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Apeirogon by Colum McCann
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What an amazing book.

Through a series of 1001 segments, we follow the lives of Rami and Bassam, two men who are living with their families in the region surrounding Jerusalem. One is Israeli and one is Palestinian. Both have experienced terrible suffering and loss as a result of the ongoing fighting in the region. We watch them grow, evaluating their situations, and learning many more details than are seen on the surface.

But not every segment is specifically following the story of Rami and Bassam. There are hundreds of segments with other metaphors, allegories, and facts which, when evaluated together, bring power to the message. The level of detail and creativity is amazing.

Colum McCann is one of my very favorite authors, and I have found that there is a certain way one should read his books. Because every detail is included for a reason, it is important to understand their backgrounds. When reading his books, I often have to stop and read an article about something he mentions, such as Rumi, Sinead O'Connor, or the Magnificent Frigatebird. Upon first glance, they may seem like a filler in a sentence, but in reality, they all add depth and beauty.

This book is a work of art. The story is beautiful and inspiring, and the execution of the work is creative and thought-provoking. Everybody should read this book, regardless of where you stand on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It will change the way you think about the situation.

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Reading Progress

April 29, 2020 – Started Reading
April 29, 2020 – Shelved
April 29, 2020 –
page 51
April 29, 2020 –
page 93
April 30, 2020 –
page 280
May 1, 2020 – Finished Reading
July 16, 2020 – Shelved as: favorites

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