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«في التائهون، أستلهم فترة شبابي بتصرف شديد. فقد عشتُ تلك الفترة مع أصدقاء كانوا يؤمنون بعالم أفضل. ومع أنَّ لا شبه بين أبطال هذه الرواية وبين أشخاص حقيقيين، فهم ليسوا من نسج الخيال تماماً. فلقد نهلتُ من معين أحلامي واستيهاماتي وحسراتي بقدر ما نهلتُ من معين ذكرياتي».
كان أبطال هذه الرواية متلازمين في شبابهم ثم تشتَّتوا ودبَّ بينهم الخصام وفرّقتهم الأيام، وسيجتمع شملهم بمناس
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Paperback, 1st edition, 555 pages
Published January 2013 by دار الفارابي - بيروت (first published November 2nd 2001)
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Medhat The Book Fanatic
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Technically, 4.5 stars for The Disoriented Ones by Lebanese author Amin Maalouf.

A friendship between 7 college students is shattered when the Lebanese Civil War begins and life takes them on different paths over 4 continents.

A quarter Century later, Adam, our main protagonist and narrator, who lives in France, is called by his old friend Murad (and his wife Tania, one of the old friends), who is dying from cancer, and asks to see him on his deathbed for one last time, to seek forgiveness from A
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Annie
Apr 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I sometimes worry that I spend too much time thinking about the meaning of titles, especially with literary fiction. They’re riddles I can’t resist. So, as I read The Disoriented, by Amin Maalouf (and excellently translated by Frank Wynne), I wondered what it meant to mean to be disoriented. Was Maalouf playing with the idea of being lost? Making one’s way through life without a map? Or was he taking it a step further and trading on the idea of what it means to be oriental? I saw evidence of all ...more
Ahmed
Aug 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"It is our fate to be betrayed," he noted. "By our beliefs, our friends, our bodies; by life, by History..."

I’ve developed quite a taste for Maalouf’s novels, and this is perhaps unlike anything I’ve previously read from him. It’s more echoing, in a sense, because it is closer to my period and to that of my contemporaries. Literature, that goes without saying, need not be contemporary in theme and subject to be resonant, but when it is so, it leaves an additional mark that deeply speaks to us. I
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Elif Cakir
Nov 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think only a person raised in the "non-Western" world and more specifically in Eastern Meditarrenean region could truly appreciate the value of this book. Having worked with Syrian refugees, I have always wondered how they felt about their choice to leave Syria when some of their close relatives and friends decided to remain. I found this book right in the middle of these thoughts, as if to answer my questions. How the decision to leave or stay during the civil war in Lebanon tore families and ...more
Gonzalo De la rosa
An excellent mixture of social and historical review of both Middle East and Western cultures in the mid XX century by using a group of friends that reencounter with the past after decades away. Easy to follow, and excellent dialogs and situations make it, in my opinion, one of the greatest novels I´ve ever read. A masterpiece.
Maia Losch Blank
I enjoyed it mostly because it showed me a world a did not know and made me feel closer to their story. But the narrative itself, the style, is not exactly what I like and the end of the story was too forced. Anyway, I would recommend it without doubt. Its value is more social than artistic, which is not less important
Bassel Alhaffar
May 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Another Novel by the same writer - recommended by my friend Hassan-, which reflects on the writer's personal events carried after he came back for a visit. It's a journey were you travel to the past & live the current events with him. ...more
Rachel
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This work is a Big Chill type story that takes places in an unnamed country in the Middle East. I I believe the location is meant to be Syria. The Levant frequently referred to in this book which was the name for the Middle East before it was artificially cut up into countries post WWI. Told in alternating chapters in first person narrative by Adam an expat who lives in France and an omniscient narrator. This is very effective in this work. The friends are trying to reassemble after the death of ...more
Anja
Oct 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amin Maalouf powerfully depicts the dissolution and implosion of a complex society, one which was predicated on maintaining a delicate balance within and remaining apart from geopolitical stressors. Of course no society is immune to this, so this story of unraveling is universal as it takes place in communities and nations across the globe over and over and over. On a more micro level he unpicks the tension between those who can leave and those who have to or opt to stay. His analysis of the com ...more
Inge
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
Beautiful and thought provoking novel. Both perspectives - the third person narrative and the correspondence/diary first person pieces - give an unique insight into the thoughts and actions of Adam, a historian living in Paris who returns to the country of his birth for the first time in over two decades. Both points of view offer often very touching insights on why and when someone decides to leave his home country behind. Nothing is truly black and white, and depending what -and even more impo ...more
Jan
Sep 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful! Beautifully, sensitively, elegantly written; fascinating characters and a well-crafted expose of their decisions, personalities and the impact of political turmoil on their lives.

Strongly recommend!
irfan
Aug 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
wonderful life experiences.impressive novel
Amalia
Dec 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maalouf the magician, talking directly to my heart <3.
Frank Kool
Sep 01, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Les Désorientés is a novel, mostly narrated through letters and diary entries, about the reunion of old friends from the Levant who all went their separate way through life following a tragic event. It is also beautifully written.

That is as short and precise a summary I would make of it. Despite the many story-lines intersecting each other, it is easy to read due to the short chapters and the beautiful prose. One gripe about the conversation: sometimes it feels a bit unnatural because there is s
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Nour Bou Salman
Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Noellie Rousseau
This was my first time reading one of Amin Maalouf’s book and I had high expectations toward Les désorientés. I wasn’t disappointed at all ! This book reveal a deep humanist thought on humans and their belonging to one country / one community. Furthermore, regarding the recent context in Lebanon, this books gives you a better understanding on how the Lebanese people have been suffering since decades from the corruption in their country along with a sense of helplessness toward the situation. Ove ...more
Fadi Badine
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book of Amin Maalouf is a pleasure to read.
I have not read any previous book of his to compare it to others nevertheless it is fascinating.
The way the story goes revealing the identities of the different persons and their characters is very nice like taking the reader on a journey where at each stop, a new person comes aboard and reveals himself.
I did not much like how the book ends but what made me give it a 5-star rating is its smooth way and the fact that it comes at a time when I am loo
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M.
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the most beautiful stories I've ever read.

Adam returned to his hometown in Libanon when he heard that his former best friend Mourad was dying. Unfortunately he was to late to mend their friendship, but he promised Mourads widow to organise a reunion of the group of friends who studied together in the 70s. Although they adhered to different religions, they shared the same ideals. Unfortunately the impact of the war was enormous: the group fell apart. Many of them fled, some stayed on to m
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Dilara Ekici
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Several things about this book made the reading so fascinating; as a person who was brought up in the Middle East, the narrative was very relatable and realistic and needless to say, elegantly written, the pages just flew. Each character was unique in their own way and depicted a different perspective of life. I was only upset by the ending, I assumed we’d know more about the gathering of the friends and another chapter would cover a day full of their catch-up conversations. It could’ve ended in ...more
Henedchoueiry
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Written beautifully and with smooth attractive indulging style. What I liked about it the most it how it tackles the different aspects in the life of those who immigrated for a better future that corresponds more to their world views and dreams, leaving behind a priceless group of friends and childhood memories. The tragedy of a lot of Lebanese who faced the same fate.. You loose some and win some.
İpek Aydın
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
At first I was disappointed in the ending but the more I thought about it the more it felt right. (view spoiler) ...more
Joy
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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https://www.theguardian.com/music/200...

My best compliment to this book is I kept wanting to read it. Without knowing it, it exerted a magnetic pull on me. It's not so much I wanted to know if the group managed to hold their reunion, it's that every nugget of revelation of the parties' participants peeled back another layer of fascinating human psychology and varied personal history. The story, for instance, of the man who was about to kill himself in the
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Roos Van De Steene
Captivating even if not a thriller. Very compelling. How old friendships live on even when almost everyone fled a country in war. The death of one who stayed is the starting point to try to reunite them all and it almost works out until another tragedy abruptly interrupts what was to be.
I recommend for brilliantly written.
Celine Evren
I feel sorry while ranking my fav author’s book with 3 starts as I couldnt find him& his style that much in this book. It doesnt mean that it was boring and time consuming, actually it was a good story about Lebanese history& war time.. just not matching with my expectations from him! I would still suggest you all to read it 🌈
Sanaa
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've stopped 20 pages earlier before the end of the book because I loved it so much that i didn't want it to end, I think it's that kind of book that invite you think about your own story as you feel it so personal and full of confidences about life, friendship and how the people that cross your journey impact your own story ...more
Tuğba Bayar
Aug 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a coincidence: I was just reading about and dreaming of the war-torn Beirut/Lebanon as the harbor explosion shattered the city once again...
Neither Lebanon nor Beirut is openly mentioned, yet the script is all about leaving, longing for and re-uniting with & in the city. One huge refuge to the past...
Camilla Habre
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Deep, intense and beautiful book about friends who got reunited after being forced to leave their home country, Lebanon, because of the war and other unfortunate events. It is a mixture of diary notes and storytelling of their nostalgies, sensitive discussions and disagreements and another way of reading the story and struggles of Middle Eastern countries. Highly recommended!
Gabrielle Chiararo
Entering a world and a dip into the past of a people we rarely hear about, the writer offers believable characters even if some story twists seem improbable. A reunion between old friends is always a good choice as we can all put ourselves in their shoes.
Sabine De Bock
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Friendship and the complex history of the middle east. Eye opener.
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Amin Maalouf (Arabic: أمين معلوف; alternate spelling Amin Maluf) is a Lebanese journalist and novelist. He writes and publishes primarily in French.

Most of Maalouf's books have a historical setting, and like Umberto Eco, Orhan Pamuk, and Arturo Pérez-Reverte, Maalouf mixes fascinating historical facts with fantasy and philosophical ideas. In an interview Maalouf has said that his role as a writer
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وموقفي من هذه المسألة غير مريح لا سيما وأنني لا أشعر بنفسي ملحدًا كذلك. لا أستطيع أن أؤمن بأن السماء فارغة، وبأنه لا يوجد بعد الموت سوى العدم. فماذا يوجد وراء ذلك؟ لا أدري. هل يوجد شيء ما؟ لا علم لي. أرجو ذلك، إنما لا أعرف؛ وأشعر بالريبة إزاء من يدعون المعرفة، سواء كانت أشكال يقينهم دينية أم ملحدة.
إنني في منزلة بين الإيمان وعدم الإيمان مثلما أنا في منزلة بين وطنين، ألاطف هذا وألاطف ذاك، ولا أنتمي لأي منهما. لا أشعر بنفسي غير مؤمن إلا حين أستمع إلى عظة رجل دين؛ ففي كل عظة، وكل إشارة إلى كتاب مقدس، يتمرد عقلي، ويتشتت انتباهي، وتتمتم شفتاي لعنات. غير أني أرتعش في أعماقي حين أحضر مأتمًا علمانيًا، وتتملكني الرغبة بدندنة تراتيل سريانية، أو بيزنطية، أو حتى ترتيلة القربان المقدس القديمة التي يقال إنها من تأليف توما الأكويني.
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