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Passage to Ararat/ Exiles

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Paperback, 528 pages
Published November 18th 1982 by Penguin Books
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Jesse Kornbluth
Jun 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing
The photograph on the cover doesn't suggest how short they both were, how small. All you notice is their elegance, her pleated skirt just so, his hands shoved casually in the jacket pockets of his natty double-breasted suit. Their gaze is direct. Confident. Elegant.

But there's something the photo doesn't catch. Michael Arlen --- author of a novel called “The Green Hat” --- may be more successful than his friends F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway. But Michael Arlen isn't who he looks like;
Exiles [1970:] - his childhood and his mother and father [the exiles:] living in the US. Good insights into what it can be like as the child of immigrant parents.
Passage to Ararat [1975:] - author's search for his Armenian father's heritage. 'Why did my father never once mention Armenia or his Armenianness or the Armenian genocide to me?" Extremely interesting for me after my recent travels in Armenia.
Most unsettling to learn more about the Ottoman AND Turkish murder of their Armenian population
Jan 22, 2016 rated it liked it
The author explores the family history on his father's side in ARARAT and the history of his parents' own lives and how they found each other in EXILES. Both are thoughtful and well-written, looking into corners of history usually left unexplored by the average American.
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Michael J. Arlen is an Anglo-Armenian writer and former television critic of the The New Yorker. The son of the prominent Anglo-Armenian writer, Michael Arlen. He is the author of Exiles and the critically acclaimed Passage to Ararat, both of which are autobiographical narratives of Arlen's Armenian ancestry. He is also the author of Living Room War, a book on the Vietnam War's portrayal and the s ...more
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