimé le lire, je n'ai pas détesté le lire. Je l'ai lu, je l'ai fini, et je me suis dit: "ha bon? C'est tout?". L'idée de base était bonne mais il aurait fallu mettre plus de chair autour, plus de péripéties et l'auteur n'a pas réussi parfaitement à nous rendre copains avec les personnages. J'en ai quand même appris sur le Liban et son passé triste, mais je n'ai pas pu ressentir cette terreur à fond dans le roman. Quand la mort d'une chêvre est le moment le plus palpita ...more
Sublime roman sur la guerre au Liban et sur les effets de cette guerre sur Karim, un ado de 17 ans. Le récit commence au Québec pour revenir sur un flashback où il est seul à Beyrouth, rencontre Maha (la soeur de la fille qu'il aime Nada) avec qui il entreprend un voyage à Chlifa après que celle-ci se retrouve seule avec son frère Jad, un bébé.

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I read it in French and then I finished it in English. It is a beautiful story and if you understand French I recommend reading it in French to truly appreciate the original piece of literature. If not it is just as amazing in English too. It didn't touch me deeply in the heart, but it made my friend cry, I can definitely say it is emotional.
Guillaume Labrie
Une des rares lectures obligatoires du secondaire que j'aurai dévoré en un seul moment. J'ai été touché par le livre comme peu de livres on su le faire, et même s'il as ses défauts, un de mes meilleur souvenir de lecture.
the novel is not complex but thats not to say it isn't meaningful. The ideas and themes are in plain sight; about the loss of innocence etc and coming of age and the characters are straightforward but they are also at times hilarious and adorable. I'd say that the action was very slow mainly because emotions and scenes were played out very dramatically. (especially Karim's emotions) Its mainly about Karim's life and the war is just an important accessory to the story that we don't delve in to. D ...more
Livre intéressant du point de vue des thèmes abordés: culture, religion, guerre, immigration. Le personnage principal est un musulman ayant vécu au Liban durant la guerre et qui immigre au Québec. Sa transformation est remarquable et peut servir d'exemple pour plusieurs jeunes.
Yu Ling
Dec 17, 2014 Yu Ling rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenagers
Recommended to Yu by: School
C'est un bon livre pour les plus vieux. Il y a des scène moins appropriés pour les jeunes mais c'est un très bon livre.
Lily Mu
Lu pour un assignement en secondaire 1, je crois, j'aimerais bien le trouver pour le relire, j'en garde un bon souvenir!
Oct 17, 2014 Tonyho marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I want read the book
Lindsay Sanderson
I found this book heartwarming and inspirational. It reveals the hardships that I'm sure kids from other countries really do have to deal with. Karim, the main character seemed to be just in a bad mood at the beginning of the novel, but once the horrific story of his past is told, sympathy and understanding flows strongly.
Although I found this book went really slow, it's a great story.
Had to read this for French class and it was pretty good. The first and third part I didn't like, so for me they sucked. Almost one word per paragraph in those parts, I could not understand. I still didn't understand most of the words in the second part but it was better... Anyway the second part was my favourite, it was the best one.
I hade to read it in French class and I found that it takes a long time to get the story going and that there is not much action.
Weak writng with a solid plot, but the connection to Beirut and that cultural aspect identified the message well. The book lacked in pizzaz and deep meanings. Also, I live in Montreal and I somewhat agree with Karim's objectionable views. I love it though, and that's why it doesn't matter.
An ok book... plot interesting enough...good ending...
A thoughtful look at what lead up to a fight between immigrant teens on a school trip. The first half of the book was a bit slow, but well worth the read. The events were disturbing but do tell of war's effects on children and how they carry it with them.
Jessica Patel
I read this in English because I will be reading it in a month or so in its original language (French). There are most definitely aspects that are lost through the translation, however it's an okay read. Not highly recommended but it's not bad either.
A book I read for school. I thought it was okay. It didn't really wow me. I loved the little history about Lebanon that was put into this. Kind of iffy about this novel. It delt with themes that just weren't my cup of tea.
Khadeeja Tariq
This is one of the boring type of books one would pick up thinking that it would be an extraordinary clssic... Total waste of time, i say. It was so boring that i ended up flippig the pages looking for highlights in the end...
Read this book in school. I was rather underwhelmed, though some parts are very well written. It's a sad and realistic story about the war in Lebanon and two teenagers trying to find a better life in the middle of it.
Judith Genis
Excellent for older teenagers who are interested in défis dans la vie! As a teacher, can, unfortunately, easily find connections between the plot and current world events.
Pas si pire, pas si pire....Je m'attendais à ce que ce soit vraiment plate, mais c'était assez intéressant. Pas un livre que je voudrais relire, par exemple.
A good book, well written. Sad story about things that really happenned. I read it in French. It was not long and difficult.
Karolyna T-G
Meh. This book wasn't that great. I had to read it in French class and I felt like that book was a waste of my time.
Dec 15, 2013 Marty is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Can anyone summarize chapter 1 to 6 for me please?
ok book, not too bad
A good, quick read.
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Michèle Marineau est une romancière québécoise. Elle a ensuite amorcé une double carrière de traductrice et d'auteure de livres pour la jeunesse.

Michèle Marineau is a two-time Governor General’s Award winner. Marineau studied medicine, art history, and translation at the University of Montreal before she became a writer. After she began writing, she started translating the works of other authors.
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