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From the National Book Award-winning and bestselling author of Let the Great World Spin comes an epic novel rooted in the real-life friendship between two men united by loss.

Colum McCann's most ambitious work to date, Apeirogon--named for a shape with a countably infinite number of sides--is a tour de force concerning friendship, love, loss, and belonging.

Bassam Aramin is
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Angela M
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything about this book is extraordinary. I was not surprised since Colum McCann is one of my favorite writers. I’ve read all of his published books. This book though, is different from anything I’ve read by him. McCann’s words best describe it : “This is a hybrid novel with invention at its core, a work of storytelling which, like all storytelling, weaves together elements of speculation, memory, fact, and imagination....” The heart of the book is the real story of Rami Elhanan, an Israeli ...more
Joy D
“I love the fact that our stories can cross all sorts of borders and boundaries.” – Colum McCann

Set in Jerusalem and surrounding area, each of two fathers, a Palestinian and an Israeli, has lost a daughter to radical violence. United in loss, they become friends and join Combatants for Peace, “a bi-national, volunteer based, movement working throughout Palestine and Israel to promote peace.” Their friendship is grounded in fact. This book provides insight into how their daily lives are impacted
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Esil
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First 5 star read of 2020!

Perhaps not perfect, but certainly brilliant, thought provoking, emotionally charged and timely.

Apeirogon is not a linear narrative. Told in 1000 short segments, it tells the story of two men who have lost daughters to violence — one is Israeli and the other is Palestinian. This is based on a true story. Rami and Bassam are joined together in their grief and through the united project of finding a road to peace. The fragments of McCann’s brilliant narrative go back and
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Kasa Cotugno
Israeli Rami Elhanan and Palestinian Bassam Aramin have both lost their beloved daughters in the seemingly unending warzone of disputed land in Israel. Colum McCann takes his title, Apeirogon, from a multifaceted shape of countable infinite sides, which still makes my brain hurt just thinking about. But repeatedly it reverts to the day in 1997 when Rami's daughter 13-year-old Smadar is killed by suicide (or homicide if you will) bombers, and 10 years later when 10-year-old Abir is felled by a ...more
Elle Rudy
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, 2020
“There’s an old saying, he said, about how the foreign journalist who travels to the Middle East and stays a week goes home to write a book in which he provides a pat solution to all of its problems. If he stays a month, he writes a magazine or newspaper article filled with ‘ifs’, ‘buts’ and ‘on the other hands.’ If he stays a year he writes nothing at all.” -Asymmetry by Lisa Halliday

No, that’s not a quote from Colum McCann, but I came across it on Twitter in the midst of reading Apeirogon and
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Karen
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
APEIROGON
BY COLUM McCANN

Apeirogon is a shape with infinite sides and angles to it. Thus is the endless conflict that takes place between Israel and Palestine for as long as I can remember. In this stunning story that is both multifaceted drawn from both fiction and facts comes an unlikely friendship between two friends from opposite countries rooted together drawn by love, unimaginable loss and the desire to spread their commonalities as often as they can to try to spread peace wherever they
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Kangsoon
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Colum McCann's "Apeirogon" is ambitious, experimental and heart warming in spite of the urgent subject matter, Palestine vs Israel. Israeli Rami and Palestinian Bassam suffer a loss of each own daughter, one by a Palestinian suicide bomber and the other by a rubber bullet shot by an Israeli. The novel follows their grief and shared effort to bring peace to the region in a very unique form.

The novel has 1001 short chapters as if reflecting "Arabian Nights". The literary delights in this otherwise
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Lillian
Israeli Rami Elhanan and Bassam Aramin, a Palestinian both lost children in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Rami's thirteen year old daughter, Samadar to a suicide bombing and Bassam's ten year old Abir was shot in the back of the head with a rubber bullet. These two grieving men come together in shared pain to create a shared peace.

Colum McCann uses the structure of the apeirogon, a shape with a countably infinite number of sides, to tell the story of these two remarkable individuals pursing
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Elyse  Walters
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure yet how to frame my thoughts - but I honestly almost stopped reading completely at 13%!
Until then - I was reading this book diligently- closely - learning and FASCINATED about the migration of birds.
But then... that 13% period came. I actually felt PHYSICALLY SICK with bile in my throat. I thought I ‘was’ going to vomit. - my body reacted THAT much....

Not sure how to rate it - 5 stars in parts
3 stars in other parts ...

I’m left thinking there ARE some books best NOT read - books
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Brooklyn
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
Another thoughtful topical book from Colin McCann author of Let The Great World Spin. This is the true story of a friendship between two fathers - a Palestinian and Israeli in Israel - who both had lost young daughters to the conflict between their nations - one to a suicide bomber - and one shot “accidentally” with a rubber bullet by a soldier. McCann uses the structure of The 1001 Nights and divides the book into 1001 sections. He explores the stories of the two girls - their fathers Rami and ...more
Wendy Cosin
Dec 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The protagonists of Apeirogon are an Israeli man and a Palestinian man who both lost young daughters in violence related to the Occupation. Based on real people and including two of their actual speeches, Rami and Bassam are interesting and sympathetic characters who become friends and work together toward peace. Stories about concentration camps, imprisonment in Israeli jail, the Intifada, and loss of home are the background to the death of their daughters. The stories of the deaths are ...more
Karen
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I will tell it until the day I die, and it will never change, but it will keep on putting a tiny crack in the wall until the day I die."

Column McCann is an incredible writer. This book has a format that will appeal to some and put off others. It worked for me. The book is the story of two men, one Palestinian and one Israeli, who both have lost daughters. They come together to help spread peace.

"I tried to hide it from my fellow prisoners but something in me changed—or maybe it hadn’t, but
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Liz
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Via my book blog https://cavebookreviews.blogspot.com/

Colum McCann's genius begins with using "Apeirogon" as his metaphorical object, a shape that is visible from an infinite number of sides. Using this device helped me navigate through this novel about two men, Bassam Araminan, a Palestinian, and Rami Elhanan, an Israeli. They both lost very young daughters through senseless violence.

Bassam and Rami meet in a parental peace group and become close friends over the years. The substance of the
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Jan Thullen
Dec 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Swirling around the story of two men, one Israeli, one Palestinian, both grieving the death of daughters as part of the conflict, Colum McCann uses the image of a figure with “countably infinite sides” in this novel.

He divides the story into 1,001 shards of memory, history and observation, with a nod toward the Arabian Nights. It is powerful and engrossing, a worthy successor to Let the Great World Spin.
Jade
This is such a tough book for me to review! On paper it is exactly the type of novel I devour, and it is absolutely beautifully written, but there were times when my mind drifted off, and as much as I wanted to push myself to pick it back up again it was sometimes a struggle. I am glad I did though, because Apeirogon: A Novel is a very special book.

An apeirogon is a shape with a countable infinite number of sides, and this novel is exactly that: a story within a bigger story within a bigger
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Fran
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Paula
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Random House Publishing Group for an opportunity to preview this book.

How do you tell the graphic story of not only the personal trauma of loss but loss intertwined with the impact of profound historical trauma without burdening the reader? The author has managed to do so brilliantly through stream of conscious consisting of dry facts, stories, shifting time and perspective and manages to gift the reader with the ability to digest information that may be too brutal and graphic
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Paula
Jan 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Random House Publishing Group for an opportunity to preview this book.

How do you tell the graphic story of not only the personal trauma of loss but loss intertwined with the impact of profound historical trauma without burdening the reader? The author has managed to do so brilliantly through stream of conscious consisting of dry facts, stories, shifting time and perspective and manages to gift the reader with the ability to digest information that may be too brutal and graphic
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Brooklyn
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another thoughtful topical book from Colin McCann author of Let The Great World Spin. This is the true story of a friendship between two fathers - a Palestinian and Israeli in Israel - who both had lost young daughters to the conflict between their nations - one to a suicide bomber - and one shot “accidentally” with a rubber bullet by a soldier. McCann uses the structure of The 1001 Nights and divides the book into 1001 sections. He explores the stories of the two girls - their fathers Rami and ...more
Melodie Pennington
*I received an advance copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for my honest review*

Sometimes you open a book, and at first you don't feel like you 'get' it. But there's a nagging feeling that you really should continue. And it becomes one of the books you think everyone should read in your life.

Aperiogon is a complex read. It requires a lot of background knowledge regarding the conflict in Palestine. I learned a LOT through reading this book and through searching the internet for
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Patricia Doyle
Jan 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
Apeirogon is primarily about Bassan (Palestinian) whose daughter, Abir, was killed by a rubber bullet. It’s also about Rami (Israeli) and his daughter, Smadar, who was killed in a suicide bombing. It’s how both men suffered their daughters’ deaths and how both men ultimately came together. As well, it’s about injustices in both men’s countries.

The writing style did not make for an enjoyable read. The author inserts a plethora of random facts in full paragraphs throughout the book. Sometimes he
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Sally
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Given that Colum McCann is one of my favourite authors, it is hard not to be swayed by bias when reading something new that he has written. However, I think I am speaking truthfully and neutrally when I say that this is a phenomenal book.

At turns heartbreaking, uplifting, ceaselessly hopeful, it fills you with the belief that change can come.

As always, the writing is truly hypnotic, the words woven beautifully on the page. I knew as I was approaching the end of the book that I needed to slow
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Tfalcone
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Net Galley for the free ARC. This is a difficult book about the conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. Two fathers' daughters become victims of senseless aggression and the fathers unite in the grief for their children. Much of the book is just short paragraphs of thoughts and parallels, almost like they are the notes for the book. The most powerful parts were Rami's and Bassam's speeches. " No matter how many Arabs/Jews we kill, it will not bring back anybody's daughter. "
Tina Donnelly
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
A classic Colum McCann novel; brutally honest and emotionally raw. A heart-wrenchingly true story of two men, each robbed of so much, trying to find and make peace in their war-torn homelands. McCann's prose once again carries the heart and lyricism to give this story the emotional weight it deserves. A truly personal insight into the conflict in the Middle East.
Darlene Golbitz
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Courtesy of NetGalley, I received the ARC of Apeirogon by Colum McCann. This unique novel relates the true story of two young girls killed in Jerusalem, one Arabic and one Jewish. Focusing on the impact on their families, specifically the reactions of their fathers, McCann braids together many historical and current facets to present this important narrative.
Bill Berger
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Extraordinary. The most profound novel I’ve read in many years. The story of Israeli and Palestinian parents whom both have lost daughters to violence in the Middle East. Balanced throughout, should be a primer on an intelligent viewpoint.
Jackson Matthews
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
A very difficult read for one's heart, but this is one of the infinite ways we will learn to care for one another. They go before us, that though our hearts be troubled now, they will also be filled with hope.
Lauren
Super ambitious and a little sprawly. Insanely well meaning and compassionate. Bassam and Rami are my new heroes. My BookPage review will be out in a month or so.

End the Occupation though.
Jackson Matthews
A very difficult read for one's heart, but this is one of the infinite ways we will learn to care for one another. They go before us, that though our hearts be troubled now, they will also be filled with hope.
Maggie Rotter
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I think it is our job, as writers, to be epic. Epic and tiny at the same time. If you're going to be a fiction writer, why not take on something that means something. In doing this, you must understand that within that epic structure it is the tiny story that is possibly more important." So said Colum McCann in an interview, and so has he done once again with Apeirogon: A Novel. What could be more epic and meaningful than the roiling relationship story of Israel and Palestine? Mc Cann tells the ...more
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Colum McCann is the author of three collections of short stories and six novels, including "Apeirogon," due to be published in Spring 2020. His other books include "TransAtlantic," "Let the Great World Spin," "This Side of Brightness,""Dancer" and “Zoli,” all of which were international best-sellers.

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