I Remember Beirut
Abirached was born in Lebanon in 1981. She grew up in Beirut as fighting between Christians and Muslims divided the city streets. Follow her past cars riddled with bullet holes, into taxi cabs that travel where buses refuse to go, and on ...more
Bombs see themselves,
Prophetic sayings and ancient wisdom see themselves,
Niches see themselves.
The threads of carpet words
Go through memory's needle
Over the city's face." - From The Desert (The Diary of Beirut Under Siege) by Adonis
"Nothing distinguishes memories from ordinary moments. Only later do they make themselves known, from their scars." - Chris Marker (Epigraph of this book.)
I read this book while waiting for my copy of the follow-up to The Arab of the Future: A ...more
Zeina Abirached writes about growing up during the Lebanese Civil War. She remembers things that happened in Beirut and what it was like to be a child ...more
But it didn't.
Not at all.
This story may be biographical and supposedly about Beirut, but it tells the reader [b]nothing[/b] about the motives behind the war and attacks, the ...more
Zeina Abirached uses graphic images to tell the tale of her childhood. It was a dark time then. Christians and Muslims were at war. It was a civil war that divided the city. She, her parents, and her brother are just trying to live a normal life during the war, but there are a lot of complications that they face. The school bus won’t come down her street, so she, her brother, and the neighbors have to be driven to school. They ...more
A really quick but good read and introduction to a part of Middle Eastern history I don’t know much about.
Then again, she was just a child, so perhaps my expectations were a bit high. She talks about living in what the school thought was the neutral zone, so they had to be driven out of their neighborhood to a bus stop. Her brother collected shrapnel. There were blackouts and fuel shortages. Along the way, the family ...more
I couldn't really rate a person experience but I can rate the storytelling and deliverance. The art is simple and minimalist that I found it's almost soothing while talking of the heavy topic. Now, I want to try her award winning graphic novel A Game for Swallows: To Die, to Leave, to Return!
Both of these books should be in your library.
Told in a ...more
One of Abirached's first reminiscences is that the parents of her neighborhood had to hire a taxi to pick up the kids in the morning to take them to the bus stop... because the school buses wouldn't go into their neighborhood at all, which belonged in a bit ...more
I have read several great graphic novels depicting the struggle of peoples living through various types of war or ...more
While I have read some reviews that criticized I Remember Beirut and A Game For Swallows for being too similar, but i would like to bring to your attention at least one key difference. This book is much more child focused. Rather then spending equal attention on the struggles of the adults around her and the struggles of ...more
i gave it a 3 star rateing because it was good but it i did not click with it. i reccemend this book to people who like a good family book to read.
I did like the fact that Zeina took a different route to talking about the civil war, a more personal route really. About her personal experience as a child surveying the world around her and all the things that are happening. Noticing the little details, her parents' reactions, the different situations she was put in when the electricity went out or when she couldn't go to school and so on. ...more