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Two souls brought together by love are distanced by the challenges of living with conflicting social values during times of extreme political stress. Rasha Halwani, a victim of the Lebanese civil war, and Luke Elliott, a British photojournalist, begin a clandestine romance while on vacation in Paris. However, the tranquility of their previous encounters quickly dissipates ...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published September 1st 2007 by Ameera Publishing
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Don Gubler
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I spent time in Beirut before the Lebanese civil war. It was such a wonderful place. I loved the outgoing nature of the people and the adventure of living there. The war changed all that in fundamental ways and I have read extensively out of distress for those people but I found that I could never really understand how it changed their lives. This book brought some insights into how their lives changed and how ordinary people had to deal with the tragedy. It was facinating to me.
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Beirut in the 1980's was a time of total transformation. The phrase Dana Mills uses in this novel is one a dear friend said to me in exactly the same words, "The 'Middle-East Paradise' is gone!" Yet in this novel we have such a fine balance between the way things were before the War with Israel, a war actually fostered by the Palestinians also fighting with the Israeli, a war that became a bloodbath of senseless murder, and one that destroyed the architecture of the country. It's also a war that ...more
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I thought it would be a little insight into the mindset of a country that has been so thoroughly demolished by this crazy time we live in. It accomplished all this with an enjoyable work of fiction.
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Dana K. Haffar was born and raised in Beirut. During the Lebanese War, she obtained a BA in English Literature from the American University of Beirut and an MLitt in English Literature from Oxford University, UK. Since, she has led a peripatetic existence. She has lived in Greece, Spain, England and South Africa.

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“The car rolled slowly along the deserted corniche, headlights cleaving its way through Beirut by night. In gentle swerves to avoid potholes, the Mercedes waltzed along a straight road in a dance of death. Sick palm trees and parched grass divided the tarred road of civilization. The sea alone was testimony to God’s beautiful creation. But in its belly, corpses, limbs, garbage, and ordnance mingled with a sea life on the verge of extinction.” 0 likes
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