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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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Hardcover, 480 pages
Expected publication: February 25th 2020 by Random House
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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
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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Karen
Feb 11, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I apologize to the people who loved and raved about this book!
It is a first read for me by this author.
Many parts I was very taken with the writing, but the format, and the seemingly random streams of thought..I know they all connected in ways, but damn my head hurts.
I appreciated the story and the sadness of the loss these two men endured, tragically losing both their daughters.. and I also love reading about this part of the world, I just wish it had been in a regular novel type format.
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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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Cheri
4.5 Stars

Apeirogon — a shape with a countably infinite number of sides — shares the stories of those living through the conflict between Palestine and Israel, through two families whose outlooks and lives were changed when the lives of their two daughters were taken on what began as ordinary days, and ended with two families grieving their loss. The journey that brought them together through their grieving was not an immediate one, or an easy one, but a worthwhile one in the end. Through
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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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Fran
Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Krista
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, 2020
95. Apeirogon: a shape with a countably infinite number of sides.

94. From the Greek,
apeiron: to be boundless, to be endless. Alongside the Indo-European root of per: to try, to risk.

93. As a whole, an apeirogon approaches the shape of a circle, but a magnified view of a small piece appears to be a straight line. One can finally arrive at any point within the whole. Anywhere is reachable. Anything is possible. At the same time, the entirety of the shape is complicit.

Sometimes it feels like
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Elle Rudy
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
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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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
Karen
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Tom Mooney
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a tremendous work of art, an original feat of storytelling, a tome to admire, a humbling reading experience. Colum McCann has created something new by recreating lots of old things.

This is a novel in name only (in fact, the addition of A Novel to the title is in itself tongue in cheek.) It is novel, history, politics, reportage, short story, nature writing, memoir, biography and more. It is glorious. And yet it is flawed. It's too long by 1/3 at least.

The story, in some ways, is simple.
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Brooklyn
Dec 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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
Karen
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"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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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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Melodie Pennington
Jan 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*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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Jackson Matthews
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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.
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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Kangsoon
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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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
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
As a Palestinian with the rubbish situation right now I'm interested to see what he has to say.
Patricia Doyle
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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Jackson Matthews
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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.
Bill Berger
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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Maggie Rotter
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"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
Brooklyn
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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Amy
Jan 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is beautiful, powerful, illuminating, and heartwrenching. I admit that I had trouble getting through the first part, but I'm so very glad I stuck with it.

I had some trouble adjusting to the pacing of the book; it's structured into 1,001 short segments in varied points of view: a Palestinian father, his family, and their experiences and loss; an Israeli father and family and his tragedy; migratory and other habits of birds; newspaper headlines, legal proceedings, and public speeches related
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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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